eBook - At twenty five, Simon could honestly say he’d never wanted for anything. He’d studied art, but so far he’d never used his talents. He’d also never had a job of any sort and he’d always relied on his wealthy father for a steady supply of cash and the fast cars that he liked to drive.
His present car was a red Porsche, which his father recently bought for him, but when the story opens, Simon doesn’t realize yet that this was a bribe to get him to supply his father with an alibi.So when Simon finally realizes that his father and his lawyers now expect him to lie in court about his father’s whereabouts, on three separate occasions in the past, by saying that he was with his dad, he panics.
Then when they all insist that he rehearses what he’ll be saying in court, over and over again until he is word perfect and can lie blatantly under oath without flinching, Simon suddenly says he doesn’t think he can do it.Meanwhile, his father who’d always thought of himself as being a lucky guy, who could get away with anything he tried, begins to have his first doubts.
But the lawyers immediately try to smooth things over between the father and son, by reminding Simon of how much his wealthy father had done for him and given in the past. This tactic succeeds in making Simon feel guilty and so he reluctantly agrees to go along with their plan. The lawyers then bully Simon and knock him into shape for the upcoming trial. All goes well until on the fourth day when they take a break for lunch and Simon goes back to his room to think matters over.
Almost immediately he decides that he is not up to lying under oath. But because he’s afraid of what his father might do, he soon realises that his only other option is to disappear quietly, while they’re all enjoying their lunch. He quickly packs a bag with just the bare necessities and calls a taxi to take him to the airport, where he books onto a Paris bound plane.
In Paris he feels free for the first time in his life, but when the glaring headlines tell him of his father’s fate, Simon begins to feel guilty.Then he has a breakthrough while watching a small boy sailing a fleet of paper boats in the shallows of the river Seine, when he decides to capture the scene in water colour. Later,the child’s mother buys the picture and she and Simon become close friends.
Later, another woman who has often watched him painting, commissions him to paint a picture of her house and when the picture is completed, the woman invites him to have lunch with her. She then reveals that she is his mother, whom he last saw when he was four years old and mentions that she recognised him due to his striking resemblance to his father. She tells him that she too fled from his father’s wrath, after telling the police about his dubious activities and that this was why she was forced to leave him behind. They discuss what happened and Simon tells her about the present on-going trial and how he eventually escaped from having to lie in court on his father’s behalf. She says she feels proud that he finally took a stand and left his father, but warns that due to his father’s way of dealing with such matters, they will need to keep a low profile, until the matter has blown over.
Simon and his mother form a strong bond, but he continues to live his own life and earn a living by selling his paintings. She encourages him to eventually plan an exhibition to show his work and…