Chapter 28

Tommy

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Connected: Chapter 28

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SUMMARY: At a time of national turmoil, the lives of four boys become connected as each struggles to accept his sexuality and to address the challenges he faces in life. To the extent the boys succeed in coming to grips with those challenges and in doing the right thing, it may be in ways that prove surprising or troubling. While some events, locations and features have been moved forward or back in time for dramatic and other purposes, the story takes place during an era when prejudice against homosexuals is rampant and the gay revolution in America is still at its beginnings. You can find a longer synopsis of the entire story at my blog here. Please note that italics are typically used to indicate what a character is thinking or saying to himself.

WARNING: This story is intended for mature audiences only since it includes scenes that depict graphic sex and violence. While I realize people read stories like this for different reasons, you may be disappointed if you’re reading my story primarily for sexual content. There is some, which is why I’ve included the warning. But if sexual content is your primary focus, you may do better on a site like Nifty.

NOTICE: This story remains the property of the author and may not be reproduced in any form without written permission. It is protected by the copyright laws of the United States. You may download a single copy to read offline and to share with others as long as you credit me as the author, but you may not use this work for commercial purposes. You may not use any of the characters, bars or other fictional locations described in the story in your own work without my explicit permission. Nor may you use, alter, transform, or build upon this story in any way.

AUTHOR NOTES: This is my first effort at writing a story. Comments and constructive criticism are welcome. Flames will be ignored. Any help with spelling and other errors would also be appreciated since I would like to correct those wherever possible. Feel free to leave a comment below or to contact me at kitkatkid[at]planetmail[dot]net if you would like to let me know what you think. Please note that this story is being archived on Nifty. However, individual chapters will always be published here first. Thanks for reading the story. I hope you enjoy it.

THE PREVIOUS CHAPTER: In Chapter 27, Danny teaches Tommy the ins and outs of hustling and how to protect himself. He also introduces Tommy to Washington’s gay scene, showing him around different parts of the city and introducing him to its many gay bars and clubs. The friendship between the two boys deepens. Eventually they get high together and then have fun back at Ray’s place. Not too long after that, the time comes for Danny to decide what he will do. He chooses to remain in Washington and that evening he and Danny take their place at the Wall outside the Café Palermo. Nervous, Tommy fantasizes about escaping, but chooses to remain. The evening is slow, but the men who show up focus on Tommy. His first two encounters are profitable and don’t amount to very much. But the third is different, leaving Tommy ashamed, embarrassed and angry. When he and Danny finally go back to Ray’s place, Tommy throws up. Unable to get to sleep, he tosses and turns in bed, replaying what happened in the hotel room over and over in his mind. Finally, Danny offers himself to Tommy. Tommy accepts, but it’s only later that he understands exactly what happened and why. Alone and about to find himself on the streets, Tommy vows to get control of his life as fast as he can and never to lose control again.

CONNECTED

PART III – DESPERATION, DEGRADATION AND DESPAIR

INTERLUDE

What Becomes Of The Broken-Hearted
Joan Osborne and The Funk Brothers

As I walk this land of broken dreams,

I have visions of many things.

But happiness is just an illusion,

Filled with sadness and confusion.

What becomes of the brokenhearted,

Who had love that’s now departed?

I know I’ve got to find

Some kind of peace of mind, baby.

The roots of love grow all around,

But for me they come a-tumblin’ down.

Every day heartaches grow a little stronger,

I can’t stand this pain much longer!

I walk in shadows searching for light,

Cold and alone, no comfort in sight.

Hoping and praying for someone who’ll care,

Always moving and goin’ nowhere.

What becomes of the brokenhearted,

Who had love that’s now departed?

I know I’ve got to find

Some kind of peace of mind

Help me

Please …

I’m searching though I don’t succeed,

But someone look, there’s a growing need.

All is lost, there’s no place for beginning,

All that’s left is an unhappy ending.

Now what becomes of the brokenhearted

Who had love that’s now departed?

I know I’ve got to find

Some kind of peace of mind

I’ll be searching everywhere

Just to find someone to care

I’ll be looking everyday

I know I’m gonna to find a way

Nothing’s gonna stop me now

I’ll find a way somehow

I’ll be searching everywhere

I know I’ve got to find a way …

[Play it loud, full-screened, and in the dark late at night when you’re alone]

*****

5 thoughts on “Chapter 28

  1. The verses could be a mantra for Tommy. Again showcasing your writing talent.
    Add my Holiday Wishes for the Merriest Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year.

  2. But I heard him exclaim ‘ere he drove out of sight,

    “Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!”

    Thanks to everyone, especially those who help keep me going through your comments and best wishes. Whatever you celebrate and wherever you celebrate it, best wishes for the holidays and a happy new year.

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