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Genre: Historical Fiction
Word Count: 100
TOAST OF THE TOWN
Slouching on the bench, sixteen-year-old Ed clutched a train ticket, his dreams of being a Great War hero dashed. He hadn’t realized the draft board doctor would require a birth certificate.
“Where ya headed, kid?” asked the stubble-cheeked man next to him.
“Port Chester, New York.”
“Never heard of it. What’s there?”
“Home.” Ed traced a floor tile with his toe. “Dad’s gonna beat the hell out of me for running off. He says I’ll never amount to anything.”
Hours later, tears lined Peter Sullivan’s face as he joyfully welcomed his son, the future television show host, with open arms.