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I left before Steve could ask me how we wouldn't work as a couple. It was just obvious. I'm not allowed to be gay according to my father. I know it's not fair but it's how it is. On top of that, I barely know the man and I don't want to just rush into a relationship. Though it's true. Love at first sight probably does exist. Well in this case it did. But love is just chemistry anyway. A series of chemical reactions going on inside your body. It's science, not destiny. Destiny doesn't exist, and I'm happy about that because if it is my destiny to live in a house with my homophobic father forever, I would rather die.

I got home that night and my mother was waiting for me. She seemed concerned.

"That boy isn't with you again is he?" She asked. I shook my head and she hugged me. Her hands stroked my head and back as she held me.

"Mom, what's going on?" I asked.

"Oh it's nothing. Your father is just being... Well he's being your father. How was school?" She asked. She looked at my face and checked over my black eye.

"I didn't go. Went to the garage instead." I said.

"Oh. Well don't tell your father. He said if he ever found where that place was then he'd burn it down." I know that Dad had said that. Which is why he will never find out where that place is. "I'm surprised you came home if you were there though."

"Well Steve came and pulled me out of my zone." I laughed and scratched my head. "He's a good man."

"Who is a good man?" My dad asked, coming through.

"No one." I seized up. My dad wrapped his arm around me.

"Tony, I want you to come with me tonight." He said.

"No thanks I-"

"It is not a request."

I don't want to go with him. He will take me to his club where they drink, except I'm too young to drink, and shoot clay pigeons, which I find dull with them men. Oh and on top of that, they slag off youths and gays in front of me.

" But dad-"

" No buts." He said and went to the dining table.

Mother had cooked us a beautiful meal, and like always, dad complained about it. I don't see why mom chose to marry him but she did. Afterwards I was forced to go to the club. I wouldn't talk to him all the way there and while we were there one of dad's friends tried to include me in the conversation about why gays should die. I hated it. So when I got chance - I ran away.

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