Jake has been through something no one can imagine. What Happened and how will Jake be able to survive?
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It was a long night, Jake stood there at the intersection of 11th and Bromley. It was normally this time at night that made Jake comfortable with his psyche. Wandering he didn’t know if he should tell Jesse, his best friend, what his secret was.
A secret full of pain yet detrimental to Jake’s personal character
It was because of what had happened that made Jake roam the streets of Marshalltown from his uncle’s house on May Street. He would normally roam from that side to Woodland Avenue near Riverview Park. It was cold that evening, wearing his red jacket to better conquer some of the frost. He came here to release his anger and depression, yet all he could do was fixate on the same nightmares he continued to have after it had happened.
His best friend Jesse lived not far from the park on Lee Street. There were many apartment buildings lining the entirety of Lee Street. Most of the tenements were being torn down and replaced with new innovative and attractively appealing models. But most of which were old store buildings being renovated to house the twenty needy families and new residents of Marshalltown.
Reaching the door and noticing that Jesse’s fichus was on its last rights before going into the big forest in the sky, Jake knocked the brass knocker. Hearing the rustle of commotion, Jake waited until Jesse’s peaceful green eyes fiery with happiness to see him met his own.
Jesse exclaimed,” Hey, how are you?”
Jake just met those soft green eyes and broke down. Fearful, not knowing what was wrong, Jesse grabbed Jake by his hand and embraced him similar to that of the Heimlich, he looked at Jake and asked,” What’s wrong?”
Jake looked up to him and said,” I didn’t know where I could go?” Jesse, with a great sigh told Jake, “You can trust me.”
“Can we sit down?” Jake asked
Sitting on the cushy red comforter on Jesse’s bed, Jake expunged about the terrible event that basically changed the way he lived.
“It happened two weeks ago. I thought he was my best friend, but he just took advantage of me. When my parents found out they kicked me out, I would be homeless if it hadn’t been for my Uncle Isaac and Aunt Lea.”
Jesse looked up and gave Jake a look of sympathy with his emerald green eyes. He could not believe how Jake could remain sane after what he had experienced. Crying, Jake looked to Jesse for an absolution, one that would conquer the evil he had endured. Jesse lowered Jake steadily onto the bed’s cushy surface. Stroking Jake’s dark blonde hair, Jesse leaned over to Jake’s ear and whispered,” I’ve got you; you do not have to be afraid anymore.”
Smiling, Jake said, a soft thank you, as he laid his head back down on the pillow. “I have been trying to get my life back together but it appears to be very difficult. All I can do is think about what he did to me. Can I survive the aftermath of what happened?”
“Jake, tell me what happened to you? Did he hurt you?
“Jack, our friend, he ……..raped me. He attacked me and just put himself in me”
Surprised Jesse looked over at Jake and told him in a comforting tone,” It’s ok, it is not your fault, don’t ever think that. I have you. I will watch over you and protect you.”
“I don’t know, did he make me gay? I am not gay, I can’t be!! My parents said being gay is wrong I am supposed to be straight.”
“Calm down Jake, this is not a bad thing. What Jack did was wrong he will probably live a terrible life, just for taking away yours.””
“I shouldn’t have come here!” said Jake getting up and running out the door. As he walked returning to his aunt and uncle’s house, he passed by Jack’s house. Jack was outside sitting in the large porch swing.
“Great seeing you here, you just want to have some more fun!”
“Leave me alone, fucker! I am not like you. You are sick I said NO!”
“Oh don’t worry, I’ve had better and also it’s fun seeing you I just want to be your friend.” With a look of fear, Jake was going to run had it not been for Jesse to come up right behind him.
“What’s going on Jack? Haven’t you done enough? I don’t think Jake needs to hear what you have to say. Actions speak louder than words, Jack.”
“Oh you’re going to take his side? Well, I can play that game! Better watch yourself, Jesse. See you around, Jake”
Jesse looked over to Jake and said,” are you okay? I can’t believe him!! Are you hungry?”
“You didn’t have to do that.” remarks Jake.
Jesse looked at Jake with such a heart-melting gaze; Jake just looked up and said,” Thanks.”
“Not all gay men are like that asshole, some of us take no for an answer. I’m sorry I should have never let you leave.” Jesse blamed himself.
“No, its ok, you came to my rescue back there, I really appreciated it.”
Looking over at Jake Jesse said, “You hungry? I haven’t e aten dinner yet and I would like to invite you to dinner.”
“Sure, that would be great, again sorry about earlier.” Jake replied embarrassingly.
“Don’t, you don’t have any need to feel sorry, after that prick I can understand why you were on edge. You never have to tell me sorry. It’s understandable.”
As Jesse walked with Jake, he held him like Jake was fragile. Walking over to Jesse’s old red 1978 Porsche, its red paint reflecting in the sun, Jesse opened the door and helped Jake in. As Jesse ran around to the other side and stepped into the driver’s seat, “Ready?”
Jake looking over, he smirked and shook his head in the affirmative. The old car ran great in the rush hour traffic of Marshalltown, Iowa. Jesse pulled into Top’s China Buffet. “You look like you need an egg roll”, Jesse said in a good spirit.
Grabbing the egg roll as their chow mien noodles and broccoli beef order came up Jake and Jesse looked deeply into each others eyes.
After finishing up their noodles and egg rolls, Jake and Jesse climbed back into the old red Porsche. “Do you want me to take you to your aunt and uncles? Or do you want to spend the night with me?”
Jake looked at him replying,“ I don’t want to take advantage of you.”
“It’s an invitation and after what you went through, I want to take care of you,”
“You are sweet, let me just talk with my aunt and uncle. I don’t know what to do with Jack?” Jake sighing as he finished talking.
Returning to Jesse’s apartment, Jake made a call to his aunt and uncle.
“Hello” Jake said
“Hi Aunt Lea, Its Jake,”
“Hi sweetheart, are you okay? Do you need me to pick you up?”
“Aunt Lea I’m okay, I’m calling to tell you and Uncle Isaac, not to wait up I will be spending the night at Jesse’s.”
“Okay, but if you need anything do not hesitate to call us.”
“Thank you Aunt Lea”
“No problem Sweetheart, just give me a call to know you’re okay, okay?”
“Will do Aunt Lea, I gotta let you go I’m using Jesse’s phone.”
“Okay, see you later Honey.”
Returning the phone to its receiver Jake looked over at Jesse, She said it was okay.
Jesse with a smile on his face returned the comment with,” Excellent, what do you want to do? I have movies, music, computer games?”
“Whatever you want to do”
Looking up with a wide grin, Jesse took a CD from the giant CD wallet, and put it in his stereo, “I hope you like this song.”
Pressing the Play button, the faint sound of woodwinds playing Moonlight Serenade came from the speakers. After adjusting the volume, Jesse walked up to Jake, took him by the hand and they started to dance. As the music crescendo Jesse twirled Jake. After the song finished, Jesse walked over to the refrigerator and grabbed two cherry cokes. Returning he handed one to Jake, and drank the other one. “I don’t know what to do?”
“Well we can watch a movie or TV, your choice. “
Jake looked at Jesse with such ardor, what was he thinking? Could it be possible?
As Jake returned Jesse’s glances, Jesse was the kind of person that was full of conviction and compassion. Jake told Jesse,” Thank you for all that you’ve done.”
Jesse replied,” You do not need to thank me; I did it as a labor of our friendship.”
“I still appreciate our friendship, and again I apologize, I don’t know what came over me?
“It is natural for people to be taken aback by it, but it is those of us that grow that actually show our humanity,” Quoted Jesse. As Jesse returned to meet Jacob’s glances,
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