Thursday, June 15, 2023

Tai – Part One of Two Parts, Post #242

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Thanks to Don Morgan for his guest posts. Hope you enjoyed them. Readership was up sharply last week—mostly due to large Singapore readership. My buddy, Don Travis told me his blog had multi-thousand hits from Singapore. Don’t know what that’s all about.


At any rate, here’s my latest effort. Read on.


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For some reason, our town wasn’t much for sports. Except for soccer. Our Hochitown Side-Kickers were about the biggest thing around—except maybe for hunting and fishing—and as a fair—well, a little better than that—soccer player, I was sitting pretty. Decent appearing—handsome some of the girls said—and looking good in soccer shorts. Able to get decent scores in my classes, things were pretty good. Mark Heidlemann had things pretty much his way. Mark Heidlemann, that’s me.

My senior year, Lt. Col. Briscoe Briggs retired from the Air Force and returned to his boyhood home, bringing his Chinese wife and teenage son Tai with him. And wouldn’t you know it? Tai was a soccer player. And a damned good one too.

I’ll admit I saw him through the green veil of jealousy at first, but Tai was such a downright good guy that I lost that pretty quickly. Besides, with the addition of his skill, the Side-Kickers stopped being pretty good and shot to the top of the league. After we stopped being wary of one another, we quickly became an effective one-two unit. My goal kicks were harder, but his were more accurate.

Our little town was—to be charitable—somewhat insular. Col. Briggs was accepted, his wife Mai and son, Tai, not so much. And I’ll take credit for helping break through those prejudices. When I accepted Tai on the field, the rest of the team did, as well. And when I invited Tai to bum around with me, the rest of the school fell in line. Parents sometimes take cues from their kids, and it wasn’t long before Mrs. Briggs participated in the town’s civic and social affairs alongside everyone else.

It rankled a little when he was selected team captain, but what the hell. I still had my share of acclimation. So while I let it go, I began to take more notice of Tai… you know, Tai, the individual.

He had his father’s physique—5’10’, 165 pounds—and his mother’s complexion. His dad’s cheekbones; his mother’s eyes. When I really looked at him, he was damned handsome. Handsome, plus—if you know what I mean. His looks combined with a sensual, feline grace made him downright sexy. And if I realized that, what must the girls think? Apparently, they agreed, because they hung all over the guy.

Maybe that was why I backed off a little. We were still friends, but not buddies. He moved in his circle, and I made my way through mine. Didn’t seem to affect us on the field, so we won state in our class that year.

After graduation, Col Briggs took his family back east for a long visit with his wife’s family in Maryland. Seemed that he hadn’t met her in China, or anywhere in the orient, They’d met at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C where they both worked.

So I worked my Tai-free summer as a grease monkey at the local Chevrolet dealer by day and pursued Misty Penrose by night. I got good marks for my mechanical skills, but not so much as a Lothario. Misty—as a prize—continued to elude me, although we both enjoyed the unstated duel.

Don’t get me wrong. I’d managed to snag a couple of girls, starting in my freshman year. So I wasn’t a virgin, but for some reason Misty seemed a special prize. Her slipping the hook—as my brother would say—sometimes left me aching. And Billy Belwine found me in that condition one day after Misty left me at City Park, and somehow, we ended up in the men’s toilet with him kneeling before me, providing me some relief. I couldn’t believe the eruption I had.

I was still recovering when Billy stood, swiped his mouth, and grinned. “Awesome, man. Anytime you need to get it off, just let me know.” Then he barreled out of the toilet leaving me with my trousers around my ankles.

After restoring myself to decency—at least in the appearance department—I wandered around the woody area of the park mulling things over. Was I queer? I rolled my shoulders. Course, I wasn’t. That was just relief. And lots better relief than doing it to yourself. How did I feel about it? Okay, I guess. No guilt or shame or mortification. Well, maybe a little concern that Billy’d shoot off his mouth, and some of the kids would find out their soccer star got a blowjob. Naw. I hadn’t heard anything about Billy, so he didn’t go around blabbing. Maybe I’d look him up the next time I got really needy.

That left me with just one question. Why had I closed my eyes and thought about Tai Briggs while Billy did what he did so well?


Well, well, well. Jealousy turned to friendship, turned to resentment, turned to…. Who knows. Let’s see what develops next week.

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