The RV Chronicles (Chapter 24)

Chapter 24

Written by: (KenW9270)

Griffin woke up and sleepily rolled over to get some good morning cuddles, but all he found was a cold, empty bed. “Wow. He’s up early,” he thought to himself as he got out of bed and pulled on a t-shirt. Griff padded out of the room looking for Nicholas. He got to the kitchen and saw Nicholas at the table. The two girls were on either side of Nicholas, each with an arm wrapped around him. Griffin was a little puzzled, so he walked over and wrapped his arms around Nicholas from behind. He rested his chin on his boyfriend’s shoulder. “Hey, Boo. What’s up? You’re awake early. What are you looking at? Are you making more travel plans?” Griff asked as he saw all the maps spread out on the table.

Nicholas looked up at Griff with tears blurring his normally crystal-clear blue eyes. “Hey, Peaches. I couldn’t sleep, so I got up and started organizing some of the cupboards and drawers that we hadn’t gone through yet.”

Griffin nudged the girls out of the way and spun Nicholas’ chair sideways, so he could kneel in front of him. “Baby, what’s wrong?” He gently reached up and wiped the tears off of Nicholas’ cheeks.

“Nothing’s wrong. I’m not even sure if these are happy tears or sad tears. Look what I found.” Nicholas motioned toward the maps spread out on the table. “These are all my dad’s travel maps! He marked off routes and circled places that he wanted to take me. There are even notes in the margins in his handwriting about what he wanted me and him to do at some of the places. I thought mom cleaned everything out of here when she put the RV into storage. This… this is like a gift from my dad!”

Griff leaned forward and kissed the fresh teardrops from the corners of Nicholas’ eyes. “I’m so happy for you, Boo. This is amazing! We’ll add these in with the ones that you made, and we’ll know exactly where we want to go.”

Nicholas’ lips curled down into a frown. “Yeah. At least until I drop you off at college.”

“Don’t worry about that right now. There’s plenty of time before that happens. So much has changed for us in the last couple of weeks, who knows what will happen before we get to Ohio.”

“You’re right. Sorry for being so emotional. Go take your shower, and I’ll fix breakfast.”

Casey stepped forward and put a hand on Nicholas’ shoulder. “Organize your dad’s maps. Me and Jamie have breakfast covered today.”

“Yep. Chef Jamie and her fabulous assistant, Cookmeister Casey, at your service!” Jamie giggled.

Griff pulled Nicholas to his feet and wrapped him in a tight bear hug. “No apologies necessary. I know what your dad meant to you. He was an awesome dad.” Griff kissed Nicholas on the forehead. “Finding those maps was a sign that we are doing exactly what we should be doing right now, and we have your dad’s blessing.”

“You’re right. He loved you a lot, Griff. I know he’d be happy for us. Ok, let’s get this day started. Go get in the shower and I’ll finish up here. It smells like the ladies are already fixin’ us some breakfast!”

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Nicholas’ hair whipped around his face, damp from the spray of the water. He let out a whoop and pressed down as hard as he could on the jet ski’s gas pedal. Only one more to pass and he’d be in the lead. The nose of his jet ski was now even with the tail end of Andy’s. Just as they reached the predetermined finish line, Nicholas pulled into the lead. He slowed the engine and glided to a stop at the dock. Nicholas danced and jumped his way down the pier and onto the beach where Griff waited, still taking photos.

“Did you see that? That was amazing!” Nicholas cheered.

“Not only did I see it, but I also recorded it! Your victory will be immortalized on our RV Instagram account, Boo!”

“I still can’t believe you have over a hundred followers in two days! Maybe we will go viral!” Nicholas laughed.

“Yeah, maybe we can be the next Alec in WILDerland!”

Andy strolled over and pointed up at the jet ski rental office. Ian is taking care of the paperwork. Are we ready to go get lunch?”

Jamie bounced over with her nearly perpetual grin, “Definitely! I’m starved.”

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“I’m glad you chose this place,” Ian said. “It’s my favorite restaurant of all the ones that we’ve been to here in Chesapeake Beach.”

“As an added bonus,” Griffin chuckled, “the owner, Peggy, gives Nicholas a free piece of pie every time he comes in for saving that dude’s life earlier this week.”

“Wait… what? You have to tell us that story!” Jamie squealed.

So, as they ate, Griffin told the story of the Heimlich save. Nicholas retaliated by telling the story of Griffin saving Gustavo in the hang glider accident. Then, Griffin told the story of Nicholas’ tackling him in the mud to save him from the runaway RV.

Ian glanced at his watch. “Time to finish up here, guys and gals. Andy and I have to hit the road.”

As Andy stood from the table, Jamie nearly tackled him with a hug. “You have my number and all my socials, you better stay in touch, boy!”

Andy grinned and kissed her on the cheek. “Of course, I will. You’re my favorite girl.”

“Where are you heading next?” Jamie asked.

“Virginia Beach. Then on to my hometown of Savannah, Georgia.” Andy said.

“Post plenty of beach pics,” Jamie said with a wink.

Andy blushed. “For sure.”

Goodbyes were said all around, and then Ian and Andy left on their way south.

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Griffin raised his kayak paddle in the air and whooped in victory. “Oh yeah, baby! That’s game, set, and match! We win four to two!”

Nicholas and Casey shook their heads. “Should we ask for best of nine instead of best of seven?” Casey asked.

“Nah. Look at those two already dancing on the beach like they won the Olympics. Let them enjoy it.”

“It’s three-thirty anyway. You said that we should leave by four.” Casey said as she got out of the kayak and helped Nicholas pull it onto the beach.

“Yeah, let’s get these things signed in and get back to the RV.” Nicholas and Griff pulled the kayaks back to the rental shed and rejoined the girls for the short walk back to the RV.

While Nicholas was double-checking all the RV hookups and gauges to make sure they were ready to leave, Griffin noticed both girls kept looking down the road and whispering together. He walked over and put an arm around each girl. “Ladies, what’s wrong? And don’t you dare say nothing.”

Jamie looked up at Griffin then at her sister and finally back up at Griffin. She sighed, “I can’t lie to you, even if I wanted to. I’m not sure that anything is wrong, but I think I saw Roger’s beat-up red pick up parked out by the exit to the park. As soon as I saw it, it drove away, but I’ve seen it drive by two times since then.”

“Roger is your stepfather, right? The one who abused you both?”

Casey frowned. “Yes,” she swore under her breath, “I knew we shouldn’t have gone to Sarah’s party last night. If it is him, that’s how he found us. Some blabbermouth told him we were there!”

Griff ran a hand through his hair. “You two are both over eighteen, right? Those weren’t fake ID’s? Why would he track you down?” Nicholas had joined the group and was listening intently.

“We are both of age. He just thinks that he owns us. Plus, he’s probably pissed that I knocked him out with the baseball bat. He tracked us down because he’s a psychopath.” Jamie said.

“Well, you’re not sure it’s him, but regardless, even it is him, the sooner we get on the road, the sooner we leave him behind,” Nicholas said as he herded everyone into the RV. Once they were all buckled in, Nicholas started up his road trip playlist, and they pulled out of the park to the sounds of Aerosmith.

“I’m back

I’m back in the saddle again

I’m back

I’m back in the saddle again

Ridin’ into town alone by the light of the moon

I’m lookin’ for old Sukie Jones, she crazy horse saloon

Barkeep gimme a drink, that’s when she caught my eye

She turned to give me a wink, that’d make a grown man cry

I’m back in the saddle again

I’m back

I’m back in the saddle again

I’m back

Come easy, go easy, all right until the rising sun

I’m calling all the shots tonight, I’m like a loaded gun

Peelin’ off my boots and chaps, I’m saddle sore

Four bits gets you time in the racks, I scream for more

Fools’ gold out of their mines, the girls are soaking wet

No tongue’s drier than mine, I’ll come when I get back

I’m back in the saddle again

I’m back

I’m back in the saddle again

I’m ridin’, I’m loadin’ up my pistol

I’m ridin’, I really got a fistful

I’m ridin’, I’m shinin’ up my saddle

I’m ridin’, this snake is gonna rattle

Yodalayhe yodalayhe yodayahehoo

I’m back in the saddle again

I’m back

I’m back in the saddle again

I’m back

Ridin’ high

Ridin’ high

Ridin’ high.”

The RV Chronicles (Chapter 23)

Chapter 23

Written by: (Flash2002)

The guys and gals went outside to wait for their Uber to take them to the waterpark for a fun day of waterslides. They packed extra clothes because when they were done playing at the waterpark, they were going to a mystery dinner theater.

They arrived at the waterpark and the guys parted ways with the girls. Casey and Jamie were going their own way to check out all the hot, wet, shirtless guys.

Griffin waved goodbye, telling the girls not to get in too much trouble, then turned to Nicholas. “Which ones first? The biggest ones?”

“Why don’t you go ride a few of the big ones. I’m going to lay in a tube on the Lazy River and soak up some sun for a little while first,” said Nicholas.

“Well, I suppose, but first we have to put our backpacks in a locker and then I’ll rub the suntan lotion all over your backside for you,” Griff said with a giggle.

“Mmmm, sure thing, Peaches. I definitely don’t want to get a sunburn,” Nicholas said.

They went inside the locker room and locked up their backpacks. Nobody else was around and their locker was in the back corner, so Nicholas took off his shirt and laid face down on the bench. “I’m ready for that suntan lotion, Griff.”

Griff looked down at his boyfriend lying there and he couldn’t help himself. He kissed Nicholas’ neck and gently nibbled on his ear. Then he kissed and licked down to the middle of Nicholas’ back while Nicholas squirmed and moaned beneath him. Griffin sat back up and kind of spaced out a little. He thought to himself, “Have I died and gone to heaven? This beautiful man is all mine. Nicholas is finally my boyfriend, my lover. I must be the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”

Nicholas turned over and stared up at Griffin. “Are you gonna put that lotion on me or just keep staring?”

“Actually, roll over. We have time for a little action,” Griff smirked. “We’re all alone in here. I’ll be quick.”

“No. Wait until later, Peaches. Anyone could walk in, even a kid. I wouldn’t mind being a nudist, but not an exhibitionist.”

“You’re right. Just know how much I want you right now, you sexy beast. I’ll settle for a few more kisses, I guess,” Griffin said as he finally applied the suntan lotion, doing it in the sexiest way possible.

“I love you, snookums. Now go have fun riding the towers,” said Nicholas as he hugged and kissed his daredevil of a man and watched him leave.

Nicholas headed over and grabbed a tube to ride. He floated in the Lazy River as it wound its way around the whole park. He laid on his tummy, so his backside got some sun first.

Meanwhile, Griffin was acting like he was a kid again as he ran up the steps to the tallest of the towers they had. He had to slow down as he got behind some slow people. He thought to himself, as he waited in the slow line, about school. It was frustrating that, just when he was finally getting what he’d wanted all these years, it was happening right when he was about to leave for college. He wanted to go to Ohio State, but right now, he wanted to continue on this journey with Nicholas even more. He shook his head to try and clear his thoughts. For now he would enjoy what he could, while he could.

Griffin got higher up and looked down to see if he could spot Nicholas, but everyone looked like ants from this high up. This was going to be an excellent ride. Finally, it was Griff’s turn and he jumped into the opening in the tube. At first, it was dark and he was going extremely fast! There were lots of twists and turns as the tube wound its way down the hill. He thought he must be going 55 miles per hour! Then he saw a light at the end of the tunnel and, with a big splash, he was in the deep end of a giant pool. Griff whooped out a “Hell, yeah!”

Griff pulled himself out of the pool and looked around at the other waterslides. However, he decided that the only place he wanted to be was with Nicholas. Griffin walked down to the Lazy River and got his own tube. When he found Nicholas, Griff saw that he had dozed off on his tube. Griffin pulled himself onto Nicholas’ tube and got in right behind him and spoke loud enough to wake him, “Hey there, beautiful! I couldn’t stand being without you, so here I am!”

Nicholas jumped and said, “Aww, you didn’t have to come back so soon. Go ride some more waterslides.”

“I’m right where I wanna be. We can ride the towers together after lunch. We should always stay together and maximize our time before August.” Griffin said with a half-frown.

“That’s a deal. Always together,” Nicholas said and turned his head up for a quick kiss. They floated a while longer and then got a quick bite to eat. The guys spotted Casey and Jamie flirting with a table full of guys. “Oh my gosh! Look at them. They’re practically drooling on those guys,” Nicholas laughed.

“I drool over you every time I see you, Boo! And I can’t wait to catch you alone later tonight,” Griff said with a wink.

“Stop it! You’re making me blush, Peaches. Let’s go hit those waterslides!” Nicholas said, stealing another quick kiss and grabbing Griff’s hand. They walked toward the tower waterslides.

The guys rode all the rides together and then decided to hit the wave pool for a while. Suddenly, both girls ran over and told them that they were going to a party they’d been invited to with a bunch of people. “Okay, ladies, but please be safe and watch your drinks at all times. Have fun, but don’t stay out too late” said Nicholas.

“Yes, Daddy Nicholas. Jeez, we’ll be careful. We know everyone from school. They’re really nice, but we promise to be extra careful,” Jamie said with just a hint of attitude.

It was getting late, so Nicholas and Griffin hurried to the locker room to change clothes. “This has been an amazing day together, Boo,” Griff said and jumped in the shower to rinse off the chlorine with Nicholas right behind him.

“I loved every second of it. Now it’s time to get to our next adventure,” said Nicholas as he dried off and got dressed. He looked up as Griffin stepped out of the shower, too. Nicholas let out a wolf whistle. “How come I never ever saw you this way before now. You’re so freaking hot that you send goosebumps all over me, among other things. I’m so lucky that you never gave up on me and now I have you as my main man. I love you so much, Griff.”

“Thanks, Boo, but you’re way hotter than I could ever be,” Griffin smirked and finished getting dressed.

They finished up in the locker room and Nicholas placed the order for an Uber to pick them up. Griffin gathered up their backpacks and made sure he had their tickets for the mystery dinner theater. They walked out of the locker room just as the Uber arrived. They got in and searched their backpacks for the disposable phones they were given when they made the dinner reservations. Everyone in the restaurant could potentially become involved in the production. The show producer would text them with what was about to happen, if it involved them.

The boys talked about what they were about to do and then they arrived at their destination. They paid the driver and scheduled a time for him to return to pick them up. They slowly walked to the door of an enormous mansion. The master of ceremonies welcomed them in and sat them at a table, which had placards with their names on them. About twenty-five people were in the room, including ten stage actors.

“Griff, this dinner looks delicious! Steak, baked potatoes, salad with dandelions, and broccoli with a cheese sauce. Looks like everyone else got white wine, but they gave us the sweet tea and bottled water that we ordered,” said Nicholas.

“I know this is so cool!” Griff replied. As they started eating, the various actors began the drama. A couple of people disappeared. There was yelling and several people left the room in different directions. Griffin got a text message to get up and go to the bathroom. “Hey, Boo, I have to go to the bathroom. I’ll be right back, ok?” Griff said as he left the table.

Nicholas was unaware of the text message that Griffin had received. Screams were heard as the lights went out and a voice yelled out, “Stay calm, everyone. The lights will be right back on.”

Nicholas sat up and looked for Griffin. “Where is he?” Nicholas thought to himself. The lights came back on and then a woman came running into the room with blood all over her dress.

“Please, somebody, help! My husband has been attacked and killed! Please help me!” She screamed and then fainted and fell to the floor.

“Everyone, please remain calm and stay seated. We will lock the doors until the police get here,” a large, burly man said to the group. “Please take notice of who’s missing from the tables.”

“You! Young man, didn’t you come with someone? Where is your friend?” someone yelled to Nicholas.

“He just went to the bathroom, but he hasn’t come back,” Nicholas said hurriedly.

About that time, Griff walked back to the table and sat down. “Uh, what did I miss Nicholas?” Griff asked.

“Only the murder! Jeez! I told you not to leave me!” exclaimed Nicholas.

Nicholas hadn’t seen Griffin read any of the messages from his disposable phone and got excited. “Oh my god! You’re a suspect in this now! This is way cool,” Nicholas said.

For the next hour to hour and a half, the play went on and the boys were trying to figure out who committed the murder. Nicholas looked at Griff’s clothes, and there was a little blood on them. He asked Griffin if he cut himself today at the waterpark. Griff said, “Oh yeah, I scraped my wrist on one of the rides today.”

Things progressed and everyone was asked to write on a piece of paper who they thought committed the murder. Griff guessed Mr. Oberon and Nicholas wrote down Griffin’s name. He deduced that Griffin was indeed a part of the story and the murderer! The big reveal was announced and it was Griffin that committed the murder. The story was that he was jealous of the man and how successful in building a fortune he was while ruining the town. Congratulations were given to Nicholas and one other person who got it right and, with that, the play was over.

“Oh my goodness, Griff! We have to do this again sometime in another city. This was so much fun!” Nicholas exclaimed with joy.

“Yeah, it was awesome and I like how they include everyone in the plot without telling them until the last minute,” Griff said.

They went outside and got into their Uber and called Casey and Jamie to check on them. They decided to stay over at a girlfriend’s house tonight and return to the RV early in the morning. They assured the boys that they were both safe and sound.

“You know what that means, don’t you, babe? It means we have the whole RV to ourselves, all night long,” Griff said with a sexy grin.

“You are so right, Peaches,” Nicholas said and went in for a kiss. They continued to kiss all the way home, and their hands were roaming. Before they noticed that the car had stopped, the driver cleared his throat.

Griffin blushed. “Sorry, dude,” he said to the driver.

“Well, we made it home,” Nicholas laughed nervously. “You pay the driver and I’ll go in and get everything situated.”

As Nicholas disappeared into the RV, Griffin chatted with the driver for a few minutes about the play. Then he paid him and watched him drive off. Griffin turned and went inside the RV to join his boyfriend for a night of fun.

The RV Chronicles (Chapter 22)

Chapter 22

Written by: (Phoenix2020)

After devouring every morsel of Nicholas’ scrumptious fixin’s, Ian and Andy made convenient excuses and departed, leaving Casey, Jamie, and the boys to clean up. They determined to leave the beach area in the same shape as they found it, if not better. Griffin and Nicholas continued their flirtatious banter with the girls matching them with their teasing barbs. Finally, Nicholas surveyed their beach spot with his meticulous eyes and decided that it passed muster, so they all headed home.

While taking turns showering, Jamie claiming first dibs, they each became absorbed in their own quiet space. Casey had discovered the cache of books that Nicholas had brought along, his “Top 20 Novels” collection, as he referred to it. She squealed when she came across ‘Gone With the Wind’ and begged to borrow it. Nicholas graciously consented, always eager to share his literary treasures with an enthusiastic audience, and she settled onto the sofa to dive in.

Griffin sat at the kitchen table and began to browse the photos he’d taken during the day, mostly on the cruise around Chesapeake Bay, editing them a bit as he went along. It suddenly occurred to him that he should set up a separate Instagram page from his personal page to chronicle their RV excursions and adventures, like Nicholas’ travel journal. Maybe one day they could even combine the two into a book!

Nicholas, ironically, had stretched out on their bed to update his journal with the events of the past several days. He’d not had the time since before the unexpected arrival of their traveling companions. In fact, he’d not even taken the time to talk to his mom and tell her about Casey and Jamie. He and Griffin both needed to make sure they called home tomorrow morning before heading out. Both their moms were good about giving them space and not expecting daily updates, but after three days, texts and voicemail messages would commence at an alarming rate!

Jamie emerged from the bathroom, and Griffin told Casey to go ahead, as he was in the middle of setting up his ‘RV Chronicles’ Insta page. Grabbing the remote, Jamie began to browse Netflix and stumbled across ‘The River Thief,’ which starred her very most favoritest actor, Joel Courtney. Her stepmonster had killed their Netflix account after their mom died so this was a sorely-missed luxury for Jamie. Casey could have her books, but Jamie needed visual entertainment.

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A couple of hours later, Casey and Jamie had crashed on their sofa bed while Nicholas and Griffin were finally enjoying some intimate togetherness in the comfort of their bedroom and testing the memory of their foam mattress. Both boys felt they were dangerously close to bursting, in more ways than one. Griffin came up for air long enough to turn on the bedside bluetooth speaker and scroll through his Spotify app to locate an appropriate playlist to fit the mood and provide some cover to the tunes emanating from the bed.

“Let me see that,” Nicholas demanded. He always knew just the right song for the moment, and this was no exception. Almost immediately, Exile began their sultry accompaniment, and Nicholas crooned right along with them …

“When you get home babe, gonna light your fire

All day I’ve been thinking about you babe you’re my one desire

Gonna wrap my arms around you and hold you next to me

Oh, baby wanna taste your lips I wanna be your fantasy

Yeah

I don’t know what I’d do without you babe don’t know where I’d be

You’re not just another lover no you’re everything to me

Every time I’m with you baby can’t believe it’s true

When you’re laying in my arms, and you do the things you do

You can see it in my eyes I can feel it in your touch

You don’t have to say a thing just let me show how much

Love you

Need you

Yeah babe

I wanna kiss you all over, and over again

I wanna kiss you all over

Till the night closes in.”

“Damn, Boo, do it!” Griffin moaned. “Kiss me all over! Take me now!”

Not having to be told twice, Nicholas did just that. Detaching his lips from Griffin’s, he began an excruciatingly slow tour down Griff’s body with the ultimate goal of kissing, tasting and savoring every square inch. With hands roaming wherever they could reach, both boys writhed, attempting to press as much flesh together as physically possible while also trying to keep their vocal responses at a volume level that would not attract the attention of their guests.

Nicholas caressed a hip with one hand, ran the other through Griff’s hair and licked, nibbled, and nipped at his nips causing Griffin to arch his back in ecstasy unlike any he’d ever experienced. Yes, the boys had enjoyed sex with each other in their past “friends with benefits” lives, but this was a whole different, and new, world. They were blissfully discovering the difference between sex and making love.

Griffin’s hands were not idle, either, with his left hand squeezing Nicholas’ buttcheek and his right roaming his Boo’s inner thighs, discovering much to explore there. When he finally grasped Nicholas’ rigid boyness, all Nicholas could do was growl, “YES!” Four firm stokes later and Nicholas, with an “Oh, Griff!” released too many days worth of pent up sexual frustration all over Griffin’s playground.

Pausing just long enough to catch his breath, Nicholas quickly navigated down Griffin’s quivering belly to return the favor. Nicholas had always had an oral fixation, and he was not about to rely on his hand to return the favor. Within seconds, Griffin’s eyes rolled back in his head, and Nicholas had to seal Griff’s mouth with his hand to squelch the stream beginning to emerge while another stream began to emerge into Nicholas.

The boys melted together while coming down from highs unlike any that either had ever experienced. But their “first night” was only beginning. They had quickly and easily succeeded in taking the edge off, but then the real love-making began … slowly, intimately, beautifully, perfectly. For the next two hours, they loved each other deeply, both more invested in providing the other with as much pleasure as was physically possible and expressing their love for the other in every way they could conceive.

Finally, exquisitely exhausted, Nicholas and Griffin managed to summon enough energy to tug the sheets off the bed and toss them in the corner. Dressing the mattress with a fresh fitted sheet, they fell back on the mattress and threw a cotton sheet across themselves and were asleep almost by the time their heads hit the pillows. The last thoughts they each had were pretty much the same. It was a night that neither would ever forget and both hoped to repeat many more times.

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Griffin, as usual, woke first and bent towards Nicholas to wake him with a kiss, not the least bit concerned about morning breath. “Hmmm … good morning, Peaches,” Nicholas whispered. “I had the most beautiful dream.”

“We will be having that dream many more nights, Boo!” Griffin promised. “I wonder if the girls … uh … noticed anything.”

“I honestly don’t think I care. I was worried a bit about that before, but now, I’m just not. It was beautiful and perfect.”

After pulling on shorts and t-shirts and putting the bed and room back together, the boys went to see if Casey and Jamie were up. They were still out cold, so Griffin headed for the bathroom while Nicholas went to see what was available for breakfast. Discovering the rations in extremely short supply, he made an executive decision that they would be heading back to the diner they enjoyed their first day in Chesapeake Beach for breakfast.

While he was bopping around in the kitchen, both girls rose from their slumber and offered weak “good mornings.”

“Good morning,” Nicholas responded a bit warily. “Uh, how did you sleep?”

“I haven’t slept like that in months!” said Casey. “I didn’t even realize how tired I was.”

“I slept really well, too. How did you sleep, Nicholas?” Jamie asked, with a slight smirk. “Or did you sleep?”

Griffin chose that moment to stride out of the bathroom, hair reaching in every possible direction, in time to hear Jamie’s inquiry. “Oh, we slept. Believe me when I say … we were exhausted!”

“SO!” Nicholas quickly jumped in. “Who’s ready for some breakfast and a fun day at the Chesapeake Beach Water Park?”

The RV Chronicles (Chapter 21)

Chapter 21

Written by: (KenW9270)

“We made it just in time!” Nicholas said, nearly collapsing onto the picnic table underneath the sign that read: “Chesapeake Windsail Cruises.”

“Yeah, it definitely takes longer to get ready when you have to wait for two girls to get out of the shower!” Griffin rolled his eyes and grinned at Casey and Jamie.

“You totally took longer than I did!” Jamie gave a good-natured shove to Griff’s shoulder.

“I’ll set a stop-watch next time.” Griff laughed.

“Besides, you two overslept from all your partying last night!” Jamie retorted.

“Are those the guys that we’re meeting down by the boat?” Casey asked.

“Yes. That’s them. Let’s go. We’re supposed to leave in five minutes.” Nicholas got up from the picnic table and led the way down to the docks.

Andy waved to them as they approached. “Hey, guys. I’m so glad you invited us along! This looks cool. I wanted Ian to go on this, but the minimum number of passengers was four, so we weren’t gonna do it.”

“Well, we have six now,” Nicholas said. “Andy, this is Casey and Jamie. Girls, this here is Andy, and over there talking to the captain is his boyfriend, Ian.”

“Are ALL gay guys hot?” Jamie groaned.

“Behave, little sis.” Casey chided.

“Like you didn’t think the same thing.” Jamie retorted and stuck her tongue out at her sister.

“Well, I’ll take the compliment. But to be accurate, I’m bi, but I’m also taken.” Andy winked at Jamie.

“Good to know. If your status ever changes, snap me.” She grinned.

Ian ran over. “Hey, guys…err… and girls. The captain says we’re ready to go.” They all picked up their backpacks and got on the boat.

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About an hour into the cruise, Griffin tuned everything else out and took photos of the beautiful scenery. He was so focused on what he was doing that he nearly lost his balance when the boat hit some choppy waves and bounced around a bit. He grabbed the rail and kept a tight grip on his camera. Griff was just about to refocus his camera when he heard a scream. He looked around for his companions and met Jamie’s eyes.

“It’s Andy! He fell overboard!” Jamie yelled to Griffin as she grabbed a life vest and jumped overboard.

Nicholas raced to the side of the boat, “Andy! Jamie!” He turned toward Griff. “Griff go get…” The rest of his words died in his throat as he witnessed Griffin also dive overboard, life vest in hand. “Crap!” He yelled and sprinted toward the captain.

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In the water, Griff swam up beside Jamie and Andy. “Are you guys ok? Can you both swim? I brought an extra vest.”

Andy spit up more water. “I can swim but not very good. Jamie probably saved my life!” He said while he struggled to put on the life vest. “I should have been wearing a vest from the start, but I wanted to look cool for Ian.”

“Life vest or no, you look hot, not cool,” Jamie said.

“Do you ever stop, girl?” Griffin laughed.

“Sorry, not sorry.” She stuck her tongue out at Griff.

“You’re pretty hot yourself, Jamie. If I were single, I’d definitely snap you.” Andy grinned.

“Thank God they’re coming back for us. I wouldn’t want to puke on the two of you.” Griff rolled his eyes.

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Ian and Casey were already at the captain’s side by the time Nicholas arrived. The captain slowed the boat and turned back toward the lost passengers. All three rushed to the side of the boat to yell directions back to the captain. “Stop! We’re right next to them!” Yelled Ian as he tossed a rope overboard.

Andy was the first one up the rope, and Ian grabbed him in an enormous bear hug and pulled him down into the yacht’s seating area and checked to make sure he was ok. He asked him numerous times if he needed to go back and go to the hospital. Andy reassured Ian that he was perfectly fine.

Jamie was the next one up the rope and was greeted by her sister. Andy ran over and hugged her. “Casey, your sister saved my life! She’s a hero!” He kissed Jamie’s cheek and ran back over to Ian.

Casey smirked. “Don’t you go getting a crush on him, little sis. He’s in a relationship.”

“I know. I know. He’s so freaking cute though!” Jamie gushed.

Griffin came up the rope last. Nicholas grabbed him around the waist. “You’re determined to save everyone on this trip, aren’t you?”

“Hey, I’m not the one who saved the guy from choking in the restaurant.” Griff laughed.

Nicholas ran his fingers through Griff’s wet, strawberry blonde hair. He laced his fingers together and pulled Griff’s head down, and their lips met. Griffin’s eyes opened wide in surprise, and his lips parted as he started to say something. Nicholas’ tongue darted into Griff’s open mouth and deepened the kiss. Griff’s hands slid down Nicholas’ body and rested on his slim hips. The sounds of whistles and cheers reminded the boys that they weren’t alone and they grudgingly parted. “Don’t keep scaring me, Griffin. Now that we’re together, I don’t ever want to lose you.”

“You won’t ever lose me, Nicholas. I’ve loved you since we were five. I’ve probably been in love with you since we were thirteen. You’re stuck with me forever.” Griff blushed and turned away to look for his camera.

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The rest of the cruise was fun but uneventful. The six friends arrived back at the dock right at noon, and they walked to the Rod’n’Reel Restaurant where they had lunch reservations set up through Windsail Cruises. Lunch was spent in equal parts congratulating Jamie and Griffin on their quick thinking and teasing Griffin and Nicholas about their toe-curling kiss. “Next topic, please,” Nicholas said, as his cheeks burned a bright red.

“What’s our plan for the afternoon? Are we still hanging out?” Andy asked.

“We are spending the afternoon and evening at Breezy Point Beach. You and Ian are more than welcome to join us.” Nicholas answered.

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Griffin got out of the water and sat on the sand, waiting for Jamie to catch up to him. She was a fast swimmer, but Griff was faster. He looked to his left and saw Casey, Ian, and Andy tossing a frisbee around. Then he looked off to his right and saw Nicholas at the barbecue grill. Griff’s stomach rumbled as the odors from the barbecue wafted close enough for him to smell.

Jamie plopped down on the sand next to Griffin. “Wow. I thought I was a good swimmer, but you killed me out there. You’re amazing!”

“You should see me on my board.” Griff winked. “You’re an excellent swimmer. I’m just out there as much as possible. I have been since I was like ten years old. I love swimming. I love surfing even more.”

“It shows. Whenever you guys settle down, it should totally be on the ocean. It would be such a shame for you to not be out there doing your thing. I could see you as a lifeguard on a California beach.” Jamie giggled. “Like that old show Baywatch. You totally have the bod for it too.”

“Thanks,” Griff laughed. “You ready for dinner?”

“OMG, yes! Whatever Nicholas is cooking over there smells heavenly!”

“He mixes a lot of spices into his burgers. Back home, they’d be fresh from his mom’s herb garden. Out here, we have to settle for store-bought dried herbs.”

“Whatever it is, it smells delicious. I’ll go get Casey and the other guys. I’ll see you back at the picnic table.”

Griffin sauntered over to the barbecue grill. “That smells delicious, Boo. Jamie said the same thing. Is it just about ready?”

“Yeah. Maybe five more minutes. Can you hand me those plates, please?”

Griff turned and grabbed the stack of plates and placed them on the table next to the grill. “Your plates, sir.”

Nicholas looked up at Griffin with a thoughtful expression. “Griff, you said earlier that you’ve been in love with me for five years, ever since we were thirteen!” His face got a look of intense concentration. “How come you didn’t say anything sooner?”

Griffin smiled a smile that didn’t quite reach his eyes. “You weren’t ready. You are now. Now is our time. If I had told you back then, it might have ended our friendship. I took what you were willing to give. I would have waited forever for you, Nicky. I love you with all my heart.”

Nicholas nearly melted right where he stood. “I’ll let you get away with that ‘Nicky’ because, what you just said, that was beyond a perfect answer. I love you too, Peaches.” Nicholas leaned in and gave Griff a quick tender kiss.

“Aww! Look at them again! You two are the cutest couple ever!” Jamie squealed.

“Thank you, Miss Jamie. Now it’s time to sit down and eat those delicious burgers.”

Nicholas grabbed Griff’s arm and held him back while the others took their seats. “How’s the rash?”

Griff’s eyes widened, and then he blushed. “It’s gone, but now we have guests.”

“We’ll figure something out one of these nights. Soon.” Nicholas grinned.

“Definitely, lover boy, but for now let’s eat.” Griff took Nicholas’ hand and led him to the picnic table to join their friends for dinner.

The RV Chronicles (Chapter 19)

Chapter 19

Written by: (Phoenix2020)

Griffin awoke with a jerk and sat straight up. Not sure why he was suddenly on high alert, he listened carefully but heard nothing except Nicholas’ deep breathing beside him. He’d had to practically drag him to bed when he woke up in the living room with Nicholas’ head in his lap. Had he dreamed the noise or had it been … NO … there it was again, definitely real! It sounded like it was just on the other side of the wall behind the bed’s headboard, the back end of the RV. He not so gently nudged Nicholas. “Nicholas, wake up!”

“Huh? What is it?”

“Shhh … listen. Something’s happening outside on the other side of this wall.”

Practically holding their breaths, the boys listened and, again, a sound like metal on metal and then a thump and a mumbled curse.

“Someone’s out there! Our bikes!”

Nicholas was the first to spring into action, but Griffin was right behind him as they jerked their shorts on and quietly padded to the door. They both grabbed the flashlights kept in the storage compartment beside the door and then looked around for something to use to defend themselves, if necessary, but came up with nothing. Nicholas quietly unlocked the door and began to ease it open as Griffin quickly scooted over to the kitchen to grab the largest knife he could find.

The boys tiptoed along the side of the RV, Nicholas in the lead, with flashlights pointed at the ground. As they neared the rear of the RV, they could make out frantic whispers. Holding up a hand to stop Griffin, Nicholas motioned that they would jump out on “three”, then held up three fingers and began to lower them one at a time. As the last finger went down, Nicholas jumped out and screamed “FREEZE!” with Griffin stuck like glue to him. A duo of yelps erupted simultaneously, and the boys hit the source of the yelps with their flashlight beams.

“Please don’t hurt us! We’re sorry!” Standing frozen in their beams were two boys appearing to be roughly the same age as Nicholas and Griffin, with the shorter one cowering behind his buddy.

“What are you doing?” Griffin asked.

“Uh, well … we … uh, we’re trying to get to Pennsylvania and we saw your bikes this afternoon and we thought maybe you didn’t really need them since you have this nice RV and all and we don’t have anything and Pennsylvania is a long way to walk and we’re so sorry and we’ll just leave and we won’t bother you …”

“Whoa, just slow your roll, OK,” Nicholas said, raising his hands. “Who are you and why are you trying to walk to Pennsylvania?”

“My name is Casey and this is … uh … my little brother, Jamie. Our mom died last year and our stepdad is a monster so we left home and we’re trying to get to our mom’s sister in Pennsylvania. We mostly travel at night and we spent yesterday in those trees behind the campground. We saw your bikes and waited until we thought you’d be asleep to come get them. We wrote down your license number so we could find you and send you money for the bikes after we got to our aunt’s house, honest! See?” He held out his hand with the number written on it.

“Look, let’s go inside and talk before one of the other campers call the cops. Of course, that option is still on the table,” Nicholas said. “Drop your backpacks on the ground first.”

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All four sat on the living room floor, drinking Snapple, as a much calmer Casey explained their situation. They had snuck out of their house four nights ago after their stepdad had come home drunk and wasted and, once again, became verbally abusive and then physically abusive. When he knocked Casey across the room, Jamie had managed to grab a baseball bat and hit him hard enough to knock him out. They had stuffed some clothes in their backpacks along with all the money they had and could get from their stepdad’s wallet and took off.

“Wow,” an empathetic Griffin said, “that’s awful. You hear about this kinda stuff but, honestly, I’ve never known anyone in that situation. I never realized until now how fortunate I’ve been.”

“Yeah,” agreed Nicholas, “me, too. How old are you guys?”

“I’m 18 and Casey just turned 20,” answered Jamie, speaking up for the first time.

“Well, it’s only 3:30 so why don’t you guys stay here and we’ll talk more in the morning and figure something out. You can sleep on the sofa bed. The bathroom is over there.”

“Thank you for being so nice after what we tried to do … stealing your bikes and all.”

“It’s alright. Desperate times, desperate measures and all that. I get it,” Nicholas nodded. “You will still be here in the morning, right?”

“Definitely!” they both stated emphatically.

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Griffin and Nicholas laid in bed, discussing the situation. Both agreed that they couldn’t just put them out but neither was completely ready to totally trust them, either.

“Well, assuming they’re still here in the morning, we’ll talk more with them and decide then what to do,” Nicholas decided. “Let’s try to get some sleep.”

Griffin fell asleep almost as quickly as he’d awoken an hour ago. Nicholas struggled a bit to calm his mind but, eventually, he also drifted off.

As usual, Griffin was the first to wake and, less enthusiastically than was typical, he made his way to the bathroom. Fortunately, halfway across the bedroom, he remembered their guests and pulled his shorts on. Opening the bathroom door to the sound of a squeal, he froze in place.

“OH! I’m sorry … what the … !” Griffin just stared.

Grabbing a towel, Casey wrapped up but not before Griffin got a very clear and very unmistakable look at everything that made Casey undeniably … a girl … uh … a woman, actually!

He stumbled backward, pulling the door closed with him, and just stood there … processing.

“Nicholas!”

“What now?” Nicholas thought as he quickly came out of the bedroom to see a shook and wide-eyed Griffin standing rigidly in front of the bathroom door, just as it opened.

Casey sheepishly emerged and Griffin whirled around. “Lucy, you got some ’splaining to do!!”

“What the hell is happening?” an only half-awake and quite confused Nicholas asked.

“He’s a she!”

“Please! I can explain,” Casey pleaded. “We thought it would be safer to travel if we pretended to be guys. That’s one of the reasons we travel at night. We’re both pretty tall and … ”

“Wait! We?” a now completely awake Nicholas stuttered. “Jamie is … ”

“My little sister, not my little brother.”

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Nicholas and Griffin collected clean clothes and performed their morning ablutions, while Casey dressed in the living room and woke Jamie. She explained to Jamie that their subterfuge had been exposed … quite literally … and they both fretted that they would be booted out to fend for themselves again.

Over breakfast, they discussed the situation more. Nicholas and Griffin talked it over while making their bed and straightening up the bedroom as Casey and Jamie did the same with the sofa bed and living room and washed the breakfast dishes.

“So … we’ve talked about it and this is what we’ve come up with,” said Nicholas, coming back into the kitchen with Griffin trailing close behind. “First, do you have ID?”

“Why?” asked Jamie. “You don’t trust us?”

“Uh … a few hours ago we caught you trying to steal our bikes! Trust has to be earned,” Griffin declared.

“He’s right, Jamie,” a more pragmatic Casey responded. “Yes, we have our driver’s licenses.”

“Good. I’m not wanting to get arrested for kidnapping or transporting minors over state lines or anything like that,” Nicholas explained. “If you are, in fact, over 18 you may join us in our travels and we will get you to your aunt’s house in Pennsylvania. That is, if you want.”

“But, we are taking our time and it will probably be a week or two before we get there. We thought we might try to make Philadelphia by July 4th because … well, that would just be a cool place to celebrate Independence Day,” Griffin added.

“OH, WOW!! Yes!!” an elated Casey burst out. “That’s a lot sooner than we could’ve gotten there walking!”

“Or riding bikes,” quipped Griffin.

“There are conditions, though,” a serious Nicholas interjected. “First, you will stay with us wherever we go. We are not comfortable leaving you here in the RV while we’re out for the day … at least not yet. As Griffin said, trust has to be earned.”

“Absolutely! Agreed! Right, Jamie?”

“Definitely! You guys are angels, aren’t you?”

Nicholas and Griffin just looked at each other, blushing, and said in harmony … “He is!”

The Cursed Wolf (Chapter 12)

Chapter 12

David let the hot water cascade over his body. He watched the shampoo and soap mix with the reddish-brown water as it all swirled down the drain. He wracked his brain trying to remember where he had been tonight. His last clear memory was of Sky. They’d had dinner and then they went to the park and then… what? Had he hurt Sky? He couldn’t remember. Texting Sky would be the first thing he did when he was out of the shower.

Three nights, three blackouts, and three times waking up covered in blood. Matt’s idea was ridiculous and impossible, but it was also the idea that ran through his own head. Skylar told him not to think that until all other possibilities were ruled out. It looked like that time was now. A werewolf. Was it too late to convince Matt that he was just trying to fit his own nightmares into David’s reality? How much did Matt know? He’d have to have a long talk with Matt when he got out of the shower. He just couldn’t have that conversation standing there naked and covered in blood.

David stepped out of the shower and toweled himself dry. He slipped on a pair of sweats and went back into his room to talk to his brother.

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As soon as David closed the door, Matt leaped to his feet. “David, you have to listen to me. I never told Brad that the wolf in my dream had blue eyes and now he says he has seen a blue-eyed werewolf and has pictures of it! And I know that it was a wolf and not a dog that bit you in the backyard. Add that in connection with what’s been happening with you and how can it be anything else?”

“Matt, werewolves don’t exist outside of stories. I can’t explain my lost time, and yes, I am very concerned about waking up covered in blood. But a werewolf? Come on.” David sat on his bed while Matt paced back and forth in front of him.

Mat stopped directly in front of David and held up both hands clenched into fists. He raised one finger with each point he made. “Gramps’s stories. My dreams. The wolf biting you. Your lost memories. The blood. The animal attacks in the park. And Brad seeing the blue-eyed werewolf.” Matt shook seven fingers in front of his brother’s face. “What more proof do you need, David?”

“I…” David sighed. “Ok. I have considered it. I’ve even talked it over with Skylar. I didn’t want to worry you. There has to be another more rational explanation.”

David sighed and looked up at his brother. “Stay with me tomorrow night. Record me all night. Brad too. Even if I’m not a werewolf, I may be dangerous in my sleep. The blood worries me most of all. Especially with the deaths in the park. I don’t want to believe that I’m responsible, but I guess we have to be sure. Will you do that for me? You and Brad record me all night?”

“Of course, I will, David. It’s kind of scary. We should do it somewhere else though. Not here. Somewhere safe just in case I’m right. Don’t you agree?” Matt asked.

“Yeah. I’ll meet you guys at the abandoned warehouse down by the school at six. Okay?” David ran a hand through his still damp hair, concern evident on his face.

Matt’s brow furrowed while he considered the meeting place. “That’s as good a place as any I guess.” Matt glanced at the clock. “It’s almost morning. Thank God it’s Saturday or it would be almost time for school. I’m going back to bed. I’ll see you in a few hours, David. Try and get some sleep. You look exhausted.” Matt turned and left the room.

David flicked off his light and lay down on his bed. He stared at the ceiling and thought about everything his brother told him. He was anxious to see the photos that Brad took, even if they were super blurry. David did not want to even consider the possibility that he was a werewolf. Not only was it ridiculous, but if it was true, then that meant that he had killed two or, more probably, three people. That was just unthinkable. There had to be another explanation.

Considering the hour, he doubted that Sky would be awake, but he couldn’t fall asleep without sending his boyfriend a text. He was just too afraid that he possibly hurt Sky. He knew he would never be able to live with himself if that happened. He didn’t expect an immediate response, but he sent it anyway.

David: Hey. I need to hear from you as soon as you get this. I don’t care what time it is. I                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            had another blackout. The same thing happened. I woke up the same way again.                                                                                                                           My brother found me this time. Please call. The last thing I remember is I was                                                                                                                                             with you. I hope I didn’t do anything to you, Sky. I love you.

David set his phone on the nightstand and closed his eyes. He tossed and turned, trying to force himself to fall asleep. He nearly jumped out of bed when the text alert on his phone notified him of a new text message. He glanced at it. The message was from Sky.

Sky: I’m ok. I haven’t been able to sleep all night, though. I’m not hurt, but there is a lot                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   that we have to talk about. I’ll be over your house in a few hours. Try and get some                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             sleep. I’ll text you when I’m on my way. Good night, David. Or morning or whatever                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             it is. Haha. See you soon. I love you, too.

David could tell that something had happened, but at least Sky was ok, and he was coming over to talk. David closed his eyes and tried to fall asleep.

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After Matt left his brother’s room, he went to his own room to try and sleep. Before drifting off, he sent Elias a text.

Matt: I just found David outside in the bushes. He was covered in blood, dirt, and what                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            looked like chicken feathers. We were right. He’s not ready to openly admit it, but                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   even he knows that something is seriously wrong. I guess he’s already been talking                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               to Skylar about it. He’s had blackouts and memory loss three nights in a row. I have                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               to see Terrie first, but I’ll meet up with you later for sure. Things are starting to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        happen quickly. More and more people are figuring this out. Brad has pics, but I                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 guess they are super blurry. I’ll see you soon. I miss your touch on my skin.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 (Blushing emoji) (Heart emoji)

Less than a minute later, Matt’s phone beeped with a text alert from Eli.

Eli: Wow. Things are happening quicker than even I expected. We can’t let word of this                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        get out to the wrong people. We have to handle this ourselves. It’s almost morning.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       I’ll just get up now and get to the research. I miss you, too. See you soon. (Hug emoji)

Matt put his phone back on the nightstand, turned over, and tried to sleep.

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Fresh out of the shower and still fiddling with his hair, Matt went downstairs and into the kitchen. David was already sitting at the table, eating a bowl of cold cereal.

“Where’s Aunt Nancy?” Matt asked.

“She’s in her home office. I think she’s going to go pick up Brad soon.”

“Did you get ahold of Sky last night?”

“Yeah. He was a little mysterious about it. I’m going to meet him in about an hour.”

“He was cryptic in his texts to me, also. He might have seen you transform. I know you’re not ready to admit what we both know you are yet, but too many pieces are falling into place. We have to decide what to do before the moon rises tonight.”

David sighed, his eyes downcast. “I know. I know. Let me talk to Sky, and then we will both meet up with you and discuss everything.”

“That sounds like a good plan. You talk to Sky, and I’ll find out exactly what Brad knows. I also have to meet up with Terrie and have a completely different kind of stressful conversation.”

“Everything ok, little brother? Trouble in paradise?”

“I…” Matt sighed, looked down, and blushed a deep scarlet. “I almost kissed Eli last night.”

“What?! I thought we always told each other everything. I didn’t know you were bi! What happened?”

Matt rolled his eyes. “You know I hate labels. I don’t think bisexual would fit me anyway. I’ve never been attracted to any other guy in that way. I mean I’m not afraid to admit that a guy is attractive, but I’ve never been interested in touching them or kissing them or whatever. There’s just something about Elias. The attraction is intense. He touched me and it felt like my whole body was on fire. I wanted him more than I’ve ever wanted anyone, more than I’ve ever wanted any girl, even more than I want Terrie. I guess, if you have to put a label on it, I’m pansexual more than bisexual. I want him because he is Elias, not because he is a guy.”

“And you’re going to tell Terrie?”

Matt shrugged. “I have to be honest with her. Hell, I don’t want to break up with her. I really like her a lot, but I really like Eli, too.”

“Good luck with that, little bro. I doubt that either one of them will let you date them both. I know I wouldn’t stay with Sky if he was dating someone else!”

“You’re probably right. I’m just going to talk with her, be honest, and tell her everything. I’ll see where things go from there. There’s other stuff that I need to tell you about Elias. He is deeply involved in all this werewolf and curse stuff. When I meet up with you and Sky later, I’ll tell you both at the same time. I might even bring him along.”

“It feels like we’re living in a movie. I can’t believe this is all real.”

“What movie are you boys living in now?” Aunt Nancy asked as she walked into the kitchen.

“Not sure what we’ll name it yet, but I’m ready to change the channel.” Matt quipped.

Nancy laughed. “Do either of you need to be dropped off anywhere? I’m heading over to the Hanson’s to pick up Bradley.”

Matt stood up. “I need to talk with Brad before I meet up with Terrie, so I’ll go with you.”

“I’ll just hang here and chill. I’m meeting Sky in an hour.” David said.

“How much trouble is Brad in?” Matt asked his aunt just as they pulled into the Hanson’s driveway.

Nancy’s expression grew thoughtful. “I’m not making a decision on that until I talk to the sheriff and see those alleged werewolf photos, but regardless, he’s in big trouble for running off and putting himself in danger without telling anyone.

“Such a crazy story.”

“People deal with tragedy in a lot of different ways.”

“I get that. So much has happened in the last six months. I can barely wrap my head around it.”

Nancy put a hand on her nephew’s shoulder. “If you ever need to talk, I’ll listen. You know that, right?”

“Of course. Thanks, Aunt Nancy. Anyway, we’re here. Let’s go get him.” Matt smirked.

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Matt knew he’d get more information from Brad alone, so, while Aunt Nancy marched straight into the den to talk to Sheriff Hanson and Brad, Matt snuck off into the kitchen to find Terrie.

Terrie jumped up from the table as soon as she saw Matt enter the room. She rushed over and wrapped her arms around his neck. “Hey, you. I didn’t expect to see you for another couple of hours.”

“I came with Aunt Nancy to pick up Brad.” Matt rolled his eyes. “I didn’t even want to witness that reunion, though. I’m excited to hear about what he saw last night, but I’ll talk to him when we’re alone.”

Terrie huffed out a laugh. “You should have just waited for him at home then. Less chance of getting caught in the crossfire.”

“He texted me. He’s going to have her drop him off at the library. He plans to tell her it’s for a school assignment, but it’s for more werewolf research.”

“I still have a hard time believing that we’re seriously considering the possibility of werewolves. Did you find anything out from Elias last night?”

Matt couldn’t hold back from blushing. “I… yeah. A lot happened last night. We’ll talk at lunch. You’re still meeting me down by the lake at noon, right?”

She smiled up at him. “I wouldn’t miss it for the world! It’s our first real date.” She ran her fingers through his hair and pulled his face down to hers. Their lips met in a kiss that started tender and quickly turned passionate. The sound of someone clearing their throat from the kitchen doorway caused Matt and Terrie to separate and look guiltily toward the sound.

Brad stood there, grinning. “You ready to go, Matt, or do you need a condom and another twenty seconds?”

“Shut up, perv.” Matt rolled his eyes. “Ignore him, babe.” Matt said, turning back to Terrie. He leaned down for one more quick kiss and then left with his cousin.

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“The library closes at three on Saturday. You better be home before three-thirty, Bradley.” Nancy said just before the boys got out of the car.

“Yes, mother. I’ll go straight home when I’m done with my research.”

The boys sat down on the front steps to the library, and they both sighed. Matt looked over at his cousin. “You didn’t just lie to your mom, did you?”

“Nope. I said I’d be home when I’m done with my research. I never mentioned the library or what type of research.”

“Clever. So, I have a lot of news to share, but I want to hear about your close encounter first. Do you have the photos with you, or did you leave them with the sheriff?”

“I gave my thumb drive to Sheriff Hanson, but you couldn’t see much anyway. Just a big brown blur with two little blue blurs for eyes. Let’s wait on the story until Nate and Devon get here, so I don’t have to tell the same story two or three times in a row.” Brad laughed.

“That’s fair.” Matt said with a grin. “I feel the same way about my news. We really need to get everyone together. So much is happening so fast.”

“It’s so crazy. I can’t believe it’s real.” Brad looked at his phone. “Nate and Devon should be here any minute.”

Just then, Devon walked around the corner and up onto the steps of the library. “Are you using my name in vain again, Holliday?” He smirked.

“Every chance I get. It’s about time you got here.”

“Looks like I beat your boyfriend here, so shut your face.” Devon’s smirk turned into a wide smile. “Hey, Matt, what’s up?”

Matt looked surprised. “Boyfriend?” His head swiveled from Devon to Brad and back again. “I thought I only missed updates on research. What’s this about a boyfriend?”

“He’s not my boyfriend. At least not yet.” Brad blushed.

“Who? Who isn’t your boyfriend yet? What did I miss?”

“Well, duh! He’s the only other person who isn’t here yet.” Brad rolled his eyes.

“You mentioned someone named Nate.” Matt shrugged. “Have I met him? Does he go to our school?”

“No. That’s true. You probably haven’t met him. So much has happened, it seems like you’ve been here forever, and not just a few days.”

“So? Who is he?”

“He’s the assistant librarian now. He’s older than us. He graduated last year.”

“Did you guys ever date? Were you friends? Two years older isn’t really that much.”

“I barely knew him. I mean, I knew who he was, but we weren’t close. Now shut up, here he comes!”

Nate walked up and smirked at the three boys waiting on the steps. “Gee, I’m not used to so many eager faces waiting to get into the library on a Saturday morning.” His gaze stopped on Matt. “You must be one of the Montana’s. Matt I’m guessing. I’m Nathan or Nate. I’ll answer to either.” He stuck out his hand toward Matt.

Matt shook the offered hand. “Nice to meet you. We were just talking about you. You are everything that I expected.” Matt winked.

Nate shot a look at Brad then grinned at Matt. “I hope you were only told good things.”

Brad piped in. “I barely had a chance to tell him your name before you showed up. He’s exaggerating as usual.”

Nate winked at Brad as he finished climbing the steps. “It’s good to know that I left enough of an impression to be talked about.” Then Nate unlocked and opened the library doors. The other boys followed Nate into the library, and they all settled in at the same table in the research room.

“I may need to be out front from time to time, but I should be able to help in here again, too. What books do you need me to find today?”

Brad spoke up. “Anything you have on werewolves. Specifically related to this area if there’s anything, but werewolves for sure. They exist. I saw it again last night. Possibly a different one, I’m not sure. I took pics, but they are super blurry. The sheriff might try and get them cleaned up for me.” Brad looked right at Matt. “Johnny Hanson was there. He saw it, too.”

“Sky came home from his date early last night, and he was acting weird. He went right to his room. Matt, how was David acting last night after he got home? Did they have a fight?” Devon asked.

Nate was practically jumping up and down. “You saw a werewolf again? Did it attack you? How did you get away?”

“Loud music and yelling. He ran off. I probably got lucky; I don’t know for sure. I think it was a different wolf than the other one that I saw, but I don’t want to believe that there’s one, much less two!”

Matt sighed. “There are two. The monster that bit my brother, and my brother himself.”

All eyes turned to Matt. Brad spoke first. “Do you know for a fact that David is a werewolf? Have you seen him change?”

“I haven’t seen him change, but I dreamt about it.”

“A dream? Come on, Matt, that isn’t proof!” Devon said.

“Elias helped guide my dream last night. It was very vivid. Then, later, I found David outside our house in the bushes. He was nearly naked and covered in blood and what looked like chicken feathers. I’d like to think that the blood was chicken blood, and that my brother isn’t eating people. We need to find out exactly what is going on, and we need to do it fast!”

“Elias was in your dreams?” Brad asked, one eyebrow arched.

Matt blushed. “You were right. I was blind. There’s… something more there. I hope that’s ok with you?” Matt said, looking pleadingly at Brad.

“Oh, wow. I figured that he liked you. I didn’t expect you’d like him back. Yeah, it’s fine with me. No big deal. Terrie might have a different take on it though.”

“I will be having that conversation with her today.” Matt said with a worried expression. “Anyway, I did find out a lot from Eli last night. The curse is real. Eli’s magic is real. That’s where you guys should focus your research, in my opinion. Try and find out as much as you can about the witches. Elias will do research at his house, but the town records and newspapers may say things about the witches that they wouldn’t say about themselves. Knowing both sides is always best.”

Devon looked totally confused. “You’re gay? And you like his ex?” Devon pointed at Brad when he said “his.”

“I am not gay, but I’m not straight. I’m dating Terrie Hanson, at least for now, but I do have strong feelings for Elias Carrier. Call me bi, call me pan, call me whatever you like. I hate labels. I like who I like. That’s good enough for me, and it should be good enough for everyone.”

Nate stood and clapped. “Here, here! Great speech! Everyone should feel that way. I mean labels do sometimes make people comfortable, but if you don’t want a label, society shouldn’t force one on you.”

Matt cleared his throat. “Thanks, but right now the labels that matter are werewolf and witch. There’s a lot more that I need to share with you guys, but there’s also people missing that need to be told. It would be easier to tell everyone at once. For now, you guys research the witches. In particular the coven that lived here. If you happen to find anyone named MaryAnne Carrier, find everything that’s available. Eli’s ancestors were a big part of this. I’ll go have a talk with Terrie about everything. Obviously, I’ll have to talk to her about the Eli stuff, but also, the monster stuff. We need to find out if her father has found anything. I hope she’ll still help us after we talk. Hell, I hope she’ll still date me!”

Nate gave Matt a sympathetic look. “Figure out what you want,” he tapped Matt on the chest with one finger, “before you let other people’s decisions affect what you do.”

“I want them both, but I know that’s unrealistic.” Matt blushed.

“I wouldn’t agree to that, but hey, you never know!” Nate huffed out a laugh.

“I’ll cross all my fingers and toes.” Matt laughed. “Ok, I’m gonna take off. You guys get to the research, and I’ll try not to get murdered by my girlfriend.” He looked at Devon. “Sky was going to meet up with David. If you hear anything, let me know. I’ll do the same if I hear from David. Later we all have to meet up somewhere and share all of our various stories.”

“Definitely, dude. Call us if you wanna bring you girlfriend back here or your boyfriend or both or your brother or whatever!” Devon giggled hysterically.

“On that note, I’m outta here!” Matt said and turned and started toward the door.

“Bye, Matt!” Devon yelled.

Matt turned just before he was out the door. “Later, guys. Good luck with the research!”

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David was nervous and pacing in the kitchen when he heard the soft knock on the door. He raced over and yanked the door open. “Sky! David wrapped his arms around Skylar. “I’m so happy to see you! What happened last night?”

Sky hugged David tight, and then he stepped back. He looked at David with a worried expression. “You don’t remember anything?”

“It’s just like the two nights before. I only remember up until a certain point and then nothing. The last thing that I remember, I was with you. That’s why I was so worried and texted you.”

“You were with me. I know what happened. I know why you are losing time. Our worst-case scenario is true, David, you’re a werewolf!”

David slumped into a chair and took a long drink of water. “I kinda knew. We both did. I guess there’s no denying it now.”

Sky huffed out a laugh. “No. You can’t deny it now. Not only did I witness the transformation, but you also bit me!”

“I bit you? I thought you said you were ok. Sky, I’m so sorry! Are you hurt?”

“I’m fine. At first, I thought you were being a little too aggressive. You barely drew blood. We were kissing, and you bit my lip. I pushed you backward, and I was going to scold you for being too rough, but then I saw you transform. It was scary as hell!”

“I can never apologize enough. I don’t think Hallmark has a “I’m sorry I turned into a werewolf and bit my boyfriend” card. Now I guess I have to worry even more that I may have killed people.”

Sky sighed. “Even after seeing you change; I just don’t think that you would kill anyone no matter what form you were in. Have you checked out the news yet today? We know about the deaths from the other two nights, we should find out if there’s anything else today.”

The two boys walked into the family room and turned on the tv. They sat on the couch, shoulder to shoulder and hip to hip. They sat like that for a few minutes, not speaking, just watching the local news reports. David nervously drummed his fingers on his thigh and kept casting furtive glances at Skylar. Sky smiled and turned toward David then clasped David’s hand within his own. “It’s ok. I’m fine. We’re fine. I know you didn’t mean me any harm.”

“I could have hurt you, though. I could have killed you.”

“I honestly don’t think you would have. You said that your brother found you this time. Was there anything else different? Did Matt notice anything that you didn’t?”

He found me outside in the bushes underneath my bedroom window, so that was different. He also said that Brad took blurry photos of a blue-eyed werewolf. I guess people are starting to piece things together. I’m really scared, Sky. The only relatively positive thing that I’m holding onto right now is that this time, even though I was covered in blood again, there were lots of feathers around. Matt and I think they were chicken feathers. We hope that the blood was also from chickens.”

“See! It’s still possible that I’m right. Maybe all three nights all you did was raid farms and kill animals.”

“I guess so. We can hope. Hey, wait a minute. Let’s listen to this. The sheriff is on tv.”

The boys listened to Sheriff Hanson talk to the local news. He was standing in front of the park which was almost completely roped off with yellow crime scene tape now. The sheriff looked into the camera and began to speak. “Citizens of Roxbury Falls, it is with a heavy heart that I am speaking to you today. For the third night in a row there has been a vicious animal attack in the park. A third teenager is dead. For now, we are not releasing any names. We are giving the families time to grieve. I am extending the 8pm curfew indefinitely. We believe that there is a rogue bear coming into the park at night to hunt. We ask that you do not go and hunt this animal yourselves. We are searching for the bear, and we are confident that it will be found and destroyed very soon. If you spot a bear, or anything else suspicious, please report it to the sheriff’s office immediately. Thank you for your time.” The sheriff turned, ducked under the crime scene tape, and walked into the park.

“A third teenager is dead! There was an attack last night. What if it was me, Sky? What if it really was me?”

“You said that Matt has more information, and Brad has photographs, why don’t we chill here and try not to think about it until we hear from them. My brother is with Brad at the library, so I’m guessing that he’s in on the research. There’s more than just the two of us to figure this out, David. We’ll help you get through this.”

“Matt has been talking to some kid named Elias about this, too. I guess his family is also tied in with the story of the curse. A week ago, I would have laughed at the idea of a witch, but, hell, now I’m a werewolf. Witches probably exist, too.”

Sky pulled David in close and gave him a quick, tender kiss. “Let’s ‘Netflix and chill’ until they text us.”

David smiled for the first time since the new report. “That is a fantastic idea.” David slid his arm around Sky’s waist and snuggled in close to his boyfriend.

Sky leaned down and softly kissed the top of David’s head. “We will figure this out, babe. I promise.”

The RV Chronicles (Chapter 18)

Chapter 18
Written by: (KenW9270)

Nicholas woke up and groggily reached his hand out for Griffin. He felt nothing but an empty bed and struggled to open his eyes. 735 am. “Griff, where are you? Come back to bed!” He barely got the words out of his mouth and Griffin nearly bounced into the room and jumped on the bed.


“Get up, sleepy-head! The bus leaves in an hour!”

“The zoo. Ok, yeah, I’m up.”


“I’ll make breakfast while you shower, Boo. We should be ready in plenty of time.”


Nicholas heard voices when he turned off the shower. He cracked the door open, “Griff, is someone out there with you?”


“I’m FaceTiming with Emily. Make sure you put some pants on before you come out here.”
Nicholas heard Em’s voice, “Does he usually walk around naked? You said you guys were together now, but you didn’t say you were like… together like that! I want details!” Nicholas closed the bathroom door. He knew he had plenty of time to get ready, those two could talk forever.


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After double checking that the RV was locked up tight, the boys walked the half mile down the beach to the bus stop. Nicholas laughed as he sent one last text before slipping his phone into his pocket. “My mom said for you to take plenty of pics at the zoo. She said that she didn’t follow your Instagram to look at shirtless selfies.”


“I have my camera right here in my backpack.” Griff kinda chuckled, “And yeah I do need better content on my Instagram.”


Nicholas smirked. “Your content is great. Maybe you need variety, but it can’t get better.”As they approached the bus stop, a pair of guys slightly older than them approached from the other direction. One of them, a tall blonde, spoke up, “Hey! It’s the hero from the restaurant! How’s it going, dude? Off to save more lives?”


Nicholas blushed. “You were there? Thank you but I’m not a hero. Just in the right place at the right time. We’re going to DC today to visit the zoo.”


“A modest hero. I like that. Well this is a coincidence. We’re here to catch the bus to the zoo! Oh, hell where are my manners? I’m Ian and this is my boyfriend, Andy. Do you guys wanna hang out at the zoo today? I think it should be a blast!”


Nicholas shrugged and looked at Griff. “What do ya think, Griff?”


“Sure. Why not.” Griff stuck his hand out to Ian. “I’m Griffin, and the modest hero is my boyfriend, Nicholas.” The bus pulled up and all four boys got on. They sat in the back, Nicholas and Griff on one side and Ian and Andy on the other.


“What do you guys want to see first when we get there?” Asked Andy.


Griff pointed at Nicholas. “He is the planner. He even printed a park map last night.”


Nicholas rolled his eyes. “You say ‘planner’ like it’s a bad thing. I just want us to maximize our time and get the most fun out of all these places. We may never do something like this again!”


“You guys on an extended road trip or something?” Ian asked.


“Traveling in an RV. Pretty much wherever we want to go, except we have to have Griff at college by late August.”


“Were you coming from the RV park when we saw you? We’re in that same park! How long are you guys gonna be in town?”


“Yeah we’re staying at that park. Staying another 4 or 5 days.”


“So, what was your zoo plan? We’re almost there.” Andy piped in.


Nicholas took the map out of his backpack. “It says to visit the pandas first or it’ll get too busy, and we’ll never see them. Also, the Bird House and part of the petting zoo are closed for construction. The map is color coded. Our entrance is halfway down the orange section. If we go from orange to green, we can eat next to the lions and then move into purple and back to the rest of the orange section and hopefully be at the bus gate on time.”


Andy was peering over Nicholas’ shoulder at the map. “I love how you organized it. That does look like the best route.” The bus stopped. They were at the DC National Zoo.


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“Those pandas were so cute!” Andy cooed.


“Totally! The trip was already a success in my opinion!” Nicholas said.


“Where to next?” Andy asked.


“The bison then the elephants. See. It’s right here on the map.” Nicholas pointed at the map he had given to Andy. The two boys were shoulder to shoulder, peering at the map, walking a little ahead of their boyfriends.


Ian arched an eyebrow at Griffin and nodded toward Nicholas and Andy. “Should we be worried about those two?”


“Nah. Not at all. That’s just the way he is. Nicholas has my complete trust. It’s just that he’s never had a lot of friends. Especially not gay guys our age. That’s why we left our hometown.” He motioned toward the two boys ahead of them, “You have absolutely nothing to worry about.” Griffin stopped to snap a few photos of the bison. “They are such majestic and beautiful creatures. It’s so sad that humans almost wiped them out.”


“I agree. Humans are probably more destructive than anything else on the planet. So, you left home for college, right? Where are you going?”


“Ohio State.”


“Good school. So, will Nicholas go back home after he drops you off?”


“Not right away. He wants to see the country. Our town sucks. We do miss our families, but they understood our need to get out.” Griff said, in between snapping pics of the elephants.


Nicholas walked up and wrapped his arms around Griff’s waist. He looked over at Ian. “Yes, we do have very understanding families. I miss my mom a lot, but like Griff said, I just needed to get out of there. I don’t know if I’ll hit all 48 states, but there’s a lot that I want to see before I even think about going back to North Carolina.”


“Oh awesome!” They heard Andy yell and they all rushed over. Andy was ahead of them at the tiger exhibit and one of the tigers was swimming in the river the zoo had made for them, right up close to the plexiglass enclosure. Griff hurriedly began taking both video and photos.


Nicholas, Ian, and Andy were all practically pressed against the plexiglass watching the tigers while Griff was busy taking pictures. Finally, it was time to move on. “That was so cool!” Nicholas said.
“I can’t believe we saw them so close. They’re way bigger than I thought they’d be!” Andy shouted excitedly.


After they moved on from the tigers, it was time to stop for lunch. They all bought commemorative zoo cups, each with a different animal on it. They devoured a quick lunch of chicken tenders and french fries and iced tea. They began their return trip through the other half of the zoo. First stop: Amazonia.


“I only see one of the Andean bears. Do you see it, Griff? Can you get a good pic?” Nicholas asked.


“I got it. The design on its face and chest is very distinctive. I hope it shows up in the photo.”


“Too bad only one was out. The other one must be in the enclosure.” Ian said.


“I’m just glad you don’t have to quote my favorite Ian and ask, ‘Will there be any dinosaurs on this dinosaur tour?’ We’ve been lucky so far.” Griff laughed.


“Well, if I’m not your favorite Ian, at least you picked a good one in Ian Malcolm. I love ‘Jurassic Park.’”


There were a bunch of small exhibits with frogs and snakes and spiders that Griff was busy taking photographs of, so Nicholas walked with Andy. “Where are you guys heading, Andy?”


“Atlantic City next, then back south. We’ll stay near my parents in Savannah for the winter.“
“Cool. How long have you been together?”


“Three years next month. We met in college. I was a sophomore and he was a senior. This trip is my graduation present. How about you and Griff. Seems like you’ve been together for a while too.”


“We’ve been best friends forever. Literally since kindergarten. But we only recently, on this trip, took the step to be boyfriends.”


“That’s so sweet. You’re both so nice. And gorgeous.” Andy blushed.


“Thanks! You two are too, to be honest.”


Griff sauntered over, putting his camera back in his backpack. “If you two are done flirting, there’s something you should see over here.” Griff was giggling.


Nicholas looked horrified, “I… we… were… not!”


Griff stepped in close and wrapped his arms around Nicholas. He nuzzled his face into Nicholas’ neck and whispered in his ear. “You were, but I know it was innocent and I don’t care. You’re mine. Now come check this out.”


“And you’re mine. Equal partnership. Which exhibit?”


Ian was waving them over. “Oh my God! The sounds are what’s killing me!” He was nearly doubled over with laughter. Nicholas, Griff, and Andy joined Ian and looked into the exhibit. The scene below was of two red-footed tortoises putting on quite a show. The one in the back was obviously enjoying himself. The clicks and clacks of the shells banging together and the high-pitched moans of the turtle on the bottom was making quite the impression on all who witnessed it. Nicholas noticed a mother pulling her young daughter away from the exhibit and say, “Oh honey. look at these cute monkeys over here.”


The four boys were still laughing hysterically when they exited the other end of Amazonia. Griff looked at his phone. “We haven’t quite seen everything, but I think we should end this with the turtle sex show and get back to the bus gate.”


Andy grabbed Ian’s hand and pulled him along. “Today was really fun. We should hang out some more before we all leave.”


“For sure. We can exchange info on the bus. Speaking of which, let’s get on that bus before we get stuck in the city.”


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After walking for eight hours in the hot summer sun, all four boys took naps on the bus ride back to Chesapeake Beach. The bus dropped them off just after 7 pm. and they headed back to their respective RV’s.


Once back in the RV, Griffin collapsed onto the couch and kicked off his shoes, while Nicholas started putting stuff away out of their backpacks. “What do you wanna do for the rest of the night, Peaches?”
“Nothing that involves walking, Boo. I’m beat.”


“I’ll throw in some popcorn. You pick us out a movie.”


Nicholas slid in next to Griff. Griff wrapped his arm around Nicholas and pulled him close. “What’d ya pick?”


“It’s called ‘We Bought a Zoo’ I figured I’d keep our zoo theme for the day.”


“Sounds cool. Here’s the popcorn.” Nicholas laid his head on Griff’s shoulder and yawned. “It was a really fun day today at the zoo with those other guys.”


“It was. You decide what you wanna do tomorrow yet?”


“No. We can look at the brochures again when we get to bed.”


Griff started the movie and Nicholas said, “Is that the guy from ‘Under the Dome’?”


“Yeah. Colin Ford. I’ve seen him in a few things. Great actor and pretty hot too.”


“Agreed.” Nicholas said, as he snuggled in even closer to Griffin. The popcorn lay at their feet, forgotten, and both boys were sound asleep in each other’s arms before the movie had ended.

The RV Chronicles (Chapter 17)

Chapter 17

Written by: (Flash2002)

“Good morning, my sweet love.” Griffin snuggled close to Nicholas and tried to wake him up. Griffin kissed Nicholas on his neck and chest. “Rise and shine, Boo.” As much as Griffin wanted to just lie there and cuddle with Nicholas, he knew they needed to get going. Time for the morning routine and then head out on another adventure. Griff headed into the shower and left Nicholas lying there thinking.

Nicholas thought about how much he loved Griffin. He wanted time to slow down. He was not ready to leave Griffin at school. Nicholas heard the always spunky Griff singing loudly in the shower and probably shaking his booty. He laughed as he heard Griff yell out ‘I’m too sexy for my body, too sexy yeah, yeah, yeah’ which was Griff’s version of the song by Right Said Fred. Nicholas couldn’t help but peek in and yell, “You got that right! But need to work on that voice a bit, Griff!”

“I’m just about done anyway. It’s your turn, Nicky-poo.” Griff said, teasingly. “Hurry up. We have a lot to see at the Smithsonian Institution today.”

“Stop with Nicky crap. You know how much I hate that!” Nicholas quips.

As Nicholas is drying his hair with a towel, Griff smacks Nicholas hard on the butt. “Hehe. Look at that booty. You can dance for me anytime but get your booty in gear.” Griff said.

“Smack me on my booty again, and I’ll show you who the boss is. We will just stay here all day and skip the museum.” Nicholas said.

“Is that a threat or promise? I’d rather stay in with you anyway.” Griff said.

Nicholas leaned in for one last kiss, and the boys headed out to have a full day of fun at the Smithsonian.

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Once at the Smithsonian, they headed for the Air and Space Museum first. “Look at that model of the Wright Brothers’ plane. Can you imagine what was going through their minds? Yet they accomplished so much!” Griff said.

Nicholas said, “Look at this exhibit on the different crafts used in space. It’s so awesome, but also sad to read about disasters like the Challenger and the Colombia.” The boys wander through looking at different material and things until they come to the Hope Diamond and rubies and all the other beautiful gems. “With any luck maybe someday you will have a diamond on that finger of yours,” Nicholas says jokingly.

Griff drifted into daydream land thinking about that possibility. “That would be a dream come true for me,” Griff said. He grabbed Nicholas and planted a kiss on him when nobody was looking.

They headed over to the American History Museum next to check out some TV, movie, and music history. As they looked around, both boys got very excited when they saw all the pop culture items. Nicholas kept a lookout for anything music-related, while Griffin was more interested in the television and movie history.

As they started walking around, they saw huge displays of some of the greatest music of all time. They saw display cases of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Janis Joplin. Nicholas got lost in the section about Woodstock. He read all the placards that told the history of the event and the musicians who attended.

Griffin went towards the television and movie history exhibits. The display cases he enjoyed the most were the ones about Howdy Doody and some of the other old shows. He saw Fonzie’s leather jacket from Happy Days, the Conner’s couch from Roseanne, and a display case with stuff from the A-Team. Griff read the history placards containing trivia about Leave it to Beaver, and I Love Lucy. Griff needed a quick bathroom break and motioned to Nicholas where he was heading. While he was using bathroom, Griff looked down and noticed a wad of cash on the floor. He picked it up and ran out to find Nicholas to tell him what he found. “Nicholas, look what I found in restroom! We need to find a security guard.”

“There was one just down the hall. Who knows, maybe they’ll let you keep it!” Nicholas said, and they took off to find the nearest security desk.

“Excuse me, sir. Good day to you. I wanted to turn this in to lost and found. I found it in the men’s bathroom by the tv exhibits.” Griffin said, setting the money on the security desk.

The security guard smiled. “Thanks for turning it in! Too many people think they can just take it, but if we catch them, we call the cops. The good news is,” the guard said while sliding a piece of paper across the desk to Griffin. “if you fill out this form and then no one comes for it, we can mail it to you thirty days from now.”

“That sounds fair. I won’t be at the address I’m writing down, but my mom can forward it to me when I know my address at school.” Griff finished up the paperwork, and they were on their way again.

“Ready to stop and get a bite before we head over to see wildlife and dinosaurs exhibit at the Natural History Museum?” Griff asked.

“Ok I am hungry, and we need to eat, I guess.”

The guys stopped and grabbed cheeseburgers, fries, and milkshakes. “Omg, babe, I am having so much fun with you today I don’t want this to stop,” Griffin said. “It is so fun and special talking about all these amazing things that we are seeing. I love sharing this adventure with you.”

The boys got up and walked, hand in hand at times, other times with arms around each other’s waist. One time Nicholas slipped his hand right into the back pocket of Griff’s jeans and Griff quickly returned the favor, smirking at his boyfriend. They looked so happy as a couple, and everything just felt so right.

“Let’s look at this new exhibit on Planet Earth, Nicholas.”

“Sure thing, Peaches. It’s getting late though, so let’s hurry.” The information on the oceans being polluted by garbage was hard to read about. The video clips were disgusting. Now, there were current live reports of the fires in the Amazon Rainforest, and reports of some of the most massive icebergs melting. “This is so sad, Nicholas. Won’t there ever be a time when people wake up?” Griff said, almost crying. “We are killing Mother Earth more every day.”

“At least now, some politicians are listening to the younger generations, and we are educating people. So, I do see one day soon when a better life for our planet may happen, and climate change can begin to be dealt with.” Nicholas said, trying to put a positive spin on it.

“I hope you’re right, Boo,” Griff said as they shared a tender kiss and headed out of the Smithsonian.

Back in the RV, they picked out a movie on Netflix and cuddled together on the couch to chill out after their long but fun day. They spent more time laughing and giggling at the funny things that had happened that day, than actually paying attention to the movie. They were just enjoying some quiet quality time together.

“Man, I’ll be glad when your poison ivy is all cleared up,” Nicholas said with a grin.

“I will be too and not just to get rid of the itchiness, but to actually be able to do whatever we want without worrying about a nasty rash!” Griff leaned in for a kiss, and then they started to discuss their trip to the National Zoo the next day. They turned off the TV, stripped down and went to bed. Nicholas lay there thinking about leaving Griff at college. There wasn’t anything he could do about it, so he rolled over and pulled Griff close to him. He needed the closeness and comfort of his boyfriend right now. He lay with one arm draped across Griff’s chest and their legs entwined, and that’s how they both fell asleep.

The RV Chronicles (Chapter 16)

Chapter 16

Written by: (Phoenix2020)

Since they didn’t have to be out of their camping spot until 1 pm, the boys slept later than usual and then spent a leisurely morning lazing about. Slightly obsessive-compulsive Nicholas did do a bit of tidying up but, since both boys were pretty neat by nature, there wasn’t much to tidy up. Over lunch, they discussed the next leg of their journey.

Studying his RV Campground guide, Nicholas discovered a pretty basic and inexpensive RV park practically on the beach at Chesapeake Beach, Maryland. “This would be perfect, Griff. No bells and whistles but everything we really need. Plus it’s 35% less if we book it for a week. I think that’s a good idea, don’t you? We’re in no hurry, and there’s tons of stuff to do in the area. There’s even a bus that runs into DC so we can take at least a couple of day trips to the National Zoo, the Smithsonian, and anything else we might decide we want to see.”

“Righteous! Gnarly! Kowabunga, dude! Yep, I will also most definitely have you on a surfboard before the week is up! Write that down in your little diary.”

“It’s a JOURNAL! A travel journal!” Nicholas clarified yet again. “Hate to disappoint you, though … Chesapeake Beach is actually on Chesapeake Bay, not the ocean. We’ll get to the ocean after that, I promise! Anyway, it looks like Hwy 301 will take us across the Potomac River and within about 10 miles of Chesapeake Beach. We can avoid all the I-95 traffic going into DC.”

“That’s great since it’s my turn to drive.”

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Happy that it was Griff’s turn to pilot, Nicholas got comfortable on the sofa with his Kindle. Strapped into the captain’s chair, Griffin fiddled with the tunes until he found what he was looking for. Ever the playful jokester, he chuckled as he turned the volume wide open before punching play.

“On the road again

I just can’t wait to get on the road again

The life I love is makin’ music with my friends

And I can’t wait to get on the road again.”

At the blast of the first notes, Nicholas rolled off the sofa and almost filled his shorts. “What the what!?!?”

“I know you love all those oldie goldie songs. Thought you’d appreciate my consideration, Boo!”

Shaking his head, Nicholas picked himself up slowly as Griffin turned the volume back to a reasonable level and began to croon along with Willie. Of course, Nicholas had to join in … how could he not?

“On the road again

Goin’ places that I’ve never been

Seein’ things that I may never see again

And I can’t wait to get on the road again

Here we go, on the road again

Like a band of Gypsies, we go down the highway

We’re the best of friends

Insisting that the world keep turnin’ our way

And our way is on the road again

I just can’t wait to get on the road again

The life I love is makin’ music with my friends

And I can’t wait to get on the road again, break free

And I can’t wait to get on the road again.”

“Maybe we can find a few gigs along the way covering ‘oldie goldie songs’ to cover the cost of Griff’s theme park bucket list,” mused Nicholas to himself.

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It was after 7 by the time the boys had checked in, parked, and hooked up the RV. Famished, they asked the young lady in the office where they could find some good eats, preferably within walking distance. Soon they had located a quaint hole in the wall restaurant that they would surely have missed if Casey had not given them excellent directions.

While devouring the delicious array of appetizers they’d chosen, a strangled noise came from behind Griffin. A puzzled look crossed his face, but as Nicholas looked up, he realized immediately what was happening and sprung into action. He jumped around the table to the elderly man sitting behind Griff, grabbed him around his chest with both arms, and gave a quick, firm squeeze to the man’s abdomen. The culprit, a small popcorn shrimp, went airborne and landed three tables over in a half-full mug of beer.

Much to Nicholas’ embarrassment, everyone around began clapping and cheering. Checking to be sure the gentleman was OK, he sheepishly sat back down and tried to make himself as small as he could.

“Damn, Nicky! That was awesome!” Griffin gushed. “You did that almost before I even realized what was happening! How did you know what to do?”

“I had to take some classes a couple of years ago when I thought I might want to get on as a lifeguard at the pool … before I changed my mind. That’s the first time I’ve actually done that.”

“Well, note to self … be sure to have Nicholas close by if I ever decide to choke. Seriously, though, that was so awesome, and I’m so proud of you!”

After settling down to enjoy the best meal they’d had since they left home, the boys headed back toward the campground. They snatched a couple of brochures in the restaurant lobby to look through and plan out their week in Chesapeake Beach.

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After getting caught up with the most recent episodes of ‘Supernatural’ and ‘Flash,’ the boys stripped and crawled into bed to go through the brochures. They were quite surprised to see how many fun activities were available in the area.

“OH! We have GOT to go to the Chesapeake Beach Water Park! It’s only about a mile up the beach. We can walk there,” said Nicholas, pointing at the brochure in his hand.

“I’m with you and look … here’s a Surf Art Gallery and Museum. Since we can’t surf here, seeing as how we’re actually on a bay, this will be fun.” Griffin had been a bit disappointed to discover that they weren’t on an ocean beach, but Nicholas promised him that their next stop would be Rehoboth Beach, which was very much on the ocean.

“Look … windsail cruises around the bay. You could get some awesome pics, Griff!”

“Here’s a place we can rent jet skis … almost as fun as surfing! They’re expensive, but we’re saving so much on this cheap RV park, we can splurge!” Griffin practically bounced in his excitement. They were like two six-year-olds the night before Christmas.

“This brochure has bus schedules. I think we should plan on at least two days in DC. One at The National Zoo and another at the Smithsonian. Let’s mix those in with the water days.”

“This is gonna be a great week, Boo!”

“Yep! Now shut up and kiss me like you mean it, Peaches!”

The RV Chronicles (Chapter 15)

Chapter 15

Written by: (KenW9270)

As usual, Griffin woke first but remained in bed, snuggling close to Nicholas. Soon, Nicholas slowly woke, too, enjoying the comforting feel of Griff’s arm around his chest.

“Good morning, Peaches,” Nicholas whispered. “I think I could stay just like this forever.”

“Nice thought but we’ve got places to see and things to do!”

“I’m glad you decided to give the park another try yesterday. You didn’t let the bullies ruin the day for us. I’m proud of you!”

“Yeah, I think I can deal with a lot if you’re walking beside me. We can’t let the demons win!” Griffin said emphatically. “I think we got our money’s worth and the fireworks were a great way to end the day!”

“We will definitely be looking for more theme parks as we travel. That was a great idea you had!” Nicholas agreed.

“Oh, I have a ‘Theme Park Bucket List’!”

“Well, of course you do!”

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Griff walked out of the bathroom, drying his hair with the bath towel. “Did you decide which place we’re going to go to first?”

Nicholas glanced up at Griff, then his eyes darted down and back up again, “Looks like your rash is drying up a little. Uh, anyway, we…”

Griffin interrupted, “Thanks for noticing!” he said with a smirk.

Nicholas rolled his eyes. “You’re standing right in front of me in your birthday suit. Besides, I’ve always noticed everything about you, even if I never actually said anything.”

Griffin threw the wet towel in the hamper and looked at Nicholas. “That’s one of the sweetest things anyone has ever said to me.”

“I have my moments. Now put on your boxers, Dr. Rashenstein.”

“You’re so dorky sometimes,” Griff laughed as he put on his boxers and sat at the table. “There. I’m not naked anymore, and yes, the rash is improving, but it’s still itchy. Now, please continue. Where are we off to today?”

Nicholas leaned over, giving Griff a quick peck on the lips. “You do know that you are always irresistible, not just when you’re naked. You could be wrapped up like an Eskimo, and I’d still stop and stare.” He blushed and grinned. “Anyway, the plan of action that makes the most sense is to get breakfast in town and hit the Poe Museum as soon as it opens at ten o’clock. Then on to Belle Isle for a few hours, and last but not least, the “kidnapped” scenario of the escape room at Breakout Games. They have one starting at six. Hopefully it’ll be a good, fun day without any drama!”

Griffin had a huge grin on his face. “To be honest, you lost me at “irresistible,” but I trust your planning. And, yeah, drama-free would be excellent, but yesterday did have it’s good points, thanks to you. Now, let’s get started with today’s adventures!”

“Ok. You finish getting dressed, and don’t forget the Caladryl! I’ll go unhook the bikes.”

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After a short bike ride, they arrived outside the Edgar Allan Poe Museum. They looked around, and Nicholas pointed across the street. “That looks like a good place for breakfast.” They locked up their bikes in front of the museum and jogged across the street.

Inside the diner, they sat at a table in the corner and placed their orders. “I love these local places. They are so much nicer than the big chain restaurants.” Nicholas said.

“The chains are usually cheaper, though.”

“Sometimes, you get what you pay for. I’d rather have good food than cheap food any day.”

“Good point,” Griff said, absently scrolling on his phone.

“Whatcha looking at?”

“Twitter, mostly. Did you remember to follow Lorenzo and Olivia? ’Zo sometimes even lets Gustavo post stuff on his account. That kid is hilarious!”

“Yeah, I followed. ’Zo is a great photographer, especially for his age.”

“Truth. He posted pics of Hershey Park this morning. It looks amazing! I have to add that to my bucket list. Hint hint.” Griff grinned at Nicholas.

“If you keep adding theme parks to the list, you’ll need to find a freaking job!”

“Very funny. I’m finished. You ready?” Griff said, pushing his plate to the center of the table.

“Yeah. Time to start today’s adventure!”

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By the time they finished breakfast, it was ten o’clock and time to head to the museum. “This should be cool, but it looks small. I hope it’s worth it,” Griffin said.

“It’s supposed to take less than an hour to see everything, but it should be an interesting way to kill some time until we’re ready to head over to Belle Isle. Plus, I love Poe.”

“Just remember, ‘All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream,’ my dear Nicholas.”

“Yeah. Yeah. You love Poe, too.”

“Well, ‘I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity,’ as you well know.”

“You’re not going to speak in Poe quotes the whole while we’re in here, are you?” Nicholas laughed as they walked to the next exhibit.

“Just one more. You know what my favorite Poe quote is, right?”

“Yes. And you know that my opinion of religion and Poe’s are complete opposites but go ahead.” Nicholas motioned for Griff to continue.

“I fall somewhere in between the two of you on the subject, but it does perfectly describe the televangelists. ‘All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.’” Griff bowed theatrically. “I’m done now. Aww! Where did they come from?” Nicholas was kneeling on the garden path, petting two black cats.

“I read about them on the website. Their names are Edgar and Pluto. They live here.”

“That is so awesome and so fitting. The ‘Enchanted Garden’ is beautiful. I think we’ve seen everything now. You ready to go?”

Nicholas stood. “Yeah. Next stop: Belle Isle.”

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The boys pedaled their way across the suspension bridge, enjoying the view of the James River below them. Nicholas yelled over to Griff to be heard above the sound of the raging river. “I see now why the website says the rapids are too dangerous for swimming.”

“That’s for sure. You wanna hike or hit the bike trails?”

“I signed us up for rock climbing lessons!”

“Really?”

“Yeah, really!” Nicholas grinned. “I think you’re turning me into an adrenaline junkie like you!”

“Don’t forget the surfing lessons! You promised me at Kitty Hawk and then plans changed.”

“I haven’t forgotten. I’ll do it. We’ll probably hit a beach again in Maryland.”

“I’m gonna hold you to that! So, do we have a scheduled time for this, or do we just show up?”

“Noon. So, hurry up! We have ten minutes to find it.” Nicholas laughed and pedaled faster.

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“I can’t believe you went up so fast the second time. That was amazing, Nicky-poo!” Griff said as he collapsed onto the grass beside Nicholas.

“You’re lucky my arms are so tired, or I’d wallop you. I’ve told you to stop with the ‘Nicky’ crap.”

“You secretly love it almost as much as you love me.” Griff kicked Nicholas’ foot.

Nicholas kicked back. “Maybe.”

“What’s next?”

“I thought we’d hike, but it’s later than I thought it would be. Let’s get lunch then head back. By the time we shower, it’ll be just about time to go to Breakout Games.”

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The boys walked out of Breakout Games nearly jumping for joy. “We did it!” Griff yelled. “Booyah!”

“That was awesome! We will have to do another one sometime. I’m sure we’ll find some more in plenty of the cities we’ll pass through.”

“Too bad there was a timer. Without it, I may have let you stay in those handcuffs a little while longer.” Griff winked.

“Maybe I’ll let you buy a pair.” Nicholas’ blue eyes twinkled in the fading sunlight.

“I think I like this new naughty Nicholas.”

“You’ll like me even better when this,” Nicholas lightly caressed the front of Griff’s jeans, “isn’t covered in spots and Caladryl.” He stared up at Griff, his eyes glazed over in lust.

Griff leaned down, and their lips met in a brief but passion-filled kiss. “You are such a tease. I love it!”

Nicholas’ eyes turned a little sad, “I am having the absolute best time of my life, Griff. I don’t want this trip to end.” His eyes glistened, but he refused to let a tear fall.

“Let’s not think about that yet. I don’t want it to end either. There’s a lot of fun to be had before New York, and a lot of thinking that I have to do.” Griff took Nicholas’ hand, and they strolled back to their bikes.