We’ve all been there. How many remember the coming of age times fondly? Oh, there might be bright moments we cherish, but there are likely many memories that we would rather forget. Times of insecurity, times of embarrassment, times of fear, or times of violence.
We remember things differently, and we deal with those times differently.
This Emery C. Walters collection focuses on the stories of a special subset of our youth: those who realize at some early age that they are different from the other boys and girls, young men and young women. Somehow, they have to fit in, or they have to break free. Each path is fraught with danger, but only the free grow to their full potential.
Watch now as these young people doubt, cry, wonder, find meaning, find love, and grow.
Heat Level: 2
Romantic Content: 3
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay, Straight, Transgender
Protagonist 1 Age: 18-25
Protagonist 2 Age: 18-25
Protagonist 3 Age: 18-25
Tropes: Coming of Age, Hurt / Comfort
Word Count: 148,773
Setting: Maui, Hawaii
Languages Available: English
I thought we were going to just ride the wave in, but a larger than usual wave blew up behind me and broke right over top of us. It knocked me into either a mound of coral or an outcrop of lava, I don’t know which, and the girl lost her grip on me. She still had her little ring and that saved her from the worst of the rocks. I got tumbled and lost my mouthpiece and mask and got scraped along the coral, upside down and all over, banging into rocks and trying not to breathe. The rip in my shorts got snagged, and I hung there, getting torn up even worse by the coral as I was thrown about like I was in a washing machine. Almost immediately, Reg was right there, grabbed the girl from near me and swam toward shore with her, yelling for help. People ran down and came into the water and took her—and Reg came back for me. He and another guy who had been on his surfboard found me still stuck underwater, out of air and ready to give up.READ MORE
In fact almost the last thing I remember seeing was Reg reaching for me. They pulled me free and dragged me onto the board. For the briefest of moments I had enough sense to realize the guy was Chris, Chris, who I had thought had been at Steve’s party, but no, he was here, and he had me in his arms. The bliss from that one short second cut through my panic and fear like a ray of sunshine through a dark cloud of rain.COLLAPSE
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