First, there is Dave. He’s THE ONE. The subject of ‘Loving the Boy’. My Dave – my ‘one and only’. But we can share our love, and extend our comfort zone. Next came Zach who, with Gary, suggested forming a loving quartet within which we could enjoy safe sex together, knowing that we could trust the others absolutely not to break that trust and do anything ‘penetrative’ outside the group. Eventually that group grew to nine, each proudly bearing the ‘Tuan Jie’ mark on our backs. ‘Strength through Brotherhood’ and all that stuff. Nine acrobats – a second bond which glued us together.
Two’s into nine doesn’t go and, whilst there were four devoted couples, Richard had no individual partner. That was until ‘CJ’, a new gym instructor at Turkey Creek, came along. Richard found true love with CJ, exited our loving group with our very best wishes, and they did indeed make a perfect couple of gym instructors, eventually heading back to Florida where CJ had come from.
Sharing pretty much everything, including bad haircuts like these guys, having the true love of one guy and the freely-shared love and caring of seven others, makes for a near-perfect existence for a gay guy, especially when the others all share the same love of gym and circus performance.
In the final North American / Canadian tour before the second ‘whammy’ hit us (it will be in the final book, but I’m still struggling to write that!), the cosy eight grew to twelve. Our two great Canadian acrobat friends Alain and Michel joined the troupe for the second time on that tour, and two great wrestling mates from Kentucky joined too – originally as transport drivers, just for the fun of being with us. However, we didn’t let it stop at that because they were great weight trainers too and well capable of taking part in our performances. All twelve were already members of Chad’s Man.Power, again absolutely trustworthy and honest about their (lack of) STDs although we all had the doc test us again, just to be absolutely sure. A case of ‘twelve boys on a bus’ (six double bunks fitted!), six perfect couples, and absolutely no jealousy about sharing and swopping around… until we ran foul of Zach’s enemies for the second time…
But for now, let’s not dwell on that. Leave the bad stuff for later, except maybe to say that we’re all still here! Let’s enjoy the fun of sharing, caring mates:
This is what it is all about. Whether joshing around, sizing your friend up (below) or just chilling (bottom), its the friendship that matters, and the ‘Power of Love’ that binds us together.
Dave and I really have been the most fortunate guys on the planet. Finding each other, living out our dream of acrobatics, finding and sharing the love of so many wonderful like-minded friends… and only two black clouds to cross our paths which, eventually, the combination of our skills and our love would overcome…