Stronger Where it Counts
tronger Where It Counts
By J. L. Merrow
In this little story can a man that was badly beaten up in high school for being gay find it in himself to forgive the smallest boy there who has turned into his fantasy man?
Michael Frazer was always tall and gawky, he never hid that he was different and one day the jocks in his school ganged up on him and beat him up so bad he ended up in the hospital for six weeks. Then he moved to Atlanta to live with his grandmother. Now he is back in the area on an IT job and is faced with his dream man, almost as tall as he is muscles enough to make him feel safe and protected. Then he finds out that this man was one of pack that beat him up, the smallest boy, and that he ran eventually to call the police. Can he find it in his heart to forgive?
Kyle Delaware always thought that Michael was cute as he can be from the first time he saw him, and that he was strong because he was not ashamed of who or what, he was. Kyle being so small at the time, knowing he was gay, but knowing small southern towns, hung with the jocks for protection. When Michael got attacked, he was there, but too small to do anything, so he ran for help. Now back in the small town, covering for a friend in the local strip club, he sees the object of his teenaged fantasies, he is now large enough to be who he is, but he is still somewhat in the closet, still living in the small town. Can he get Michael to understand what happened that night on his part? Can he get him to understand he is a different person?
A delightful short story of forgiveness and healing. I loved the tension between these two men, the desires that swirled and ebbed only to build again. Ms. Merrow masterfully welded her pen on this tale, it is great. I started it and couldn’t stop until the last word was read. A must read, a wonderful trip. Thank you, J. L. for taking us along for the five star rating ride.