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Fantasist cousin

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Sharron

Sharron Report 15 Dec 2017 12:01

My aunt and uncle fostered a boy in the early fifties, before I was born, he never left them and even took their name. He had special needs and was a terrible fantasist.

Fred's mate came in the other day and said he had met this cousin in the street and had never before known bout the tragedy that had befallen him. Well, this cousin married and, having had such a successful experience of being fostered himself, he and his wife fostered two children. Unfortunately, after the children had grown up, he and his wife drifted apart but he still lives in the marital home and has a part-time job.

That is how it was but, the way he told it to Fred's mate, his fiancee was killed in a car crash in 1967 and he never got over it so he stayed single.

maggiewinchester

maggiewinchester Report 15 Dec 2017 12:06

...so, does he see the children he fostered, or have they disappeared in his fantasy?

Sharron

Sharron Report 15 Dec 2017 12:09

I don't know but I expect he does. What he lives and what he tells are very different things.

They would be in some sort of parallel existence I suppose.