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When Bradley Klinger moved to the little town of Mt. Saint Hope in upstate New York, he never imagined that a twenty-one-year-old in a hooded sweatshirt would follow him home one night on a skateboard. He was forty-five years old by then but said he was in his mid-thirties and no one ever questioned him. His brown hair was still thick and wavy. His voice still soft and smooth. He worked out daily and watched what he ate, holding onto whatever youth he had left.
Before he moved, ...

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Skater Boy

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Overview

When Bradley Klinger moved to the little town of Mt. Saint Hope in upstate New York, he never imagined that a twenty-one-year-old in a hooded sweatshirt would follow him home one night on a skateboard. He was forty-five years old by then but said he was in his mid-thirties and no one ever questioned him. His brown hair was still thick and wavy. His voice still soft and smooth. He worked out daily and watched what he ate, holding onto whatever youth he had left.
Before he moved, he donated all of his loose- fitting polo shirts and his "dad" jeans to charity. He stopped using words like "dungarees" and "underpants" when he went shopping for new low-rise jeans and tighter T-shirts. He wasn't denying his age. And he wasn't planning to buy a skateboard and get a tattoo. But he wasn't ready to look and sound like an old man yet either.
Mt. Saint Hope was a quirky town, stippled with art galleries and trendy boutiques. And it was at the foot of the Berkshires, within driving distance from Manhattan. Some people moved there because of the scenery, some moved there because of the artistic surroundings. But Bradley decided to move there mainly because Mt. Saint Hope was that rare mix of quiet small-town living with a large gay community.
On his first Sunday morning in town, he went for a proper brunch at a local gay restaurant called Marlow's. As he waited for his food, he noticed the young owner of Marlow's, Jared Branford, standing near the kitchen door.
His head went up and his eyes opened wide. Jared reminded him of the young man he'd always wanted to be (or could have been). If you stood them both side by side in a dark corner and dressed them in the same baggy clothes, they could have been brothers.
Jared's head went up, too. He kept looking over his shoulder in Bradley's direction, smiling and nodding. Eventually, he walked over, patted Bradley's shoulder with his wide palm and said, "Hey, buddy, you're new here, aren't you? I'm Jared. My partner and I own this place."
Bradley's lips turned down. He hadn't planned on the fact that Jared might have a lover. Bradley lifted his head and forced a smile then he cleared his throat and said, "Ah well, yes. I'm Bradley. I just moved into town." He had trouble finding his voice; it sounded shaky. And when he lifted his hand to shake Jared's, he almost knocked over his water glass.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045312400
  • Publisher: Ryan Field
  • Publication date: 9/27/2013
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 740,755
  • File size: 99 KB

Meet the Author

Ryan Field is a gay fiction writer who has worked in many areas of publishing for the past 20 years. He's the author of the bestselling "Virgin Billionaire" series and the short story, "Down the Basement," which was included in the Lambda Award winning anthology titled "Best Gay Erotica 2009." Though not always, he sometimes writes gay parodies of *straight* mainstream fiction/films in the same way straight fiction and Hollywood has been parodying gay men for years, without apology. He also writes hetero romances with pen names, and has edited several short story anthologies. He has a long list of publishing credits that include over 84 works of lgbt fiction, some with pen names in various sub-genres. His e-mail is listed above, and he welcomes all comments, or through e-mail.

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