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|Eventually I awoke. Waking into the sunset over the pool, in your lover�s arms, can�t be all bad. Master, in his everyday form, lay beside us. I looked down at myself. Not as big as him, but bigger, I felt sure.
�Yes, you are,� said Brett, �he doesn�t break his promises, the old man.�
A stifled hiss came from the �old man� beside me.
�Shit! I guess I�ve blown it!�
�You sure have, you little shit! Well, go on - tell him!�
Brett cuddled me closer.
�He�s my dad. Always has been, as a matter of fact.�
�Wha - are you joking or something? What is all this?�
�No, he�s my dad, really!�
�Yes, I�m his dad. Really! And you sensed it as soon as you looked into these Kryptonite eyes today, didn�t you?�
I shut my eyes. I couldn�t put it all together yet. Too many secrets.
�Yes, there are.� He answered me telepathically once again. �Brett, now you�ve blown it I think you have to leave us alone for me to explain it all to him. It�s not just Us he needs to know about - it�s the whole thing. It�ll be easier without you to distract him. I�ll call you when we�re done.�
Brett shunted me over to the Master, got up in silence - worried? - and left us alone by the pool. I was crushed against those giant pecs and one massive bicep moved itself on to my shoulder.
�When I offered all this to Brett he was too young. He couldn�t accept what he�d have to sacrifice to be part of it - too much to give up at the age of 18: he still wanted to live his normal teen-age life. Maybe it was a bigger sacrifice for him than it would be for you?�
�So, what is it? What do I have to sacrifice? What is it that all the others - even Tattoo who clearly wants it so bad - what is it they can�t do without?�
�I�ll put it like this. Just now you experienced a partial fusion with my being. This allowed you temporarily to grow as big as I am in my true, naked being. Felt good too, huh?�
�Sure did, but -�
He put a hand up. �For it to be permanent, you�d have to receive a complete fusion - a total assimilation into my being. In effect we�d become part of each other. You wouldn�t only become a part of me, any more than I�d only become a part of you. We�d assimilate equally. We�d become one being - our bodies become one, our minds become one - you receive all my power and size and I receive all yours. See?�
�Yes, but - in your body.�
�Shit, all these buts! It must be clear to you that it would be impossible to go on living your own life if you were assimilated with me. You�d have to give it all up. Whatever that would mean. And receive all I can give you in exchange.�
�Ah, Brett. I thought we�d soon come round to that. I won�t try and fool you. He�s hoping desperately that you won�t say yes, that you�ll just come and live a normal life with us. But you and I know that�s not possible either. You are too bitten with the same bug as I am to throw it all away. On the other hand, neither of us want you to make a snap decision here and now. That�s why you have to go home tomorrow and puzzle it all out for yourself. Talk it through with Coach. He knows all about this. Finally he�ll make you make you own decision, and that�s what we want too.�
I nodded. There was indeed a lot to think through. And if I hadn�t met Brett it would all have been so easy.
�He wants to spend this last night with you. I�m not so sure it�s a good idea: I think it�ll make you both more miserable and you�ll find saying Goodbye tomorrow almost intolerable. But you�re both adults and I�m not going to stop you from doing what lovers feel they have to do. Anyways, it�s all part of the same decision in the end. Which has to be the right one. OK?�
I nodded silently. I stood up to look at my reflection the pool. Shit, man! I was huge! So much bigger than three weeks ago. And I felt real good with it. That is until He came to stand beside me. He only had to put his arm round my shoulders to make me feel small again. I bet he knew what he was doing too!
�Brett!� he yelled over his shoulder.
Brett came bounding out of the house and stopped dead when he saw us together like that. I could feel him thinking Shit! I grinned at his dad and walked over to put my arm round his shoulders.
�The others are here.�
�Some of the guys are coming to eat with us and to say Goodbye. They haven�t forgotten your first night here - and they haven�t been blind to how much you�ve changed since you got here.�
The �old� shit certainly knew how to play all his cards, didn�t he?
�And fuck you, Dad!� said Brett pleasantly under his breath.
And we went in.
Yes, Brett did spend the night in my bed. After we�d wrestled a bit - we both wanted to feel our muscles pitted against each other one more time. It wasn�t easy - we could both feel those cogs churning round in our heads, even if we didn�t voice them. Finally we went to sleep. I got up once in the night and sat watching him sleeping, but when I woke up the morning, he was gone. I guess we both knew it was easier that way.
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