Once upon a time there were two brothers, Fame and Fortune,
and although they had a mutual respect for each other,
they never loved each other as brother’s do. Fortune was the oldest,
he was born two years before Fame came along. In that time he
lived a very normal life, but had very few close friends, people he
could really trust. When Fame was born his life was turned upside down
his parents thought Fame was the most handsome child ever born, and
turned all their love and affection to him, Fortune was left out in the cold.
At night they slept in separate rooms and their father would always make
sure that he read a bedtime story to Fame then as he fell to sleep he would
kiss him on the head and whisper how much he loved him, Fortune could hear
all of this and eagerly waited for his turn to be read a story, but every night was
the same, he would hear his father close Fame’s door and then go downstairs
muttering something about ‘you get to sleep now’. As they grew up, Fame became
more and more handsome. He was very popular at school, particularly with the girls
there were even one or two teachers who really liked him as they never gave him
any homework. Fortune felt so left out that all he could do was to study hard.
He was the first person in his family to pass all of his exams, but even on graduation
day his parents had decided to take Fame for a meal somewhere. In their twenties,
Fame was used to having girls chasing him, whereas Fortune was becoming more
and more of a recluse as he knew his looks were, as he thought, pretty ugly..
Even on the rare occasions when they both attended parties, Fame would always
be the centre of attention, he knew all about sports, the latest cars, fashion and so-on.
Time passed by and Fortune moved further and further away from his family, quietly
succeeding in nearly all (ok all) of his ventures. He found a wife that loved him for what
he was, not what he wanted to be. He had three wonderful kids, and he showed his love for them all and saw that they loved him just as much. Fame stayed in the old home, got married, divorced and lost all of his looks. Fortune ended up living a wealthy life, rich of love and happiness, whereas Fame ended up living; just a life……..