It's Not Easy Being a Tree
Chapter 8
I was awakened Monday morning with Jon rummaging through his dresser drawers.
“Dammit!” He shouted as he pulled out a drawer and looked behind it.  “It has to be
here somewhere!”  

I rolled over and sat up. “What are you doing?” I knew what was going on, but I
wanted him to believe I was innocent.

“I’m trying to find my goddamned driver’s license!” He shouted in desperation as he
threw the drawer on the floor. His underwear flew everywhere. “I can’t understand
what happened to it.” He then turned and looked at me.

“You didn’t find it, did you?”

“No!” I shouted quickly. “Why would I?”

“Fuck!” He screamed as he removed another drawer. “Coach is going to have my ass
if I miss practice today.”

I then recalled Dad telling Jon he was going to take him to the DMV to get another
driver’s license after school. I really didn’t care.

Last year when I turned sixteen, I begged Dad to let me get my   learner’s permit. I
even told him I’d take a driver’s education class after school. He refused, telling me
that I really didn’t need to drive because there were already three drivers in the
family. If I needed to go somewhere, then he, Mom or Jon would take me.

Jon just scoffed at the idea of being my personal chauffeur. Dad usually made
excuses that he was too busy. ‘Too busy’ usually meant a football game was on
ESPN. Mom would try to help, but with Glenn’s pee wee football games and Glenda’s
ballet classes, it was difficult.

I really didn’t need my driver’s license. Where would I go anyway? It would be nice
to drive to school so I wouldn’t have to ride with Jon, Connor and Ross. However,
with a car come expenses. I get an allowance each week, but I could never afford a
car, insurance and gas.

Jon was lucky. Since he played football, Dad ‘rewarded’ him with those expenses.  
“He needs a car because he has to practice after school. I  can’t always be there to
pick him up.” When I reminded Dad that most of Jon’s teammates drove and could
bring him home, I was met with a stern look.

What hurt the most was when Dad rebuked my pleading for a driver’s license by
commenting, “Besides, why do you need to drive? You never do anything.” I guess
going to school everyday, making good grades, staying out of trouble and trying to
be a good son, meant nothing to him.

So, could I give a flip about Jon’s missing license which was buried deep inside one of
my black dress shoes that I wear only to church?

Nope.

The drive to school was as usual. Since it was Monday, Jon and Connor spent most
of the ride discussing Jon’s lack of sex. Since he had spent the weekend with
Connor, he hadn’t been able to see Debbie.

“What about you, Ross?” Jon looked in the rearview mirror. “You score?” I quickly
glanced over at him as his face reddened. I figured when he left the other night to
go to Shelby‘s, he was probably going to get laid. As his face continued to redden,
he shrugged his shoulders and looked out the window. I quickly glanced down at his
crotch to see if he had gotten hard.

Connor started laughing. “He did.” He looked into the backseat and saw me looking
down at Ross, but he didn‘t say anything. He then looked back at his embarrassed
brother and kidded, “When he came in, he headed straight to the shower.” I looked
over at Ross. His face was burning a bright red.

“Come on, Connor,” he pleaded. “That’s enough.” He then asked Jon if he’d had any
luck finding his driver’s license. I was subjected to another rant for the next ten
minutes.

I met Jeff in the hallway on the way to first period. I almost didn’t recognize him. He
was wearing the glasses I’d picked out for him at the mall on Saturday. He
looked…really cute.

“You like them?” He giggled as he adjusted them on his face.

“Yeah,” I laughed. “So you talked your mom into buying them?”

“It wasn’t all that hard to do,” he replied. “She hated the other glasses.” I wanted to
tell him that I did too, but I didn’t. I kept staring at his face. He looked like a
completely different person with the new ones.

“Uh, Woody,” he snickered. “You’re staring.” He looked around the hall as if he was
afraid someone had noticed.

“Sorry,” I apologized. “It’s just that you look…” I stopped when I realized I was
getting ready to say, “hot.”

“Look what?” Jeff gave me a puzzled look.

“Nice,” I said quickly. “Yeah, nice.” I continued to glance at him as we walked to class.

Mrs. Chapman passed back our reports at the beginning of first period. As I
suspected, a large read ‘F’ appeared at the top of mine. I knew she was disappointed
in me because when I entered her class she looked up briefly at me, frowned and
then began talking to another student.

After she handed them back, Jeff got my attention and held up his paper. He had
made an ‘A.’ I looked up at the front of the room to see if Mrs. Chapman was
looking around the room. She wasn’t, so I flipped Jeff the finger. He laughed and
then flipped me back.

I spent the hour being attentive in her class. If she was like most teachers, the
disappointment would be short-lived. I’d try harder the next time we had to do a
report, and hopefully, all would be forgiven.

When the bell rang, Jeff followed me out of the room. “I take it she  didn’t like your
report on oak trees.” He patted me on my back and started laughing.

“I’m going to have to talk to her,” I replied straight-faced. “I spent the better part of
fifteen minutes googling that report and pasting it together. It should be worth at
least a ‘D-.’”

He bent down and threw his arm around my shoulder as we walked to our next
period. “You’re an idiot,” he laughed as we continued down the hall.

I didn’t see Jeff again until lunch. After going through the cafeteria line, I joined Kate
and Anna at our usual table. Jeff hadn’t arrived yet. Kate smiled when I sat down.
She briefly looked over at Anna, and then gave me that ‘we share a secret smile.’ I
smiled back, hoping that no one was noticing our furtive glances.

I couldn’t believe that I’d come out to Kate, and she had sort of come out to me. I
still didn’t know if she was a lesbian, bi or straight. She had said she fantasized
about Brandon. Then she dropped the bombshell that she sometimes thought about
Sarah. Her mother had come home before we got a chance to finish our discussion.

Just as I was going to ask Anna about the biology problem I’d had trouble with the
night before, I noticed Lucas coming out of the cafeteria line. I knew he ate the same
lunch period we did, but I couldn’t recall where he sat.

I watched him as he approached our table. Kate noticed and turned to see who I was
watching. He looked down, smiled and started to walk past us. I looked up.

“Hi, Lucas.” I stood, grabbed his arm and directed him to our table. “Would you like
to join us?”

His eyes quickly darted around the cafeteria before looking at me, Kate and Anna.  
“You want me to sit with you?” He seemed surprised that I’d asked him to join us.

“Well, yeah,” I responded. “That is, if you’re not eating with anyone.”

“Um, well,” he stammered as he looked nervously at me. “It’s nice of you to ask,
Woody, but…”

I didn’t let him finish. I pulled out the chair where Jeff normally sits. “Come on,
Lucas.” I looked over at Anna and Kate. “We don’t bite.”

Kate gave me a puzzled look. She probably couldn’t figure out why I was insisting on
a boy we’d never really talked about sitting with us.

He put his tray down, and then sat next to me. I introduced him to Kate and Anna.  
I was surprised that none of us really knew him. Since he was in none of my classes,
I assumed he probably shared classes with them. But by their reaction, they didn’t
seem to know him either.

Kate gave me a puzzled look, so I figured I should try to explain why I had invited
him to eat with us. “Lucas and I go to the same church,” I said. He looked down at
the table and nibbled on an apple. “He sings in the choir. You should have heard him
yesterday morning.” I glanced over as his face reddened.

“What was that song you sang?” He looked shyly at me.

“Seasons of Love,” he replied softly. “It’s from the play, Rent.”

“Yeah,” I said excitedly. “Seasons of Love.” I looked into his eyes. “You were really
good.”  He started to respond when Jeff walked up carrying his lunch tray.

He stood towering over Lucas. “You’re in my seat.”

Lucas started to get up, but I grabbed his arm. “It’s okay,” I said. I gave Jeff a
pleading look.  “I’ll pull up a chair for Jeff.” I got up, walked over to an adjacent table
and got an empty chair. I placed it on the other side of me.

Jeff plopped down in the chair and started eating. Occasionally, he’d glance at me
and Lucas. Kate carefully watched the exchange. Anna finally broke the ice.

“Jeff,” she said excitedly. “You got new glasses!”

“Yeah,” Kate chimed in. “They look great on you. Where did you get them?”

Jeff glanced over at me. “At the mall Saturday. Woody thought they looked good on
me.”

“Woody?” Kate gave me a puzzled look. She then looked back at Jeff and smiled.
“Well, they do look good on you.”

The rest of the lunch period was stressful. I was trying to be friendly when I invited
Lucas to join us. However, Jeff’s behavior was puzzling, and Kate’s stares were
starting to get on my nerves. Lucas seemed nervous. It was as if he’d rather be
anywhere other than with us at the table. And Anna was… Anna. She acted as if
everything was normal.

Lucas left about five minutes before the end of lunch. He made an excuse that he
had to see a teacher before class. He had no sooner left when Jeff asked, “Who
invited him to sit with us?”

I was becoming angry. I couldn’t understand why Jeff was so upset. Lucas was a
nice guy. It wasn’t like I’d invited my brother to join us. After all, we’d been
attending the same church for four years and we had hardly said a word to each
other. After listening to him sing yesterday morning, I wanted to get to know him
better. I thought he might just fit in with our little lunch group. Seeing Jeff’s
reaction, I guess I was wrong.

“Why do you have to be such a dickhead?” I asked Jeff. I was angry for the way he
had treated Lucas.

“Why do I have to be a dickhead?” Jeff pushed back his chair and stood.

“Woody. Jeff.” Kate was trying to calm us down. I knew we’d never fight, but I still
didn’t want Jeff angry at me. I guess if I understood why he was angry, I could deal
with it better.

“I gotta go.” He grabbed his tray and walked away.

Kate and I gave Anna an astonished look when she exclaimed, “Oh, someone is
jealous.” She then started giggling to herself. Kate looked over at me and raised an
eyebrow.

I saw Jeff later in the hall between periods. He came up and walked me to my sixth
period class. He didn’t say anything about Lucas, so I guess he had forgotten about
it. Before entering class, he grabbed my arm and stopped me.

“Are you doing anything this weekend?”

“Not really,” I replied. I wasn’t about to tell him that I never do anything on the
weekends.  “Do you want to go to the mall again?”

He hesitated a moment as if he was embarrassed to say anything. Finally, he said,   
“I thought maybe you might like to come to my house and spend the weekend.”

I didn’t know to respond. I liked Jeff and we had a lot of fun at school, but I   wasn’t
sure I wanted to spend the weekend with him. One, I was becoming attracted to
him. And two, I was gay. I had almost outed myself to him on Saturday when I called
him cute. Fortunately, he laughed it off. Any other guy might have been insulted.

But going home with him could be dangerous. What if he only had one bed and he
asked me to share it with him? What if my teenage hormones took over and I did
something I’d later regret?

I looked into his expectant face as he awaited an answer. “Um, let me think about it,
okay?”

His smile left, replaced by a frown. “What’s to think about?” His voice had a tone of
irritation. “You either want to or you don’t.”

“I didn’t say I didn’t want to,” I responded. “I just said let me think about it.”

He looked down and gave me a disgusted look. “Never mind, Woody.” He started to
walk away. “It was just a stupid idea anyway.” I watched as his shoulders dropped
and he trudged down the hall to his class.

Kate was waiting for me when I left school. She smiled as she walked up and took
my arm. “Want me to wait with you until your dad gets here.”

“He won’t be picking me up,” I informed her. “He has to take Jon somewhere.”

“So you’re walking home?”

I shrugged my shoulders. “I guess.”

Kate wrapped her arm tighter around mine and led me away. “Where are we going?”

“To my house,” she replied. “Mom will take you home when she gets in.”

As we walked toward her house, she began to talk about what happened at lunch.   
“I think Jeff has a crush on you.”

I stopped and faced her. “What?”

“He does,” she remarked as we continued down the sidewalk. “He got really upset
when you invited Lucas to join us for lunch.” She began to giggle. “For a minute I
thought Jeff was going to claw the poor boy’s eyes out.”

“He did get upset,” I said. I’d been thinking about Jeff’s reaction to Lucas all
afternoon. I too wondered why he acted so strangely. It was hard for me to believe
he’d actually like me. After all, I was me. Not too much to like.

“He wants me to spend the weekend with him,” I informed Kate.

“Like stay the night and sleep with him?” I started laughing at the astonished look
on Kate’s face.

“No,” I insisted. “I’m not going to sleep with him.” I furrowed my brow. “At least I
don’t think so. He didn’t tell me.”

“See,” exclaimed Kate. “I knew he liked you. I told you that the other day.” She
looked over and raised her eyebrows. “So, what are you going to do?”

“I told him I’d think about it,” I replied.

“Not that,” giggled Kate. “I mean, you know, sex-wise?”

I pried Kate’s arm from mine and stopped. “There is no sex-wise,” I insisted
emphatically. “Jeff’s….Jeff. I’ve never thought about him like that.”

“Liar,” she giggled. “I bet you’ve jerked off thinking about it.” My face started to
brighten. “See, I told you!”

I walked away quickly, but she caught up and took my arm again. “So what about
Lucas?”

“What about Lucas?” I sighed.

“You like him, don’t you?”

“Sure I like him,” I replied. “He’s a nice guy.”

She stopped me once again. “No.”  She wiggled her eyebrows. “You like him, like
him.”

I didn’t know how to answer that question. I’d been admiring him for a couple of
years. At the time he seemed almost unapproachable. But after Sunday’s service, it
seemed like we could become friends.

I frowned. “It’s not like you think,” I insisted.

“Sure, Woody,” she giggled. I looked up and realized we had reached her house.
When we entered, her little brother was running though the house chasing a friend.
Kate hollered at them to go outside. He stopped and stuck his tongue out as they
left.

“He’s such a brat,” Kate remarked as I followed her into the kitchen. She grabbed a
couple of cookies and two Cokes out of the refrigerator. We then sat down at the
kitchen table.

“Now let me get this straight,” she said as she looked over at me. She then started
giggling. “I guess straight isn’t the right word.” I rolled my eyes at her.

“Last week you tell me that you’re gay.”

“I didn’t tell you I was gay,” I reminded her. “You drug it out of me.”

“Whatever,” she replied. “Anyway, I drag it out of you that you are gay. You tell me
that you’ve never had any experience with boys. Now in one week, Jeff likes you and
wants you to spend the weekend so you can have sex.”

“We’re not going to have sex!” I shouted.

“Whatever.” She held her hand to my face. I wanted to slap it, but I didn’t. “So,” she
goes on. “Jeff likes you, but you like Lucas.”

“I don’t like Lucas!” I shouted again as I rolled my eyes.

“That’s right.” I saw a glimmer in her eyes. “You like some guy on the internet who  
you’ve never met.” I just shook my head.

I didn’t want to admit it, but Kate was right. It did appear Jeff liked me, but I still   
wasn’t sure how I felt about that. I wasn’t opposed to the idea of having sex with
him if he wanted to try something. If I did sleep over at his house Saturday, I might
jerk off with him if he suggested it. After all, we are teen boys. It’s probably
something a lot of guys do together. I just don’t know if I’m ready yet to do more.

And I do like Lucas. However, I don’t know if he’s gay or not. His dad is a preacher.
He probably thinks that he’ll go to hell just thinking about sex. But he is cute.

And then there’s Indyboi91. I get hard just thinking about him. When I saw him
naked on the screen, I wanted to jump through it and do things to him I’d only
fantasized about. He doesn’t even seem real, though. He’s only an image on my
computer screen. However, with Indyboi91, I can actually talk to him.

But I’m me, Woody. Skinny, short, scrawny Woody. Jeff, Lucas and Indyboi91 are all
cute. Well, I’m assuming Indyboi91 is cute. I’ve never seen his face, but with a body
like his, there is no way he could possibly be ugly.

And I’m still me. The scrawny tree.

“Have you met him yet?” Kate asked.

“Who?”

“The internet guy, Silly.”

“Oh, Indy…” I stopped myself before I let his name slip.

“Indy?” She asked. “Is that his name?”

“Naw,” I replied. “I don’t know his name.”

“What do you know about him?”

I wanted to say that he had the hottest body I’ve ever seen on a guy. And he has
enormous cock that I’d love to kneel down in front of and worship. But how could I
tell her that?

“Not much,” I responded instead. “We’ve just started chatting.”

“Well, be careful.”

“I will,” I assured her. We sat around after that and chatted about nothing in
particular. That was one of the things I like best about Kate. She was comfortable to
be around. She knew how far to push, and then she’d pull back. Another thing
about Kate, though. She had a memory like an elephant. I knew she’d eventually get
around to asking me more.

On the way home, Mrs. Combs started asking me a lot of questions. Many were
personal, like what kind of grades I make in school and what my interests are. Kate
kept asking her to stop, but she would somehow manage to get me to divulge
something more about myself.

About half way home it dawned on me what she was doing. She was interviewing me
as a potential boyfriend for her daughter. Twice she had come home and we were
alone in the house. She probably even thought we might be making out. I looked
over at Kate and giggled to myself.

Dad was home when Kate’s mother dropped me off. Jon’s car was gone, so he must
have gotten a new license. As soon as I walked in, Mom informed me that dinner
would be ready in a half hour.

I headed up to my room and turned on my computer. I was anxious to see if
Indyboi91 was online. I was disappointed when he wasn’t. I went into the chat room
to see who was there. I recognized several of the names. It seemed like the same
guys were there every day. I guess they were a lot like me; they didn’t have
anything else to do.

I opened the cam of some guy who said he was twenty-two. He looked more like he
was in his forties. I watched him for several minutes as he tried to get his cock hard.
I was tempted to write and tell him to get some Viagra, but I didn’t.

Suddenly, I saw my name being mentioned. It was Bidad36.

Bidad36: u there Elmer

I was becoming more comfortable being in the room, so I didn’t get nervous as I
typed a reply.

ElmerFudd: yah  i’m here

Bidad36: i’m stroking a hard one here
cum watch me

I opened his cam, and sure enough, he was holding his hard cock toward the cam
and slowly stroking it. I could feel myself begin to harden. I reached into my shorts
and rubbed it.

Bidad36: u like what u see elmer

ElmerFudd: yah u have a nice one

Bidad36: want to suck it

I hesitated a moment. I looked at his hard cock as I rubbed mine. It was tempting,
but he was old, like he was in his thirties. I couldn’t imagine sucking on a guy’s dick
who was just a few years younger than my father. I was saved from giving him an
answer when several other guys volunteered to give him a blow job.

I was getting ready to get off when I noticed Indyboi91 come online. I waited
anxiously for a few minutes until he opened his cam. I clicked on his name and his
image appeared. He was sitting in his chair in a pair of boxers. Several guys were
encouraging him to remove them. Suddenly, I saw my name again.

Indyboi91: hey elmer

Like it always does when he talks to me, my heart started pounding.

ElmerFudd: hey indy

Indyboi91: watcha doin

It was difficult for me to read what was being said since so many guys were trying to
chat at once.

Indyboi91: elmer  u there

ElmerFudd:  yah  i’m here

Indyboi91: someone wants to talk to u

My mouth opened wide as he opened the slit in his boxers and snaked out a hard
cock. I wanted to reach through the screen and hold it. He started bouncing it in his
palm.

Indyboi91: he says hi elmer

Again, the chat started scrolling quickly. Numerous men were telling him to remove
his underwear and show them his hot body. Even Bidad36 had forgotten about me
and was trying to get Indyboi91 to chat to him. He lifted his body, removed his
boxers and started stroking his hard cock. I pulled my shorts down and started
masturbating quickly.

I
ndyboi91: elmer?

ElmerFudd: yah?

Indyboi91: are u jerking

ElmerFudd: yah

Indyboi91: can i see

Panic seized me. I wanted to turn on my cam, but I was too afraid. There were forty-
nine guys now in the chat room. I would be visible to all of them. However, I was
also afraid that if I told Indyboi91 no, he might not want to talk to me again.

Indyboi91: well??????

ElmerFudd: hold on

I reached into the drawer with a shaky hand, pulled out my webcam and prayed
silently that I wasn’t making the biggest mistake of my life.


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