Another response for the WL Christmas Challenge
Upon waking in his own bed
Devon's first thought was "thank God, that's over."
But, somehow the thought
wasn't enough to propel him out of bed.
Devon had just spent yet another
Christmas week at his parents' house. His older
brothers and sister were all
married and had seven children between them. Oh, a
lot of it Devon had
enjoyed. He loved being the favorite uncle, he loved being
mobbed by the kids
and hearing the call of "Uncle Devon! Uncle Devon, where are
you?" That had
seemed to ring incessantly around the house. That wasn't why Dev
was glad the
holiday was over.
He loved his family but, he wanted his own partner. He
wanted to arrive with
someone else. The fact is, he thought ruefully, being
gay takes a bit more
effort meeting people. Let's face it the pool of gay
guys is a lot smaller than
the pool of straight guys. He had tried a couple
bars and clubs, that just
wasn't his thing at all. The guys he had met were
in search of one thing and it
sure wasn't any kind of meaningful
Ah, well. Getting up Dev went to the kitchen. He opened the
stare a bit. He knew after being gone a week there wasn't
going to be anything
in it still edible. He looked at the tin of cookies on
the counter that his
mother had sent him home with and shook his head.
Shrugging into his coat he set
off on the half mile walk to the nearest
The breakfast crowd was spilling over onto the sidewalk
when Devon arrived. He
realized that this wasn't going to be as simple as he
had thought. Making his
way to the front to the girl with the clipboard he
asked about the wait.
Forty-five minutes seemed a long time given how hungry
"Devon!" He heard his name shouted. It was Alan from the gym
waving him across
to a table in the corner. "Come join me."
smiled at him and he returned her smile and made his way over to
"Uncle Devon! Uncle Devon you're here! Merry Christmas!"
Ryan, Devon's seven
year old nephew came running out of the house to wrap
himself around Devon as he
emerged from the car.
older brother who was also Ryan's dad came down the walk toward
the car. "For
heavens sake Ryan, don't strangle him!"
Devon and Michael hugged, and
then they both turned toward the man who had
quietly come around the car to
stand next to Devon.
"Michael, Ryan, I'd like you to meet Alan