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  1. Happy Birthday, Crafty! I hope you have a great one and may you enjoy many, many more.
  2. Another one crosses the barrier into another decade of life!. Happy Birthday, W_L! I hope you have a great one and may you enjoy many, many more.
  3. Thanks, Jon. I'm glad I can provide you with a moment of tranquility.
  4. Thanks, Stix. Yes, Danny and Brandon deserved that weekend away, and summer is coming up, so who knows what might happen.
  5. Wesley, thanks for the feedback. So far, Graham hasn't revealed any other 'visions', but living away from home, he'd be seeing the people there now, not back at home. Remember, the vision appeared around the person the vision was about.
  6. As Memorial Day approached, I verified the plans I'd made for Brandon and me before double-checking to make sure we had everything we'd need to take with us. Once the boys learned that we were going away, they began to complain because we weren't going to take them on this trip too. However, after we explained it was our delayed birthday gifts to each other, they relented and told us to have a good time. I had cornered Dion previously and discussed the two trips he'd taken with Trey before I decided where I was going to take Brandon. I didn't tell Brandon where we were going, though, because I wanted to maintain an element of surprise. On Friday afternoon of the long weekend, we said goodbye to our staffs and then raced home to grab a couple of items that Brandon had forgotten to bring with him that morning. While we were there, we said goodbye to the boys again, as well as taking a moment to thank Dad, Dion, and Trey for offering to look after things while we were gone. Then, Brandon and I hit the road, eager to enjoy a little quality time alone. During my discussions with Dion about both of the trips he had taken, I decided the first one sounded as if it would be better for us. Therefore, I booked a 'Premier King Guest Room' at the Hotel Hershey and made dinner reservations at The Harvest, which Dion explained was the classiest restaurant at the hotel. It seemed as if the drive was taking forever, probably because I was so anxious to get Brandon alone, but in reality we were only on the road for a couple of hours. When we arrived, members of the staff helped us with our luggage as we checked in, and then one of them guided us to our room, which was enormous and tastefully decorated. Besides the king-size bed with nightstands on either side, there was a sofa, two comfortable chairs, a coffee table, a desk with a chair, and a full bath. After looking around, I was convinced we would enjoy whatever time we spent there. As soon as we'd put our things away, we chose to take a walk around the spectacular and well manicured grounds first. We also took a few minutes to stop and appreciate the two stunning fountains we'd passed when we first arrived, since they were truly magnificent. As we were walking around, Brandon mentioned something. "This reminds me of one of our early dates. Do you remember the day we spent walking around that outdoor retreat while we discussed our future together?" "Yes, I remember, but the scenery wasn't nearly as spectacular there." "No, but this reminded me of it for some reason." On that day long ago, Brandon and I had spent quite a bit of time discussing a possible relationship. We knew we enjoyed each other's company, but we were questioning whether we were ready to make a long term commitment. Fortunately, we decided to give it a try and we're still together a decade and a half later. After spending a couple of hours outdoors, we returned to our room and showered together. "This reminds me of the first few times we ever did this," Brandon stated as we moved under the spray. "It was when we were on vacation with Dad, Ricky, and Jay. Remember? We decided to shower together to save time, since there were so many of us, but we also used the opportunity to fool around too." "Yes, I remember, and we showered together almost every night, although we took a few turns pairing up with Jay and Ricky too." "But I enjoyed showering with you the most." This simple act rekindled many pleasant memories, which we not only relived, but also recreated that evening. Needless to say we made love in the shower as well, eliciting even more memories of other times. When we finally finished up in the bathroom, we dried off and got dressed. As soon as we were appropriately attired, I noticed it was nearly time for our dinner reservation, so we set out for The Harvest restaurant. When we got there, I announced my name and we were immediately shown to a table. It was located next to one of the windows and provided us with a magnificent view of the grounds in the waning daylight. After enjoying the lovely view for a few moments, we opened the menus and discussed what we were going to order. "I talked to Dion before we left and he recommended that we have a Caesar salad, Filet Mignon, and baked potato. I think we should add a side of broccoli and a glass of wine to that as well, if it's all right with you." "Yes, that sounds perfect." The meal was absolutely delicious, and when we finished we shared a slice of Peaches N' Cream cake with our coffee before returning to our room. We were both stuffed at this point as we sat down on the sofa to relax and let our meals settle. Before long, however, we gave in to other needs and began making out. It seemed the events of the day and the many memories we'd shared had made us both feel like kids again, and that's exactly how we acted - like two sex-crazed teens. As we kissed, we also ran our hands over each other's body and slowly undressed one another. Before long we were both naked, totally aroused, and unable to stop. Eventually, we moved from the sofa to the bed, where we resumed our passionate kissing. I don't remember exactly when it happened, but we were soon arranged in sixty-nine, eagerly satisfying each other orally. After doing that for a few minutes, I swung around so I was lying next to Brandon's slender form again as I eagerly resumed kissing him. Then, I began to work my way down his body, as I nursed on each of his nipples before moving even lower. After I had passed his navel and was once again at his groin, I spent a few delicious moments running my tongue over his fleshy sac and along the length of his firm pole. After doing that for awhile, I lifted his legs and began to rim him, slowly preparing him for what was to come. As soon as I felt I had paid sufficient attention to that area, I slid my body over his and only stopped long enough to insert my penis. As I began to thrust in and out, I placed my lips over his, extended my tongue, and began to kiss my beloved again. We'd done this many times over the years, but each time seemed unique and special, because we loved each other as much today as the first time we'd made love. I couldn't bear the thought of ever being separated from him or not being able to do this, while silently praying that day would never come. Once we had completed our mad, passionate, and fulfilling love-making session, we cuddled together for a while longer before we got up to perform our nightly bedtime ritual. When we finished, we got back into bed and prepared to sleep. This was merely our first night alone and it had been truly wonderful, but we still had Saturday, Sunday, and part of Monday left to enjoy. After waking up totally relaxed and refreshed the next morning, we showered together again before getting dressed and going out for breakfast. We decided to eat at the Cocoa Beanery this time, where we each ordered a specialty coffee and a pastry. The coffee was wonderful and the pastry quite tasty, and when we left there we headed to the Spa. After perusing our options from the long list of choices, we decided to try the Sea Salt Soak first, followed by a manicure and a pedicure. As we sat in the sea salt, Brandon turned to me and spoke. "This is really nice. We haven't done anything like this for a very long time, and it's feels good to get pampered like this every once in awhile." "Yes, we often neglect doing things for ourselves. Either we're too busy with work or too tired after a long day at the office, and then when we're home we focus all of our attention on the boys." "But we've definitely got to start making time to do something like this for ourselves every now and then. I'm sure the boys will be able to do without us for a couple of hours every once in a while." "I suppose you're right, so just give me a reminder if I happen to forget." After we finished soaking, we then sat in very comfortable chairs as the attendants worked on our hands and feet. Once they'd finished, we decided to spend some time in the outdoor pool, so we went back to our room to grab our swimsuits. After changing, we swam for about an hour, and then we got out and located a couple of lounge chairs so we could relax in the sun and work on our tans. We used some of the sunscreen we'd brought with us to protect against sunburns and the most harmful effects of the UV rays. We stayed there until our bellies began to growl, due to the very small breakfast we'd had earlier, and then we went back to change again. We decided to try the Iberian Lounge for lunch, and once we were shown to a table we each enjoyed an antipasto and a 'Hotel Hershey Hamburger', along with a glass of wine. "I don't want to rush you, but we have to get moving if we don't want to be late for the next item on today's itinerary," I urged Brandon. "Don't worry. I don't want to miss going there either." Dion and Trey had been so excited about having seen 'Les Miserables' during their trip that I got the name of the theater and called to buy tickets for our stay. Unfortunately, that production had already ended, but after I heard what would be playing when we we're there, I eagerly purchased two tickets so we could see 'Finding Neverland'. The theater turned out to be one of those elaborate edifices that had been built sometime during the 1920s or 1930s, during the Hollywood Golden Years. After falling into disrepair in the 1960s, it had since been restored to its original splendor. We wandered around the interior of the theater for a brief time first, because we wanted to see as much of it as possible. "Wow, the place is gorgeous and I love the oriental theme," Brandon gushed. "They certainly don't build theaters like this any longer." "That's very true and there are only a limited number of similar theaters still remaining throughout the country. Most of these magnificent buildings had been torn down long ago, but there were a few visionaries who saw the benefits in restoring these unique structures instead." "I'm glad they did, because it's important that the younger generations get a chance to see this. Look at all of the intricate details that were incorporated into its design. Each one must have taken days, if not weeks or months to finish, and I doubt we'll ever see another place quite as impressive as this." Eventually, we heard a chime in the background. "I think that's our signal that the musical is about to begin," I pointed out, so we quickly located our seats and got comfortable. The production was outstanding and we found it to be quite touching as well. It was the story of author J. M. Barrie and his relationship with the family of the widow Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, and how she became his inspiration to write 'Peter Pan'. It also focused upon the power of imagination, as well as the immense pressure society puts on everyone to grow up. I was glad I had considered doing this, because we both thoroughly enjoyed the performance. After leaving the theater, I took Brandon for a ride on the singing trolley next, which was another of Dion's suggestions. Trey had also been correct when he told us that Dion had a much better voice than the vocalist on the trolley, but the guy was still very talented and quite enjoyable to listen to, so we had a good time. When the ride came to an end, we made our way back to the hotel again. Shortly after entering the lobby, I approached the Concierge and asked if there were any special activities planned in the area for the following day. He quickly advised us of a couple of different events that were scheduled, and we determined the one that would be perfect for us to attend. I thanked him for the information and gave him a tip before we went back to our room. Since we'd done quite a bit of walking and it was unusually warm outside for this time of year, we decided to shower again. Of course we washed each other first, and then that intimate contact led to a rise in our hormonal levels, which inspired us to make love again as the water cascaded over our bodies. As soon as we were both sated, we exited the shower, dried off, and then dressed for dinner. This time we decided to eat at the Trevi 5, the Italian restaurant at the hotel. It had a much different ambiance than the other places where we'd dined, but the food was just as good. Tonight, we ordered the Field Greens salad with a Lemon Balsamic dressing and the Chicken Picatta, which we washed down with a glass of Spumante, a sparkling Italian wine. Once we'd finished all of those items, we shared a slice of Lemon Ricotta Cake with our coffee before calling it a night. After returning to our room, we sat down on the sofa to relax for a few minutes, and one thing led to another, so before long we were all over each other again. Just as had happened the previous evening, our clothes were soon scattered throughout the room and we attacked one another like two dogs in heat. After working our way over to the bed, we changed places and Brandon entered me tonight, as we shared our love one more time. After we finished that wonderful and mind-blowing session, we had to admit that we were both mildly impressed with our recent erotic tendencies, because we'd even astounded ourselves. It wasn't that we were old and lacked stamina, because we were both only thirty-one, but it had been quite some time since we'd made love twice in a 24 hour period. This trip had obviously done something to our libidos, because we were as horny as when we were as teens, although Brandon indicated the wine might have had something to do with it as well. As we prepared to sleep, I cuddled with Brandon and felt closer to him than ever before. Our brief time alone had rekindled our romance and taken it to another level, although it didn't mean that we had previously grown bored or taken our relationship for granted. Just as had happened with pampering ourselves, our intimate encounters sometimes took a back seat to work and the family. I silently concluded that we'd have to take a trip like this more often in the future to reignite our deep love for one another, as had happened on this outing. We slept extremely well that evening and didn't wake up until late Sunday morning. Then, we relaxed in the room for another hour and enjoyed spending a little more time with one another before our stomachs began to grumble. With slightly more urgency, we got dressed and headed to The Circular restaurant for their Sunday brunch buffet. As the name implied, the dining area was a large circular space that was decorated in a Spanish colonial style. The floor plan had been well designed too, because there were ample aisles between the tables, which ensured privacy for the diners. After leisurely enjoying our morning repast, we followed the directions the Concierge had given us and made our way to the next event. After listening to him tell me about the activities scheduled for that afternoon, we decided to attend the free outdoor holiday concert that was being sponsored by one of the local fraternal organizations. It was being held at a nearby park, and when we got there we noticed an impromptu stage had been set up for the musicians. It was covered to protect them from the sun, or in case it rained, but there was also temporary seating provided for the spectators. We hurriedly found a suitable location with a good view and took our seats, as we waited for the music to begin. Before long, the air was filled with the sweet sounds of classical, pop, and patriotic selections, and the audience was quickly enthralled with the hypnotic rhythms. As we listened, Brandon and I noted that the musicians were very talented and did a marvelous job providing the entertainment. Before we were prepared for it to come to an end, the concert concluded. The spectators applauded loudly to show their appreciation, and this prompted the musicians to return for an encore, which was greatly appreciated. Since we'd been sitting in the sun as we listened to the music, Brandon and I decided to take another shower when we got back to the room. As we'd done the past couple of days, we washed each other first and then made love under the relaxing spray, before getting dressed for dinner. We had dinner at The Harvest again, but this time we ordered a much simpler fare. Tonight we went with fish and chips, with a side of coleslaw and a glass of white wine, before splitting a slice of 'Classic Chocolate Cream Pie'. It was all very tasty and hit the spot, so we were both quite full as we 'waddled' back to our room. After sitting on the sofa and allowing our meals to settle for a brief time, Brandon and I started making out again and were soon eagerly undressing one another. I don't know how long it had been since we'd made love this many times during a single weekend, but that was probably due to the fact that we now had a family. It seemed that if we disappeared for more than a few minutes, someone was soon looking for us and calling our names. That definitely had the effect of putting a damper on any impromptu romantic escapades, so this was a welcome change and we were eager to take full advantage. After we finished our very physical and amorous session, we cuddled for a while first, before getting up to perform our nightly ritual as we prepared to sleep. As soon as we were in bed, I spooned up behind Brandon and draped an arm over his chest, and we stayed that way until we awoke the following morning. Our last day at the hotel was bittersweet. "This weekend has been absolutely fantastic, so I really hate to see it come to an end," Brandon stated as we were getting dressed. "Me too. We not only revived many memories, but we also made a few new ones along the way, which reignited the passion in our relationship." "I'm really sad to see it come to an end as well, but I'm looking forward to being with the boys again. Do you think they're all right? You do, don't you?" Brandon asked, since he was a notorious worrywart. "Yes, hun, I'm sure they're fine. If anything had gone wrong, Dad would have called us since we both have our phones with us." "Yes, I guess you're right." We started the day by ordering breakfast from the fairly typical list of items on the menu at The Circular restaurant. As we ate, we tossed around a few ideas for trips we could take in the future, provided we could break away again. When we finished eating, we spent the next couple of hours taking a final stroll around the grounds and enjoying the beautiful day. We did our best to burn this image in our brains for future reference, so we could someday recall this memorable weekend together. Once we finished our walk, we decided to go for a swim. After changing, we headed outside and enjoyed another refreshing dip in the pool. About an hour later, we got out of the water, dried off and changed again so we could head out for a late lunch. We were going to do that at the Trevi 5, since we'd only had dinner there so far. "Wow, this looks interesting," Brandon stated as he pointed at the menu. "I'm going to try Butternut Squash Ravioli." "I've never heard of that before, but I like butternut squash and I love ravioli, so I think I'll try that too, but I'm going to order a salad to go with it." "Good idea, and don't forget the wine." "Oh, I won't." We were both glad that we'd ordered that particular entree, because it was a unique and delicious blend of the two items. We didn't bother to have dessert this time, because we thought we'd grab an ice cream on the drive back, when we stopped for gas and to empty our bladders. We headed back to the room, packed up our belongings and then did a quick check of the room to make sure we hadn't forgotten anything. Once we were certain we had everything, we walked down to the lobby to check out. After taking care of the bill, we carried our luggage out to the car and prepared to leave. "Thank you for doing this and for making all of the arrangements, because the weekend was fantastic." "I'm glad you enjoyed it, because I know I certainly did. I just hope we aren't walking funny after all the sex." "I don't think we are, but even if that's the case, I doubt anyone else will notice." "Yeah, fat chance of that," I quipped, and we both giggled. When we stopped for gas and to use the restroom, we asked the cashier if there was anyplace nearby that we could get some decent ice cream. He told us about a special place that was less than a mile away, so we went there to see what they had to offer. The guy had been correct about it being special, because the owners made their own ice cream and it was delicious. I was glad we'd stopped to do this, because it certainly hit the spot. After we finished, we got back on the road again. We were halfway home at this point, so it would only take another hour before we reached the house. As I drove, Brandon and I shared our thoughts about what the others would be doing when we got home and what questions they might ask. I couldn't remember if any of the boys had a game scheduled for today, so I wasn't even sure if anyone would be there when we arrived. It was early evening, so that was a definite possibility. Then again, Dad and Pop, or Dion and Trey, could have taken them all out to do something too. To our surprise, all of the vehicles were in the driveway when we pulled in, so I put the car in park and turned off the ignition. The engine had barely stopped when the boys came charging out the front door, racing in our direction. "Welcome home," they all shouted in greeting. "Did you bring us back anything," Noah asked with a devilish grin. "Yes, we brought each other back to you," I quipped. "You boys have enough already and don't need another t-shirt from the gift shop." "I was thinking about other things instead, like stuff we'd really enjoy." I made a face. "Hey, you can't blame me for trying." "That's what you think," I countered as I reached out and grabbed him, as I wrapped my arm around the back of his neck. Then, I pulled his head down, and rubbed my knuckles across his scalp, giving him a Dutch rub. It caused a slight burning sensation and he fought to get away. "Geez, I guess he did get you something after all - a lesson about being a wise guy," Brandon joked. "That's not what I wanted," Noah wheezed after he finally pulled free. "Then be careful what you wish for," I added, which prompted him to give me another dirty look. "When are you going to learn, Noah?" Elliot followed. "You should have been expecting something like that. You know how they are." "I thought they'd be nice, since they'd been alone and had a good time." "Yeah, right!" Elliot commented as he rolled his eyes. The other boys then picked up our bags and carried them inside for us, as they asked where we went and what we did. Of course we only gave them the G-rated version, but it seemed to satisfy their curiosity. "Did you go to Hershey Park then?" Joshie wanted to know. "No, we were in Hershey, but we didn't go to the park. We found plenty of other things to do instead." "Sounds like a wasted trip to me," Ryan offered. "Why go there if you aren't gonna go to the park?" "Like I said, there were other things to do there as well, and we went there to spend time alone with each other, not to have our insides shaken about and turned upside down." "You mean you don't like going on the rides then?" Benny asked, looking confused. "Sure we do, but it wasn't the point of this trip. We'll go on the rides if we ever take the family there, but this wasn't the time for that." "Your loss," Noah added, as the discussion came to an end. "No, they did some riding, just not at the park," I heard Elliot whisper to Noah and then they began to giggle. We did our best to keep the others from finding out what Elliot had said by asking them to fill us in on what they'd done while we were gone. We discovered both of their teams had games on Saturday, which they won, and then their coaches gave them the rest of the weekend off. They also said they'd had a cookout at the house earlier and that Grandpa Josh and Grandpa Jake had made some awesome cheeseburgers for them. Then they added that Trey had fixed another chocolate cake with fudge icing and there was some leftover, if we wanted a slice too. Once we'd finished filling each other in about our weekend, Brandon and I went upstairs to unpack. While we were doing that, Dion showed up to ask a question. "So did you wear out the mattress and run out of hot water in the shower with all the hot sex?" "You might say that," Brandon answered cryptically. "Let's just say this trip made us feel like we were half our current age," I added. "Damn, so you two were a couple of horny bunnies, huh?" "Nah, I think we put the bunnies to shame," Brandon quipped before adding a sinister laugh. "And thanks for all of your suggestions. They were really great and we enjoyed every one," I offered sincerely. "You're welcome and I'm glad you guys had such a good time. You deserved it after all you've done for Trey and me." "That was our pleasure too, and now we're even." After a late dinner, we spent time with the boys watching a movie. It was nice to be with them again, and the three younger ones were slightly more affectionate than usual, so I guess they'd actually missed us after all. We knew the older two were happy to see us as well, but they spent the evening whispering to each other, apparently commenting on what we might have done while we'd been away. When the movie ended, we sent the boys upstairs to get ready for bed, and then we went up to say goodnight. Once again, each of them seemed to be more affectionate than usual and hugged us energetically as we tucked them in. We also stopped in to say goodnight to Elliot and could tell he was happy to have us drop by to do this again. If this was the way they were going to act when we came home after being away, then maybe we'd have to leave them behind more often. As soon as the boys were in bed, Brandon and I turned in too, because we'd have to return to work in the morning. It had been an unforgettable weekend, but it had come to an end and reality was about to set in. Now, it was time for Brandon and me to return to our normal routines and play doctor again.
  7. Happy Birthday, Puppy! I hope you have a great one and may you enjoy many, many more.
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    Congratulations, AC. Well deserved.
  9. Thanks, Jon, and sometimes it pays to have a warped imagination. lol We'll keep our eyes open when it comes to Ryan, but there's more to come.
  10. Thanks, tor. Glad you enjoyed it.
  11. Wes, glad you enjoyed the birthday party. We'll have to keep an eye on Ryan too. Thanks for the feedback.
  12. After we'd finished eating lunch, had cleaned up afterward and put everything away, the doorbell rang. It was a little before 2:00 and the boys were playing video games in the family room and hadn't heard a car pull in the driveway. Curious, they came out to see who was there when I answered the door. "Welcome, and come inside," I greeted our guests. As they walked into the foyer, I heard Benny and Joshie gasp in surprise. "Hey, what are you doin' here?" Benny finally wondered aloud. "We came for your birthday party, silly," one of the girls answered. This caused Benny to look at me with his mouth hanging open. "But we already had my party." "That was the family party, but now we're going to have a party with your friends. We decided to do the same thing Joshie's dads did for his birthday and invited your entire class to join us today." "Really? So they're all gonna be here?" "Yes! They've all replied that they are coming." "I can't believe it. I'm having another birthday party." "Yes. We told you we liked to make a big deal out of birthdays." Benny merely looked up at me and grinned. "Yeah, I guess you do." Once all of the kids had arrived, we told them we were going to start out playing games. Before we did, however, I told our guests that they could strip down to their swimsuits, because some water was going to be involved in the activities. The invitations had advised them to wear their swimsuits under their clothes and we were very fortunate that it was a wonderfully warm and sunny spring day. "Are we goin' to the Boys & Girls Club?" Benny wondered after I'd said this. "No, but some of the games involve water, so I want you three to go upstairs and change into your swimsuits too." As they raced upstairs to change, Noah left to spend time with his friend, Adam, since he didn't want to hang around with so many younger kids. He also knew that his brother would be too busy to miss him, so he didn't feel badly about leaving. Once everyone was appropriately attired, we took them outside and got started. Dion had offered to play 'Simon Says' with them, similar to what he'd done at Joshie's party, but the kids were prepared for him this time. Other than those who hadn't attended the other party, only a few of them fell for Dion's outrageous antics, although they all had fun laughing at those who did. While Dion had been doing that, Brandon, Trey, and I went inside and were busily filling balloons with water for the next activity. First, we were going to have a balloon toss and catch, similar to what we'd done with the eggs at Joshie's party. Once we were ready, we had everyone choose a partner, and then we handed out the balloons to one person in each pair, but we hadn't given the command to toss them yet when one of the balloons unexpectedly broke. "Oh, that was a bad break. I guess you'll have to sit out now," I said, teasing the person it had happened to. "Please let us play. One of my fingernails popped it while I was holding it, but I didn't mean to do that," the girl explained. "I'm sorry." "No, there's nothing to be sorry about and I was only joking. Here's another balloon so you can play." Several other balloons burst on the first toss, after either being dropped or squeezed too tightly by the person catching it, so those groups had to wait until we had a winner. As soon as one team was victorious, we passed out new balloons to each pair and played again, and then we did it one additional time before we were ready to move on to the next activity. As we were finishing up the final balloon toss, Brandon, Dion, Trey, Dad, and Pop came out of the house carrying additional laundry baskets filled with balloons. Now, we were ready for the next activity. After they'd placed the laundry baskets in several different spots around the yard, I announced that we were going to have a water balloon fight. I then advised the kids there were more balloons in the laundry baskets for them to use, and then I yelled 'go'. The kids quickly raced to the various baskets, fetched a balloon, and threw it at one of the other children. After doing this for a few minutes, they quietly hatched another plan and attacked Brandon, Dion, and me next, getting us soaking wet as well. In hindsight, we probably should have expected something like this would happen and dressed accordingly, but we hadn't. We were so focused on making sure we had everything we needed for these activities that we hadn't thought ahead. It wouldn't be a mistake we'd repeat at future parties. Trey was smarter, or maybe just luckier, than the rest of us, because he'd gone back inside to get things ready for when we had the cake and ice cream, so he wasn't involved. Dad and Pop had gone inside with Trey after helping to bring out the water balloons, because they'd told us that they'd done their birthday party duties when we were younger. They reasoned it was now our turn to do it for our sons, and we couldn't argue with them. However, we did notice them watching us out the window and laughing hysterically when we became the primary targets of the water balloons. Since the kids were already wet, we told them they could go in the pool next, before we went back inside. This caused our three to look at us with surprised expressions on their faces. "Hey, when did you get the pool ready?" Joshie wanted to know. "Grandpa Josh and Grandpa Jake did it while the rest of us were swimming at the Boys & Girls Club last time. They knew it would take a few days before the pool would be ready for us to use after it was filled, because the chemicals need time to become effective. That's why we didn't tell you, because we didn't want you teasing to use the pool before it was safe." "You guys are really sneaky," Benny announced, holding up his fist and shaking it at us. "Yeah, they are," Ryan agreed with a grin, "but I like these kinds of surprises." While we'd been talking, Trey had brought out another laundry basket, but this one was full of towels for the kids to use once they got out of the pool. Since Brandon, Dion, and I were already wet from being pelted with the water balloons, we each grabbed a towel and attempted to dry off as well. While the kids were in the pool, a couple of them came over to chat with me. It was the two I'd confronted at Joshie's party about teasing Benny, along with a boy I didn't recognize. "We just wanted to thank you for inviting us today, but we also wanted to tell you that we aren't picking on Benny any more. We even play with him and Joshie on the playground and we like both of them a lot." "Thank you, and I'm very glad to hear that." "And I'm sorry about doing that too," the other boy added. "I wasn't at Joshie's party, but these guys told me what you said. I like Benny now and I'll never do that again." "I'm glad to hear that as well, and I hope you boys all have a good time while you're here today." "Yeah, the birthday parties you guys have are really fun. This one is a little different than Joshie's party, but I'm still having a blast." "I think that's why everyone is here this time," the other boy offered. "They heard what a great time we had at Joshie's party and wanted to come to this one too. I think they also came here for the Haunted House at Halloween." "That's what I like to hear. We do these things so you kids will have plenty of good memories when you get older." "My parents have taken me to the Haunted House every year since I was three or four," the new boy stated. "I really love coming here and going through it, because you have stuff that still scares me a little." "Not too badly I hope, but I'm glad you enjoy it." I thought it was nice that they had come over to speak with me, but I was even more pleased to hear that they were getting along with Benny now. I already knew they were no longer picking on him, but I didn't realize they were playing with him at school and even liked Benny now. That made me feel really good. After the kids were ready to get out of the pool, we had them dry off before heading inside to have cake and ice cream. Benny was in awe that there was another birthday cake for him, and he listened to the kids sing 'Happy Birthday' before blowing out the candles for the second time this week. Once everyone had finished their treats, we let Benny open his gifts from his friends. Since the kids knew Joshie had a PS4 and he and Benny played it quite often, a couple of groups gave Benny a new game for it. Another group gave him a remote controlled 'Wonder Chopper Stunt Drone' that he could fly outside, while the final group gave him a '14-in-1 Solar Robot'. He could use that last gift to make 14 different robots that could either travel over land or through water. We felt those gifts would keep him very busy in the future. Benny thanked each group as he opened their gift, and then he showed his classmates what we'd given him too, as he thanked us all again. A short time after we'd finished up inside, some of the parents began arriving to collect their children. A few of the boys stated their parents wouldn't be coming for awhile and wanted to know if they could use the pool again. After thinking it over, I agreed and went with them as a precaution. Before we headed outside, I told the others to let me know when the boys' parents arrived, because I didn't want to hold them up. It worked out fine, though, because I got to observe Benny having a good time with the stragglers as they played games in the pool. Once the last of the kids had rounded up his belongings and departed, Benny came over and wrapped his arms around Brandon and me and gave us a hug. "The party was really great. Thanks for doin' that for me." "It was our pleasure, and it was nice to see you having a good time with the others, even the boys who'd been picking on you when you first came here." "Yeah, we're all friends now." "So I've heard, and that's wonderful. I'm glad it all worked out." Benny and Joshie then went to check out the various gifts Benny had received, while the rest of us took care of the mess. Brandon and Trey cleaned up inside, which included the things we'd used for the cake and ice cream, and the wrapping paper Benny had torn off his gifts. While they were doing that, Dion helped me pick up the clutter outdoors. First, we tossed the used towels in one of the laundry baskets and I carried it inside, while Dion took the basket with the remaining clean towels and followed me. Then, we went out and picked up the 'popped' balloons off the lawn and tossed them into another empty laundry basket. After we had taken everything inside, I started a load of towels in the washing machine so we'd have them to use later. When Noah returned, he came to ask me a question. "So how'd the party go?" "It went really well and I think everyone had a good time, especially Benny. He got some nice gifts too." "Like what?" "Why don't you go ask him? I'm sure he'll show you." Noah went to find Benny and was intrigued when he saw the Solar Power Robot. He even offered to help Benny build the various models, which Benny happily agreed to do. They spent the rest of the night playing with that particular device. After we got home from church on Sunday, the boys changed quickly and took Benny's 'stunt drone' outside to see how it worked. Benny asked Noah to help him with that too, which Noah was happy to do, and then Benny let each of the others fly it for awhile as well, but only after he'd taken his turn. Following that, Benny and Noah began messing around with the Solar Powered Robot again, as the other two watched. It seemed that Benny's birthday presents were going to keep each of them busy for awhile. The following week started out fairly uneventful, at least until Wednesday. That happened to be my birthday, and I had no idea what to expect. Oh, I knew Brandon would probably have a family party for me after dinner, but other than that I wasn't sure what was going to happen. However, I should have known better and been prepared. The moment I came downstairs that morning, Dad greeted me warmly and announced that he'd made a special breakfast. "I've got everything ready so I can make you waffles topped with blueberries and whipped cream for your birthday breakfast, so go sit down at the table and I'll bring them right out." I did as he'd instructed, and while I was waiting the boys showed up and began wishing me a Happy Birthday, along with giving me a hug. Then, as I was eating they all sang to me as well. When I got to work, I immediately spotted a banner hanging over the reception area wishing me a Happy Birthday. I was a little surprised, because I couldn't remember ever telling them about my birthday, but I guess they must have had their own sources. After I got back from having lunch with Brandon, they had a small cake waiting for me in the break room. As I'd expected, we had cake and ice cream after dinner too, as everyone sang to me again. Afterwards, I opened my presents and thanked everyone, before spending the rest of the night with Brandon and the boys. They all wanted to watch TV with me, so I agreed and we all crammed onto the sofa together. Brandon sat on my right and Noah on my left, while Benny sat on Noah's lap, Joshie did the same with Brandon, and Ryan sat on my lap. During the middle of one of the shows my cell phone rang, so I fumbled to get it out of my pocket while Noah muted the volume on the TV. Fortunately, I was able to reach it before the call went to my voice mail. "Hello." "Happy Birthday, Dad!" Elliot greeted me. I had a feeling he'd be calling, since he'd called Brandon on his birthday too. "Thank you, son, and how are you doing? Your school year must be coming to an end." "It is. I took my last final today, so I just have to pack up before I can get out of here. I'll be home sometime this weekend." "That's great and I look forward to seeing you again. Is there anyone else you wish to speak with?" "Nah, just tell them I said hi and that I'll see them in a few days. I've still got a lot to do before I can leave this joint." "Ok, then attend to what you have to accomplish first and we'll see you this weekend." The boys were a little bummed out that they didn't get to speak with Elliot, but at the same time they were eager to get back to the program we'd been watching. Besides, they would only have to wait a few more days before they'd be able to speak with him in person. After the program ended and we'd put the boys to bed, Brandon and I turned in too. As soon as we got to our bedroom, we spent the first few minutes planning our weekend alone. "I promised we'd do this and the Memorial Day weekend would be the best time for us to get away," I began. "Tell your staff not to schedule any appointments for Friday afternoon or Saturday morning that weekend, and then we'll be able to leave right after lunch on Friday. Dad, Dion, and Trey have agreed to take care of the boys while we're gone, so we won't have to come back until Monday night." "Oh, I like that idea. So where are we going?" "It's a surprise, but you'll enjoy going there." Brandon feigned a slight pout before giving me a hug, and then we hurriedly began removing each other's clothing so we could make love before falling asleep. It had been a truly wonderful birthday. The following evening the boys received the phone calls they'd been waiting for. Each of them found out they had made a team and were told when they'd be practicing. Of course, Benny and Joshie were on the same team, while Ryan discovered that he and Owen would be playing on different teams. He was slightly disappointed that they wouldn't be together, as he'd hoped, but they were both happy that they'd been chosen. This meant the coming weekend was going to be a little more hectic than usual, since their teams would be having their first practices on Saturday. When the time came, we made sure to get them there on time and even stuck around to watch them run through the drills. It was just basic fielding and batting practice for the most part, as the coaches evaluated their performance and made their initial determinations about who would be best at each position. This was merely the start of a long summer for us, although the boys had a couple more weeks left before their school year came to an end. When we returned to the house after the last practice, we discovered Elliot's car in the driveway. Until now I wasn't sure if he'd be arriving today or tomorrow, since he wasn't very specific the last time we spoke, and that's why I hadn't left him a note. When we entered the house, his greeting wasn't quite what we expected. "Geez, I was beginning to think that no one wanted me to come home." "Sorry, we just weren't sure when you'd be getting here and we had other commitments. These three are all playing baseball this summer and they had their first practice today, so we all went to watch." "So my new little brothers are jocks too? I knew Noah and Joshie were, but Benny and Ryan too?" "I'm not a jock yet, but my coach told us all to get one and start wearing it for support," Ryan shot back, since he didn't quite understand Elliot's comment. His statement, however, caused the rest of us to snicker. "Yeah, you do that. By the way, I'm your brother Elliot and it's nice to finally meet you. At least you're cute like me, and not ugly like our brother the troll." He then playfully punched Noah in the arm. "Thanks, but Noah's not ugly either. I think we have a really nice looking family." "Thanks, little bro," Noah chimed in. "Elliot may look ok on the outside, but he's rotten to the core on the inside. Just ask Benny about the prank Elliot pulled on him when he came home for Thanksgiving." This caused Ryan to stare at Benny, waiting for him to say something. "Elliot made me think I'd caused his head to fall off. He used a doll's head to fool me, so watch out for him, but Uncle Ricky is just as bad." "You haven't met him yet," Noah added, "but we'll point him out to you when he's here so you can watch out for him too. They both like to pull pranks on people." "Hey, you guys pulled a prank on me too, and even helped to pull a prank on Uncle Ricky." "Yeah, but we only did it to get even," Benny chirped. "We just do it after someone plays a prank on us." "They're usually good natured pranks," I clarified so Ryan didn't become too scared about the prospect. "We do our best to keep things under control, so you don't have to become too concerned about it." "I hope not, but I'll be ready." The entire family spent the next couple of hours together getting reacquainted, and then I told everyone to get cleaned up and changed, because I was taking them all out to dinner. It would be Brandon's and my way to welcome Elliot back from college, as well as having our first family dinner together, since it would be the first time Ryan had been with us too. After having a lovely meal together, I found out later that Ryan asked Elliot a question after we'd arrived back at the house and they were getting ready for bed. "Noah told me that you used to do stuff with him, so would you do it with me too?" "What kind of stuff are you talking about?" "You know, like sucking each other off." Elliot merely stared at him and was speechless for a few seconds, since he didn't know how to respond. Eventually, he decided on what he was going to say and began to speak. "I'm not sure what Noah told you, but whatever happened was just between the two of us." "Noah only told me because we did that for a while too, but then Noah didn't want to do it any more. I was hoping we could do that now, cuz I really enjoyed it." "Look, I'm surprised Noah did anything like that with you, since I know he's not gay, but I can't do anything like that with you." "But you did it with Noah. He told me." "If we did anything, we would have both been under eighteen at the time, so we probably weren't breaking any laws. However, I'm older now, so I could get into big trouble doing those things with anyone your age. I'm sorry, but I just can't help you out." "But we're brothers and I won't tell no one. Please?" "If you want, I'll talk to our dads about this and see what they have to say. They'll know what I should or shouldn't do." "They knew I was doin' it with Noah and didn't care, at least until Noah didn't want to do it no more." "Still, I want to see what they have to say first." "K, but I really hope you'll do it with me." When Elliot explained this to Brandon and me, we told him he'd done the right thing and we didn't think it would be a good idea for him to do it with Ryan either. "I was surprised when he asked me, because I remember you told me he'd been raped before he came here and was worried about living with gays. Didn't you also say that he got upset when he saw Benny and Joshie naked and didn't want others to see him naked either?" "Yes, but he's changed a lot since then." "Yeah, I guess so." "At first he was hesitant about changing with the rest of us when we went to the Boys & Girls Club to swim, but he doesn't have that problem any longer." "This is a little more than just changing together." "I know, and I'll admit that I was really surprised when I found out that he and Noah had been fooling around. First of all, I didn't think Noah would be interested, but then I was surprised that Ryan was willing to do it too, especially considering how he acted when he first got here. I guess he must have really enjoyed it, because now he seems kind of addicted to it." "Then you'd better warn him about just doing it with anyone." "I have. I know Ryan's a typical, horny teen right now, but I've told him that he'll have to take care of his own needs. I also explained that it would be very risky for him to let others know he might be interested in doing those things with them, because they might turn on him." "I hope he listens to you then." "Me too." Over the next couple of weeks we made certain the boys kept up with their schoolwork while still attending their practices, but their first games weren't going to be held until the final week of school. That would make it tough on all of us, but even more so for the boys, especially Ryan. He would be having final exams in many of his classes, while the younger boys would have it slightly easier, but it would still be a challenge. Ryan's team played their game first, and Ryan was out in right field. That was usually the position the coach put his poorest or least experienced player, but at least Ryan was playing and starting. There were three other boys on the bench who were obviously less skilled than Ryan, so I was fairly certain that he wasn't about to complain. I was nervous as I watched him running back and forth on the outfield grass, and worried that he'd mess up, but he played fairly well. He caught one fly ball after making a rather lengthy run to get to it, and he also chased down a couple of balls that weren't hit high enough for him to reach before they hit the ground. Once he fielded the baseball, he threw it to the cutoff man and prevented the runner or runners from advancing, just like he'd been taught to do. Ryan also made solid contact with his bat on each of his plate appearances, although he didn't get a hit. In his first at bat he lined out to the second baseman, and then he grounded out to the shortstop on his next trip to the batter's box. I thought he'd proven himself, though, so I imagined he would be getting more playing time in future games. Dad, Pop, Noah, Brandon, and I told him that we thought he'd played well, because we'd all attended his game. Benny and Joshie's team had practice that night, so Dion and Trey took them so we could go to Ryan's game. Ryan seemed pleased with his performance as well, and his team managed to win by a run. "Thanks, Grandpa Josh. I wouldn't have done that good if you hadn't worked with me." "You're welcome, but I'm sure your coach had a lot to do with it as well." "Yeah, but I wouldn't have even been on the team if you hadn't helped me." It was nice to hear him being so grateful. Two nights later, Benny and Joshie had their first game, so we all went to watch them too. Joshie played second base, while Benny was out in left field, and they both did quite well. Joshie made a few good fielding plays and had two hits, while Benny caught a couple of fly balls and got a hit. Their team also won, so the baseball season was off to a good start and all three boys were happy. "Joshie's better than me, but I still had fun." "That's what really counts," I replied. "Yeah, that and winning," Joshie added with a grin.
  13. Happy Birthday, Val! I hope you have a great one and may you enjoy many, many more.
  14. Would you believe it? The Menace is turning twenty-one!. Happy Birthday, Dennis! I hope you have a great one and may you enjoy many, many more.
  15. The Batman of my youth is gone. A role that destroyed your career, but to some extent made you immortal. RIP Adam West.