Written by: (Flash2002)
Griff bounced up out of bed and looked at his phone. It was only 6 am. “Yes! Today is the day! Yes! I get to ride the roller coasters with Nicholas, who is dead asleep still.”
He was itching and burning from the poison ivy rash all over his playground, so he decided to go shower and put more Caladryl on to soothe it. He pulled up the Spotify app and selected “Top Hits Today,” playing it through the Bluetooth speakers. As the warm water began flowing into the shower, he started blurting out the song’s lyrics. He quickly got lost in the song and started swaying his booty back & forth and all around in the shower.
“Mmmmm…. can you please keep the noise down,” Nicholas mumbled. Then, he immediately started laughing as all he could see was Griffin shaking his booty in the shower. He yelled but got no answer, so he knocked on the shower door loudly.
A startled Griff opened the door. “Hey, good you’re up.”
As hard as it was for Nicholas not to laugh, he was still giggling at Griffin. “Now keep it down in here. I’m trying to sleep, but you have some sexy moves in there.”
“Omg!” Griff said. “I’m sorry!” he answered, red-faced and embarrassed. “You saw me dancing. I’m just excited about going to King’s Dominion today with you.”
Nicholas started to head out of the bathroom, and Griff asked him if he could give him the Caladryl off the sink. “Thank you. I can’t believe I got this poison ivy on me in the worst possible place!”
“You’re welcome. I hope it clears up fast!”
After Nicholas had also showered, both the guys got dressed and grabbed a bowl of Lucky Charms. While eating, they talked about their plans together for the day.
“Let’s go, so we’re the first in the gate,” Griffin said eagerly.
“Sure thing, Peaches. I’m coming.”
Walking down the road, cars started passing by, honking at them and waving. “This is gonna be so fun,” Nicholas said.
The guys got to the gates at King’s Dominion and music was playing over the loudspeakers with voices telling them about all the different and fun things to do.
“Hey, Nicholas, we should get the passes that let us go to the front of the lines.”
“I already got them for us online. I thought it would be very special.”
Griffin grabbed Nicholas and kissed him deeply while hugging him tight.
A group of guys yelled at them to stop. “That’s disgusting! We don’t want to see that!”
“That’s kinda intimidating, Nicholas, sorry.”
Nicholas said, “It’s ok, don’t worry about other people. It’s our day.”
The gates opened and the boys headed for the roller coasters first. The first one they found was a mix of steel and wood.
“I’m so excited! We’re in the very front section! Give me a kiss as GoPro is rolling,” Griffin said.
They kissed as they get buckled into their seats, and they heard yelling. “You guys are gross! We told you to stop that!”
Nicholas and Griffin ignored the yelling, and they were off.
“Wow! That was exhilarating!” Griff exclaimed. “I gotta pee, so you get souvenirs from the shop, maybe t-shirts or caps or both, while I use the restroom.”
Griffin headed to the bathroom and was followed by the four redneck bullies.
They blocked the doors and grabbed Griffin, warning him to stop acting gay around them, or next time it would be a lot worse. They dunked his head in the toilet bowl and flushed. “Got it? Last warning!” They shoved Griffin to the ground and left.
“Hey there. Why are you so wet? What took you so long?” Nicholas asked.
“Oh, it was nothing. Let’s just go to the next coaster.”
After riding most of the coasters, both boys decided to play a few games.
“Hey, Nicholas, your favorite animal! I’ll try to win you one.”
A friendly family, parents and a young son and daughter, sat down beside them to play, too. They smiled and said, “Hello.” Then two of bullies sat down and started talking junk to them.
Ignoring them, Griffin won the game and animal for Nicholas and Nicholas, out of pure joy, hugged and kissed Griffin. “Thank you so much! I love it, and I love you!”
The two guys jumped up yelling and cussing at both of them. The parents jumped up, too, and got right in the boys’ faces.
“Leave them alone! They have the right to love whoever they want to love. If you don’t like it, don’t look!”
“Shut up, lady! They’re gonna get their faces beat in! Get out of the way!” Griffin was shoved down to the ground, scraping and cutting up his legs, arms, and hands.
“That’s it! Leave them alone, punks, or you’ll be dealing with a lot more trouble,” the dad said. “I’m tired of people like you putting down guys like them. All they want is to be treated equally, and they’re not hurting anybody. So, stop, or the police will be called.”
Nicholas had also jumped up yelling, “Leave Griff alone! He doesn’t deserve this! I’m not letting you hurt him!”
Griffin was just lying there, trying to hide his tears and not talking to anyone. He got himself up and sat down on a bench. Park security showed up and dispersed the crowd.
“Are you ok, young man?” the mom asked.
“Griffin, please say something, babe,” Nicholas implored.
“I’m ok, just sad that hate is still so prevalent in this world. I didn’t tell you earlier that they held me down in the bathroom and gave me a swirly. They threatened me and shoved me down. It brought back memories of the high school bathroom and getting picked on and threatened. I want to be treated normal just like everyone else, but I guess that day won’t come.”
“Come eat with my family and me, guys,” the dad said. “We want to buy your lunch. Please?”
“We accept and thank you for standing up for us. We don’t get that much.”
They ate lunch together and chatted about what happened and about their family life. They believed that everyone has a right to love who they want. Richard, Susan, Ethan, and Jenny said their goodbyes and exchanged information.
“Griff, weren’t they a sweet family? Griff? Earth to Griff, are you ok?” Nicholas asked.
“No, sorry, I’m not,” Griff started crying. “I’m going back to the RV. I can’t stay here. I want you to stay and ride more. I’ll be waiting for you back at the RV, ok? I need some alone time.”
″Ok, Peaches. Be safe, and I’ll be there in a little while. I won’t leave yet, only because you asked me not to. I love you, babe,” Nicholas said reluctantly, as he watched Griffin walk away.
Back at the RV, Griff sat on the bed crying and remembering being teased in school, and now he was embarrassed about what happened in the park. “Why couldn’t I stand up for myself” Why do I shut down?” Griff blasted some Metallica and drank a soda, calming himself down some. The music changed to Shawn Mendes and, yes, an old Justin Bieber song.
Nicholas, unable to enjoy himself without Griffin, soon arrived back at the RV and sat down next to Griff. He didn’t say a word, just held him tight. Nothing needed to be said. Just being in that moment, holding each other close, seemed to make everything feel safe and right again.