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The Pastel Cowboy
by Carl Holiday
18 – Surprise!
Zach stared at the
Jeremy’s cock as it spewed cum onto his face. He couldn’t figure out
liked pulling off at the last moment to watch this incredible feat of
physiological engineering, but since Jeremy’s release from Bud’s form
arrest, he’d been doing that very thing.
Jeremy, on the
tried to swallow Zach’s cock at the moment of impact. He was never
and took it all in his mouth. He’d hold the cock in his mouth until it
to wither or remain hard for another assault.
Neither of them
out why Zach wasn’t able to go again right away, while Jeremy always
primed for stimulation from the second he arrived at the apartment
held each other for that last kiss. Zach never closed the door until
remarkable bulge in Jeremy’s khakis got onto the elevator and went out
The cast was gone,
arm ached nearly every night as he lay naked next to Carlotta. Although
never probed each other’s bodily orifices with tools of pleasure, as
not about to become the third link in a bizarre ménage a
often acquiesced to tactile assistance from various places on Zach’s
knew she was Paul’s full time lover, but he didn’t know if it was
fucking Paul or the other way around; and, he didn’t know if Paul knew
Carlotta and other facets of Bruce’s shattered personality.
“I’m not all that
the two of you living together,” Doctor Cunningham said the week after
learned of Bruce’s problem, “but I’ll not interfere.”
It had been Zach’s
appointment, but he brought Bruce along with him. When they walked into
room, Carlotta immediately went to the couch and sprawled over it. Zach
hesitated for a moment, then took the overstuffed side chair.
“He’s a wuss,”
“He doesn’t even fight for a piece of furniture.”
“You take karate,”
“How am I supposed to fight you?”
Carlotta said, “and he’s so unsure of himself he’ll never use it to
“What? Then who’s
“I don’t know.
Maybe it’s one
of the others, but it isn’t Bruce or me.”
“Just like a
after three months of living together,” Doctor Cunningham said. “I will
counsel you two together. Bruce? Bruce!”
leaving Zach alone with their psychiatrist. He stared at the floor,
her eyes. He didn’t know whether he was supposed to be embarrassed or
Then she said she wouldn’t interfere with their living arrangements.
caution him to be very careful of Patty, who hadn’t shown herself in
but who was quite capable of doing harm.
Zach suspected at
it was Patty who bit him in the night. The biting had stopped, though.
of the others had told her about the threat of arrest raised at the
“So, we’re okay,
“Yes, I think so,
“He’s coming over
until I get
my cast off and I can go to him,” Zach said.
“Let him grow up
and come to
you,” Doctor Cunningham said.
So, at least twice
Jeremy showed up at the apartment to get naked with Zach. Sex for them
mad and passionate, but slow and careful as each studied the other’s
to various stimuli, learning in a mutual exchange of orgasmic bliss.
they’d need it later in middle-age when they couldn’t fuck anymore
Jeremy couldn’t get enough of a hard-on to put it in.
They hadn’t fucked
though. Zach wasn’t certain whether Jeremy was holding off until Zach
for some other reason. He wanted Jeremy’s dick up his ass and taking
boyfriend’s cum in the face seemed to be some form of psychological
for denying access to the warmth of his body and it was him who was
access. All he had to do was hand Jeremy a condom. Jeremy would have
lubed, covered, lubed again, and ready at Zach’s gate in an instant,
didn’t ask for a condom and he didn’t offer one.
It wasn’t going to
today, that was certain. This was Jeremy’s third orgasm and the cum
diminishing. Without anal stimulation, his own limit seemed to be two.
this was not enough for him to give in to the younger teen’s unspoken
dominance, or for Zach’s need to be dominated.
“I met a girl
said as he came up from Zach’s cock. They kissed, Zach tasting himself
lover’s mouth. “I think it was a girl. You can’t be certain up here.”
“What do you mean
“Well, you know,
guys dressing like girls and the girls are just as bad,” Jeremy said as
snuggled down beside Zach. His time of departure was close. Autumn was
them and it was getting too dark for Jeremy to be out on a bicycle. At
wasn’t riding the whole distance. He left his bicycle at the bus stop
intersection of Foundry Ridge Boulevard
and Oak Park. It wasn’t a hard slog, but it was all up
the last quarter mile as the boulevard wove around the estates at the
“Did you get her
asked as he silently pondered whether to allow Jeremy to fuck him next
Carlotta said he should wait as long as possible. Bruce said he’d
long already. Willy, a young boy not quite thirteen, who’d show up at
oddest times, wanted Zach to let him watch, but Zach said no because he
couldn’t be certain Willy would stay. The last thing he wanted was
making snide remarks; or, worse, having Bruce stick a lubed finger up
ass. Carlotta said he’d do it and Zach wasn’t too certain he wouldn’t.
“Melanie, I think,”
said. He began to play with Zach’s right nipple. “And, I think she’s a
“Why do you say
“She was with a
that guy wasn’t a guy. It was plain as day, but she introduced him as
guys dress up as girls and hang out with girls dressing up as guys?”
“No, I think
there’s a rule
against that somewhere,” Zach said.
“She said she like
you. She said she’s seen you around and wondered if I would introduce
her. That Robert person didn’t seem to mind at all. He was weird. Would
fuck her, if she wanted?”
“Why would I want
her?” Zach asked. He knew where this was going, but was helpless to
now. Jeremy hadn’t mentioned him fucking Sara, so it was time to get it
“I don’t know,
“I’m sorry,” Zach
rolled away from Jeremy. It was true, then. Just like Carlotta said. He
the feel of a vagina around his dick, but did that make him something
want to be? He loved Jeremy. He knew that.
He wasn’t paying
attention to Jeremy until he felt the cock press against his gate. He
and winced slightly at the insertion. He rolled onto his stomach and
legs. Jeremy was in position, fully inserted, and ready. He waited.
The hard cock in
slowly throbbed as Jeremy’s heart quieted from the initial exertion.
adjusted his body over Zach’s.
He felt Jeremy’s
lowered onto his.
Pain shot though
consciousness as teeth bit into his flesh. He was up and over Jeremy in
flash. He could feel blood trickling down his back. He stared down into
startled boy’s eyes. His blood was smeared on lips he’d kissed only
What was he going
He jumped from the
ran to the bathroom. Bruce was sitting on the toilet, the odor of his
hung in the air. He looked at the blood trickling down Zach’s chest and
to hurriedly wipe himself. He flushed and was up beside Zach looking
alcohol he knew they had.
asked at the door.
“Get the fuck out
Jeremy stared for a
then slunk back to the bedroom. Zach looked at Bruce, who had squatted
look in the lower cabinet.
“He wouldn’t come
because you and that boy were in the bedroom,” Carlotta said. “Well, we
shit and I wasn’t about to let him do it in our pants. Ah, here it is.”
Zach took the
pouring alcohol over the wound.
“What the fuck are
doing?” Carlotta said. She took the bottle from Zach. “You’ve made a
mess. Let me look at the bite. Fuck! What the hell was he thinking?”
doesn’t start until seventeen,” Zach said.
“And, you’re good
for that theory? We’re going to have to go to the clinic and you know
“Can’t you put
“It’s a human bite
and a deep
one at that.”
“They’ll call the
heard her, didn’t you?”
“No, I wasn’t
Zach looked at her
“Tell Jeremy to put
clothes on,” Zach said. “He’ll go with me. He needs to know about
people. Oh, and call Paul, he can pick us up and take Jeremy home if
don’t take him.”
“Come on, you can’t
Carlotta said. “You really do love him, don’t you?
“Yes, I do.”
Gulls wheeled in
above them riding air currents thrown up by tall buildings facing the
waterfront. Zach fully expected a dollop of bird shit to splatter over
salad. When the salmon finally arrived the gulls were out over a
sailing into Elliott Bay with a load of cheap clothes for discount
Bud had been
throughout the meal, but when their coffees arrived Zach could see the
man had only been waiting for a less distracting moment.
Paul was quiet,
presence surprised Zach, but he knew the two men had some sort of
relationship and Bud knew Paul was sort of a mentor for Zach, so his
the lunch wasn’t totally unexpected. Obviously, he was deferring any
Jeremy picked at
his food. His
plate still hadn’t been removed, as it was practically full, only
messed up with his constant moving objects around with his fork.
Zach knew of the
them, he was the least likely to have a part in the forthcoming
as it was Jeremy who bit him.
“I do enjoy a warm
in Seattle,” Bud said as he put down his coffee. He’d
African blend, which was too tart for Zach. “We have a problem and I
how we’re going to solve it. Jeremy here seems to have inherited much
father’s irresponsibility. By the way, how is the bite?”
“They’re taking out
stitches tomorrow,” Zach said. He looked over at Jeremy, but his
staring at a piece of salmon on his fork. “Lucky, I guess, since there
“And, Jeremy goes
judge tomorrow,” Bud said. He patted his grandson’s forearm then
tousled his hair. “Lucky, I guess, as his case remained in juvenile
that’s the limit of my involvement. I don’t know what the final
be because I have not spoken to the judge, even though she called and
opinion. What did you tell them?”
“That I love Jeremy
accepted his apology for biting me. I told her that someone else had
same thing and I thought Jeremy was only doing it because of that. Sort
of a, I
don’t know, if you like it I can do it, too. I don’t know what he was
“But, you’re not
mad at him,”
Paul said. Zach looked at him as if he’d interrupted.
“I was mad at him
the clinic made such a big deal about it. They called the police and
we’re all giving statements. I had to call Doctor Cunningham because
doctor sent the police to the apartment to arrest Bruce. They couldn’t
Jeremy had done it. They were so certain he was simply taking the
that wasn’t bad enough, they took me to the hospital for surgery. I
Jeremy got a little too close to some nerve. But, don’t you see, I love
don’t want anything bad to happen.”
“Yeah, what’s this
about?” Jeremy asked. He looked at Zach then turned toward his
“Zach and I have already been through this. I made a mistake, a big
and I’ll be lucky if I don’t have to spend more time in juvy. I’ve been
out of that elite private school, but, at least, I got into North Park
life is about as bad as it can get. But, what is this about?
“We’re here to make
decision,” Bud said. “Paul and I have discussed the situation along
Cunningham and I think we came to a viable decision about how we’re
manage your, both yours’ and Zach’s, lives for the next few months.
than obvious both of you love each other. I don’t understand it, but I
whatever was decided had to take that into account. I’m not so stupid
know young love is one of the great powers of the universe and will
break any force pressed against it.”
“Then I can
continue to see
Zach,” Jeremy said.
“I didn’t say that,
“No, sir,” Jeremy
looked as if he’d been hit with a broom handle. The smile was gone as
this wasn’t going to be to his liking, even if that were possible.
your father and I suspect, your mother, who I’ve also spoken to. She
some responsibility over you whether she wants it or not.”
“Mother is in on
Jeremy looked totally defeated. Zach suspected Jeremy was close to
Bud was being as gentle as he could.
“Not as much as I
but I’ll take whatever advice I can get,” Bud said. The waiter came by
refilled Bud’s cup and moving around the table Paul’s, who was also
the African. He looked at Zach.
“Sumatra,” Zach said.
“Sure, be right
back. Are you
Jeremy looked up at
waiter and shook his head. “No, I think they’ll skin me before throwing
“It’s not that bad
“Oh my god, it’s
Wahoo,” Zach said as he watched two classic drag queens done up as
Miranda, including the fruit, walking through the tables. They were
the maitre d’ who didn’t seem all that perturbed they were invading his
restaurant. When he sat them at a long table along the railing, the
on the terrace, Zach knew the “club” was having a business lunch.
Paul’s mouth was in
mode, gaping open as if waiting for a lure to come slithering by. His
followed the pair before settling on Zach.
Wahoo caught their
waved. Zach waved back and, surprisingly, Bud did too. For a moment,
acted as if she’d been caught in a snare. Then she, too, gave a little
“No,” Paul said.
said. “She’s one of personalities struggling within Bruce’s head. It’s
complicated to talk about here. Paul?”
“If you’re nice and
understand, I’m sure Carlotta, or maybe, Willy, will talk to you,” Zach
“You might want to ask Doctor Cunningham, too. But, don’t try to talk
it makes him upset and he goes away.”
“But I see him
day,” Paul said.
“You see the body,
probably not paying attention to the personality.”
“I know of five,
but I think
there’s at least one more, but he or she won’t talk to me. Doctor
won’t help on that matter. She says to go with the flow and help out
can. He’s okay and not a danger to anyone.”
“Well, Jeremy, you
you also know those two,” Bud said. He seemed more at ease with the
interruption. It had broken the tension.
“Yes, sir, Carlotta
when I bit Zach,” Jeremy said. He wasn’t looking at anyone. “Wahoo was
nurse who treated Zach. Both of them talked to me before the police
away. Carlotta calls me sometimes. She’s nice.”
“Okay, this has
gone on long
enough, and we’ve seen the floor show,” Bud said, “so I think I’ll take
rabbit out of the hat and let the boys chew on it. From this day
I decide it’s over, you can consider yourself on restriction. Zach can
visit and you can visit him, but in each instance, your visits will be
supervised, which, quite simply means no sex. If you two want to engage
phone sex, well that’s fine with me. Paul?”
“Zach, I trust you
through on this,” Paul said.
be willing to help,” Bud said. Paul looked at him. “I met her at Doctor
Cunningham’s office, or, rather I met Bruce who I know, but it was
had come for the appointment. She said she can keep you on an even
“Yes, sir,” Zach
he said to himself, Carlotta can certainly keep me on an even keel. She
definitely more responsible than Bruce.
“No, sir,” Jeremy
“Sounds fair,” Zach
“Good, by the way,
David’s party?” Bud asked.
The party was all
out of town guests were sequestered in their hotels. David was taking
medicine as prescribed. The caterer was doing all of those day before
needed to turn a so-so birthday party into something spectacular, or
what Zach thought as he lay on his back staring at the ceiling in the
He was going to be
on Sunday, but everyone was going to be celebrating David’s birthday
night. Who was going to be in the mood to do anything for him on
wasn’t completely excluding the idea something was afoot, but had
built up to come to the conclusion it would be, at best, a belated
Bruce’s body was
next to him,
but further away than usual. The menagerie of Bruce’s mind wasn’t all
difficult to deal with as long as he didn’t make a big issue about
on to him in the middle of the night. Once he’d gotten to know Patty,
so bad because basically Patty was only interested in one thing, making
lover hurt. She was a sadist. Zach was just enough of a masochist to
little bit of pain. When the agony went beyond his limit, and he did
limit, he simply told her to stop and, for the time being, she did.
Willy was coming
too. He’d snuggled up to Zach one night and before they dropped off to
slumberland, Willy slowly stroked Zach’s cock. He didn’t come, but Zach
Willy’s cock jerking against his thigh and the hot splatter of cum
leg. He kissed Willy on the forehead and turned on his side to go to
young boy spooned in behind and draped an arm down over his chest.
show up that night.
And, then, tonight,
came out of the dark shadows and asked Zach to check his asshole after
shit. He said Mommy got mad when he didn’t clean himself properly and
to make sure he’d done a good job. Zach could see the boy had used more
enough toilet paper, but he still had to bend over and stare at an
licked more than once.
“Did I do okay?”
The voice was very young and very worried. This was a boy who’d been on
receiving end of more than one spanking and was willing to do anything
prevent another occurrence.
“Yes, it’s clean
kiss,” Zach said.
“Eww! Don’t do
whispered. “Mommy will get mad if you touch my boo-boo. I’m not
supposed to let
strangers touch my boo-boo or Mister Winky. You’re not going to touch
“No, I won’t touch
said. “I’m going to bed, now. Will you be okay?”
“Uh, huh,” Donny
“Mommy says I’m a big boy now and can turn out my own light. Do you
“No, I haven’t had
“She’ll spank me if
me. You promise not to touch me?”
“Sure, I won’t
Zach said. He was heading for the bedroom and Donny was following, a
behind. “Will you tell me your name?”
Mommy calls me Donny. I was Brucie’s twin brother, but I died before we
born. I was strangled by his cord. That’s what Mommy said. Do you
“I guess she’d
said. He sat on his side of the bed and waited for Donny to turn out
He didn’t know how it worked for twins, whether they were in one
or two. He figured if they were identical they must have been in one,
didn’t know. It was enough to know that’s what Bruce’s mother told him.
“Don’t you wear
you sleep?” Donny asked from the other side of the bed.
“No, but I can if
“I want to wear my
Spidermans’s so Mister Winky doesn’t get cold, but I have to wear
held up a pair of blue and green plaid boxers.
“Okay, I’ll put
After he was
attired, Zach slipped under the covers and turned out his lamp. He
saying a prayer where everyone, including him, David, and Paul, were
receive God’s blessing and protection. The other light went out shortly
Zach heard the amen.
Zach lay there in
wondering how it would be to grow up knowing you had a twin and
because your mother told you on numerous occasions, that he died
were in the same womb and he wouldn’t have died if you weren’t twins.
It was a
scary thought thinking how much she must hate Bruce for living while
brother never had a chance. No wonder he was screwed up in the head.
Sleep was taking
though, and thoughts were fading into dreams. Zach felt a hand on his
he didn’t move. Fingers worked their way down toward his hand and
“Thank you for
being nice to
Donny,” a voice said. It wasn’t any of the personalities he’d heard.
scared sometimes and needs to know it’s okay to talk to strangers.”
The last thought to
Zach’s mind was asking who had just spoken to him. He had no idea, but
most likely whoever was holding his hand.
The North Park
Sawyers football game with the UPS Loggers
didn’t come down to the wire. It wasn’t even close. It was a record
game, though. The Sawyers total offensive yardage was a meager three
quarterback was sacked seventeen times, had every pass intercepted, and
six times. It was the worse performance by a Sawyer quarterback in the
of the school, but he was all they had.
Zach was in the
stands with Jeremy,
Willy, and Bud. He almost wanted to go down and ask the coach if he
tryout for the team, but he was a known queer at school and a jock is a
even if he was a high IQ jock, which to Zach sounded impossible. He’d
into a few of the members of the team at the field house or, rather,
bumped into him and had a few choice, thought provoking, non-PC
had every right to report them to the campus PC police, but figured why
he have to prove a stupid jock was a stupid jock.
After the game,
after a quick
kiss and grope with Jeremy in the men’s room, Zach and Willy headed
help with the preparations for David’s birthday party. Willy, or
to help Paul with the decorations. Zach had the important job, keep
of the condo for four hours. It was to be a surprise party, after all.
“Enjoy the game?”
as he merged onto I-5.
“We were bad,”
Willy said. “The
Loggers lost last night, too.”
“Oh, my, I mean,
school, you know, North Park High. Oh, that’s right, you’re not from
here. I keep forgetting. You’re not mad are you?”
“Why should I be
“They, I mean he
when I forget things about us. I’m sorry I upset you.”
“You haven’t upset
Willy,” Zach said. The express lanes were open, which surprised him as
nearly one in the afternoon, but he changed lanes and slipped in just
highway workers were activating the gate. “Whew! That was close. Now we
have to do the U-dub crawl.”
“All the traffic
from the University of Washington football game getting on the freeway
Ship Canal will stop up
the freeway for miles. I’m surprised you don’t know about that, you are
“I’m sorry,” Willy
Zach looked over
and saw a
tear dribble down the boy’s cheek. Fuck! He thought. Talk about
can’t even remember something so simple as Willy always makes mistakes.
when it isn’t a mistake, he gets blamed for it.
“No, I’m sorry, I
don’t drive, yet,” Zach said. “Hey, how about an ice cream cone before
we go up
to the condo?”
“I can’t have one,”
“Why? I know you’re
lactose intolerant or diabetic, so why not?”
“I can’t have one,”
whined. He was close to blubbering. Tears were freely running down his
Zach turned on his
and pulled onto the shoulder. He couldn’t be here long because the
truck was only a few miles back, but he had to keep Willy from losing
according to Doctor Cunningham, was essential to Bruce’s well-being.
“Hey, come on,
forgot, okay,” Zach said as he rubbed the boy’s neck. He took out his
handkerchief and wiped the tears from Willy’s face. “Come on, buddy,
please, you know I haven’t known you all that long.”
Willy looked at him
strangest expression. What did I say? Zach asked himself. Whatever is
stopped the crying. The boy’s expression was something between fear and
“You called me
whispered. “Lance said I was his buddy. He’s our friend.”
“I’m your friend,
“Yeah, you, too.”
Zach saw the state
up behind him. He waved and pulled back out into traffic. Who was
asked himself. Was he real? He’d have to ask Carlotta or Bruce, if he
back. It seemed to be Carlotta, Carlotta pretending to be Bruce, or
Donny showed up for the first time last night; and, the mysterious
spoke to him. Bruce hadn’t been around for over a week, but one of them
going to karate and it wasn’t Carlotta. She didn’t do karate. She was
Zach took the Stewart Street exit and turned left on Boren to go up the
Normally, he would’ve spun around and headed up Denny to the apartment,
with having to take David out for whatever, he headed straight for the
He looked over at Bruce and wondered how it was all going to turn out.
this started until they moved in together, but things seemed to be
down, somewhat, if he didn’t count Patty’s infrequent nighttime
Zach zipped into
condominium’s parking garage with the remote David gave him when he
and headed for the lowest floor where he still had a spot. He glanced
Bruce and saw a change had occurred. Willy was gone and someone else,
identify him or herself, would help out at the party. Maybe Bruce had
from wherever it was he’d gone.
“Hi, I’m Lance,”
said, the voice from last night. “You know, we all appreciate what
doing. We haven’t had many friends, our parents are very religious and
trust people who don’t belong to their church.”
“Yeah, same here,”
“Ah, Bruce, well
he’s tired and needs a rest. Paul knows me, but I’ll try to stay away
David as much as possible. I think Paul understands and I hope you
Zach didn’t want to
anything that might be construed he was jumping to the wrong
conclusion, but he
didn’t know what else could be said, “Then you’re the dominant one.”
“Me and Carlotta,
could say we’re one and the same, except Carlotta wears a dress and I
know, I like the way you kiss.”
Zach hung his head
sighed. This was getting to be too much, too confusing. He wondered if
get out of this somehow, but didn’t see any opening.
“Uh, Lance, uh, is
possible you guys, and, uh, girls.”
“There aren’t any
We’re all guys. Carlotta talks about getting the operation, but she
mean it. She likes fucking you too much.”
“Oh, god, I didn’t
know that,” Zach said. “Look, you know I go to Doctor Cunningham, too,
know I have to take pills to keep me from flipping out and you guys are
overwhelming me. I can’t take much more of this, this insanity.”
“Who would you
asked. “I think we might be able to arrange it among ourselves to
interactions with you.”
“I thought I liked
now I’m not certain it was Bruce.”
“It was Bruce, but
have him,” Lance said. The voice was deeper with more authority. “He’s
and needs to rest.”
“So my choices are
you or Carlotta,” Zach said. He got out of the pickup and walked around
other side. Lance got out in one fluid motion as if he’d been to a few
lessons. “You don’t joke around much, do you?”
“No, I have a very
of humor,” Lance said. He was close to Zach now, less than an inch of
separated them. “Also, I’m not too certain I’m gay. I don’t mind having
with you, fucking you, because I’ve done it a couple times and it feels
good, but if you want sex then you’re going to have to be with
or, god help us, Patty. I know for a fact both Carlotta and Willy want
fuck them, but I won’t have it. I’m totally, completely, absolutely
“I have a
said. He might not be having sex with Jeremy, but he was trying to be
him this time around. He certainly wasn’t interested in messing with
menagerie, but it was interesting Willy wanted to be fucked. That
to happen, though. Willy wasn’t a teenager, even though he was in the
body of a
twenty year old.
“Yeah, but you like
up your ass,” Carlotta said.
Zach stared at her.
“Lance and I are
kind of like
polar opposites,” Carlotta said. “We’re interchangeable. We come and go
other’s presence. You’ll never know which one of us you’re talking to.”
“Like I said, I’m
tired of this,” Zach said. “I don’t know if I can go on being around
and keeping my own sanity.”
“Okay, okay, we’ll
Carlotta said. “But, you know, if Lance wasn’t around, you’d have
fucked us a
long time ago.”
Zach sighed. That
last thing he needed to know.
David asked as Zach pulled out of the garage and headed east on
“I need a new dark
was hoping you’d help me pick one out,” Zach said as he turned north on
“Downtown is the
David said. “Besides, you should go to my tailor. He can give you
quality than off-the-rack.”
“You know I can’t
tailor,” Zach said as he remembered being measured by Boots Clearfield.
wondered if David’s tailor would be so thorough.
“I’ll call him and
set you up
with an appointment next week,” David said. “So, now that that’s
settled, do we
go back to the condo now, or drive around for awhile. I know about the
“You do?” Zach
glanced over at his uncle, but David was looking out the window.
“Paul can’t keep a
this big, someone always slips. How about we go to the zoo? I have been
“Uncle David? Are
“No, as a matter of
not okay,” David said. He turned to Zach and their eyes met for a brief
when Zach glanced over. “It happens to creative people now and then.
it. I haven’t written a new, original story in two years. I haven’t
anything in over a year. The bucket is empty and I haven’t got the
idea how to fill it, again. Come on, humor me, take me to the zoo. I’ll
you to a beer, afterwards.”
“I can’t drink
“Sure you can, I
know a place
that’s a little lax in checking IDs. It’s a daddy bar down the hill
Hell, everybody will want to buy you a beer. Kind of makes your ass
That was true,
Zach’s ass was
tingling, but he wasn’t about to admit it.
“You know, I’m not
until tomorrow,” Zach said.
“That doesn’t seem
mattered up to now,” David said.
“No, you’re right
and, I’m very sorry if I’ve upset you with my promiscuous behaviors in
as Zach drove toward the zoo. They barely spoke for the rest of the
They walked past all the exhibits in silence, Zach following a half
David. It had been said. I had to be said and it was out there burning
in their relationship. Zach had been a sleazy slut, a whore, and now he
paying for it. He’d lost his uncle’s respect and it was going to take
long time to regain it.
By the time they
walked back to the parking lot it was nearly five o’clock, the
appointed hour for the big surprise.
“I guess we’d
better get back
to the condo,” Zach said as he turned the ignition key.
“Yes, it is almost
David said. “I hope I look shocked.”
“You’ll do okay,”
He cut down to Aurora, out over the bridge David attempted to jump
month ago, and down to Denny and up Boren. They were in Zach’s parking
little late, but David didn’t seem too concerned. To Zach, he seemed a
too thoughtful. Maybe it was just the depression.
They rode up the
silence and stood at the door a moment.
David looked at
then, quite unexpectedly, took the boy in his arms and hugged him
against his body.
“No matter what
want you to know I love you very much,” David said. “No, don’t say
you’re much more than my own son could ever have been. Things will be
you. I just want you to know that. Well, let’s get it done.”
He let go of Zach
deafening, but it
was loud as everyone on the other side of the door shouted, “Surprise!”