Melissa Eastlake, 2017 Lambda Literary Fellow

Melissa Eastlake, 2017 Lambda Literary Fellow



not working on this week is a retelling of Christmas they dropped his fight against the bench and sat on the picnic table sign presto on Freddy's the he was an animal an octopus maybe damn fat brainy smelling but the heavy body to sit on these chests and many tentacles to cover his nose and mouth creeper under things press pools of sweat behind his knees under his arms it's hot as balls yep new students JD announced hooking her hands behind her over the edge of bench she trotted out the rest of the details briskly cousins actually a boy and girl now weirdly I'm moving in with their grandma over in Northfield Park those about the country in an invited South County but there was some kind of scandal so they got a special exception to transfer Charlie something in leaves got twisted guiltily weather in that part of the story but Emily did what kind of scandal everything I heard this definitely made up Jenny said sure that she already Neal I'm excited and I said and cast an appraising glance over lien Freddie first on top of the table knew who will finally get one view of boyfriend Freddie germs away so fast he almost Table two rows back to the table ten million his arms and stalking as he struggles to rank himself only dismissed him and turned her attention chart visually it was like orbiting into the path of the Sun a boy and a girl you can take your pick please Sean back with more controlled manner don't look at me maybe you'll finally get a girlfriend and you have a I'm a shrub and drop your voice firm they're never going to find someone if you are going to experience ready that trainer fingers please do tell about shutting off balance again open to what some straight edge in you knows nothing about if they're coming in just for their senior year they probably won't even want to make friends Jamie scuffed the whole point of being a new kid in school is to fall in love everybody knows that use her always dream at least shook his head the idea tried to take root he's burned her the girls at school before but never seriously he only had a career what was Freddie who wanted nothing to do with romance with Lee's best friend besides he imagined a new voyage around the country sauntering out of a truck maybe cowboy catching a guy across the courtyard it was absurd but if you think about it reasonably blankly baby we stopped at an SUV for this a lot University of Georgia flags popping charge it was back when yes but but young men that was a car and I'll make me damaged too many for the seats even such a big vehicle that had we knew what was coming but it still made him a little dizzy when they ripped off their shirts and one rushed and a waving flag contributes beats golden and warm over a fresh expanse of flesh check off that jog on creep up the conversation failing to attend spaces in towns quiet streets especially in pass through the park or a favorite of the athletes of March the University and they can never get used to be sent mouths words and beautiful college students thundering shirtless in this town even a practical person cook God it was more than anyone should have to bear ready month under leaves chance of Papa's anyhow closed he drew his attention back to a table where everyone was staring at him but totally you're in the middle of a sentence you had no idea you've been saying me the trailer park and smelling beautiful college students you know all sweat and sunshine Jeannie with her fingers probably her chin on their flat surface you were telling us how reasonable you are [Applause]

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