Novels and Short Stories

by John F. Dillon

Teejus Teejus Journey


by John F. Dillon

It is not unusual in some localities to hear  colloquial usage of the word "teejus" exchanged for the word "tedious".

Two boys are born to an alcoholic father and tubercular mother in the waning years of the great depression of the twentieth century. The mother perishes before the brothers are out of infancy the boys are placed under the tutelage of a childless couple ...a stern but caring, Aunt and gentle Uncle.

Teejus Journey, is a descriptive narrative that follow the passage of the elder boy, Jackie Teejus, from a youth dangling his feet from the bed as his mother is carried into quarantine.  The continues through the pains of adolescences and sibling rivalry and into maturity.

With youthful certainty, Jackie seeks escape in the military where he is confronted with the imperfections of a society where myth and deception are purged by reality.

Teejus Journey is a story that begins at a toddler's bedside and transitions into his manhood before concluding in the ranting of an almost forgotten warrior.