Growing Pains (Rikey)
*SEQUEL TO NOT LIKE HIM*
After two short years, MIkey finally has it all together. With a high school diploma, strong family relationships, and a wonderful boyfriend, things are finally going right for Mikey Way. That is, until a national tragedy shocks his brother to his core, causing him to drop out of college to pursue music. And, without much convincing on Gerard's part, Mikey opts out of college to be in his brother's band, even pulling Ray along with him.
This was Mikey's dream, after all. Music was the only thing he ever loved, and he's finally got it.
But when things get tough, can Mikey help his older brother through his nightmares of that fateful day and pull him out of his alcoholism? And what about the way the band strains his relationship with long-term boyfriend, Ray?
Worst of all, can he cope with the profound effect the tragedy has on himself while the support system he had previously built shatters around him?
No one said growing up was easy.