Sitting in the back of the class not
wanting to be seen hoping they would miss his name this year. He
wore all black hoping that he would go unnoticed by his fellow
students. All he need to do was to survive his senior year.Then
he'd be off far away and he will not have to see these faces
again.First period was English with Mr. Craven.He had him last
year and he knew that he rolled called.The boy sunk lower in his
Called Mr. Craven Nate's name was the first to be called. He
cursed where his name fell alphabetically.
Mr. Craven called again.
"None of that
in my class room" Mr. Craven warned the students.
A few weeks
later, Mr. Cravenassigned a group project that would be half of
their grade.Nate was partnered up with the star football player
Stephen Landon. Nate groaned he didn't want him as a partner he
was hoping it would be the quiet girl who sat in front of
"you find it
funny that I wear glasses?" amused Stephen.
truth Nate was surprised at his feelings suddenly seeing Stephen
wearing glasses and he actually looked hot. Note was taken back
when he heard that this jock liked to read. "You read?"
surprised Cogwell football gets me a full scholarship to
most the football team never picked up a book unless they are
"Yeah and most
will go to the community college."
what's your college choice."
"Notre Dame" Stephen looked up at Nate
"Far away from
this place this country"Nate said he was going to college in the
The boys when
back to the project. Stephen never really asked again and mostly
the two just worked on their project.It wasn't until couple of
weeks before the project was due that they meet up again at
"I hope this
is fine." Stephen asked
shrugged dumping the materials and the scholar journals and his
laptop on the table.
"Are you hungry?" asked Stephen
do you have?"
rambled off all the things in the kitchen and they agreed on ham
and Swiss sandwiches.When theboyswere in the middle of putting
the power point together tension between them aroseboth didn't
agree on anything.
"No the video
should go on this slide" Nate protested
go after this one" Stephen said as he put the scanned photo on to
video would be better and it fits more with our speech." Nate
tried to reason.
his face towards Stephen at the same time Stephen turned hisand
their lips grazed.Nate freaked.
care what you do I've got to go" Nate left everything there even
his cell phone.
Day before the
project was due Stephen cornered Nate in the library. They need
to practice their presentation and combine the written part to
hand into the teacher.
mentioned the bearly of a kisseach just wanted to getan A.
"You did the
video first." Nate said surprised.
"Yeah you were
"I was what?" he wanted the jock to say it again.
right." Stephen rolled his eyes. "Don't be so smug I wasright
about we should end it." Nate was right about that too but let
Stephen think it was his idea.
the "nice joke" that Natebelieves him to be.Everything is going
according to planthe wayhe wanted it.It doesn't bother him one
bit what he's going to dowill destroy Nate. He a s everything set
up.He kissed Nate after that day in the library and according to
Note they are"secretly dating". Stephencan see itthe way Nate has
fallen for him andhe changedand laughedhow he fooled Nate to
believe that heshares the same feelings."I got him where I want
The video lay
for all to see at the prom where Nate and Stephen were supposed
to revile they were a couple in love.Nate stood horrified
watching himself athis most intimate moment.The way the camera
was angled you couldn't see the other young man it could have
been anyone. It was very clear what it was and his moans made him
Nate yelled as it echoed throughout the gym.
fagot is gonna cry" Stephen taunted"
Eyes went wide
and Nate stared at his betrayer.Nate attacked Stephen by Jumping
and punching at him, which didn't do much damage and Stephens's
football buddies ripped Nate off like he was nothing.
"Get that sick
dick lover out of here!"Yelled Stephen disgusted.
cheered as the boys dragged Nate out. If anyone was against it
they said nothing did nothing because in this small Bible belt
town you couldn't do anything to save him. The football buddies
beat Nate up for being gay and they drove him home assouthern
Nate woke up
in his yard not only was be beaten but broken. He felt stupid and
couldn't take ithe didn't want to live anymore. Going to the shed
getting the extension cord and the rigged it to the tree in the
front yard and hung himself.
Nate looked at
us. "Who are you?"
"We are here
to help you."
revenge don' you?"
"Want to teach
Stephen a lesson?"
line and Notre Dame Verses Pittsburgh and this will be the point
forNotre Dame to win it all relied on quarterback. He needed to
make that one pass leave it up to the other guy to catch the ball
and get a score.It was their first game and according to Stephen
they needed to win, no they have to win. He heard the crowed
cheer as they started the play.He waited until he saw his team
mate getting ready for him to throw.Just as he was about to throw
the ball that's when he saw him.He sawNate in front of his team
mate and he quickly closed his eyes and open them and Nate was
still there.Stephen stood there frozen in his spot staring at the
illusion. What he thought was one.He didn't see the
otherteamabout to tackle him and he still didn't throw the ball
and not even a second he was on the ground on his back and he
fumbled the ball.When Stephen sat upPittsburgh won the game
andthere was no sign of what he thought was Nate anywhere.
going through your head boy!" Yelled the coachin the locker
"I don't know
sir" Stephen looked down he couldn't look at his coach nor his
"You need to
get your head in the game boy! Now shower up!" The team mates
were disappointed but it was only their first game but that
didn't mean they let him off thehook.
the next day while they were playing "practice" game with
theSenior Varsity team. They were tough and you were lucky that
you could walk to the showers.Stephen yet again was ready to
throw the ball but this time they were at the twenty yard line.
That's when he saw Nate again but this time Nate was walking
towards him and he started going more backward. Nate was pointing
at him stayinghis lips were moving but no sound was coming
out.Stephen did manage to throw the ball but it was intercepted
by a senior at that same moment Nate despaired again.
relaxed when there was no sightings ofNate at the last two games
and few practices. Tonight wasn't about football it was about a
date with one of the cheerleaders.Rayashe was from around the
area and she was going to show him around the town and try some
of the local cosine. He meet Raya outside of the dorm room and
they headed out for a fun day. The two of themwent into a local
hangout that the college kids go to.It was a bar restraint type.
Things were going really great until he saw Nate.Nate was just
pointing at him and his lips moving again.Stephen closed his eyes
okay?" Asked Raya
Stephen shook his head.
Raya had an
idea and lead Stephen out to the dance floor were the rest of
the team and few other cheer leaders and few other friends from
school were there.Stephen didn't see Nate nearby behind him he
was busy dancing withthe hot chick in front of him and he was
hoping that he would get lucky today. Stephen felt something
cold behind him and as Raya was dancing rubbing up against him
he heardNate's voice.
"I loved you
and you will pay for what you did"
realize the stooped dancing and was stiff as a bored.
is with you!" Raya asked annoyed her eye brows knottedand her
"I'm sorry" he
said again, "I guess I'm more tired than I thought I was."
"You could go back, I'm staying and I'll get a ride with
himself in the butt for running his evening with Raya.He thought
perhaps he going crazy that he'd need to see a physiologist. He
made it to his car and turned on the Radioafter he pulled out of
the parking lot.The road was had no cars which was unusual.Ashe
sang along with old school rap California Love. Nate ran across
the road making Stephen swerved to the other lane and almost get
hit by oncoming car. Stephen looked out for Nate all over as he
made the rest of the way to the college. When he got to his dorm
his roommateMichaelwas asleep.As Stephen was getting ready for
bedhe turned quickly when he saw his roommatejolt into the
closer to his roommate "Hey man are you alright."
his head slowly toward Stephen his eyes open but not away
ROVER RED ROVER YOU'LL PAY RED NECK FUCKER"
up tripping over Michael's bootswhom cloths and things are all
over the place.
ROVER! RED ROVER!"
NECK FUCKER GONNA PAY!"
Stephen yelled he covered his ears and closed his eyes.He slowly
opened his eyes to see Michael jolt back down onto the bed and
roll over facing him as if nothing happened.Crawling slowly on
the floor towards Michael's bed. When he got there he stared at
his sleeping roommate and slowlywaved a shaking hand in front
ofMichael's face.Slowing a big gulpand nudged Michael's
just got a emmn in response.
wobbly and managed to get to his bed and he laid there staring at
his roommate to see if he was going to jump up again and start
yelling nonsense again and not getting much sleep.
The whole team
went out to celebrate they own for the college football season.
Nothing happened since the incident with his roommate so Stephen
began to relax. He laughed joked and talked about all the games
they won. After the first drink that's when Stephen started to
see Nate again and he heard.
you… How could you do that to me… I loved you"
"Stephen is a
wuss he drunk with just one drink" teased one of his team mates
as they all started to laugh at him.As the other took the beer
away from him.
anyway" said another and downed the drink.
"You guys are
impossible!" Stephen said frustrated "I'm fine!"The alllaughed
and the rest of the night he ignored this delusion of seeing
Nate.After he won twice in a pool game he left saying that he had
a Midterm paper to write. Leaving the rest of his teammates at
the college hangout.
almost to the college singing along now with a Kenny Chesney
song. "So far so good"he though not seeing Nate anywhere.But he
was oh so ever wrong. As he turned the cornerhe thought he saw
something in the corner of his eye. "Few more miles" he said to
form went through the windshield so that his ghostly head was
real close to Stephen's face.
I LOVED YOU HOW COULD YOU HAVE
BETRAY ME LIKE THIS!
screamed as he excel rated on the gas. "You'renot real, you're
not real" he repeated like a mantra.
RED ROVER RED ROVER YOU WILL
PAY FOR WHAT YOU DID TO ME!
real, you're not real"
RED ROVER RED ROVER SEND THE
RED NECK OVER!
real, you're not real" Stephen kept chanting as he was going pass
the speed limit.He couldn't see that the light was red.Nate
wasstill in his way.
approachingthe red light and wasn't stopping as his car was
exceeding 100.He watched Nate darked eyes and black mouth open to
yell once again in his face.
RED ROVER RED ROVER PLEASE SEND
despaired and Stephen was about to get hit by a oncoming car as
he swerved missing the car near inches but only to smash into a
lamp post few feet away.Stephen died on arrival.