Once upon a time, there were these two little boys – Ben and his little brother Al. They didn’t have any parents, although their grandma oversaw what they got up to.
Ben was Grandma’s favourite because she thought he looked just like his dad, and although Al looked like their dad too, Grandma couldn’t really see it.
One day, Ben decided he was going to look after Al, so he started deciding what Al should do, what he could eat, where he could go and what he could play with. Grandma thought it was lovely that Ben wanted to look after Al like that, so she encouraged him. Al didn’t like being told what to do and not being allowed to play with what he liked, but Grandma told him he was being ungrateful for the help that Ben was giving him and that he had to be nice to Ben.
Eventually, Al got fed up and got some Lego bricks and started flicking them at Ben. They stung when they hit him, so Ben threw some big wooden blocks back at Al. These hit Al on the head and gave him concussion. Al complained loudly, but Grandma told him that it was his fault because he was throwing Lego first. She said that Ben was only a little boy and the neighbourhood kids were always picking on him, so he was within his rights to defend himself if someone attacked him.
What do you think?
How can Ben & Al's relationship be fixed?
I have no idea, but I know the situation cannot continue this way for much longer.