** Dedicated to the LGBTQ.** DRESON After hearing the horror stories of teens who came out to their parents, I was against my father finding out that I was into men instead of women. I hid everything away. Thinking that I had buried the truth deep enough, I went on with my life. I poured my energy into helping Dad and Celestia raise Kaden. He was a rambunctious kid and was always getting into my things. Not once did I ever think that he idolized me in any way. Then, totally out of the blue, he said something one day that turned all my fears into hope…. ****** "I don't care that you're into boys, Dre," Kaden said as he flopped down on my bed. "You're still my big brother. You still protect me from getting beat up by the people who pick at us all the time, and I'm still going to annoy the hell out of you." I couldn't believe he'd just said that to me. How did an eleven-year-old even know that? I hadn't told him, but he somehow knew and felt that he had to tell me it was okay. Sniffling, I pulled him close and said, "Thanks, little brother. It means a lot to me that you're in my corner." "Hey, come on," he scoffed. "Do I look stupid? You're always there for me, so why can't I be there for you? We Cage brothers gotta stick together, right?" I nodded. Kaden was easy. As he said, I had always been there for him. Dad and Celestia were going to be another story altogether. I was terrified to tell them. I'd heard about people whose families kicked them into the streets over stuff like this, and I didn't want it to happen to me.
A/N: The following events, people, and places are completely fictitious. Any likenesses are purely coincidental. LEIF I thought I had the best parents. I didn’t. I thought it would be okay to tell them about me. That was my biggest mistake. One I would forever regret. As Dre and I get to know each other, I find myself falling deeper and deeper in love with his charismatic personality. He never asks about my past, somehow knowing that it was a sore spot for me. Then, right when my life was on track and I was doing so good for myself, my past came back to haunt me. Now Dreson’s asking questions, and I have the answers. All I can do now is pray that my Mate keeps his word and doesn’t reject me.
The first in my collection of Novellas: Dealing with the Devil *************************************** Sage: he was misunderstood, but then she was thrown into his life and gave him a reason to fight harder. Shawn: a girl with a boy's name was her father's everything. Despite being a victim of his brother's twistedness, she put her trust in a boy she didn't even know. Marcus: the minute he laid eyes on the woman Theo was married to, he knew he had to have her. it was only a matter of time before she, too, would Deal with the Devil