Light Outside the Closet
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by Stephani Hecht
Category: Young Adult/Gay Fiction
Description: Being a gay teen is hard enough, but when Christian's strict father is transferred to a different city and Christian has to go to a new school, he discovers how much worse things can get. Fortunately, before he sinks into depression, Christian finds a new group of friends, who are also gay. Christian soon learns that his friends have their own problems, from desperately seeking attention to abusive family members.
eBook Publisher: eXtasy eBooks/Devine Destinies, 2012 2012
eBookwise Release Date: April 2012
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Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [112 KB]
Reading time: 70-99 min.
Devlin drained the rest of his coffee and looked out the window. "It's a really nice day out there."
Giving a knowing smile, Andy agreed, "Yeah, it would be a shame to spend it in here all cooped up."
Taylor sighed. "I'll go put the top down."
"Is blondie going with us?" Devlin waggled his eyebrows.
"Will you knock it off with the nicknames?" Christian grumbled, still not knowing if he hated Devlin or was just annoyed with his remarks.
"I should probably just go home," James said.
Devlin gave him a friendly punch on the shoulder. "If anybody sees us, you can just say that my mom was making you tag along with me again to make sure I was being a good boy. Plus, even if they did spot you, I seriously doubt that any of your buddies would fess up to hanging out in this part of town."
Christian silently had to agree with Devlin's statement. Going by the number of rainbow flags and gay clubs that were lining the streets, it was definitely the LGBT friendly district.
"Fine, I'll go," James sighed.
That settled it for Christian. He'd do anything to spend more time with the sexy jock. "I'm coming, too."
Devlin gave him a probing stare. "How did I know that was going to be your response?"
"What exactly are we going to do?" Christian asked.
He realized that should have been his first question. While they all seemed like okay guys, he'd just met them. For all he knew they could be serial killers or something. Although, he didn't see Taylor as the ax-wielding type. Devlin, on the other hand, was a whole different story.
"We're just going to drive up and down the street," Taylor said.
"I know it sounds boring, but it's actually kind of fun to people watch and stuff," James added, his warm voice seeming to dance over Christian's skin.
Taylor put his cup in a nearby tub and ran outside to put the top down. As they were all walking out, Devlin leaned down and whispered in Christian's ear, "I wouldn't waste my time with him. He's never going to come out."
Christian stiffened, watching as the rest of the group left the building. "I don't know what you're talking about."
Devlin gave a rich chuckle. "You're a really crappy liar. Look, you seem like a nice enough guy, in a Mary Sue kind of way. I'm just trying to save you some heartbreak."
Angry, both because Devlin had seen right through him and at the Mary Sue reference, Christian glared at Devlin. "I don't need you to save me from anything."
Devlin reached out and gently ran his knuckles down Christian's cheek. "You have no idea how innocent you look, with those pretty blue eyes and blond hair of yours."
Too shocked by Devlin's action, Christian froze, unable to say anything.
"I'll bet you haven't even been kissed yet?" Devlin continued.
What in the hell? Was the jerk a mind reader or something? A fresh surge of anger went through Christian and he batted Devlin's hand away. "You don't know anything about me, so you can stop the act."
He expected Devlin to come back with another scathing comment, but when Devlin just turned and walked outside, Christian was once again frozen with shock. The only thing he could really feel was the burning sensation left by Devlin's fingers. It was all Christian could do not to reach up and touch the affected skin.
Letting out a growl of frustration, he made a mental note not to let anything Devlin said affect him anymore. The guy was a jerk pure and simple.