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Timothy - 16. Chapter 16

We had dinner that evening in Grandfather’s room. “Timothy, I have a position for you in my legal department. One of my lawyers will be retiring and creates a vacancy. And Stephen, I would like to be at your wedding, so be sure I’m invited.”

Stephen got up and left. “Stephen had told me he was gay when he was in high school. He was troubled about it and afraid of being bullied. So I signed him up for self-defense classes and told him to date girls for special events, but not the same girl. His mother prides herself on being envied. She had paraded her handsome son before her friends who had daughters, and now she is afraid of the backlash she will receive when the news comes out her son is gay. She is more concerned about her reputation than her family. In time she will come to accept it.”

Stephen returned and handed his grandfather a wedding invitation.

I looked at Stephen. I never saw it, nor had we discussed the date. He winked and then leaned over and kissed me.

“Isn’t this the same day as graduation?”

“Yes, I’m not giving this man a chance to getaway. The graduation services are in the morning, and I have made arrangements for us to be married at the campus cathedral after graduation festivities are over.”

I started to laugh. “Stephen, there is no way I’m going to run away. I want this as much as you.” That resulted in a kiss.

For the next hour, we talked about how we met, spoke about Randy and his mother, about my family, and what do they think about me getting married. “Have they met Stephen?”

“Yes, they have. I have told them about my pending marriage to Stephen. My youngest sister approved, and Randy insisted on being in the wedding party. I told him he could be my best man.”

 

With dinner over, Stephen and I took a walk. He showed me his favorite spots, including an ice cream parlor. Eating our ice cream cone, we walked to his high school, which was considerably larger than mine. It was a pleasant stroll, quiet like our souls were communicating.

Returning home, we were sitting on a bench in the garden when Stephen’s dad came and sat beside us. “Stephen, don’t worry about your mother. She will come around.”

“Thanks, Dad.”

“Stephen, that is the first time you called me ‘dad.’”

“You can thank Tim for that. When I visited his family, he called his father, Dad, and his mother, Mom. I felt they were close, not so formal. So from now on, you are Dad.”

“What about your mother?”

“I’ll try ‘mom’ after Tim, and I are married.” We laughed.

“Is this a private party, or can anyone join?”

I whispered to Stephen, try gramps. “No, we have room for you, Gramps.”

I saw tears in his grandfather’s eyes. I was afraid.

“Stephen, thank you. I called my grandfather’ gramps,’ and I was hoping that someday you would call me that.”

I looked up into the sky, and it seemed there was one star outshining the rest. Silently, ‘thanks, Donnie.’

I spent the week with Stephen and his family. I was hoping his mother would accept us, for Stephen’s sake.

Our break was over, and we had to get back to school. This would be our last semester.

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TIm and Stehen beoming married on the same day as graduation.  A busy day that will become.  Graduation day and marrige day at the same time.  A little unusual, but not totally.  Stephen's mother seems a little disconnected with him.  Maybe she will see joy that her son is showing soon.  As for Tim,  it sounds as though he will have a job right after his graduation with Gramps.  Everything seems to be heading in the correct direction.  What bumps in thr road lie ahead for the young couple?  Will this love story become more of a mystery?  Too many things seem to be suddenly jumping out for me.  I do hope Tim and Stephen become married.  What will mom think and do about her son who is in love with Tim.  Mom seems to be the unknown factor that has not really been addressed yet.  I want to read the next chapter to give us more insight to what may happen.

 

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Great chapter, regardless of  "mother" congratulations are definitely in order , it is going to be an awesome graduation and wedding, I somehow Don't think that mom is going to come around

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I can't disagree with any of the comments above, but have to wonder if somehow Steven's mother and Tim's older sister were somehow separated at birth???

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14 hours ago, weinerdog said:

Getting married same day as graduation wow Stephen doesn't mess around.Never using the word Dad or Mom I bet the mother was responsible for that as if saying it that way was beneath them.

It's very touching that Tim never forgets about Donnie 

I don't know about you but I remember people who have shared in my past and are no longer here. There are times when something happen that brings these people;to us again in our lives. I used those experiences for Tim and  Donnie

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14 hours ago, chris191070 said:

No messing around, graduation in the morning, married in the afternoon.

I'm glad Tim has not forgotten Donnie.

Some people will be with you always.  Stephen isn't going to let Donnie go

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14 hours ago, Chris L said:

One adjective can convey such meaning and emotion. It sounds like Stephens family has been a bit stoic far too long and Stephen is out to change that - to bring the love and warmth of Timothy's family into his. Rip the curtains back and let the warmth and brightness of the sunshine engulf everyone. Maybe his mother will thaw out a little! lol 

Nice thoughts. There comes reality with a big club

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11 hours ago, Clancy59 said:

Some people just have certain ideas.  I don’t know if they are egotistical or not.  My maternal grandmother, whom I never met, was called Mother by her only child.  Not Mama. Not Mom.  Mother.  As a result, I have always referred to her as Grandmother, not Grandma or Gran or whatever.  My dad’s mom, who I did know and had some strange ideas about appropriate public behavior (lots of stories, not enough room or time for them here), was called Gran, not Grandma.

Hopefully, Steven’s mother will unfreeze a bit and look at the real situation before she risks losing her son and ostracizing her husband!

Graduation day is going to be a BUSY day!

I wonder how she will react when Stephen and Tim adopt.

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8 hours ago, bottomguy said:

TIm and Stehen beoming married on the same day as graduation.  A busy day that will become.  Graduation day and marrige day at the same time.  A little unusual, but not totally.  Stephen's mother seems a little disconnected with him.  Maybe she will see joy that her son is showing soon.  As for Tim,  it sounds as though he will have a job right after his graduation with Gramps.  Everything seems to be heading in the correct direction.  What bumps in thr road lie ahead for the young couple?  Will this love story become more of a mystery?  Too many things seem to be suddenly jumping out for me.  I do hope Tim and Stephen become married.  What will mom think and do about her son who is in love with Tim.  Mom seems to be the unknown factor that has not really been addressed yet.  I want to read the next chapter to give us more insight to what may happen.

 

I think you will be surprised.  Might take the next two chapters

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8 hours ago, mikedup said:

Great chapter, regardless of  "mother" congratulations are definitely in order , it is going to be an awesome graduation and wedding, I somehow Don't think that mom is going to come around

Mothers can put up a good defense but the words, Then you will lose, I'm marrying Tim, can have a big eye awakening

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5 hours ago, drsawzall said:

I can't disagree with any of the comments above, but have to wonder if somehow Steven's mother and Tim's older sister were somehow separated at birth???

That was mentioned before.  Not sure but they both like social positions

 

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Loving dad and gramps... never had grandparents that I can remember so rather jealous here... Still a little worried about mom. Must ask why people think 'position and positioning' is so important in life? (mind it made agreat song in Slipper and the Rose). Mum needs to get her nose out if her arse and learn what is really important.🤪

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