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    Timothy M.
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Timothy’s Terrible Prompt Stories - 64. Prompt 611 Do you think we can do it again?

An Eric POV chapter

“Do you think we can do it again?” Jasper rotated a ball in his left hand and winced as Carolyn dug her fingers into a sore spot on his shoulder. She was standing behind him after offering her chair to Maria. The two girls were having their own chat, while Nelson and Tony listened to Eric and Jasper discussing baseball.

“Our team will need to bring their best game. They almost had us last time.” Eric, who was sitting next to Jasper on the couch, pointed at the stats he’d printed from his laptop.

“Rob’s double gave us the go-ahead run we needed.”

“But if you hadn’t pitched two great innings before the ninth, they might have caught up.” Eric looked up to see Nelson smile at him from the other side of the low table. His boyfriend might not be a die-hard baseball fan, but Nelson was proud of his best friend’s abilities and obviously liked to hear him praised.

“It wasn’t just me; the defense was running hot. Ryan’s double play in the eight was perfect. And even though my wrist seems OK now, Coach won’t let me go above 30 pitches tomorrow.”

“You’ll have to make each of them count, and let’s hope Mitchell will do at least five innings.”

“We’ll miss him next year, and Alec as catcher too, but Tobias is improving fast. If we’re on top tomorrow, I hope Coach will rotate him in for my innings. We’ll need to get used to working together for next season.”

Tony, who was sitting between Nelson and Maria, groaned. “Enough of baseball. You can talk about that when Rob gets here. Eric, is it true you’re gonna be the GSA President next year?”

“No, where did you hear that?” But even as Eric tried to deny the rumor, Nelson spoke up.

“If we can persuade you to run, I doubt anyone will oppose it. Everybody here supports you, right?”

A chorus of “Yeah; Cool; I’m in; Sure,” and other positive exclamations answered Nelson, and Eric gave in.

“Fine. Yes, I am considering letting Nelson and my pushy brother set me up as the next GSA President if Trevor can’t find anyone better.”

“You’ll be great, and it’ll be nice for you to have a chance to shine off stage too,” Maria declared excitedly.

“Trevor has worked really hard to raise awareness and the status of West Hill GSA,” Carolyn added. “It would be a shame not to continue the good work. Nelson, Rob and all of us think you’re the best person for the job, so be confident and go for it.”

“All right, all right, enough with the cheerleading already. How did you know, Tony? Or is the answer ‘Rob, obviously’?”

Tony grinned and nodded. “He always brags about you, kind of like you do about him. And the way you talk about Nelson, lately.”

Nelson raised his eyebrows at him. “You brag about me, babe?”

“Awwww, he calls you babe. That’s so cute,” Maria gushed. Tony and Jasper fell sideways laughing, and Nelson gave Eric an ‘Ooops, sorry’ look.

Never had Eric been so grateful for Rob making his usual, boisterous entrance.

“Hey, guess what? I’ve recruited five more people from the team for the GSA. I think all of them are straight, but of course you never know. Eric, I think you should be there on Monday morning, when they sign up. Two of them are juniors so they’ll be able to support you as president.”

“I suppose you already told them I was running?”

“Of course, and they liked the idea. Especially after I told them you’d continue the idea of Prom Singles next year.”

Everyone looked from Rob to Eric, who wanted to groan in despair. Now what had his brother come up with?

“Yeah, so the other night Eric and I discussed how the pressure to find a date for Proms was getting out of hand. We should invent new traditions to make it cool to be single and arrive with friends. Maybe have a large group of guys and girls who take turns to escort each other into the dance. The GSA could be heading the change, and I bet a lot of single people would join to be part of that.”

When Rob stopped speaking, there was a short, stunned silence before Jasper stood up.

“Sir Knight, your faithful squire is ready to follow you into the battle of the Proms, even though I hope never to be single again.”

Once they had all stopped laughing, the talk went back to a mix of baseball, school gossip, prom plans, exam worries, and all the other matters which occupy high school students. Eric felt this group of friends would become tighter next year, even without Rob, but he was glad his brother was there to joke and smooth over the ‘dead’ spots in the party. It meant he could focus on getting to know Jasper and Carolyn better, and he noticed Rob making sure Tony and Nelson found out what they had in common, apart from being fans of the same music.

Maria was already a fan of Eric’s boyfriend, a little too enthusiastically at times. She proved this while helping him get more snacks and drinks from the kitchen.

“Nelson is an absolute darling, and sooo good looking. I can’t wait to dance with both of you at the Prom.”

“Both of us at the same time?” Eric wasn’t quite sure this was a good idea.

“Ohhh, that would be really hot. But I’ll settle for a photo with both of you. Mmmm, and perhaps seeing you snog on the dance floor. Is he a good kisser?” She nudged him and began to giggle. “Look at you going all red and bothered; I’ll take that as a yes. Have you done more than kissing?”

“Maria! Jeez, cut it out. Yes, he’s an awesome kisser, and no, I’m not going to tell you anything else. And we’re definitely not making out on the dance floor. Just turning up as a couple and dancing together will be enough of a statement.”

“Fair enough. Tony and I don’t like it when couples are all over each other in public either, but a quick kiss and a hug is OK.”

Eric sighed. “I want to be able to hold his hand, give him a quick kiss, sit close, touch his arm, his hair. All the little things you do with Tony which makes it obvious you’re a couple without doing anything you can’t do in front of family. But there’s always the risk of some hater making a scene.”

Maria immediately hugged him. “I know, and I’m sorry you have to think about this. But that’s exactly the sort of thing you should point out as GSA President. How it’s not about getting special treatment, but just having the same rights as straight couples.”

She picked up the bowls with snacks, and he grabbed the tray with cold cans of soft drinks. “Let’s ask the others what they think. Maybe it could be a good topic for your first official speech next term.”

“It’s a little early to be thinking of speeches. I haven’t even been nominated, let alone elected as GSA president.”

“Come on, Eric, do you really think anyone else will run? Nelson is the best-known gay junior and if he and Trevor are supporting you, it’s no contest.” She walked the last steps and put the snacks on the coffee table before turning around to point her finger at him. “Get used to the idea and start planning.”

Rob looked up them and grinned. “Don’t worry, all his after-Prom plans are ready. Or were you thinking about the wedding?”

“ROB!”

I hope you liked this gathering of friends.

Copyright © 2017 Timothy M.; All Rights Reserved.
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Such a promising first line from Jazz!

;–)

 

…And then you had to ruin it by revealing that Rob wasn’t even there yet!

;–)

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We all know I have a thing for red-heads, and baseball players don't hurt either, so I was glad to see Jasper right away even teasingly.  Eric as GSA President would be great...and I love the Prom idea.  It's nice that gay kids can think about going these days as it wasn't a possibility in my day--not in a small town anyway.

Godt kapitlet, min ven!

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On 3/24/2019 at 11:54 PM, AC Benus said:

These always make me chuckle. Love the "Rob!" at the end :) 

 

Thanks, AC. I love making you laugh.

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On 3/25/2019 at 1:05 AM, droughtquake said:

Such a promising first line from Jazz!

;–)

…And then you had to ruin it by revealing that Rob wasn’t even there yet!

;–)

You keep hoping, and I keep disappointing you. Sorry...

But otherwise I hope you enjoyed the chapter.

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@ColumbusGuy  I'm not a fan of the whole Prom concept, but if it's there it should at least be equal opportunity for everyone, including single people who don't want to bow under the pressure of having a partner.

I'm glad you appreciate the presence of Jasper.

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16 minutes ago, Timothy M. said:

You keep hoping, and I keep disappointing you. Sorry...

I’m waiting for you to write a story about the tall, slender, clean-shaven, bisexual, Erik the Red-type Viking hero with a nice tight body (something for me, something for you) who gets hit on by everybody (because they all think they have a chance), but he’s bored by the hordes throwing themselves at him. He’s ‘comfortable,’ but not incredibly wealthy. Everyone is shocked when he falls for the slightly out of shape, older computer nerd on Disability he meets online…

;–)

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Love the idea of Prom singles... that's brilliant... too much pressure on kids, gay or straight, as it is. The ending was brilliant too. Rob... he's so Rob. :P  Another great job, buddy... cheers... Gary....

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8 minutes ago, droughtquake said:

I’m waiting for you to write a story about the tall, slender, clean-shaven, bisexual, Erik the Red-type Viking hero with a nice tight body (something for me, something for you) who gets hit on by everybody (because they all think they have a chance), but he’s bored by the hordes throwing themselves at him. He’s ‘comfortable,’ but not incredibly wealthy. Everyone is shocked when he falls for the slightly out of shape, older computer nerd on Disability he meets online…

;–)

Soooo... it's a fantasy then? :P 

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1 minute ago, Headstall said:

Soooo... it's a fantasy then? :P 

And no one ever posts fantasies here on GA?

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All those non-fiction accounts of 1%ers, the all-Gay high schools, and the nature documentaries about ‘shifters’ and were-animals…

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2 minutes ago, droughtquake said:

And no one ever posts fantasies here on GA?

;–)

 

 

All those non-fiction accounts of 1%ers, the all-Gay high schools, and the nature documentaries about ‘shifters’ and were-animals…

;–)

He he.

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2 hours ago, droughtquake said:

And no one ever posts fantasies here on GA?

;–)

 

 

All those non-fiction accounts of 1%ers, the all-Gay high schools, and the nature documentaries about ‘shifters’ and were-animals…

;–)

You mean those stories aren't true?

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On 3/26/2019 at 7:30 PM, Headstall said:

Love the idea of Prom singles... that's brilliant... too much pressure on kids, gay or straight, as it is. The ending was brilliant too. Rob... he's so Rob. :P  Another great job, buddy... cheers... Gary....

The singles idea partly came from a CNN articles about six or eight girls who drove to the Prom together in a limousine. On the way they saw a guy from their year walking to the party on his own, because he was autistic and didn't have anyone to go with. So they invited him to ride in the limo with them and had pictures taken with him, which really made him happy. I don't know whether they had dates or companions for the prom evening, but I liked the idea of them arriving together in a group.

You're right about Rob being Rob, now and forever. Thanks for the cheering. :hug: 

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On 3/26/2019 at 11:02 PM, Parker Owens said:

I liked this. Nice to see a great ensemble piece. 

Thanks, Parker. I wanted to show how the people around Nelson and Eric are becoming one group of friends.

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