The Move

Chapter 30

By Doug Smith

"What?? That asshole. Why isn't he in jail?"

"I don't know. We thought he just pushed him around a little. That's what he told everyone. We didn't know he put him in the hospital."

I kind of zoned out for a minute. I could feel my anger rising as I was thinking of Kyle being in the hospital. Good thing Phil wasn't around because all I could think about was using him as a practice kick-boxing dummy. I snapped out of it when I heard Josh ask if they knew how he is.

Marc was staring at me. "Wow," he said.


"Just remind me never to get you pissed at me. Ron told us about that little demonstration you put on in gym class. I may be bigger than you but I'm not a fighter, just ask Tricia," Marc smiled. "We can see why you're not afraid of Phil. You should be careful though, he doesn't fight fair."

"Thanks and thanks for clearing things up. It's a relief knowing we don't have to worry about the entire football team. I hope you're telling the truth."

"Don't worry, we are. You're okay in our book. We all just got used to going along with Phil because he's the quarterback and he's Phil. Nobody wanted to argue with him. It wasn't that we were scared of him. He's just always been Phil and we've put up with it. You've made us realize what an asshole he really is. Unfortunately I think he realizes you made us realize that too so you better watch out."

"Thanks for the warning. Hopefully you're exaggerating." I didn't really think so but I didn't want to make it sound like a big deal.

"I hope we are too but I don't think so. We've heard him talking."

"Oh well, there isn't much I can do about it now. We need to get going. Maybe we'll swing by the hospital."

"Is it a good idea for you to go? His family will probably be there. At least his mother. I wouldn't know about his father. He's a piece of work. Phil definitely comes by it honestly."

"We still may swing by. After all, Phil did what he did because Kyle was at my house Friday night."

"Phil did what he did because he's an asshole but I understand how you feel. Good luck."

"Thanks," I said as I unlocked the jeep.

Marc and Jeremy turned to leave but then Marc turned back around. "Hey, I just thought of something. ...My kid brother is taking a karate course for kids over at Fitness World. He said one of the instructors is some high school kid. He didn't say who. That wouldn't be you, would it?"

I smiled. "I only help out. One of the trainers is the real instructor. I just help him out and he gives me free training sessions."

"Cool, he said. "I work out there in the off-season. Maybe I'll see you there. You can teach me some of that shit."

"Josh and I go quite a bit. I'm sure we'll see you. It's always cool to have more people to work out with. We'll catch you later."

I was surprised when Marc stuck out his hand and gave me a fist bump. Jeremy did as well. They did the same thing to Josh who was just as surprised. It was a little awkward but it felt good too. At least I had one less thing to worry about.

"That was interesting," I said as we drove out of the parking lot. "You mind swinging by the hospital? I'd like to see if we can find out about Kyle."

"Of course not. I was hoping you'd want to. We should be careful who is around though."

"Agreed," I said. "What do you think of Marc and Jeremy?"

"They seemed okay. Do you believe what they said about the rest of the team?"

"I think so. It seemed like they might actually want to be friends or at least Marc does. He seemed to like the idea of working out together. You cool with that?"

"Sure, it never hurts to have more big guys as friends. Just don't get caught checking them out in the locker room," he laughed.

"I told you. You have to be discreet," I smiled.

"Yeah but you're not as discreet as you think. Just ask Jim."

"Don't worry, you know I have a look but don't touch policy."

"Tell me the truth. The other night would you have liked to do something with Ryan?"

"What??? No!! ...Well, maybe for a millisecond. He is huge. It would have been quite a challenge but there was no way I would have done anything. I've told you, you're all I want and you're plenty big enough for me."

"I thought so. At least you're honest and now I don't feel as bad for thinking the same thing ...for a millisecond," he smiled. "I'm glad I'm not that big though. I like it that you can take all of me. It feels good."

I laughed. "I'm glad you're not that big too. Someday I'm going to feel you inside of me. I love you man but I'm not sure I'd want to feel that much of you inside me. ...That could hurt."

He laughed. "If we keep talking like this then we'll have to make a detour on the way to the hospital."

I looked over and saw that Josh was hard and the front of his jeans showed a nice bulge. Of course my jeans were the same way.

"I could always suck you off in the parking garage before we go in."

"That sounds good. I'm game if you are."

I hadn't expected him to call my bluff. He laughed when he saw the look on my face.

"Gotcha," he said. "It would be hot but probably not too smart."

"Yeah, I'm not too anxious to perform for some security guard. There are cameras all over that place."

"Big brother is watching."

"Big brother might enjoy it but I really don't want to find out."

I did kiss him before we got out of the jeep. Our cocks had deflated a little talking about getting caught but mine popped up again when I felt his lips.

"Down boy," he smiled and patted my crotch. "That thing has a one-track mind."

"Hey, it knows what it likes. It knew your lips were close by when I kissed you. My brain picked up on that and sent signals to all parts of my body. It works every time."

"Let's just hope it always does."

"No problem there. How many more guys like you can there be? You ready?"

We went into the hospital and asked the person at the front desk whether Kyle Allard could have visitors and what room he was in. We were disappointed when she said she couldn't give out information on patients. She couldn't even tell us if he was there.

"What do we do now?" asked Josh. "It doesn't look like we'll be able to see him."

"I've got an idea. Maybe Travis knows what room he's in. He gave me his number Friday night. Let's try him."

Travis had put his number in my address book so I called it and hit send. He picked up on the second ring.

"Travis, it's Dan Johnson. I heard what happened to Kyle. ...Yeah, it really sucks. Look, Josh and I are at the hospital. Do you know if he can have visitors? ...You are? ...Oh, he is? What room is he in? They wouldn't give us any information at the front desk. Patient confidentiality and all that. Is it okay to come up? We wouldn't want to cause any problems with his family. ...They aren't? ...Oh, that sucks. Josh and I will be right up."

"He's in room 321. He's sleeping now but he can have visitors. Travis is there but nobody else. The only person who has visited is his mother. She left a while ago but will be back later."

We found Travis sitting beside Kyle's bed when we got upstairs. Good thing Kyle was sleeping because both Josh and I visibly flinched when we saw him. He was lying in bed, one eye was black and the other was bandaged. His left arm was in a cast and he was hooked up to a tube and some monitors. Travis said the tube was just a pain killer and the monitors were checking things like blood pressure, heart rate and stuff like that. Evidently he had some internal injuries as well but the doctors said they should heal in a few days.

Travis had tears in his eyes when he looked up at us. I knelt beside him and put my arm around his back and pulled him against me.

"How are you doing bud?"

"I'm okay. It just hurts to see him like this. I was the one who dragged him to your house. He didn't do anything."

"It's not your fault. He wouldn't want you to blame yourself, right? It's more important you're strong for him."

"I know but I can't stand to see him like this. I wish it was me and not him. It should have been. It's my fault he's like this."

I looked up at Josh. He knew what I was thinking. I suggested Travis and I take a walk while Josh stay with Kyle. "It looks like you can use a break and he's sleeping anyway. As long as someone is here in case he wakes up then it'll be okay."

Josh told him to go too. He'd make sure Kyle isn't alone.

"When is his mother coming back?"

"I don't know. Not for a while. She went home to get some clothes and then she was going to check into a hotel. This mess has been hard on her. She's leaving Kyle's step-father. He didn't do anything to stop Phil. In fact he encouraged him."

"Where is Phil? Why isn't he in jail?"

"I don't know all the details. I've heard some things. Can I tell you later?"

"Sure, let's go for a walk."

I gave Josh a quick kiss before leaving him with Kyle. Travis was reluctant to leave but finally agreed when Josh promised to call if Kyle woke up.

"Travis, I know how you feel when you say you wish it had been you. You love him, that's obvious. It's natural for you to feel like that but you can't change what happened. All you can do is be strong and be there for him. Wishing it was you or blaming yourself will only eat you up. Trust me, I know."

"I'd do anything for him. It should have been me."

"That's good you'd do anything for him. It's good he has a friend like you because he'll need you. But thinking it should have been you and blaming yourself is pointless and it won't do any good. To be blunt it's just feeling sorry for yourself and it's kind of selfish. It's him that's hurt, not you. I've been there Travis. I know what can happen if you aren't careful. Don't let that happen to you."

"What do you mean 'you've been there'? How would you know how I'm feeling?" He was starting to get agitated.

"Travis, don't get mad. I'm only saying this because I care about you ...and Kyle. I've been exactly where you are right now although my friend died. He died in my arms looking up at me. I cared about Aaron exactly as you care about Kyle. Maybe more since I knew him my entire life. The point is I let my pity for myself make me depressed which not only affected my life but my family and friends' lives as well. It was only after I met Josh that I realized what a selfish shit I'd been. I'm still in counseling but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. It's taken a long time. People told me not to blame myself but I wouldn't listen. I wanted to feel sorry for myself. You're lucky. Kyle is going to get better. He looks bad now but he'll be okay. When the time is right you can talk to him about what happened and how you feel but not now. Right now he needs your support and sitting up there feeling sorry for yourself won't help him."

"It's hard. It kills me seeing him like that."

"I know but you need to be strong for him."

He was crying and I reached out to give him a hug. I didn't care we were in the middle of the hospital cafeteria.

"I didn't mean to be selfish. I just didn't want people to blame Kyle. I still don't but I understand what you're saying. I wasn't looking at it like that. ...Was what you said true? Did you really have a friend like Kyle who died like that?"

"Yeah, there was an accident. For a long time I thought that if I had done something different then it wouldn't have happened. That may be true in that we might not have been doing what we were doing at the time but we weren't doing anything we hadn't done hundreds of times before. It's just the way things worked out. It's not fair. Life isn't always fair but it's life."

"You're okay now?"

I smiled. "I'm getting there. Josh has been a big help."

"He seems like a good guy."

"You don't know the half of it. He and I didn't really get along when we first met."

"Really? You seem really close now."

"It took us a while but that was all my fault. I was kind of a dick. I didn't really give him a chance."

"Why not?"

"It's kind of strange. You probably wouldn't believe me."

"Sure I will."

"Alright. I told you about Aaron, right? He was my best friend growing up but he was much more than a friend. We were like you and Kyle or like Josh and I are now."

"What's that got to do with Josh?"

"That's the weird part. ...Aaron and Josh look so much alike they could be twins."

"No way. You're exaggerating."

"Nope, it's true. I fainted the first time I saw him. Right in the middle of the cafeteria my first day of school. Talk about embarrassing. It took me a long time to accept him but I'm glad I got over it. He's a great guy and has helped me a lot. Next time you're over to the house I'll show you a picture of Aaron. You can see for yourself."

"I heard about someone fainting in the cafeteria. I didn't know it was you. I heard it had something to do with Phil Clayton."

"Hardly. Hopefully that guy will get what's coming to him. He's got problems."

"Yeah and speaking of problems we should go back upstairs. I want to be there when Kyle wakes up. Thanks for setting me straight. I feel better. I still blame myself. After all, I dragged him to your party but I realize what happened isn't really my fault. If it wasn't that it would have been something else, sooner or later. I just feel bad."

I smiled. "That's because you're a good guy and you care about Kyle. He cares about you too. I can see it in his eyes."

"Uggh, don't mention his eyes. They were so beautiful. Look at them now."

"They'll be beautiful again. He'll heal. ...You ready?"

"Yeah, thanks."

I put my arm on his shoulder as we walked out of the cafeteria. "Things are going to be okay Travis."

Kyle was awake talking to Josh when we got back to the room. They said he just woke up. He still looked really tired, probably from all the medication being pumped into him. He told us how Phil beat him when he found out he had gone to my party. He said one of Phil's friends saw him and Travis knocking on my door and Phil went ballistic. He said his step-father overheard and just shut the door letting Phil do what he wanted.

Travis tried to say it was all his fault but Kyle told him to stop. He said if he really didn't want to go to the party then he wouldn't have gone. He said neither of them did anything wrong. I smiled when Travis said I told him the same thing and that he was being selfish since it was Kyle that was hurt and would need his help. Kyle looked at me and frowned but then smiled. He said he had something between his legs that would need some help since his arms were hurt. He asked Travis if he was up for the job.

"I guess you're going to be okay," I laughed.

"Yeah, I really do look worse than I feel. Maybe it's the drugs. Who says drugs are bad? These make me feel pretty good," he smiled.

"I hope you're joking. You don't need drugs to feel good."

"I know. I am. I've got enough problems. I'll have to go home when I get out of here. That's going to suck."

Just then we heard a voice say "No you won't honey. You won't have to go back to that house again. I'm so sorry I've let this go on for so long. Look what I've done to you."

Kyle's mother had walked in and heard part of our conversation. Hopefully not too much. If she did she didn't let on, at least right away.

"Hello, I'm Kyle's mother. Ms. Allard," she said with a smile as she looked at Kyle.

His face lit up. Even his black eye seemed to shine. "Does this mean?"

"Yes, honey. It does. I'm not going to be Ms. Clayton any more. I'm sorry it took something like this to see how that man really is. Can you ever forgive me?"

Kyle kept smiling and tried to give his mother a hug when she leaned down to hug him. "I guess we have some talking to do," she said. "It appears you and Travis are more than just friends."

He looked up at Travis who nodded at him. "We are Mom. Travis is my boyfriend. He's great."

"I'm sure he is. This is going to take me some time to get used to. All I've heard since getting hooked up with that church after your father died was that what you and Travis are is wrong. That it's sinful. I never expected my own son to be one of, ... ah, to be gay. I know you're not a sinner. You're a good boy. Even these last three years, despite how they treated you, not to mention how I've behaved, you've been a good boy. I'm proud of you but not very proud of myself. You're my son and it will take some time for us to heal but just know that I do love you."

"Thanks Mom. I love you too. I always have."

Josh looked at me and nodded his head towards the door. It was time for us to leave.

"Kyle, we need to get going," said Josh. "Let me know if you want to talk some more. I'm kind of an expert on shitty home lives. I never thought my life was going to get better either but it did. It looks like yours will too."

"Thanks Josh. I'll remember what you said."

I looked at Josh but he just smiled.

Kyle's mother looked at both of us. She had pretty much ignored us while she had been talking. She looked a little suspicious but didn't say what I'm sure she was thinking. "You're friends of Kyle's? I haven't seen you boys before."

"We know both Travis and Kyle from school, m'am. You should probably know it was my house that Kyle was at the other night. I invited him because he's a friend. We knew Phil wouldn't like it if he found out but we didn't think he'd do anything like this. I'm sorry. I feel like this is all my fault."

"No it's not Dan," said Travis. "I was the one who convinced him to go. He said he shouldn't. I told him Phil would never find out."

"No," said Kyle. "I was the one who went. I wanted to go. You didn't convince me to do anything."

Kyle's mother smiled and looked at Josh. "Well, young man. Do you want a turn taking the blame too? It seems these three are falling all over themselves trying to take responsibility."

"I would if it would help but I'm just this guy's boyfriend," he said smiling at me. "I'm only guilty by association."

"I was wondering about you two. You certainly don't look gay."

I smiled. "Not all gay people fit the stereotype that is placed on them. In fact I'd bet that quite a few people who fit the stereotype aren't even gay. People are all different but for the most part everyone has two arms and two legs. They're someone's son, daughter, brother or sister. You said you've always been taught being gay is a sin. I'm not very religious. Probably for that reason along with the other problems in the world brought on in the name of religion but I've always believed it's better to do good and make the world a better place. If God doesn't agree then I don't want anything to do with him."

She smiled. "Well, lightning didn't come down and strike you dead so you might just have a point there. Like I said, I've got some learning to do. None of you should blame yourselves for what happened. Maybe Kyle used poor judgment going to your party under the circumstances but there is no reason he shouldn't have been able to go and have fun with his friends."

"Thank you, m'am."

"My name is Debbie. M'am makes me feel old."

"Sounds like my mother." I leaned down to say something in private to Kyle. "I'm sorry buddy. I let you down. Please forgive me."

I was surprised when he kissed me on the cheek in front of his mother. I smiled and kissed him on the forehead. "I'll try to do better."

Josh and I said good-bye and walked to the parking garage. If we hurried we could get home in time for dinner. When we got home my parents were in the kitchen.

"Boys, where have you been? You're late. We've been waiting to eat."

"I'm sorry Mom. We were at the hospital. Something happened to a friend of ours and we went to visit him. He's in pretty bad shape but the doctors say he'll be okay."

"What happened?"

My father frowned when we explained who Kyle was and what had happened to him. "You know son, given the circumstances it probably wasn't too wise to have him come to your party."

"I know Dad. I told him about the party because he's our friend. Maybe I shouldn't have but would it have been right to make the decision for him? If we hadn't invited him and he had found out about it then how would he feel? We knew his step-brother wouldn't like it but we never expected this. That guy has some real problems."

"You said he's going to be okay?"

"Yeah, he's got a black eye plus his other eye is bandaged. He's got a cast on one arm as well as some internal injuries. They don't seem too bad. I think he's kind of numb right now from all the pain killers and antibiotics they're giving him but he seems okay."

"That's good. Where is his brother now?"

"It's his step-brother. Don't call him his brother unless you want to piss him off."

"Alright, where is his step-brother?"

"We don't know. He was at school this morning giving us his usual crap but nobody has seen him since. I'm sure you'll find out but the principal talked to me before school when he saw Phil and me arguing. He said he was going to keep an eye on both of us. He also said he was going to tell the same thing to Phil. I'm not sure if he got the chance. I think he bolted."

"I'm worried what he might do. Given he did this because his step-brother was here and that you two don't get along there is no telling what he might do. You need to be careful. This boy sounds dangerous."

"We will Dad but why isn't he in jail? You should have seen Kyle. He was really hurt. Phil was bragging that he did it. He said he had to teach him a lesson."

"I don't know Dan. I'll make a few calls after supper to see what I can find out. But even if he was arrested I'm sure he's out on bail."

After supper Josh and I went upstairs to do homework. It was hard to concentrate since we were worried about Kyle. I called Travis. He said Kyle was sleeping. He said the police had been there but he didn't know what was said since they made him leave the room. They only talked to Kyle and his mother.

Around eight thirty Scott came into my room and asked Josh if he would read him a story.

"Hey, what about me buddy? Don't you want me to read to you?"

"No, I want Josh to read me a story."

I think Josh thought I was going to be upset. He looked over but I just smiled.

"Alright buddy. He needs to practice anyway. He can't read very good."

"He can't?"

"Nope, he has trouble with the big words," I said smiling. "I thought I told you that. Maybe I'll have him read to me tonight too so I can help him with the hard words."

"I'll help him too," laughed Scott.

"Keep it up, you'll get yours. ...or not," smiled Josh as he kissed my cheek before going to Scott's room. I licked my lips and felt my cock twitch as I watched him walk out the door. 'Man, does he have a cute ass," I thought to myself. 'I wonder how he has that body when he's never worked out that much.'

At nine I went to say good night to Scott and found Josh lying on Scott's bed with his arm around him holding a book. Scott had his head on Josh's chest. It was really cute. I felt a little jealous but quickly remembered Josh didn't have a brother so this was all new to him. They didn't see me watching and before saying anything I went back to my room to get my digital camera. They both looked up when they saw the flash.

"I came to say good-night. That looks like a hard book. Did you have to help Josh with many words? They look like he'd have trouble."

I smiled when Josh flipped me off with his hand that was behind Scott's back.

"It's time for bed. Did you brush your teeth?"


"Why don't you go do that and climb into bed so Josh and I can finish our homework. Can I kiss you good-night or do you want Josh to do that too?" I asked feigning a sad face.

He laughed. I have two cheeks.

"Yes you do. I guess we can both give you a good-night kiss then. Now get ready for bed. We'll wait here."

We sat on Scott's bed while he ran to the bathroom to brush his teeth.

"You trying to steal my brother?" I asked with a serious face.

"No, of course not."

"Relax, I'm joking. Scott's so full of love he has plenty to go around. It was cute watching you read to him."

"He's a good kid. I wish I had a little brother who looks up to me like he looks up to you."

"I'll share him with you," I smiled pulling him against me and turning to give him a kiss. Scott jumped up in our laps as soon as I turned my head. I smiled and pulled us all down onto his bed in a group hug. Josh and I both gave him a kiss on the cheeks. Then I turned to Josh and kissed him on the lips. Scott laughed and kissed us both on the cheeks."

"Good night bud, I love you."

"Good night Dan. I love you. ...I love you too Josh."

Josh seemed surprised and looked up at me. I was just smiling.

"I love you too," he said smiling.

They gave each other a tight hug. I don't think Josh wanted to let go. When he did we tucked Scott into bed and went back to my room.

"You okay with that," he asked.

I smiled. "Of course, as long as you have some love to give me too."

"I've got plenty of love leftover for you," he smiled and grabbed my crotch.

I tried to act hurt. "So I get the leftovers? I'm not sure I like that," I said pushing him back on my bed. I put my arms around him and gave him a passionate kiss. He moaned that he loved me and returned my kiss. We stayed like that making out on my bed. We both had our clothes on but we were getting aroused. I could feel his hard cock pushing against mine through our pants. We were on our sides although he was somewhat on top of me and my hand was on his ass. One thing we hadn't done was close my door.

"Ahem," I heard my father say.

"Oops. Hi Dad. What's up?"

"Dan. You know I don't care what you guys do in your room but I'd really appreciate it if you close your door when you do it. Knowing what you do and seeing it are two different things. I've told you Scott and your mother don't have to see it either."

"I'm sorry Dad. I forgot but it's not my fault," I smiled. "I was going to finish my homework and Josh attacked me. I didn't get a chance." I was smiling but Josh didn't seem amused.


My father laughed. "Josh, you're going to have to get used to Dan's sense of humor."

Josh frowned at me. We were still lying on my bed and it was pretty obvious we were both aroused. I thought about putting the blanket over us but felt it would be too obvious. Besides, I'm sure my father already noticed.

"Did you want something Dad?"

"Yes. Could you both come downstairs? I found out some information about that boy from school."

"Okay Dad. We'll be right down."

"Do you think he's mad?" asked Josh after my father left.

"No. I can understand why he doesn't really want to see it. I wouldn't really want to see my mother and him either."

"Dan, I like your parents but that's not an image I want to think about either."

"Yeah, but it did cause little Josh Jr. to go back to sleep," I smiled patting his crotch.

"Little Josh Jr? What's this 'little' crap?"

"It just seemed to fit."

"I guess I'll have to come up with a name for yours."

I laughed. "I can't wait. Just be nice. Don't forget I can kick your ass." "I'd rather have you do what you did the other night to my ass."

"Good thing I wasn't doing that when my father came up," I laughed.

"Then he'd really kick me out."

"No he wouldn't. He might not have had the same reaction he just did but he wouldn't do that. Your new brother wouldn't let him."

"I still feel funny when we get caught like that."

"Aaron and I used to as well but we got over it. You will too."

"Let's go see what's up."

"Okay," I said putting my lips on his again.

He pushed me away. "Let's go Dan. Josh Jr. needs his nap."

"That's because he knows he's going to get a lot of attention later."

"Let's go," he smiled

My parents were sitting in the living room when we went downstairs. They really are good parents. They have to be to put up with me for the last year. Josh looked embarrassed when my father looked at him. My father smiled. "Don't be embarrassed Josh. It wasn't that long ago when I was sixteen."

"Yes it was dear," my mother said with a straight face causing both Josh and me to laugh.

My father smiled too. "Alright, maybe it was but I still remember what it was like. I got caught in some awkward situations too. Maybe I never got caught kissing another boy but I had my moments."

"Does that mean you kissed boys without getting caught Dad?"

"No Dan, that's NOT what I meant. I had absolutely no interest in kissing another boy. I did notice both of you seemed to be enjoying yourselves. I guess that's the same whether you're gay or straight. I just hope you're careful when you're out of the house."

"We are Dad, don't worry. What did you want to tell us? You said you had some information about Phil?"

"Yes, I talked to a lawyer I work with. He has a friend in the police department. Evidently the police are looking for him. They didn't arrest him right away because there was some confusion about what really happened. Both Phil and his father tried to put the blame on Kyle. Rather than doing anything then the police waited to talk to Kyle."

"Kyle wouldn't have done anything. He tries to avoid Phil."

"Yes, but the police wanted to get all the facts before doing anything. They went to Phil's house to find him but he wasn't there. He wasn't at school either. They think his father warned him they were looking for him. Nobody seems to know where he is."

"Hopefully he gets what he deserves. Kyle didn't do anything wrong. He didn't deserve what happened. How could the police think it was his fault? He ended up in the hospital and Phil didn't have a scratch on him. What were they thinking?"

"I don't know son. I think they listened to the father and felt it would be best to get all the facts before acting. They didn't want to make a mistake."

"I guess. It seems pretty obvious to me."

"What's obvious to you and me isn't always as obvious to police ...or a jury after a defense attorney twists the story."

I frowned at my father. Hopefully he wasn't that type of attorney.

"Dan, I know what you're thinking. Just remember, everyone deserves a good defense. Guilty people deserve a fair trial and a fair punishment. Not all attorneys use tricks to get their clients off even if that's what happens on TV shows."

"I know Dad."

"That's the system but that's not what this is about. I want you boys to be especially careful until Phil is found. You said he did what he did because Kyle came to your party. He might blame you given that along with the other problems you have with him. There's no telling what he might do. I'd prefer you not go to school."

"Dad, I'm not going to hide because of Phil."

"Like I said. I'd prefer you not go to school but I know you and I know that really isn't a solution. I'm just asking you to be careful. Keep your eyes open, try to make sure you're around people, stuff like that. Don't go looking for trouble," he said looking right at me.

"We'll be careful Dad. I just hope they find him soon."

"I'm sure they will. There really aren't that many places a seventeen year old can go."

Josh and I went upstairs after talking with my parents. I sat him down on my bed and sat next to him. "Josh, what my father said, about being careful? I want you to be extra careful."

"I'll be careful Dan. I'm a little worried but I don't think Phil would come around school if people are looking for him."

"Maybe not but you need to be careful anyway. Make sure your cell phone is charged and that you have it with you. If you need me I want you to be able to call. The last thing you need is a dead battery."

"It's recharging now."

"Also, try to be near me as much as possible. Fortunately we have most classes together but there are sometimes when you're alone. That's for me as much as you. I don't want to worry about you. You know I will."

"I know."

"I just don't want anything happening to you. You're too important to me."

He smiled.

"What?" I asked.

"You said I'm too important to you."

"Yeah, so what? You are. Don't you believe me?"

"Yes, but it wasn't that long ago that you said you couldn't let anything happen to me because it would be like seeing Aaron getting hurt. That's different from me being important to you."

I looked at him and smiled. "A lot has happened. I didn't know you then. Plus I was depressed and kind of fucked up. Now I'm happy and in love."

"I love you too Dan and don't worry. I'll be fine. You've taught me to feel good about myself."

"Feeling good about yourself is great and you've learned a lot about self-defense too but I still worry about Phil. I don't want you to be alone. It's really only sixth period we don't have together. Why don't you wait for me and I'll come walk with you."

"You don't have to do that."

"I want to."

"How about if I have to use the restroom?" he smiled. "Do you want to hold it for me when I take a piss?"

I leaned in to give him a kiss and put my hand on his crotch. "That would be fun but I'm not sure it would be a good idea at school."

He laughed. "Don't forget the door. With our luck your father will walk by again."

"I need to do my push-ups anyway and take a shower. We didn't get to the gym today. Going to join me for one or both?" I smiled.

"At least one," he smiled and got down on the floor to do push-ups. He laughed when I frowned. "You should see the look on your face."

"You better have meant it when you said 'at least'. I've gotten used to taking showers with you."

"That's because you're always horny and like molesting my naked body."

"You're wrong hot stuff. That's not it at all."

"Then what is it?"

"I'll tell you in the shower. That way if you want to know you'll have to join me."

"Like you had any doubt," he smiled.

We did our push-ups. Josh didn't do as many as me and sat on my bed and watched me finish. I had reached the goal of one hundred but wanted to keep going. I wasn't trying to get to two hundred or anything but I did like how it made me look. Besides, Josh said he wanted to get to a hundred as well and I'm sure it will take him longer than six weeks too but it'll be fun doing them together.

I loved our showers together. As soon as we stepped under the water and closed the door it was like we were in our own little world. My parents could be downstairs and Scott could be in his room, hopefully asleep, but Josh and I were naked and exposed. It felt so good holding his naked body against mine.

"So why do you like taking showers besides the obvious?" Josh asked.

"Shhh, just hold me."

"Hold you? I am holding you."

"Tighter," I moaned. "I want to feel safe in your arms."

Josh started laughing. "You're kidding right? That's why you like to take showers? You really can't be serious that you feel safe in my arms."

I smiled and ran the back of my hand over his cheek. "Don't sell yourself short. Being naked with you, it's like I don't have any secrets from you. That's how I want it. I want you to know me, everything about me and I want to know you love me and will be there for me. Sure I may not need your help in a fight but that's not the point. There are a lot of ways you help me. When you hold me like this I just feel good, like it's meant to be. I know that no matter what you'll be there for me. I can feel it in your arms."

"Dan, I love you so much. Of course I'll be there for you ...always. I can't believe you feel that way."

I smiled and gave him a kiss. "I love you Josh Sullivan. I never thought I could feel this way again but you've shown me it's possible. I'll always be there for you but it makes me feel just as good knowing that you'll be there for me too, through good times and bad times. Not that I have any real secrets but you're the one I'd want to share them with if I did."

He held me tighter. "I understand Dan. Me too. When we first talked you told me to trust you. You said it would take time but I hope you know I do trust you. I'll never get over it if you let me down."

"You can relax," I smiled. "That isn't going to happen. I promise."

We finished our shower making sure we were both clean ...all over. Some places needed a second pass and an up close inspection but when we were done we were both squeaky clean. Fortunately we had remembered to bring some basketball shorts to put on before walking back to my room since my parents hadn't gone to bed yet. I guess they helped but they didn't hide the fact we were both looking forward to getting into bed. Of course it didn't help that we were both laughing at our predicament. Josh tried to angle his towards the side but it just showed how hard he was.

"Thank God your parents are still downstairs," he said when we got back to my room. "They may not care but I still get embarrassed if they saw me like this."

"You've got nothing to be embarrassed about," I smiled rubbing his cock through his shorts, or my shorts as the case may be. "I guess to some extent we're lucky we're both guys. I doubt they'd let me take showers with Becky or let her sleep naked in my bed."

"At least you wouldn't have to worry about being caught with a hardon," he laughed and ran towards the bed before I could catch him.

"There is that," I smiled as I jumped on top of him on the bed. "Although it did work once with a girl but I had to think of Aaron to make it happen."

"How was it?"

"Let's just say I've never wanted to try again."

"Hmmm, I don't think I've ever wanted to try."

"You better not even think about it now," I smiled as I wrapped my arms around him and pulled him against me. We held each other tight and put our lips together. Neither of us said anything other than a couple of moans. I tried to put everything else out of my mind and concentrate on how good it felt holding him and how good his lips felt against mine. I succeeded for a few seconds with nothing but Josh in my thoughts until the noise of my parents walking down the hall brought me back to the present.

"Wow," Josh said. "That was some kiss. I almost shot my load without doing anything. You keep kissing me like that and you definitely don't have to worry about me wanting to try out some girl."

"It's the boys I worry about," I smiled.

"Don't," he said. "You know that's not going to happen."

"I know. I hope you don't worry about that either."

"Not as much as I did at first."

"Stop worrying about it at all because it's not going to happen. You're the only one I want."

We took off our shorts and climbed naked under the covers and were back in each others arms as soon as I pulled up the blankets.

"I hope you don't think I'm being too over-protective telling you I don't want you to be alone tomorrow," I said. "I just can't stand the thought of anything happening to you."

"You can be as over-protective as you want. It shows me you care. It's been a long time since anyone cared about me enough to be over-protective. I'm not sure my mother even cared as much as you do."

"Josh, that's not true. It's just different. She cared about you as her little boy and you're definitely not a 'little' boy any more," I smiled rubbing his cock.

"Just remember you've given me confidence. I still may be afraid of Phil but I wouldn't run away any more. He'd still probably kick my ass but I could get in a few good punches too. At least I wouldn't feel like a coward."

"You're not a coward, you're a lover," I laughed and gave him another kiss. "Now shut up and show me."

We held each other tight and just kissed and cuddled. Neither of us were in any hurry. I moved my hand to his cock and rubbed it against his stomach as I kissed him. I'd learned when he was about to cross the threshold because the sound of his breathings change. It would become faster and a little higher pitched. Each time I knew he was close I moved my hand to bring him back. The last time he put his hand on his cock but I pushed it away.

"My toy," I smiled.

"You're cruel. How do you do that? You bring me right to the edge and then you stop. You know when I'm about to cum. It's not fair."

"Don't you like it?"

"It drives me crazy."

"Just think how good it's going to feel when you do cum. Let's see, it's almost midnight now? How about I keep it up until two. By then you should really be going crazy."

"Try it," he smiled kissing me again. "I bet you can't."

"Maybe on the weekend. We have school tomorrow and you for one need your beauty sleep. Otherwise you'd turn into an ugly nerd with zits."

He laughed. "Would you still love me?"

"Let's not try to find out," I said as we resumed our kissing. I kept rubbing him and brought him to the edge a couple more times knowing I was driving him crazy. I was enjoying ever minute of it. Each time he got close he would grab me tight and I could feel his fingernails pushing into me. I was kind of worried he'd make a little too much noise when he finally did cum so I figured I had tortured him enough. The next time I brought him to the edge I didn't stop. He started to suck on my neck which effectively covered his moaning.

The problem, if you can call it that, was that as his body started to shake and his orgasm built he began to suck harder and he bit down just as the first volley of cum shot out of him. I had my hand over the head of his cock so most of it shot into the palm of my hand which gave me some good lube to stroke up and down his shaft. The rest of his cum shot on his chest, his stomach and my stomach. He was biting and sucking on my neck the entire time. His body just went limp when his orgasm was over.

"Holy shit Dan. I'm sorry. Did I hurt you?"

"No but I think you left a mark. Chris and Ryan are probably going to give us grief tomorrow."

"Maybe we can cover it up."

I smiled. "Why would I want to do that? I'm proud that I can get you that worked up."

"You certainly did that. How many more tricks do you have up your sleeve?"

"I don't do tricks," I smiled. "I'm not that kind of guy. Plus, I don't have a sleeve. Let's get you cleaned up."

"Don't you want to cum?" he asked as he toweled off.

"I'm fine. Just let me hold you against me all night."

"Mmmm," he moaned as he spooned into me and I put my arm over him. He wasn't content however and kept rubbing his butt against my cock."

"Josh, stop that," I moaned but it was too late. I felt that familiar tingle start at my balls and knew I was at the point of no return. I tried not to moan too loud as I shot five or six volleys of cum between his back and my stomach.

"I knew it would be easy," he laughed. "Now clean me up. I need some sleep."

"Yes sir," I said and wiped off his back. I did lean over and kiss his ass too. I didn't kiss it hard, just a gentle, loving kiss.

"You like my ass, don't you?" he asked with a smile as he spooned back against me.

"Oh yeah," I smiled as we drifted off to sleep.

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