Tom wasn’t sure whether to lay the blame on fatigue from working the night shift or just the usual morning hassles getting Justin up and ready for school, but they were both going to be late today.
Somehow, he’d forgotten they were doing construction on the 405 and the crowded bypass ensured there was no way he’d get his brother dropped off and get to his first class at the community college on time.
Things had been a helluva lot easier before his folks had gotten themselves creamed by that drunk driver last summer, leaving him and Justin to fend for themselves. Now, instead of a football scholarship to State and a chance to make something of himself, Tom had been forced to put his life on hold for the sake of his brother.
The Universe’s sense of irony was not lost on him as John Lennon’s tune, “Beautiful Boy”, came across on the truck's stereo reminding him life really IS what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.
This story was written for the weekly Five Sentence Fiction prompt: Detour.