Fellowship Offer

Doorbell rings. Two young men are standing there smiling. I know right away what they want. To save us all some time, I say, Sorry, boys, I'm gay. Their smiles falter, but the youngest one regroups quickly saying, We can help you with that. The other one backs him up with an uncertain smile. (Now I know they mean well, and I also know what they mean: they think that they can make me not gay. Well, if my father couldn't do it (and boy did he try), then no one else is going to be able to alter the unalterable.) Anyway, I look at these two cleancut boys standing there all eager, and I cannot help myself. I look them in the eye, smile, and I say, Oh, you can help me with that, can you? It only takes a second, then a blink. The oldest one blushes, grabs the younger one by the sleeve, and they're gone.

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