Ben There – Done That
I’m still doing character profiles. Since this is Father’s day weekend, I thought we’d mention Benjamin (Ben) Aaron.
Although they were practically strangers, Ben had a one night stand with Brandon’s mother after sharing a few drinks in a bar. She became pregnant, but didn’t tell anyone. Ben went on to marry someone else, but heard rumors that his one night stand had got knocked up. Because Brandon’s mother never told anyone who the father was, Ben could never be 100% sure if he was the father, and since Brandon’s mother is long dead, Ben and Brandon might never know the truth.
Brandon got in trouble as a teenager, and Ben volunteered his time with the JDC. He saw to it that Brandon got back on the right track, got a good education, and even helped him get a decent job. He’s maintained a quasi-paternal relationship with Brandon ever since. While only Ben is aware that he might be Brandon’s father, the resemblance is somewhat uncanny and people who didn’t actually know them frequently assumed they were father and son.
Ben is a retired Army veteran. For a time, Ben ran a small computer store. Later he turned it into a hardware/sporting goods store. Today he’s just a retired guy who shows up in the comic from time to time.
While Ben was technically the first character to be named, he was the third named character to appear on Flush Twice. Ben was also based on a guy I used to work with (who also went by the name of Ben). I just don’t think to use Ben in the comic anymore. Now that I’ve had to re-examine Ben, I might try to think of scenarios where I can use this fascinating character more often.