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Trials and Tribulations * * * * - 39 Ratings


A coming of age story about Andy Collins and friends. As he deals with his sexual orientation, he and his friends must also confront abuse and murder in the small mining town of Pine Hills, nestled away in the Appalachian Mountains of Eastern Kentucky.
Copyright © This story is Copyright © 2011-2014 Billy Martin, All rights reserved. Distribution for commercial gain, including, but not limited to, posting on sites or newsgroups, distribution as parts or in book form (either as a whole or part of a compilation) with or without a fee, or distribution on CD, DVD, or any other electronic media with or without a fee, is expressly prohibited without the author's written consent. You may download one (1) copy of this story for personal use; any and all commercial use excepting educational institutions requires the author's written consent. Any and all linking by external sites requires the author's permission. The author may be contacted at: billybratii@gmail.com

Story Note

Disclaimer – If you want a story with lots of sex, look elsewhere. This is a love story. Seeing, as it is a love story, sex is in there, but it is in realistic balance in the characters’ lives. The story contains sexual encounters between high school age minors, and has some violence. If this offends you, or if it’s not legal for you to read, please do not read. This is pure fiction. No one in this story is a real person, living or deceased. Any similarities, is just a coincidence.



Pine Mountain
Pine Hills Kentucky
High Rock
Presbyterian Fellowship Hall
Presbyterian Sanctary 1

Table of Contents

  1. Chapter 1 A New Year 17 reviews, 2,442 words,

    It's the first day of a new school year. What awaits young Andy?

  2. Chapter 2 New Feelings 12 reviews, 2,177 words,

    Is young Andy going to keep his secret and stay in the background, quiet and safe? Or are his new found feelings going to cause him to act?

  3. Chapter 3 New Friend 12 reviews, 3,566 words,

    What will the Principal say? What's the consequences? What's up between Andy and Joey?

  4. Chapter 4 Black Clouds on the Horizon 12 reviews, 4,232 words,

    Confusion seems to be the word of the day for Andy, about his feelings, his Dad's, and Joey's. What will he learn that may change his life forever?

  5. Chapter 5 Red Storm Rising 12 reviews, 6,820 words,

    What happened to Joey? What will Andy do about it? Is Andy beginning to figure out his feelings?

  6. Chapter 6 Safe Haven 12 reviews, 3,541 words,

    What will Joey's Dad do? Will Joey's nightmare continue? Or will Andy be his Knight in shining armor? What is Andy's Dad planning?

  7. Chapter 7 Discovery 13 reviews, 6,378 words,

    If Joey is taken from his parents, where is he going to live? Is the nurse going to cause Andy and Joey's problems? Does Judge Collins suspect something?

  8. Chapter 8 New Beginnings 10 reviews, 5,403 words,

    Where does Andy and Joey go from here? How will Roger and his family treat Andy?

  9. Chapter 9 His Knight 9 reviews, 7,528 words,

    How is Roger going to react to what he saw? Will this change how Joey will be treated at the Bank's. What of Andy's and Roger's friendship?

  10. Chapter 10 When it Rains, it Pours 13 reviews, 5,023 words,

    What's going to happen between JT and Andy? Is Mr. Horn and JT's father going to fight? And what about JT calling Andy and Joey boyfriend? How is Andy going to react?

  11. Chapter 11 Keeping the Faith 9 reviews, 5,389 words,

    Will their new found happiness last? What will the next day bring? How will the Pastor act towards the boys?

  12. Chapter 12 Answered Prayers 13 reviews, 5,948 words,

    Will the boys find acceptance in Pine Hills?

  13. Chapter 13 Dreams 7 reviews, 2,713 words,

    Is trouble brewing?

  14. Chapter 14 Visions 10 reviews, 3,004 words,

    What is going on with Andy? What does all this mean? What is Joey's part in all of this?

  15. Chapter 15 Lessons 6 reviews, 4,563 words,

    In the last 24 hours, a lot has happened to Andy. How is he going to react?

  16. Chapter 16 It's in the Cards 12 reviews, 5,420 words,

    Understanding more about the past, enlightens the present, and is a guide to future.

  17. Chapter 17 High Rock - Part 1 5 reviews, 5,127 words,

    Things aren't always what they seem.

  18. Chapter 18 High Rock - Part 2 8 reviews, 5,308 words,

    Highs and lows, blood and confusion reign.

  19. Chapter 19 Changes 6 reviews, 7,988 words,

    Nothing ever stays the same.

  20. Chapter 20 Foggy Days 5 reviews, 6,772 words,

    Does a foggy morning signify a foggy future for some of the boys in Pine Hills?

  21. Chapter 21 Questions 8 reviews, 6,752 words,

    Lots of questions being asked.

  22. Chapter 22 Plots and Tragedy 8 reviews, 5,016 words,

    Just when things seem to be getting better, even in a time of illness, tragedy strikes.

  23. Chapter 23 Tender Loving Care 7 reviews, 5,453 words,

    A little tender loving care can go a long ways.

  24. Chapter 24 Transition 8 reviews, 7,161 words,

    If we would look on every exit as being an entrance to somewhere else, perhaps we would see the difficult times we fear might ruin us, are the very ones that can break us open and help us blossom into who we were meant to be.

  25. Chapter 25 Contemplations 7 reviews, 8,826 words,

    To broaden one's prospective is to push back the swirling winds of ignorance.

  26. Chapter 26 Family 11 reviews, 3,473 words,

    Sometimes, bad things have to happen so good things can.

  27. Chapter 27 4 reviews, 2,213 words,

    I made some minor edits to this chapter, but will make the story more alive as well, Thanks to my awesome beta reader, Wayne

  28. Chapter 28 4 reviews, 2,953 words,

    Remember the tornadoes and glowing stones from Andy's dream? See if you can fit it all together.

  29. Chapter 29 7 reviews, 3,001 words,

    The end of the beginning.