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by KS66
Rated: E · Fiction · Contest Entry · #2133663
Write a story that includes the line: "This doesn't make sense"
Tommy had spoken very little since his twin brother, Teddy, had died.

That was nearly two years ago. The close, fun-loving boys had gone fishing on the bridge over Mill River. Then Teddy lost his balance and fell into the swift water. Though he was a good swimmer, he was never seen again, and his body was never found.

Since then Tommy'd been quiet and introverted, and especially reticent about discussing his brother. He spent most of his time in his room reading or listening to music. Then a week ago, all that began to change.

Surprisingly quickly he seemed to break out of his melancholy shell. He resumed old friendships, started playing baseball again, and even spoke lovingly about Teddy.

Yet his father worried about the sudden change, saying to his wife, "Mary, the doctor said Tommy would pull out of his depression over time, but not overnight. This doesn't make sense."

"I know what you mean, John," said Mary, "but I'm just so happy to have our son back I don't care why or how it happened."

A few days later, John called Tommy into his study. The chief of police was there as well.

"Teddy," the chief began. "Yes, I know you're Teddy, not Tommy, so don't deny it. I want to know what happened on the bridge, how you survived, and what you've done with Tommy."

The boy hesitated, taken by surprise, but recovered quickly.

"But sir," he said, "what makes you think I'm Teddy? After all, we're identical twins. Everything about us is identical. Even our DNA."

"That's almost true, Teddy. However, while identical twins’ fingerprints tend to be similar, there are always subtle differences making even their fingerprints unique. So start at the beginning and let's have the whole story."
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