was staring at me, open-mouthed. His mom was trying hard to stifle a
chuckle. His dad just looked gobsmacked. Once she got herself under control,
His mom said, with a smile, “Walter, I believe you have met your match and,
in this round, lost.”
Lancaster make a harrumph and finally said, again with a sheepish
grin, “Derek, I don’t know what kind of diver you are, but if you are as
good at that as you are at presenting an argument, you must have a roomful
it’s not quite full yet, Dad. Anyway, Derek is too shy to display them.”
how good an argument is, is judged by the outcome and I haven’t heard the
results of my excellent, logical and rational argument against your rather
narrow defense,” I said. I was perfectly serious.
I could say I’m deliberating on my decision, Derek, but that would not be
truthful. Belle and I were delighted when we were finally given a child
after long since giving up hope of that happening. He was a delight the day
he was born and we have always been proud of him. Do I wish he wasn’t gay?
Well, I know he will have struggles in life he would not have if he were
straight. We would like grandchildren, one of the usual things parents think
about when they learn a child is gay. Do I wish he were not gay? No, because
if he were not gay, he would not be Wolf and we are proud of him, love him
and want, above all, for him to be happy. Everything Wolf has ever tackled,
he has done well. He has fallen in love and, to be honest, once again I
think, he did well. Derek, I am proud of my son Wolf and I am delighted by
his choice of a mate.” Dr. Lancaster extended his hand.
I took his hand, I asked, “Does that mean Wolf will be at OCU this fall.”
way I could prevent that?”
sir, if you forbid it. Dr. Lancaster, you don’t know how fortunate you and
Wolf are having the relationship you do. Many of those of us who are gay do
my permission to be at OCU this fall, Derek. Love him and take care of him.”
his hand and said, “I’ll love him always.” I didn’t add I’d take care of him
because Wolf didn’t need someone taking care of him.
I’d expected to be a long, drawn-out session in Elizabethton was behind us.
However, the Drs. Lancaster did quiz me at length: about my family,
especially how I ended up with two white dads, what I was planning on doing,
how I ended up with the fantastic apartment and a whole lot more.
had called Justin on the way down. Justin had asked, “Why don’t you come by
our place for coffee and dessert. Marc and I don’t get off work until after
5:00. Come by around 8:00. That will give us time to shower and have dinner.
I’ll call Marc and he can tell Adam as they work together. I’ll try to talk
to Michael. I know he’d love to see you, but may not get to come as he is
still in hiding. Mr. Thurman, Sandy’s dad, is still working on protecting
him from his family. Legally they couldn’t do anything with him since he was
eighteen, but Michael -- and all of us -- fear he will be kidnapped.”
wonderful dinner -- both the food and conversation were excellent -- Wolf
drove us to Marc’s place. Inside, Wolf got a hug from Clarisa, the
African-American woman who had actually raised Marc. “So,” Clarisa said, as
she reached for me, “you must be the man who captured our Sissy’s... Wolf’s
Wilson, Ms. Clarisa.“
you plain Clarisa and have my mama skin me alive? No, thanks!” We both
laughed. “I sure hope I have captured his heart as he has mine.”
he really went for a looker and I hear you have good sense. Wolf, your
friends are waiting for you two upstairs. You and Derek take the trays up as
you go and save me a trip.”
Upstairs, we barely managed to set the trays down before being embraced by
Marc and Justin. A few minutes later a young woman in loose overalls with a
baseball cap pulled low over her eyes came up the stairs. “Michael! Good you
could come!” Marc said as the ‘young woman’ took off the cap and overalls
and pulled a tee shirt with falsies off over his head.
to be here,” he laughed, then hugged Wolf and me. “Good to see you two.
How’re things going?”
“Michael, good to see you. Still running around in drag, I see. Things
couldn’t be greater,” Wolf said, a huge grin on his face.
just greeted Michael when Adam came up the stairs. “Okay, what’s going on?”
exchanged hugs and Wolf and I told them about our time in Florida after they
left, about Wolf’s interviews and offers at OCU and our conversation with
said Dad had met his match in Derek, but she was just being nice. Derek took
Dad’s ‘I want him to have the black experience, to be where he can be who he
is’ argument and turned it right back on him. Dad didn’t stand a chance.”
will be leaving us?” Marc asked.
guys, but as much as I love you, you can’t hold a candle to what I have with
Derek. We have this beautiful apartment -- well, it’s Derek’s, but I’ll be
sharing it with him.”
“Photos, Wolf, photos,” Michael said.
happen to have a few here,” Wolf laughed and popped a CD into the computer
and we narrated photos of the apartment -- our apartment.
Some place, Derek,” Michael said.
it has become that thanks to Auntie.”
“Auntie’s house, money and your hard work,” Wolf said.
there’ll be Marc, Justin and me at ESU this fall. You doing summer school
here or at OCU, Wolf?” Adam asked.
signed up for a couple courses at ESU, but if Dad will swing it, I’ll do two
courses at OCU instead.” How about you, Michael? What are you up to this
I knew. Mr. Thurmond made arrangements for me to stay with an older couple
out in the country and when I’m outside, I wear what you saw tonight. It
wouldn’t bear close inspection, but I think it’s enough to get by. I am
working to pay for my room and board. This is the first time I have been out
other than doing chores around the farm. The guys have come out to keep me
company when they can.
“There’s another court hearing next week and in the meantime, there is a
restraining order against my parents and members of the church and anyone
associated with Brother Fitzsimmons, but of course if I am kidnapped, it
would be by the staff of another one of those places. I have an implant so I
can be traced anywhere in the world but, still, I’d like for it all to end.
Until then, I don’t know.”
beamed. “This past weekend the school opened an exhibition entitled ‘Five
Young Artists.’ Sandy was one of the five and had six paintings on exhibit.
The others were spending their third or fourth summer in Sarasota. He was
very happy and excited especially when one a professor priced at $2,500 sold
within an hour after the exhibition opened.”
surprised the whole state of Florida wasn’t bouncing up and down from his
excitement,” Wolf said.
had heard from John or Susan, but the Elizabethton crew agreed that was as
expected. Adam said he heard from Bobbie occasionally and seemed unconcerned
about that. There were more questions about Wolf’s experience at OCU, my
apartment, study groups and other things -- just talk and enjoying being
together. Michael left at 11:00 since he had to get up early to help with
milking. “Never thought I’d be so intimate with a bovine,” he laughed. Wolf,
Adam and I left a few minutes later after being admonished to keep in touch.
quickly evident the things Wolf needed -- and wanted -- to take to Norfolk
wouldn’t fit in the car. We discussed a trailer from U-Haul, but Dr.
Lancaster advised against it, suggesting we rent a small truck instead. The
truck was much larger than we needed, but we had to take what was available.
we had made progress packing boxes to go to Norfolk, sorting clothing to
take, discards for the dump and good and serviceable things for Goodwill.
Wolf sorted and I packed. When we finished with the clothing, the hard part
began: deciding what personal items would go and what would stay. His mom
reminded him that the room was his and he need take only what he wanted and
leave the rest in place. We debated taking his computer and finally decided
we could use it and taking it would save the tedious process of copying
finally finished packing and showered and dressed in fresh clothes. We had
started at 7:00 and were finished by 1:30. When we were ready to take things
to the dump and Goodwill, Dr. Lancaster told us he would take care of that.
The truck was packed and we were ready to leave at 3:00 after having had a
had no experience driving a truck and I had very little, but very little was
more than none, so I drove the truck and Wolf drove the car. We took it a
bit slower than we would have, especially until I got used to the truck, so
it took an extra fifteen minutes to get back to my place and start
unloading. That job would have taken a while had not Levi, Jeremy and Telvin
helped. “Philip sent his regrets,” Jeremy said. “He’s in Richmond with you
know who.” With the five of us working, we had the truck and car unloaded
and Wolf’s stuff upstairs quickly, ready to be put away.
tell us, Derek, is Wolf also a neat freak or will a divorce be in the offing
shortly?” Levi asked. He had made fun of my ‘a place for everything and
everything in its place’ attitude as he called it.
not a neat freak,” I retorted, “just neat.”
you must have trained Levi well,” Telvin said, “because he is a borderline
neat freak. My mom would have loved to know his secret for getting me in
Wolf with them and took the truck back. Jeremy drove the car to pick me up
after I turned in the truck. On the way back I asked Jeremy how he was
much. I like the freedom I have and enjoy living at the house. Levi and
Telvin did a splendid job selecting tenants. There is a good mixture, just
no available women.”
my eye on a couple, but I wanted to get settled in before I got involved in
the dating scene. I enjoy the freedom, but it is going to be hard to get
used to being my own disciplinarian. There is no universal study time and
no-one to remind you that you need to study, but discipline will come, I’m
thing to do is get in study groups. There will be one here for all my
classes and you, of course, will be welcome. For each class I don’t have
with you, start one of your own. I guess Levi will post a schedule for the
library at your place.”
sure. So Wolf is the one?”
is the one. I can’t imagine life without him. Jeremy, when I saw him for the
first time, it was like I was struck by lightning. I couldn’t move; I
couldn’t speak for several seconds. I felt as though my heart had stopped
and I couldn’t breathe. He is a fantastic guy -- kind, gentle, loving,
smart. Well, I said it, he’s fantastic and I love him so very, very much and
more every day we’re alive. Yeah, he’s the one.”
glad,” Jeremy said as we pulled into the garage at the house.
house quickly became known as Levi’s Place and unlike the previous year when
my place was called various names, it became Derek’s Place. When I
complained that it was Auntie’s house, she said she thought it should be
called Derek’s Place and that settled that.
was a session with Louis open to undergrads at my place to make sure we had
the good classes for the fall. Summer school was pretty hit or miss because
of the visiting professors and the professors not teaching in summer school,
but since the classes were pretty relaxed, no-one had a really terrible one.
We all advised Jeremy and Wolf to get Western Civ out of the way and they
did. I took an anatomy class and Spanish. I wanted to keep up my Spanish
which was much improved from my having spoken it while Levi was with me.
Wolf was almost as good. He also spoke and, for heaven’s sake, wrote
Japanese. That I could wait on forever.
addition to doing well in summer school, we had some grand times on the
beach, staying in training, having picnics in our backyard. After they had
gotten Levi’s yard in shape, the residents put up a volleyball net and
marked off a court and we played some spirited games.
school was finally over and we had a two-week break before the fall semester
started. Again, visiting relatives would take over my duties in regard to
Auntie and I was free for the full two weeks. Since Wolf’s parents were only
an hour away and we had spent a weekend with them at the midpoint of summer
school, we decided we’d spend the two weeks with my parents. As soon as our
grades were posted -- we both did well -- we, and Jeremy, headed for
were home and Mom was at Grace House when we arrived. All had taken off the
afternoon to make sure we didn’t arrive to an empty house. After much
hugging, I introduced Wolf. “Dads, Mom, this is Wolf Lancaster, the man who
owns my heart. Wolf, my mom, my dad Brad and my dad Sam.”
shook hands with the three and said, “It’s nice to see flesh and blood
versions of people I feel I know like old friends. I hope you know your son
loves you to pieces and never fails to let people know that.”
he’s kinda stuck on you as well, Wolf,” Brad laughed.
were soon sitting around the kitchen table having a late lunch and bringing
each other up to date with our lives.
now Wolf’s time to be on the hot seat and he handled it well. Mom was amazed
that his parents had been so accepting of his being gay and asked a lot of
questions about that. Brad was interested in his knowledge of martial arts.
“You should see him and Jeremy going at it,” I said. “Should we ever need to
draw a crowd, all we have to do is have them start. I want Sergeant Major to
see him.” Wolf was blushing. “By the way, Mom, learned a real advantage of
being dark. Look at Wolf blush! You have to be really close to see I’m
blushing.” Wolf punched me on the arm.
have two weeks before you have to go back,” Sam said. “What’s on the
“Showing Wolf around town, time at the Center, seeing Mr. Manning, time with
my mom and dads and definitely skinny-dipping.”
sitting in the car for three hours, skinny-dipping would sound good to me,”
are we waiting for?” I asked.
cleaning up the table and kitchen?” Wolf said.
on,” Mom said. “I’ll take care of that.”
liked the pond and did dive off the low practice board once, but that was
the extent of his diving. He was a passable swimmer but definitely not swim
team material, just as I was not martial arts material. In fact, I couldn’t
even dog paddle in the martial arts.
resting after series of dives, I was watching Sam and Wolf play together
when Brad swam up to me. “Never in a hundred years would I have picked Wolf
as someone you would be attracted to,” he said. “You love him?”
not as mature as my dads’ love but, yes, I love him so much it hurts at
times. I know now why, when I asked you how I’d know I was in love, you’d
say, ‘Oh, you’ll know it.’ Funny thing is, as much as I loved him yesterday,
I love him more today.”
guess this is more your dad Sam’s area, but how about sex?”
think we’ve done all the usual except anal. We keep putting that off...”
There is no law that says, ‘You’re gay. You have to have anal sex’. Some
couples never do.”
both want to at least try it. We decided we’d wait until we could talk with
you and Sam, having assumed, I see now, that you two have anal sex.”
affirm we have and let it go at that. We’ll be happy, of course, to talk
with you when you are ready.”
“Speaking of sex, how’s DeAngelo doing? I have heard nothing from him since
wayward brother and his friend must have been struck by lightning in
Florida. With the short time they had left in the semester after spring
break, both managed to bring their grades up from Cs and Ds to Bs and Cs.
Unless Angelica and Katrina are sleeping with them, they are being
bringing each other off while moaning ‘Angelica’ and ‘Katrina.”
can moan ‘Hail Marys’ while jerking off if it keeps their cocks under
control and their grades above C level!” Brad laughed. “They should be
getting here this afternoon. They did early exams and left a couple weeks
ago for Joe’s dad’s place. After he and Joe’s mom split, his dad moved to
Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. Apparently he has a really nice place
we were talking, Sam and Wolf swam over to us. Wolf grabbed me and planted a
hot kiss on my lips which I returned. Soon we were in an intense make-out
session standing in the pond. At first, Sam and Brad just looked at us and
grinned but then they, too, started making out.
Breaking a kiss, Brad said, “How about we move this to our rooms?” We took
and I had played around enough in the pond to assure quick release when we
reached our room. Later, after our second climax -- each -- I lay beside
Wolf and said, “I asked Brad about fucking....”
I don’t like to hear what they do or what we may do called fucking and you
you end up like one of those porn movie stars shouting ‘Fuck me, Derek. Fuck
me,’” I laughed.
got one of the Lancaster trademarked sheepish grins on his face and said,
“Anyway, Brad said he and Sam would talk with us. He also said some gay men
do not have anal sex.”
by porn again, I guess.”
exercise in the pond and the bed was enough to tire us a bit and we had been
up since 6:00 getting ready, checking grades and all, so it was no surprise
that we pretty quickly drifted off to sleep.