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Lost Soul - John/Christian - 4. Part 4

Following a huge revelation there is a massive turning point in John's life, you may have guessed what they are but read on and see if you're right.

Remedial work had been carried out on the Thomas Street building. Roof insulation had been put in place, windows had been replaced with double glazing that was tastefully done to look the same as the original windows. All of the plumbing, electrics and gas piping had been replaced to meet current standards. The decorating and furnishings was done to tastefully maintain the character of the building yet blend in with modern living. John had picked his room or should that be rooms and they were furnished and decorated according to his choices.

The ground floor space, with it's own separate entrance, was planned, decorated and furnished to Phillip's high standards. This to provide an efficient but welcoming work environment for his accounting and financial services business. The work had taken longer than intended to be completed, taking nearly four months the Edwards family moved in with a smattering of snow on the ground in February.

This meant that their first Christmas as a family was spent with the Watson's and for the most part was a good and joyous occasion. Being John's first Christmas since losing his parents he did have times when he missed them and became upset remembering the past, this was natural and to be expected. With the love and support of his new family, the Edwards, and the Watson's he not only survived but came through it a stronger young man.

As the weeks and months passed John attended school and became a straight A student, this not only had Phillip and Emily bursting with pride but also helped improve John's self esteem and confidence. He also accepted that Christian was beyond his reach, he met and adored Jayne who had become Christian's fiancé and was later the best man at Christian's wedding. The friendship between man and boy grew stronger with time.

It was because of this friendship that John confided in Christian a secret that he had been keeping and asked for his advice. Being a good man and true friend Christian accepted John for who he is without a second thought, they were friends and nothing could change that their bond was sealed with a hug that conveyed all John needed to know.

This was a troubled time for John as he knew that adoption was being talked about and out of love for Phillip and Emily he wanted, no he needed to be honest with them beforehand. Fearing rejection he packed a case with some of his clothing and a few other possessions, this was hidden in the rear yard before requesting a meeting with Phillip and Emily in Phillip's office. He knew that he was loved, he knew that neither Phillip or Emily had ever said anything against gay people or the gay community, but he was trembling inside and with a churning stomach he was feeling sick. He would remember this meeting for the rest of his life no matter what the outcome, he had to do it.

It was late on that Friday afternoon business was over for the week and Phillip sat in one of the arm chairs in his office Emily sat in the other, John stood nervously as he refused to sit, Christian was at his side.

“John I don't know why you asked for a formal meeting with us but accept that you felt it was important to do so, all I ask is that try to relax and trust in your knowledge that we love you.” Phillip was doing his best to be reassuring, he felt for the boy stood before him.

John was visibly nervous and uncomfortable, to the point he was pale and looked ill as he bared his soul. “I know that you have done a lot for me and care for me a great deal and want to adopt me.” John paused and took a few deep breaths to calm down and find courage. “But before you do I have to tell about the secret that I have been keeping.”

“John you don't need to tell us anything we love you no matter what.” Emily's heart went out the boy that was to be her son.

“I'm not perfect and can not be your son, I'm gay.” John was on the verge of collapse.

Both Phillip and Emily rose and made for John who looked shocked and terrified. Then he felt the arms of both Phillip and Emily envelope him. “You beautiful boy we know, never doubt our love it is unconditional.” Emily was crying as she spoke, her heart was breaking for the boy she loved.

“You are my son I felt it the first time I held you and I still feel it, you will always be my son.” Phillip held John in vice like grip refusing to let go.

Christian joined in the family hug, “I told you that you had nothing to worry about real love is just that, real love.”

The following month a Judge in The Family Court in Manchester was nearing the end of his last case. “I have only one question to ask before making my decision.” He looked directly at John. “By what name would you like to be known this should be your own decision, please think carefully as this will be your permanent name.”

John had not spoken to anyone about his choices which were made out of respect for those who had loved and cared for him in the darkest time of his short life. “Sir I don't need to think, I would like my name to be Christian Phillip John Edwards.”

The Judge had read the files and smiled, “I like your choices and approve.” Raising his voice for all in the court to hear. “It is the courts decision that the petition for adoption be granted and that the boy formally known as John William Gregory henceforth be known as Christian Phillip John Edwards and be given the same rights and protection in law as any biological offspring of Emily Margaret Edwards and Phillip George Edwards. This petition is granted with immediate effect. Court is adjourned.” As is customary the Judge then banged his gavel. “The adoption and amended birth certificates will be available in seven days.”

The celebrations that night were big and loud with many happy smiling faces.

We are close to the end of John's, sorry, Christian's story. Let me know what you think, I like to hear from you, all reactions and comments are valued.

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Brilliant,  heart warming n heart breaking all at the same time! why does seeking acceptance have to be soo hard in the real world a lot of the time !? This young man landed on his feet after a family tragedy but he still went through what a lot of  us did in regards the fear of rejection or potential violence depending on the individual's circumstances.!?!?

I feel lucky that I eventually got family support but I lost friends & distanced myself from other people for the fear of ignorance & intolerance in the mid 1980's in rural central Scotland. The outbreak of HIV & AIDS round about the same time added another layer of fear !! 

My respect as always for your work & your aims in regards to raising the profile of teenage homelessness 

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6 hours ago, Freemantleman said:

Brilliant,  heart warming n heart breaking all at the same time! why does seeking acceptance have to be soo hard in the real world a lot of the time !? This young man landed on his feet after a family tragedy but he still went through what a lot of  us did in regards the fear of rejection or potential violence depending on the individual's circumstances.!?!?

I feel lucky that I eventually got family support but I lost friends & distanced myself from other people for the fear of ignorance & intolerance in the mid 1980's in rural central Scotland. The outbreak of HIV & AIDS round about the same time added another layer of fear !! 

My respect as always for your work & your aims in regards to raising the profile of teenage homelessness 

As the way I have been brought up and the life that I have had has made me the person that I am today, I try to apply that same principle to my characters. This helps to keep my work as close to real life as possible, the subject matter of homelessness and especially teenage welfare is something that my family takes seriously. The Boot series is based on a fictional shelter in Manchester, The Lost Soul series is a series of stories about the earlier life of a main character(s) from The Boot and hopefully explains what brought them together. I originally joined GA to read not write as I've never considered myself as a writer and still don't, so you comments mean a lot to me. Thank you.

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Your writing is good & people, well certainly I can relate to it!! I've read the boot series too & enjoyed your writing there too I almost said I loved it but with the subject matter that would be an inappropriate phrase to use. It's real it's happening in the UK & around the world & it's wrong!! Keep going!!

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