When Patrick's father went off to war in 1944, he told his 18-year-old son, you're the "man of the house" now. Patrick's stepmother has struggled to keep them afloat, and he does what he can to help. He knows she's tired, sad and very lonely, but when circumstance brings a young woman into their lives for a brief time, it alters everything between his stepmother and him forever. Will Patrick become the real "man of the house" before his father returns from the war?
Warning: This title contains taboo subject matter. Note: This story originally appeared in Back to the Garden.