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    Good to hear from you, ITC

    can't wait to read the next chapter





    and I hope you are enjoying the summer

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    ITC,
    Sorry it's taken me so long to get back here!

    I started a few times, but kept getting sidetracked/was tired.
    And, once I reset the "new post" bold indicator, with my feeble brain, well, I messed up.

    This was a wonderful chapter. The love all around.
    Carly's great news.

    I do hope Aaron comes to share the memories he has of his mom with Lucas - they won't fade away, and Lucas will be able to know his mom a little bit more - as well as Aaron a whole lot more. Memories are so much better when you can share them with a close friend/confidant.

    Thanks so much for continuing your wonderful love story, ITC.

    I think Craiger did a great job hilighting all of the emotions and feelings from the story.


    And I know, if I'll only be true, to this glorious quest . . .

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    Hi ITC, I've been lurking here reading your story and have just caught up. I am so impressed and moved. I have shed so many tears. Thank you.

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    Hi ITC

    ...just checking in on your thread; hope you're well



    Drop us a line and let us know how you're doing


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    Waww..
    I just finished reading all the chapters..
    At first I thought the story will be a bit boring like the other story that the writer wrote (sorry no offence), but I was wrong. This story is amazing..
    I'm waiting for next chapters
    I'm sure there is still a bit long way to end this story

    Thank you for sharing !

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    I'm trying to finish the next chapter but it's pretty hard at the moment. I just got a second job so everything's just kinda "raaaawr" right now. I'll get around to it sometime this week though, I promise.

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    Hi ITC!

    Good to hear from you

    Second jobs...yeah, I know how that is

    ...had a few of them myself, years ago...tough days back then.




    can't wait to read more of your story


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    Wow great story just spent the last three days reading the graduation story and this one . Love the heart to heart stuff don't get me wrong the sex stuff is awesome too but ya gotta love a story with love and drama. Just knew the dad was gonna come back and cause trouble but too bad he couldn't stay and be family to Aaron but at least he has Lukas . Can't wait for the update

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    Hey there everyone. So after a long period of adjusting to my new schedule and my new life here, I finally got around to writing (and re-writing) the next chapter. I do apologize for making you wait between chapters, and I promise not to do it again. Next chapter will be done by next Friday as my friends are going back to school this week and I won't have as many distractions from my writing. I hope you all like this chapter though... I worked really hard on it to try and eliminate the anticlimactic feeling it gave me after the first draft. Enjoy!

    Wings of A Butterfly


    Chapter Thirty-One:
    Midnight Train


    When I woke up that Saturday morning, with the sunlight peeking through the closed blinds and the fan blades on the ceiling pushing the cool air down onto my skin, I couldn’t help but feel a twinge of sadness. It was my last day with Lucas. In just a few short hours, we would be packing up the last of his things to be shipped to his new apartment in Los Angeles. He hadn’t woken up yet; the impact of the night before probably took it out of him.

    Cherilyn and I treated everyone to a night out at Lucas’s favorite restaurant as a sort of going away party for him. Carly took pictures, Cherilyn tried her hardest not to cry, and Jonathan, Henry, Mike, Sean, Lucas and I spent the night horsing around and making jokes because we didn’t know how else to vent the awkward sadness that came with a member of our unusual and dysfunctional family leaving. I put on a smile the entire night until we got home.

    The two of us walked through the door and headed toward the bedroom. As I walked behind him, I watched every movement of his. I counted every step, noticed every muscle as it moved with his legs, and committed anything I could to memory. When we walked into the room, he turned toward me, grabbed my hands and pulled me onto the bed with him. For a while, we just lay there not saying a single word. His chest rose and fell slowly as his breathing began to weaken. He was almost asleep when I nudged him to move into a proper position on the bed.

    I tried to fall asleep, but it was more difficult than ever. I couldn’t stand the thought that the next time I fell asleep; I wouldn’t have Lucas by my side. I didn’t want to face that yet. It was probably about two in the morning before I finally felt myself drift off. I remember dreaming about cookies and a flying toaster, but the rest started getting fuzzy even moments after waking up. I just lay there, watching his face as his lips twitched from the dream he was having.

    I put my hand up to the side of his face, barely touching it as I was afraid to wake him and allow this day to begin. With a pain in my heart, I leaned forward and kissed his soft lips. His eyes cracked open as I felt him start to kiss back. I didn’t even mind his morning breath because I didn’t want this kiss to end. I didn’t want him to leave me... but it was too late to say anything now. With a grin on his face as our kiss broke apart, his hand went up to the side of my face and his thumb rubbed my cheek.

    I reached up to his forehead and slid my fingers through his hair. I leaned in to kiss him again, just to feel the spark that came with it go through my lips all the way to my toes. Once the kiss was broken, we were both sitting up and staring into each other’s eyes. He took a deep sigh and moved to stand up, but I pulled him back into the bed.

    “Aaron,” he said with a grin, “We have to finish packing.”
    “No,” I said, “Five more minutes.”
    “Babe,” he said, “I know you want to stall, but I just can't right now.”
    “I know,” I said, “I just didn't think it would come so fast.”
    “Well then, the next six months should just fly by,” he said smiling.

    I knew it was a forced smile though. He was afraid, I could tell. He didn't want to leave any more than I wanted him to and it was obvious he could sense it from me. So, as Lucas is so accustomed to, he put on a brave face in order to seem strong to keep me from falling apart. I couldn't decide if I hated it or loved it that he was always putting me first. The only way I could respond to him was to gently wrap my arms around his neck and give him a very loving embrace.

    “I love you, too,” he whispered.

    When I finally let go, the two of us climbed out of bed and changed into loose, comfortable clothing and finished packing up the boxes he was going to have over-nighted to his new apartment. It was a long process, and every now and then I had to force back some tears while packing away his t-shirts. When I came across the beanie baby I got him for Christmas, he took it and gently kissed my cheek as he packed it in his carry-on bags.

    “I want to have this tonight,” he said with that same forced smile.
    “Why do you have to be so cute?” I asked.
    “It's easier to get stuff from you that way,” he said with a genuine grin.
    “I'm gonna miss that smile,” I said wrapping my arms around him.

    After a few minutes he took a deep sigh and pulled me off of him. With a stern look, he grasped at my eyes with his own.

    “Aaron,” he said, “I love you, but if I don't put a stop to this, pretty soon you're gonna say you'll miss my gas, or my knuckle cracking, or even my nail-biting habits. And I know how much that annoys you.”
    “Sorry,” I said.
    “Are you sure you're gonna be okay with this?” he asked.
    “Yeah,” I said hesitantly, “I'll be fine, I promise.”

    I could tell he knew I was lying, but both of us kept the facade in place in order to try to make the other happy. Looking back on that now, I can see how silly it really was. But at the time, I didn't want him to think me a selfish person. I didn't want to demand that he give up everything he's ever worked for just because we wanted to stay together. I did everything I could in my mind to justify making him go, but the reason I chose wasn't the real reason.

    I have to admit, I was never afraid of us turning into my parents. We were so much different than they were less than a year into our relationship and we had pretty much proven to each other that we were in this thing together for good. My real concern about making him leave, was that I somehow felt I needed to prove something, prove that I was capable of being on my own again; that I wasn't tied down or dependent on Lucas.

    We packed in near silence for a while until Carly and Mike showed up to help us load the boxes in the car. We were going to go together to mail the boxes after we dropped Lucas off at the train station. Carly insisted that she come with me because she was convinced I would need moral support after he left. I resisted, but I was secretly grateful that she was so pushy about it. I hate to admit it, but the girl really knows me.

    It was around 1:30 by the time everything was finished and packed. Lucas didn't have to be at the train station until 5:00, and his train didn't leave until 5:45. Henry, Jonathan, Cherilyn, Travis, Sean, and Lucas's family would be meeting us at the train station to say their goodbyes and good-lucks, so it was just Carly, Mike, Lucas, and I for another few hours. The four of us sat around in our nearly empty apartment and started talking. The wedding was a month and a half away, and Carly was surprisingly relaxed about it and managed to stay off the topic.

    “So, Aaron,” she said, “What are you going to do this summer?”
    “Well,” I said, “I actually went back and got that job I applied for last fall.”
    “Oh, really?” she asked, “What was it again?”
    “I'm going to be the assistant for the local Advice Columnist.”
    “Right,” she said, “That's exciting. I hear he's really good.”
    “Don't pretend you don't have his articles arranged in a journal,” Mike said glaring at her.
    “Shut up, Mike,” she said.

    We all gave a small laugh at them. Lucas had barely spoken all afternoon and I... well I was just trying to keep myself under control. There were so many things I wanted to say to him before he left, things that I felt couldn't wait until he came back the following weekend, or until I drove up to check out his apartment the weekend afterward. They were little things that kept bugging me and almost jumped out of my throat a few times before I caught them, because I knew if I said them he wouldn't go.

    I played with his fingers as our hands entangled each other and just stared at his face. His beautiful hazel eyes beneath golden eyebrows shone out with pure and unadulterated amazement. I don't know what made me happier, the fact that he had an amazing ability to stay angry at no one and love everyone with every bit of energy, or the fact that he did all of it unconsciously, as if no one had ever hurt him before.

    * * *

    Lucas was silent the entire thirty minutes it took us to get to the station. His face was stone solid, afraid to show any emotion. Except for his eyes of course; I could see how conflicted he was inside with every reverberation in his eyes. Every shift, everything they looked at, and everything they reflected gave away all that was in his mind. He was struggling; every scene we passed that he tried to commit to memory gave that away.

    Carly and Mike were already there and getting out of their cab as we pulled up. Mike helped him with his luggage in the trunk while I pulled his carry-ons from the backseat. The pocket of his backpack was open halfway and through the zipper, I could see the beanie baby tag. I was a master at holding back my emotions at this point and tried my best to compartmentalize, but the entire situation was getting to me. In the past four years, I hadn't known attachment like this.

    A part of me was angry with Lucas. I couldn't stand the fact that I was so close to someone I didn't even know a year ago. He just walked into my life and tore down my defenses so he could get close to me, and now I couldn't imagine my life without him. Part of me wanted to be mad at him, just so I had a way to vent my frustrations.

    Carly must have sensed it because she took Lucas by the arm and walked him over to the counter to exchange his printed out vouchers for tickets. Mike and I grabbed all the bags and met him by the benches near the tracks. His family finally arrived by 5:05 and they said all their goodbyes and congratulations since they wouldn't have the chance to see him again until Thanksgiving. As they were walking away, Kyle gently put his hand on my shoulder, as if to try and comfort me without words.

    It was getting closer now; I could sense it in the air. The train was speeding down the tracks in our direction to come pick up Lucas and a dozen other travelers and take them away to their destinations. I didn't know or care where the other people were going, but I knew how the people they were leaving behind felt. Or perhaps they were returning to those people after they had already left them.

    Lucas let go of my hand and went up to Cherilyn who was holding onto Sean. The two of them went around the corner where none of us could hear them. The rest of us stay silent for a little while. When Cherilyn returned dabbing at her eyes with a handkerchief, the rest of us took notice. Lucas came back around the corner and took Sean next. The others and I gave Cherilyn a questioning look to which she responded with a catch in her throat.

    “He wants to say goodbye to us alone,” he said.
    “Why?” I asked.
    “I guess to make it as emotional as possible,” she said with a forced grin.

    I sighed and nodded, knowing what was about to happen to each and every one of us. Sean came back around and Lucas grabbed Jonathan next. Even Sean looked like he had been ripped apart inside despite only being in Lucas's life for a couple of months. I later found out that Lucas told him how the way he treated Cherilyn and how happy he made her made Lucas care more about Sean than any of us realized. But that was just Lucas. I was never amazed by how much that boy could love.

    When Carly came back and Lucas took Mike, she came over to me and hugged me. I never found out what he said to her, and every time I asked her, she got too emotional to speak. I could only imagine what he wanted to say to me, but I was determined to maintain control of myself. I didn't want to say the things that were going through my mind at the time, because I knew it would screw everything up between us. After Mike, it was Henry, and after Henry came Jonathan. Mike returned obviously burying his tears and keeping his emotions inside like a well-trained man.

    And then, the moment came. Jonathan came around the corner, dragging his feet as he tried to man up like Mike and keep his eyes from flooding, but was obviously losing the battle. I knew it was my turn, and when I saw his warm and loving gaze appear around the corner, my heart almost shattered. He didn't move from his position by the wall, and I could barely move from where I was standing. His eyes searched mine and mine tried so hard to tell him everything I was thinking until I finally found the strength to move.

    I got closer to him, one step at a time, but it seemed to be the longest walk I've ever taken. He disappeared behind the corner and reappeared when I reached it. He had his back turned, as if trying to gather strength for himself. All I could do was stand there and wait for him to start talking. I was afraid touching him might break him completely. Then, he turned toward me, his eyes full of tears.

    “Aaron,” he half-whispered, “I can't figure out how to say goodbye to you. It's silly though; because I'm gonna see you in a few days. It's just... when I think about not seeing you every day, not falling asleep with you every night, and not waking up next to you every morning... it makes me not want to go. And I can't tell you how much I love you. There's just no way to show you, and there's no way to say it. You’re the best thing to ever happen to me, and I need you to know that.”
    “Luke,” I said after a deep sigh, “You don't have to say anything. I know. I know what you're trying to say and I know how hard it is. I don't want to say it either.”
    “I love you,” he choked out.

    He pulled me close to him and I felt tear drops on my shoulder. His arms squeezed me so tight I thought he'd never let go... and I squeezed him just as tightly back. The train was approaching now; we could hear it as the whistle went off in the distance. We didn't want to let go of each other though because we knew letting go meant he had to leave.

    “I have to,” he whispered in my ear.
    “I know,” I said.
    “I love you,” he said again.
    “I know that too,” I said, “And you know I love you.”
    “I do,” he said.

    Despite how badly we wanted to hold on, and despite how tightly clung we were, the two of us detached. Eyes sopping wet and noses running, we stared at each other for a moment. Each of us tried to force a smile to reassure the other and we hugged one more time with a soft, but passionate kiss to say goodbye. He whispered, “I'll call you when I get there,” before he let go of me.

    When he pulled away from me, part of me went with him. I stood there watching as he approached the train and stepped through the doors. I watched as he stuffed his luggage into a compartment by the doors and took one last look towards me before he disappeared from the opening and went to find his seat. A few moments later, the doors shut and the train started moving. Before I knew it, he was gone.

    Carly walked up to me, Henry, Jonathan, Sean and Cherilyn having already left. She put her hand on my back and tried to get me to move.

    “I'm such an idiot,” I said.

    She took me in her arms and I started crying on her shoulder. We sat down on the nearby bench as I fell apart in her embrace. It was about a half hour before either of us said anything again. Eventually my crying started dying down as my mind calmed itself and my stomach started butting into the scene. I could tell Carly was starving and we still had to take Lucas's boxes down to the UPS store.

    We made our way back to the car. I slid into the passenger seat while Mike got in the back seat and Carly took the keys and drove the three blocks to the UPS store. Time around me seemed to speed up as lights from oncoming traffic appeared to streak by and the cars around me were passing as if the car wasn’t moving at all. It felt like hours before we finally pulled into the parking lot. Mike and I got out and started unloading the boxes in silence.

    After everything was paid for and the car was empty, Carly dropped Mike off at the dorms and came home with me. She raided my fridge as I sat on the couch and let the emptiness of the apartment set in. I couldn’t understand why I let him go, but I knew why I couldn’t ask him to stay. There was a part of me that was still afraid… still vulnerable after all this time.

    “Where’s that head of yours?” Carly asked from the kitchen.
    “Nowhere,” I said.
    “Come on,” she said as she rounded the countertop and sat next to me on the couch.
    “I’m just thinking,” I said.
    “About?” she asked.
    “Doesn’t matter,” I said.
    “If it matters to you, it matters.”

    I kept my thoughts to myself for a moment, trying to organize them in my own head. Yes, I had broken down just after he left, but it was almost like I couldn’t feel anything anymore. I almost forgot Carly was there until she spoke up.

    “Why did you say you were an idiot?” she asked.
    “Huh?”
    “When he left, you said you were such an idiot,” she said.
    “Oh,” I said, “That… uhh…”
    “You wanted to tell him to stay didn’t you?” she asked.
    “Yeah,” I said.
    “Why didn’t you?” she asked.
    “Because I knew he would if I asked,” I said.
    “Would that have been so bad?”
    “No but,” I said, “I wanted him to stay because he wanted to stay, not because I wanted him to.”
    “Aaron,” she said taking my hand in hers, “Don’t take this the wrong way or anything, but that’s bullshit.”
    “I know,” I said.

    More time passed. Somewhere during the silence between us, the TV was turned on. I don't know when I fell asleep, but I know I didn't fall asleep in my own bed. I may have woken up there, but I didn't fall asleep there. I don't think it would have been humanly possible for me to sleep in that bed unless someone put me there already unconscious. I didn't fall asleep feeling any better than I had the entire day and woke up several times during the night wanting to roll over and grab onto someone that wasn't there anymore.

    I barely even realized that the sun was up after having woken up for the fifth time. It wasn't nightmares keeping me awake though. I kept waking up feeling like I was in a completely different place. I couldn't get used to the emptiness of the room enough to have a restful sleep. But, every time I woke up all I wanted to do was lay there for the rest of my life. The only thing that actually got me to get out of bed was the dull sense of hunger and the pressure of a full bladder.

    When I stepped out into the hallway, I was enveloped with the smell of bacon and sausage being cooked in the kitchen. As I approached the end of the hallway, I could see Carly standing at the stove. I doubt she had left at all during the night. I must not have looked very attractive because her expression was pained when she noticed me in the hallway.

    “Are you hungry?” she asked.
    “Yeah,” I said softly.

    I pulled myself together and sat down at the table while Carly scooped some eggs and sausages onto a plate and set it down in front of me.

    “Did you sleep okay?” she asked.
    “Not really,” I said.
    “I'm sorry hun,” she said.
    “Did you stay all night?” I asked.
    “Of course,” she said, “Mike came by about an hour after you finally crashed.”
    “I hope he's not mad at me.”
    “No,” she said, “I explained it to him. He understands.”

    She was taking the dishes back to the sink when she passed the answering machine.

    “Oh,” she said, “You have some messages.”
    “Play them,” I said.

    I heard her fingernail hit the button and the automated voice telling me I had two new messages. The first was from a couple hours ago about a doctor's appointment I had in a week, and when it finished, I put my head in my hands and my elbows on the table... until the second message played.

    “Hi,” Lucas's voice said over the machine.
    “It’s me...” he said.

    I lifted my head up and looked over at the phone as it sat in its charger on the end table.

    “I just got on the train and I just couldn’t help but feel like I should have said more,” he said, “I feel like I left without saying the most important thing. I spent all week trying to decide what to say to you… but when it finally came I couldn’t say anything I wanted to.”

    He was crying.

    “I'm sorry for leaving,” he said, “I need you to know that every ounce of me didn’t want to. I need you to know that I love you.”

    His deep breath sent a shockwave down my spine. Suddenly I felt guilty for pushing him into doing this when neither of us wanted him to, and both of us would give anything to change what was happening. Suddenly, I felt like the world’s biggest douche.

    “I don’t blame you, because you were right when you said I needed to do this…”

    As if that absolves me of blaming myself…

    “I do need to do this…” he said, “I just can’t… I can’t…”

    His crying took over for a few seconds causing him to leave his sentence unfinished. When phone hung up the room was flooded with a silence that was ear shattering. My eyes started filling with tears again and Carly was hesitantly moving towards me.

    “I want him back so much...” I whispered.

    I pushed my left thumb and forefinger against my closed eyes, as if trying to stop myself from crying again, but I was failing badly. I didn't even notice that the door was still open from when Carly grabbed the mail, and there was a figure standing outside.

    “I'm here,” he said.

    I jumped up like lightning when I heard his voice. His beautiful voice that would put angels to shame caressed my ears when it rang from his throat. He took a step inside and the light poured over him and brightened his watery, hazel colored eyes. My own eyes filled with tears as I couldn't believe the sight in front of me, but I knew he was really there by the look on Carly's face.

    “Luke,” I whispered, “H-how? Why?”
    “I got there and realized that this job just wasn’t that important to me,” he said, “So I bought a ticket home immediately.”

    I couldn't say anything else. I ran forward, jumping over the back of the couch, and slammed into him wrapping my arms around his back. I nearly knocked him off his feet, but was squeezing him so tightly that I kept him from falling over. My lips instantly found his and locked against them. We stood there in each other’s arms for a while.

    “I could never leave you,” he said.
    “Good,” I said.

    It didn’t take long for word to spread that Lucas had come back. Within a couple hours, everyone in our circle had been informed.

    * * *

    Everyone ended up back at our place that night. It turned from a small Chinese food dinner between a few friends to a full on Welcome Back party... even though he technically never left. When everything was over and done with and the party had died completely, it was down to Cherilyn, Sean, Carly, Mike, Jonathan, Henry, Lucas and I. The others slowly started to leave and as Carly and Mike were getting ready to go, she came up to Lucas.

    “So, uhm,” she said, “you're here for good right?”
    “Yeah,” he said giggling, “Why?”
    “Well, I was wondering,” she said, “Do you want to be my maid of honor?”
    “Seriously?” he asked.
    “Well, yeah,” she said, “Mike already snagged Aaron from me.”
    “Sure,” he said, “I'd love to!”
    “Awesome!” she squealed on her way out the door, “I'll call you tomorrow, there's still so much that needs to be done!”

    We shut the door behind them and hugged again.

    “What did I just get myself into?” Lucas asked.
    “Nothing I envy you for,” I said, “But I'm glad you're back.”
    “Me too, babe,” he said, “Me too.”

    He grabbed my hand and pulled me back toward the bedroom. He pulled me into him when we reached the door and kissed me. His hand slid behind my head to pull my face into his while his other hand embraced my back and forced our chests together. He kicked the ajar door open and pulled me inside, where sweat soon drenched our bodies as we showed each other just how much we missed each other in the day we were apart.

    Give me one firm place to stand, and I shall move the Earth...more than the 383 miles it would move anyway.

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    Outstanding, ITC! And, now, no longer apart, and firmly back together! Awesomely Intense story, Dude!

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    Great writing. Gut wrenching emotion.

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    ITC,
    This was intense. Powerful. As Sheep said, Gut Wrenching Emotion.

    Very well done.


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    I have to agree with all the above posts, ITC. The emotions and intensity were extremely powerful and expertly written. Also, somewhat of a relief to know that Lucas returned on his own volition which truly shows his love for Aaron. Tears weren't shed only by those in the story.....

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    Thanks everyone for the comments, I'm working on the next chapter now and just wanted to give this thread a bump to make sure everyone got a chance to see the update. I should have it done by next weekend depending on how distracted I get/how much homework I get.
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    Hi ITC!

    glad you bumped the story...I wasn't aware that you had posted another chapter this past week

    I'm so glad Lucas and Aaron aren't going to be seperated

    Beautiful work, ITC

    ..as always

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    Very moving. Beautifully written. Thanks for the update, ITC

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    Working on the next chapter tonight. I don't know when I'll get around to finishing it. I've been dragging my feet because I realized how close the ending really is and I don't want it to be finished yet

    I'm going to try my best to give my editor something by tomorrow night and be able to tell you guys when it's going to be done.

    Thank you all for being such loyal readers and I apologize for how long it's been taking me to update.

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    I'm perched on the edge of my chair, "Patiently" waiting!

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    ITC,

    This has been my favorite story on this forum so far. Please hurry back!! :]

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    Before finals I met a boy. He touched my heart and changed my perspective about emotions and dependence. We started a relationship, but we were both really standoffish and protective of our own emotions. Recently problems arose in his life and he had to put things on hold between us. I'm not sure if we're still together, or if we will be together later on because he does not return my calls nor does he answer my texts. I'm finding it really hard to write about romance but I'm trying guys. I'm trying to get the next part of the story going, but it's really hard when you let someone touch your heart and they walk away from it.

    I do apologize for constantly teasing you guys about my writing, and I do apologize if this next chapter is lackluster. I hope you all understand what I'm currently trying to deal with. I promise to keep in touch and I promise I'll pull out of this one just like I did the last one.

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    Sorry to here that ITC . Personal life comes first, and I wish you all the best. We can and we will wait for your next installment whenever you're ready to write.

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    That's upsetting news ITC. I wish I could tell you something to kickstart your writing, but I know if the inspiration isn't there it's all but impossible. You will get through this in time. Use your time now to plan out the story so when you feel better, you should be able to get right at it.

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    Your writing is truly magnificent. Your character development is some of the best I have ever encountered (that includes published novels). You make us relate to and love or hate your characters.
    I hope you will be in great spirits very soon, and that your current problem becomes a distant memory in a happy, productive and exciting life full of love and success. Keep in mind there are hundreds if not thousands of us that love and respect your writing and love and respect you for keeping at it in good times and bad.

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    I'm sorry to hear that ITC

    Take some time and keep your chin up

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    Hi ITC

    Just checking in on your story..sorry things aren't going so well for you.

    don't worry about us...when you're ready to write again, we'll still be here

    ..take care of yourself first



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    Hi ITC

    drop us a line and let us know how you're doing


    ..hope all is well with you

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    Hey guys,

    I'm sorry I've been kinda MIA lately. Post breakup mixed with lots of school work and work work didn't really make a conducive writing environment. But spring break is coming up and I should be able to finish the next chapter by the end of the month. I hope I haven't lost any fans in my absence and it made me happy to see this on the front page of the subforum

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    ITC,
    We're sticking by you.
    Real life, with its ups and downs, comes first.
    Take care.


    And I know, if I'll only be true, to this glorious quest . . .

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    good to hear from you

    take all the time you need, ITC

    we'll still be here

    here's a hug for you

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    Hey ITC dropping in on your thread

    hope you're doing ok

    drop us a line if you can

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    really miss ya


    please let us know how you're doing

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    Hey guys!!

    Long time no see! I do sincerely apologize for my extended absence. I hope I didn't lose any of you. I'm posting this to let everyone know that I just sent the latest chapter to my editor after finally getting a chance to finish it. I will post it as soon as he gets back to me.

    A little explanation as to my absence:
    I started dating a boy whom I fell quickly in love with. He broke my heart and left me without a word. After that I fell into a depression that was hard to get out of and couldn't write about love without wanting to kill my characters off. After I got past that, I started working full time at my job for the summer and then, when school started, have been working 2 jobs along with being a full time student. Today was the first day I felt like I had a breather and I decided to sit down and finish the chapter. I'm dedicated to bringing this story to a close and will be posting chapters as quickly as I can without rushing the events. This chapter isn't very long though, but I hope it makes up for me ignoring you guys.

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    Hey, ITC

    'Tis GOOD to hear from YOU, even though the extenuating circumstances have not exactly been a full realization of your Hopes and aspirations.

    Real Life has it's own twists, and turns. And, as much as we're ALL looking forward to the continuation of your story, it's far more important that you take the time to deal with that which you need to cope with.

    Given those circumstances, I'm even more impressed that you've been thinking of "Us", and am So much more looking forward to your continued writing!

    THANK YOU, Buddy!!

    All the more reasons to ... no matter what ...

    Keep smilin'!!
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    ITC,
    It's great to hear from you.

    And, Chaz speaks wise words. I'm glad you're on an upswing from some unfortunate happenings.
    I look forward to your chapter and getting reacquainted with the boys.
    But, first and foremost, take care of yourself and school, work.



    And I know, if I'll only be true, to this glorious quest . . .

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    Hi ITC

    a pleasant surprise to see your thread bumped up


    glad you're doing ok

    looking forward to reading your new chapter

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    I've missed you.

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    I'm sorry guys. My editor has been swamped with schoolwork. Just waiting on him to get a free night to read it over for me.
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    Chapter Thirty-Two:

    Birthday Bash

    “Aaron,” Lucas whispered, “Wake up.”

    I groaned and turned over onto my stomach, burying my face into my pillow. Even the sound of Lucas's voice couldn't get me excited for my birthday. For as long as I could remember, I had never looked forward to my birthday, to getting older. Today was worse though, because not only was I getting older, I was also two weeks away from watching my best friend and her two month old sidekick walk down the aisle.

    The thought that either of us were old enough to get married made my insides quiver and sent a cold chill down the small of my back that felt as though some monster were eating its way through my stomach. Lucas put his hand on my back almost as if he knew how I was feeling. He caressed my back and kissed the back of my head.

    “Aaron,” he said, “Remember my birthday, and how I was acting like a total tool?”
    “Shut up, Luke,” I said with my voice muffled by the pillow.
    “Come on, Aaron,” he whined, “do you remember?”
    I lifted my head out from the pillow and said, “Of course I remember...”
    “And do you remember how you got me to feel better?”
    “I gave you a guitar,” I said with my eyes wide with disbelief.
    He laughed at the look on my face and said, “Yes, you did.”

    He leaned in to kiss me gently on the lips and with a wink, got up and went out into the hallway. I watched his beautiful body as his legs strode out of the room. I was so distracted by Lucas that I almost didn't notice how hot it was already. The sweltering stuffy room brought on by the bright July sunlight with the combination of the anticipation Lucas had me in was making me sweat through my athletic shorts and white t-shirt.

    I waited patiently for my boy to return from wherever he had gone to retrieve my birthday present. I heard some doors opening and closing in the hallway and the sound of cardboard boxes slapping against each other as they were shuffled around followed by the sound of a couple thuds against the floor as they were dropped onto the ground. I counted three total bumps against the hardwood of the hallway and knew whatever Lucas had gotten me was going to outdo whatever I had done for him.

    “You ready, babe?” he asked.
    “Hurry up!” I shouted out the door.

    I could hear him chuckling as he made his way down the hallway. His face appeared in the doorway with a devious grin spread from ear to ear. He had three flat boxes, one large with two smaller ones sitting on top of it, in his hands. He knelt at the foot of the bed and placed them in front of me. I must have had the look of a kid in a candy store or a thirteen year-old in a porn shop on my face because Lucas couldn't stop smiling at me.

    You'd think I was handed a mighty sword that gave infinite power or a golden chalice that supplied eternal life by the way I was looking at my gifts. I was almost afraid to open the boxes that were all wrapped in light blue paper with dark blue ribbons tied around them. Time almost slowed down while I reached forward and grabbed one of the smaller boxes. I was about to bring it back to me but Lucas stopped my hand and forced me to look at him.

    “Open the big one first,” he said smiling at me.
    “Fine then, take off your pants.”

    We both started laughing as I put the two smaller boxes aside and leaned forward to grab the large box sitting in front of me. I jokingly made a quick grab towards Luke's crotch to get another round of laughs out of him before I started peeling the ribbon away from the edges. I carefully tore the paper at the ends and dragged out the opening process as long as I could before Lucas started getting antsy. I could tell he really wanted the damn thing open so I ripped the paper and tossed it aside.

    When I opened the box and looked in, I saw a brand new black tuxedo folded up. I was bewildered at the pricey looking articles of clothing that were sitting in the box in front of me. I glanced up at Lucas, who was smiling at me with excitement in his beautiful eyes. My hands tried to move and my lips tried to form words, but I was stunned.

    This was the first time I had ever been truly speechless.

    “Do you like it?” he asked.
    “Uh... buh,” was all I could manage.
    Lucas started giggling and said, “I'll take that as a 'yes' since you seem to be beyond the help of the English language.”
    “What's this for?” I asked.
    “For the wedding, duh,” he responded putting the empty box on the floor.
    “I know but, I mean, why?” I asked still completely befuddled.
    “Because,” he said looking me in the eye, “You deserve to look nice on the most important day of your best friend's life.”
    “That's really sweet, Luke,” I said, “But you didn't have to...”
    “I know, I wanted to, though,” he said, “Plus, there's no way I'm being seen with you wearing a ratty, old, rent-a-tux.”
    I leaned in to hug him and said, “Thank you.”
    “You're welcome,” he said hugging me back, “Now open this one.”

    He handed me one of the two smaller boxes as he pulled away from the hug. The smile remained on his face as I lifted the top of the unwrapped box and pulled out two envelopes. The top envelope contained two tickets round trip to Sacramento while the bottom envelope contained two tickets that were only one way to Sacramento. Underneath the bottom envelope was a pamphlet for one of the nicer hotels in the area near the event center where the reception was going to be.

    I stared blankly at the tickets as Luke's excitement poured from him and into me. I knew exactly what he was going to say before he said it. I finally realized what he had been doing these past few nights after I went to bed. I looked up at him to see the excited smile of a four year old who just saw a Christmas tree littered with presents at the bottom and small traces of soot from the chimney to create the illusion of a late-night gift giver.

    “The first two are for us,” he said, “the other two are for Carly and Mike.”
    “Luke, this is incredible,” I said.
    “Yeah, well it's mostly for Carly. She's been so stressed out about planning her wedding from far away. I figure it'd take a huge weight off her shoulders to get there early and finish planning from home.”
    “That is beyond thoughtful, Luke; I can't believe you went through all this trouble,” I said.
    “It wasn't that much trouble,” he said chuckling, “but this way the four of us can get a head start on everything. I made reservations at one of the nicer hotels for all of us.”
    “I don't know what I did to deserve a guy like you,” I said as I pulled him back in for another hug.
    “That's not all,” he said.

    He pulled away from me again and grabbed the last box from the ground and handed it to me. Based on the last two boxes, I had no idea what to expect for my last gift. I took a deep breath and lifted the top of the box out of place. When I looked inside, I was surprised to see nothing more than an empty box. With a quizzical expression on my face, I looked at Lucas who was laughing quietly at my reaction. He reached out a hand and pushed the box out of the way and kissed me.

    “That,” he said, “is for being so damn cute.”
    “Thanks?” I said, “Why is it empty?”
    “Because that's what I want you to worry about today,” he said, “Absolutely nothing.”
    “Why?” I asked.
    “Well, mostly because I know you,” he said, “but also because today I'm taking you to the beach where you won't have anything to worry about.”
    “Seriously, Luke?” I said.
    “Yes!” he said before I could get anything else out, “I'm going to make sure you have at least one stress-free day in your life if it kills me.”
    “If I must,” I said with chuckle.

    He leaned in and kissed me gently as he put his hands on my shoulders. We spent a moment to just take each other in. My mind, for a split second, focused on the gentle press of his soft lips against mine. It seemed like time slowed down as I felt the small part of the inner side of his lips. His scent filled my nostrils and sent me into a tranced state.

    The way he kissed me was almost hypnotizing. The way our tongues danced together was like a music-less lullaby to me. I could have fallen asleep to the sound of our lips as they pulled apart for brief seconds and then pushed back together again. I could have lost myself in the feeling of his tongue sliding past my teeth and playing with my own. His grip on my shoulders tightened as he forced himself to stop.

    “You need to shower,” he said.
    I laughed and said, “Gee, that's not exactly what I was expecting to hear.”
    “I mean,” he said standing up and walking over to the closet, “You have to shower and get ready to go.”
    “Come on,” I said getting up and joining him as he went through my shirts and pants. I wrapped my arms around his torso from behind and pressed my crotch against his toned ass, “Can't we play a little bit? It is my birthday afterall.”

    He turned around without breaking my grip on him. He kissed my lips with intense softness and then said, “We'll have plenty of time to play tonight. I want it to be special for you.”

    My eyes dropped in disappointment as I conceded to Lucas's decision. It only took me a couple of months to figure out that once Lucas made up his mind about something, it was a battle to get him to change it. I could tell this was something really important to him so I decided to let him have it as I grabbed a handful of his tight butt and sprinted off to the bathroom to get in the shower before he could catch me.

    The cool water trickled down my chest through the crevices formed by my newly formed abdominal muscles. I ran a soaped up washcloth gently over my skin to wash away the previous day's stress. As I stood beneath the water, listening to the rushing sound it made as it flew out of the nozzle and the crashing sound that reverberated from the tiles of the shower, I began to think about going home for the first time in so long. It had been almost two years since I had been to my home-city of Sacramento. If Carly hadn't insisted on having the wedding there, I'm almost certain I never would have gone back.

    Thinking about the wedding had started to freak me out. In just a couple of weeks, my bestfriend would be marrying her dream guy, and seven months later would be bringing a precious child into this world. I couldn't help but think about how lucky that child was. The child would have two solid parents who loved each other more than I thought was humanly possible, Carly's wonderfully wacky older sister Jillian, two uncles in Lucas and I who would spoil the bejesus out of the poor kid, and two sets of happily married grandparents who would bitchslap the grim reaper himself to stick around for a few more years and make sure they saw this kid spit out a great-grandchild for them.

    This kid was so lucky, so loved... and it hadn't even developed all of its toes yet. I couldn't help but feel a little jealous of this child. He or she would be brought into a world full of love and laughter that I would have given anything to have when I was a kid. That jealousy was quickly dissolved when I thought about all the chances I would have to babysit and make sure that he or she would go back to Carly with the smartest mouth in the world.

    I finished my shower a lot faster than it started and went out into the kitchen wearing nothing but my towel. Lucas was standing by the door waiting and took one glance at me. I giggled intensely as he stared at my glistening chest and laughed even harder when he almost tented in his pants right in front of me.

    “You wanted to wait, “ I said, “but I never said I'd make it easy.”
    “You suck, Aaron,” he said pushing his way into the bathroom.

    There was a Denver Omelet (my favorite breakfast) and three slices of bacon sitting on a plate on the counter when I walked into the kitchen. As I sat down to eat, I heard the sound of the shower being turned on. My mind was soothed by the muffled sounds of the water pattering against the tiles through the closed bathroom door. I decided at that moment to take Lucas's command and clear my mind to keep myself from worrying about anything that day.

    If I hadn't, then the day probably wouldn't have been amazing as it had been.

    * * *

    My feet tossed sand in the air as I dashed down the beach with Lucas hot on my tail. We had been sitting next to each other watching the ocean waves and playing with the sand when I tossed a small amount at him. This started a sand war which ended with Lucas getting a handful dropped into his hair and me running away from him as fast as I physically could while laughing hysterically.

    My laughter slowed me down to the point where Lucas was able to catch me. He grabbed me from behind and pulled me to the ground, the force of which practically burying the both of us in sand. We were both laughing now as Lucas shook out his golden hair on my face. He was nice enough to wipe it away so I could open my eyes before his lips pressed against mine. I never imagined myself in this position before, much less it being with a guy as great as Lucas (or even a guy period before last September).

    The kiss didn't last very long and it wasn't intensely passionate, but it was incredibly affectionate which Lucas was definitely pulling off a lot recently. He looked down at me with those beautiful bright eyes of his and a smile that stretched across his face. I'm pretty sure I had the exact same look on my face. After everything was said and done, I felt like the reason I loved Lucas so much was because he was my best friend first, and my boyfriend followed closely after.

    He lifted himself up and wiped the remnants of the beach off of his chest while I watched. He dusted what remained of my assault out of his hair and then looked back over at me. My hands were behind my head as I lay there watching his gorgeous body glisten in the sun as it began to set. His hand stretched out to lift me to my feet, but I sat up and pulled him back down to the ground beside me. I pulled his arm around me and we sat there for a while.

    Our eyes and minds focused on the sunset together. The scenery and the feeling of Lucas's skin touching mine was the perfect way to unwind from the day. A twenty minute drive from our apartment brought us to Pismo Beach. The boardwalk was swamped with people and we were constantly ducking into stores and looking at souvenirs together. Occasionally, we would go to the back of the store where people were able to see, but no one was likely to notice and had a quick make-out session.

    We had lunch at the famed Splash Cafe and walked to the end of the pier together. I took out my camera and snapped a bunch of pictures. Most of the pictures were of Lucas, but there were a few pretty great accidental shots interspersed in there. When my camera’s battery died, Lucas pushed himself up against me and kissed me.

    That was when we went down to the beach. We grabbed our things from the car and picked out a nice spot in the sand to unwind. Lucas pulled his shirt off and grabbed me by the hand. He dragged me into the ocean with him against my better judgment and forced me to get over my fears of large bodies of water. I was barely able to get my own shirt off, not to mention my locket. He pulled me waist deep into the water and locked his arms around me.

    “Do you trust me?” he asked.
    “Of course,” I said with a shaky voice.

    The waves pushed up against us and I felt Lucas’s hands clasp around my back. He pulled me forward and under the water. The current pulled us further out and when we surfaced together, we were in much deeper water. I felt a rush of anxiety wash over me that instantly went away once Lucas’s hands reconnected their grip around me. I looked into his beautiful eyes and felt every inch of me get lost in the depth of their affection.

    Lucas sensed that I was finally letting go and signaled to me that it was okay to get out of the water. We went back to our spot and laid on the towels. The sun dried our skin quickly and we spent the rest of the afternoon building a sandcastle. Then the sand war started. I tossed some at Lucas while he was setting up a tower and he took the entire lump he was working on and threw it at me. But I was too fast for Lucas. I ducked and his lump missed me. The chase ended as quickly as it started with Lucas on top of me in the sand.

    We watched as the sun began to set over the horizon. Lucas turned toward me and put his hand on the back of my head. He pulled me in for another affectionate kiss, allowing his lips to linger for just a short moment before pulling away and looking into my eyes. The warmth of his gaze spread over me as his eyes burned into me with a fiery passion unmatched by anything I’ve seen before. I could only imagine the things he was doing to me in his mind.

    “We should get going,” he said.
    “Already?” I asked.
    “Yeah, it’s almost 7,” he responded.
    “If you say so,” I said smiling.

    We rose from our spots and picked up our towels and clothes. Lucas pulled me close as we walked back to the parking lot nearby. The air was beginning to chill outside as the sun began to descend. We stuffed everything into the trunk, put on our t-shirts, and jumped into the car to head home. I watched the hills speed past my window while the sunset cast an orange tint across the horizon.

    It was almost dark by the time we got back to the apartment. Luke took me by the hand and we went up the stairs together. We stopped just outside the door and he took my other hand and looked me in the eyes. There was a moment between us where time stopped. It was a moment I knew I would never forget. In that moment, I felt like everything would be okay. After my mom died, I never imagined I would ever feel like that again.

    He pulled me in close and kissed my lips with such intensity, I thought they might fuse together at any second. When he released, my head was spinning and my vision went cloudy for a split second. I could feel the smile stretching across my face. I opened my eyes again and saw the smile mirrored on Luke’s face.

    “I hope you had a good day,” he said.
    “I had a great one,” I said, “The best I’ve ever had.”
    “Well, you deserve it,” he said, “but, I have one more surprise for you.”

    Lucas grabbed the doorknob and pushed our apartment door open. A light flipped on inside and six people jumped out and yelled “Surprise!” I looked around at the faces of my friends in my living room and then back to Lucas.

    “What is this?” I asked.
    “Well,” he said, “we decided that we wanted to have a sit down dinner for your birthday. Family style.”

    I turned back around to see a table full of food arranged in the living room. Carly and Mike sat down next to each other with Henry beside them, Sean and Cherilyn sat opposite them, and Jonathan sat down next to Cherilyn. There were two open seats left at each end of the table. At the head of the table was a bright red plate with gold writing that said “Birthday Boy” on it. I looked at all the faces once more and tears filled my eyes.

    I looked at Lucas and realized what he was trying to tell me.

    “You did all of this for me?” I asked.
    “Of course,” he said, “I kind of like you, you know.”
    “I can’t believe this,” I said.
    “Family doesn’t end with blood Aaron,” he said, “Sometimes you get to choose your family.”

    I held back the tears as best I could and smiled at Lucas. This beautiful man standing in front of me, who loved me more than I could fathom, had given me the greatest gift of all. I turned back around and looked at my family. Everyone sitting together. We had been through some rough times, but we were all still together. And the family was growing every day.

    I sat down at the head of the table, Lucas at the end, and felt Carly’s hand on my shoulder. I smiled at her and tried to contain my emotions as best as I could. Everyone looked at me for a moment. I wished my mom could see this, see me. I wished she could see that, even with her absence, I had love in my life. I looked from face to face and finally, words came to me.

    “I don’t know how to thank you guys, or describe what this means to me,” I said, “I love you all.”
    “We love you too, Aaron,” Cherilyn said.
    “More than you realize,” Carly added.

    I smiled at the both of them and then looked at Lucas. His eyes were tearing up now too. I smiled at him and he smiled back. A feeling of grace and serenity swept over me and I felt at peace. I took a deep breath and grabbed a fork.

    “Let’s dig in!” I said.

    Everyone laughed and grabbed their own utensils and started attacking the food on the table. Chatter filled the night. Discussions about the looming wedding dominated the conversation. Pretty soon we would be getting on a plane and heading back to our hometown. Then, my best friend and sister would extend the family further after walking down the aisle.

    I couldn’t wait.
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    ITC,
    What a GREAT chapter in the guys' lives - and a truly appropriate Thanksgiving installment.

    I know you've had some ups and downs in your own life.
    I hope you find your Luke and extended family, too.

    Thank you.


    And I know, if I'll only be true, to this glorious quest . . .

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    It is good to have you back, ITC, with Aaron and Lucas and the extended family. Love and romance permeated this chapter which was not only felt by the characters in the story but by your fans. Emotions grow strong and bring out the deep feelings that all of us desire in our own lives. Thank you for bringing that to us. Looking forward to the next phase and the wedding.

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    Our wait has been well rewarded, so good to read more about these characters!



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    ITC!

    It's Wonderful to see YOU back! And, THANK YOU! for continuing your Awesome, and Powerful, story, and sharing Aaron's and Lucas's Family with those of us here at JUB! It all means a Lot, Buddy!!

    Keep smilin'!!
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    Your *time out* paid off. Excellent writing, ITC

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    The best part of the new chapter: rereading the older ones!

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    was just going over some of the older chapters; enjoyed reading them again


    such a great story, ITC....hope you get to finish it one day

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