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Finding Family

by Jeff Allen





Brian and I talked the whole way back from the beach. Along the way we agreed to be jogging partners in the mornings. Both of us preferred the cool of the early morning for our runs, and we both admitted that we always pushed ourselves a little harder when we had a running partner.

Memorial Day was the next weekend. Our landlords and next-door neighbors, Kevin and Kathy Williams, had a backyard cookout on Sunday. Brandon had to work so he missed a good time, but he didn't miss the great food. I saw Kathy Williams give Josh several containers with leftovers. Josh thanked her and took them back to their apartment.

At one point during the picnic Gary Williams, Kevin and Kathy's ten-year-old son, came over and started talking with me. He was a cute, friendly boy with the dark hair and brown eyes of his parents. The public schools were getting out for summer vacation the week after Memorial Day so we talked for a couple of minutes about his summer plans before he got around to what was really on his mind.

"Trey, I know you get up early in the mornings. I've seen you and Brian go out running. I get up early too, but no one else in our house likes to get up early. Would it be okay if I came over to your apartment some mornings after you and Brian get back from your run? I kinda get bored at my house, and they all get kinda mad at me if I make too much noise."

"It's okay with me if you do that, but you need to ask your mother about it first."

"Cool! I'll go ask her right now."

He dashed over to Kathy and tugged on her arm. They talked for a few minutes. She glanced over my way a couple of times.

At that point Brian sat down next to me, and we started to talk. I forgot about Gary's request until I noticed Kathy and him walking over toward us.

Kathy began, "Gary tells me that it would be okay with you for him to come over to your place some mornings."

"It's fine with me. I told him that he needed to check with you first."

She laughed, "Oh it's fine with us, but are you sure you know what you're getting into? Gary goes full tilt the moment his eyes open in the morning. He used to go over to Andy and C.Z.'s when they lived here. When they moved away last summer, Gary almost drove the rest of us nuts. You have to promise me that you'll send him home if he starts to be a pest."

"I don't think that will happen."

Brian came into the conversation, "If it's okay with you, Kathy, Gary's welcome to come up to my apartment also. I'm up early. Trey and I are running in the mornings, and I'll have eight o'clock classes as soon as the summer session starts. He won't be a bother."

"Bless both of you. Remember to send him home if he becomes a pest."

"Not a problem."

Gary's smile stretched from ear to ear.


The next day was Memorial Day, and Brian, Josh, Brandon, and I had been invited out to Doc and Matt's for dinner.

Dinner at Doc and Matt's always meant a soak in the hot tub after dessert. Everyone shucked off their clothes in the living room before heading out to the deck and the hot tub. That was the first time Brian had seen Brandon's impressive dick. He couldn't tear his eyes off of it at first, and the rest of us teased him unmercifully about his perving on Josh's boyfriend.


The weekend following Memorial Day was graduation weekend at Carter County High School with Ryan Ladd and Tyrone Jackson among the graduates so I went back to Carterville to celebrate with them, see the rest of Coach's Cubs, and check out TJ and Donnie's new house.


That next Monday morning Gary Williams was camped on my doorstep when Brian and I returned from our run. He was dressed in sandals, shorts, and a tee shirt.

"Hi Trey. Hi Brian. Did you have a good run? I haven't had breakfast yet. Do you have any Froot Loops?"

Brian and I laughed. "I don't have any Froot Loops, Buddy. How about some Cheerios?"

"Can I put sugar on them? My mom doesn't want me to have too much sugar."

Brian grinned, "I think I can understand that." He gave me a playful pat on the back before heading up the stairs to his apartment. "Good luck. Looks like you may have your hands full."

I watched Brian's ass, nicely outlined in his running shorts, as he went up the stairs to his apartment. When he disappeared in his door I turned to Gary, "Come on in. Let's see if we can get you some breakfast."

I opened the door to the apartment. Gary walked in before me and headed right to the kitchen.

"I'll bet I know where you keep the cereal. I was over here a lot when Greg lived here."

"Greg is Andy Hatcher's son, right? Were you guys buddies?"

He pulled a box of cereal from the cupboard and set it on the counter. "Yes. He's my best friend. He's like my little brother. He's coming up next week to stay with me for two weeks while Andy and C.Z. go on a trip."

I put two bowls on the counter and reached into the fridge for the milk. "What are you going to do now that school's out?"

"Greg and I are going to be in a soccer program. Do you want to come watch us play sometime? He and I won't be on the same team `cause he's only seven and I'm ten."

I watched while Gary added enough sugar to his cereal to put him on a sugar high until sometime the next week.

"Don't you think that's enough sugar there, Bud?"

"I wouldn't have to do this if you had Froot Loops."

"I'll get some today. They can't have as much sugar in them as what you just put on those Cheerios."


He kept up a chatter while he shoveled the sugar-laden cereal into his mouth. All I had to do for my part of the conversation was nod or grunt occasionally while I chewed my unsweetened Cheerios.

When we were done with our breakfast, Gary surprised me by taking both empty bowls and putting them in the sink. Then he put the cereal box back in the cupboard and the milk back in the refrigerator.

"Thanks for cleaning up after breakfast, Fella."

"You're welcome. I get my own breakfast at home. No one else really likes to eat in the mornings, and Mom gets kinda mad if I leave the milk out."

"That's what moms are for. They're supposed to make us clean up. Speaking of cleaning up, I've got to take a shower before I go in to work. You can stay out in the living room if you want."

"Can't I come into the bathroom and talk to you while you shower?"

"I don't know if your mom and dad would like that."

"They won't care. I've seen lots of naked men before. Andy and C.Z. didn't wear clothes in the mornings. I saw them all the time. I saw Justin naked a lot too when he and C.Z. lived over the garage."

"Tell you what, I'll check that out with your mom or dad, okay? Until I check it out, you stay in the living room."


After I showered, shaved, and dressed Gary and I talked for a few minutes before it was time for me to head over to the lab.

That afternoon when I came home I knocked on the Williams' backdoor. Kathy answered.

"Hi, Trey. Come on in. What's up?"

I walked into the kitchen. "I wanted to ask you something."

She chuckled a little. "Is this about Gary being in the bathroom with you when you take a shower?"

"Uh, yeah. Did he tell you about that?"

"Yes. What he told me was that you wouldn't let him come in while you were taking your shower this morning, and he said you were going to ask me about it." She smiled and continued, "I really appreciate your sensitivity, but Gary has been around lots of other unclothed adult males. Kevin and I don't have a problem with it."

"I was a little worried that you might be concerned because I'm gay."

She put her hand on my arm. "Oh, Trey, believe me that's not a problem. Gary was over at Andy and C.Z.'s all the time when they lived here. In fact he slept over there about half the time. Our best friends are Gary Griffith and Matt Stevenson. I've got a brother who's gay. Kevin and I don't have a problem with confusing homosexuality with pedophilia. However, we do think that Gary might be gay or bisexual when he grows up, but that's something he'll have to figure out for himself when the time comes. In the meanwhile, whether he turns out to be gay or straight or bisexual we think it's healthy for him to have some positive gay role models. All of you guys next door provide that for him. You're just normal guys who happen to be gay."

"Thanks, that's a relief."

"Okay, now you know that we're comfortable with the idea that Gary might be in a room with a naked adult male. Let me ask you if you'd be comfortable having him in the room while you're taking a shower? If you're not going to be comfortable with it, then you need to say so."

"It's not a problem for me. You've met Donnie and his boys, right?"

"Yes, and those two little guys of his are going to be heart throbs some day."

"Yeah, they're pretty cute kids. Anyway they've been taking showers with Coach's Cubs ever since they moved in with Parker. There's a pool at the house, and half the soccer team is over there in the summer swimming naked in the pool. Donnie's boys are right in there with us. Having Gary see me naked isn't going to bother me."


Gary was on my doorstep again the next morning when Brian and I returned from our run. When we got inside he again poured a ton of sugar into a bowl of Cheerios before adding milk. I'd forgotten about that. I quickly jotted a reminder note and stuck it in my pocket. I pulled the note back out and added sugar below the listing for Froot Loops. In two mornings Gary had consumed as much raw sugar as I would in two weeks.

We talked...mostly he talked...through breakfast. We got on the subject of the Harry Potter books about the time I was ready to take my shower and shave. Gary just followed me into the bathroom and kept up the chatter about his favorite parts of the stories.

Suddenly he stopped talking about the books. He was silent for a moment and then he asked, "What are you doing?"

"I'm shaving."

"You shave in the shower?"

"Yup. My Uncle Parker and most of the guys that live with him all shave in the shower."

"Can I watch?"

"I can't open the shower curtain. The water will get all over the floor if I do that."

"I could come in there with you."

"Then you'd get all wet."

"Then I'll just dry off." The shower curtain parted and a naked boy joined me in the shower.

"This is cool. I like watching guys shave. I watch my dad all the time. I used to watch Andy and C.Z. too when they lived here. I can't wait until I need to shave. Wow, you've got a mirror in here. I couldn't figure out how you'd know what you were shaving. You've got some hair on your chest and tummy too. My dad has lots of hair, even on his back. You don't have any hair on your back. I can't wait until I start to get hair around my penis. I look for it almost every day, but I don't see any signs of it yet. I want hair around my penis and on my chest, but I don't think I want it on my back."

I got back under the shower spray to wash off the remains of the shaving cream and then shut off the shower.

Gary opened the shower curtain, handed me a towel from the rack, and then took one for himself. As we dried off, he switched back to talking about the Harry Potter books. I headed into the bedroom to get dressed. He followed. It was a little like having a puppy. He kept up the conversation while I got dressed.

When I was dressed, I reached over and ruffled his hair. "I've got to go over to the university now."

"Okay, I'll see you tomorrow. I really like talking with you."

"Don't you think you ought to get dressed again before you leave?"

He looked down at his bare body. "Darn. I guess I was running my mouth and forgot all about not having any clothes."

"I think you left them all in the bathroom. Go get dressed, then I'll have to go."

He skipped off to the bathroom. By the time I grabbed my wallet, keys, and cell phone, he was dressed and back at my side.

He gave me a big hug pressing his face against my chest. "Thanks for letting me come over and talk to you, Trey. You're nice."

"You're welcome, Little Buddy. I think you're pretty nice too."

After that Gary was my normal breakfast companion, shower assistant, and shaving supervisor for the rest of the summer.

When Brian and I got back from our morning run on Friday, we started our cool down stretches.

"Trey, I've got a big favor to ask of you."

"Sure, Brian, what is it?"

"Well you know that Andy Hatcher, C.Z. Johnstone, along with my brother Justin and his wife Megan are going to be up here this weekend before they all leave for a two week trip, right?"

"Yeah, Ole Gary over there has been on pins and needles all week waiting for his buddy Greg Hatcher to get here for the two weeks."

"Well, the two couples are going to be staying up in my apartment this weekend, and I'm either on the couch or bunking in somewhere else."

I smiled at him. "Do you want to sleep in the other bedroom in my apartment?"

"That would be great. You don't mind do you?"

"It's not a problem, Man. That was Josh's room, but he's moved in with Brandon. Isaac's going to be in there in the fall, but no one's using it now. You're more than welcome."

"Thanks, Bud. My couch is not the most comfortable place to spend a night."

Gary piped up, "That used to be Greg's bedroom. I slept in there lots of nights with him."

"Guess you'll be happy to have your little buddy back for a while, right?"

"You bet!"

Everyone arrived a little after dinnertime Friday evening, and we all sat around in the backyard talking and drinking a few beers. I'd talked to C.Z. and Andy a few times the previous year, and I'd really gotten to know and like them as well as Brians' brother Justin on the work weekend at the Barnes' beach cottage. I didn't know Justin's wife Megan, but I warmed to her immediately. She was every bit as nice as Brian and Justin. She was also a beautiful woman. Even I could appreciate that.

Little Gary was delighted to have Greg Hatcher back with him. I watched the interaction between them. There was a real connection between them. Gary was ten and Greg was three years younger. That's a big age difference at that stage, but that didn't seem to bother the two of them. They stuck together like they were joined at the hip.

Brian slept in Josh's bed that night. I stuck my head in the door of his room the next morning to tell him it was time for our run. I was treated to the sight of his morning erection as he pulled his naked body out of the bed. Darn, he was good-looking!

Later that morning Brian and I were drinking a cup of coffee in the kitchen when Kathy Williams knocked on the door.

"Trey, I'm in a real jam. Heather has a date tonight, and Allison was supposed to watch Gary and Greg while we go out to Doc and Matt's for dinner. Now Allison's best friend wants her to spend the night over at her house. Would you be willing to watch Gary and Greg?"

"I'd be happy to do it. What time do you need me?"

She gave me a quick peck on the cheek. "You're a life saver. Allison's thirteen and at the stage where every minor inconvenience is a major tragedy. This will help keep the household drama at a tolerable level."

Brian and I chuckled.

Brian turned to Kathy, "Say, why don't you let the boys sleep over here tonight. That way you guys won't have to worry about getting home at a particular time. Trey and I will get a couple of movies, have popcorn, and lots of other junk food."

"That's a good idea!" I replied. "What about it, Kathy?"

"That would be great if you're willing to do it, but I've got to warn you that both Gary and Greg are early risers."

"That's not a problem for either Trey or me, and it will give you guys a chance to sleep in a little."

Kathy gave both of us a kiss on the cheek. "Thanks again guys. We really owe you for this."

After Kathy left Brian said, "I hope you don't mind that I included myself in the babysitting. I don't have any plans for the evening."

"Naw, I'll appreciate the company. I guess the little guys will fit on the couch for sleeping."

"Why not let them use the bed I'm in? That is if you don't mind having me sharing your bed."

I felt a jolt of energy in my cock. With effort I managed to reply that it wouldn't be a problem without having my voice sound too strained.

We had a great time with the two little guys. Brian and I rented three of the Harry Potter movies and laid in a supply of soft drinks and popcorn. The guys were delighted with the movies. Turns out that Greg was a big Harry Potter fan also.

All of us sat on the couch to watch the movies. Brian and I sat at the two ends with Gary and Greg between us. The little guys alternated between leaning against one another and leaning against Brian and me. About ten o'clock Gary and Greg were starting to fade. I paused the movie and told them it was time to take a shower. I hunted around in the overnight bag Kathy had sent over with the kids. "I don't see any PJ's in here guys so I guess you'll have to sleep in your underwear."

Greg piped up, "I don't wear anything to sleep. My dad and C.Z. don't either."

Gary joined in, "I don't wear anything at night either. Can't we just take a shower and watch the rest of the movie without putting any clothes back on?"

I glanced over at Brian. He just smiled and shrugged his shoulders.

I agreed, and the two youngsters cheerfully headed off to the shower.

When the kids were cleaned up, we resumed our places on the couch with the two naked boys snuggled between Brian and me. By the end of the movie they were asleep. Brian and I carefully transferred the sleeping boys to Josh's old bed. Neither one of them woke up.  They were so out of it, I think we could have slung them over our shoulders and carried them like sacks of potatoes without disturbing them.

After getting the guys in bed, Brian and I turned in. I was prepared to sleep in my boxers, but he pulled his off and climbed into my bed in the all together. I pulled my underwear off and joined him.

I turned on my side facing away from him. He moved closer and placed a hand against the middle of my back. "I hope you have children someday, Trey. You'd make a good father."

"You would too, Brian."

"Good night."

"Good night."

Within a couple of minutes the sound of his breathing told me he was asleep. I had a massive hardon so it took me a little longer for me to get to sleep.

I usually come awake quickly in the morning. There's not a lot of time spent stretching and trying to clear my head. That morning was different. I drifted back and forth between being half asleep and being half awake. Gradually I became aware of my surroundings, and as I did I realized that Brian was spooned up against my back. I could feel his warm breath on my neck, his chest hair lightly touching against the skin of my back, and the hardness of his morning erection pressed into the crack of my ass. My own dick was almost painfully hard, and Brian's hand was wrapped around it lightly. Believe me I was instantly wide awake once I realized where his hand was! Then the problem was how to get myself out of the situation without waking Brian and causing him embarrassment. On the other hand, I really liked the feel of his breath on my neck and his hand circling my cock.

My dilemma was solved when Gary and Greg, both still very naked but clearly wide awake, came into the room and climbed onto the bed awakening Brian.

Brian rolled over on his back pulling his hand away from my crotch. "Sorry."

I didn't trust my voice so I made no reply.

Greg and Gary bounced on the bed a little trying to get us up. I didn't want to get out of bed and display my morning erection to the two boys. Brian wasn't making any moves to get out of bed either so I figured he had the same reservation. Finally I told the boys to go get the breakfast cereal ready. They charged out of the room allowing first Brian and then me to slip into the bathroom to do our morning business.

Brian didn't say anything else about the way we woke up. I didn't mention it either.


Greg and Gary were on my doorstep in the morning almost every day over the next two weeks. They'd eat breakfast with us (Brian had started having his breakfast in my apartment) and then head back over to the Williams house to get ready to go to their summer soccer program. They were really great, incredibly intelligent kids with the ability to talk with adults, and both seemed much more mature than their chronological ages. I liked them a lot, and I realized how much I missed seeing Donnie Micheaux's two boys.

The night before Greg Hatcher was leaving I had the two guys and Brian over for another marathon movie session. After the two little guys were asleep Brian and I talked for another hour or so before Brian went upstairs to his apartment. One part of me was relieved that we wouldn't face the embarrassment of sleeping in the same bed and waking up in an embrace like we had before. Another part of me, and that was the larger part, really wanted Brian to stay overnight so we could wake up in an embrace. I told myself that Brian was just a good friend and that I shouldn't try to push the issue and potentially damage our friendship.

I went home to Carterville for the Fourth of July. I invited Brian to come along, and he did. We had a good time. He knew most of the guys from the times Parker brought all the guys to visit when he was coming to Adams to see Karl so there wasn't any initial awkwardness. It was great to see all the guys again. I was having a good summer, but at the same time I missed everyone in Carterville. Brian seemed to have a good time too. We slept in Grant and Micah's beds over at Donnie and TJ's new house. I was rewarded both mornings with a glimpse of Brian's morning piss hardon.

During the middle two weeks of July I stayed out at Doc and Matt's while they went on vacation with Matt's brother Marc and his partner, Jamal Phillips. During the first week out there I was also babysitting Gary Williams while the rest of his family took sixteen-year-old Heather on a tour of potential colleges. With Doc gone, there wasn't a whole lot to do in the lab so I had plenty of time to drop off Gary at his soccer camp in the mornings, get the lab work done, and then pick him up at lunch time. In the afternoons we went swimming at the county pool, went to a couple of movies, or kicked around a soccer ball out at Doc's place. Brian came out for dinner five of the seven evenings and stayed overnight three of those times. Doc's place only had two bedrooms so Gary took the one upstairs and Brian shared Doc and Matt's big king sized bed with me. The bed was big enough that we were hardly aware there was someone else in the same bed. Well, that's not exactly true. I was very aware that Brian and I were sharing a bed, but we stayed well apart from one another. I did see a lot of Brian in the buff during that week because we used Doc's hot tub every night. Very nice!

When Gary's family came back at the end of the week, my babysitting duties came to an end. Gary did his best to get his folks to agree to letting him stay out at Doc's with me for the next week. I really wouldn't have minded it. He was a neat kid, but his parents wanted him to stay home. They said it was to give me a rest.

It's a good thing Gary wasn't out at Doc's that next week. Otherwise I don't think things would have happened the way they did.

(To be continued)

AUTHOR'S NOTE: Many of the characters who play parts in this story were previously introduced in either "When Love Comes" (last posted in the College section on Sept. 6, 2001) or "Love of a Lifetime" (last posted in the College section on May 19, 2003). While not necessary, readers may find it useful to read the two earlier stories posted on this site.  Both previous stories are also posted at

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