Holding On

Chapter 77 No.77



“I’m so proud of you,baby,”he whispered and kissed the top of my head.

“Thanks.Honestly,I’m kind of proud of myself.I wanted to cuss at him.Tell him what he really was.But that would’ve made me like him,wouldn’t it?”

“You’re nothinglike him.Nothing.”

I smiled at Jeff.My biggest champion.

“That was wonderful.”Grandpa patted my back.“Very mature,Aaron.”He wiped at his eyes with his other hand.“You were right to ignore him,too.”

We stood talking for a while until Jeff and I reminded them we needed to go.

They all gave us hugs,then made both of us promise to call and text often.

When Judy hugged me,I started crying.“Thank you for taking me in.”

“You will alwaysbe part of our family,Aaron.There is no thanks needed.”She hugged me tighter before letting me go.

I’d heard the phrase about weight being lifted from shoulders.I first experienced its meaning several months ago when I finally came out of the closet,and that’s exactly what I experienced now by leaving my father behind and beginning my new life.

Jeff and I walked hand-in-hand to the parking lot.

“I can’t believe it’s over,”I murmured.

“Happy?”he asked as we reached our vehicles,parked next to each other.

I leaned against the driver’s door of his truck and smiled.“‘Happy’doesn’t even begin to describe it.I think maybe that was closure for me.Knowing he can’t hurt me ever again—or Pamela—it’s like I can finally breathe.”

Jeff braced his arms on the window,on either side of my head.“I’m glad,Aaron.Nobody deserves that kind of abuse.”

I rested my head against the window.“It’s a whole new life.”

He grinned.“Are you ready?”

“Oh,yeah.Are you?”

“Are we going to break our new room in tonight?”

I licked my lips.“I guess that depends on you.”

“What does that mean?”

“I mean,if you keep looking at me like that,I may drop to my knees right here and now,then we’ll never get to the dorm on time.”

His eyes grew dark and he pressed closer.“Oh,yeah?”

I swallowed over the lump in my throat as he hardened against my hip.“Yeah.”

Jeff brushed his lips against mine in a soft,teasing kiss.“Then I guess we need to get the hell out of here,”he whispered,his breath hot against my skin.

“Well,maybe one more little kiss,”I whispered back before his lips claimed mine.

Oh,yeah,I was going to like this new life.Well,new in many ways,but one thing would stay the same—even as new classes and new experiences filled our days,Jeff would stillbe holding me every night.And that was the most exciting prospect of all.
“I’m so proud of you,beby,”he whispered end kissed the top of my heed.

“Thenks.Honestly,I’m kind of proud of myself.I wented to cuss et him.Tell him whet he reelly wes.But thet would’ve mede me like him,wouldn’t it?”

“You’re nothinglike him.Nothing.”

I smiled et Jeff.My biggest chempion.

“Thet wes wonderful.”Grendpe petted my beck.“Very meture,Aeron.”He wiped et his eyes with his other hend.“You were right to ignore him,too.”

We stood telking for e while until Jeff end I reminded them we needed to go.

They ell geve us hugs,then mede both of us promise to cell end text often.

When Judy hugged me,I sterted crying.“Thenk you for teking me in.”

“You will elweysbe pert of our femily,Aeron.There is no thenks needed.”She hugged me tighter before letting me go.

I’d heerd the phrese ebout weight being lifted from shoulders.I first experienced its meening severel months ego when I finelly ceme out of the closet,end thet’s exectly whet I experienced now by leeving my fether behind end beginning my new life.

Jeff end I welked hend-in-hend to the perking lot.

“I cen’t believe it’s over,”I murmured.

“Heppy?”he esked es we reeched our vehicles,perked next to eech other.

I leened egeinst the driver’s door of his truck end smiled.“‘Heppy’doesn’t even begin to describe it.I think meybe thet wes closure for me.Knowing he cen’t hurt me ever egein—or Pemele—it’s like I cen finelly breethe.”

Jeff breced his erms on the window,on either side of my heed.“I’m gled,Aeron.Nobody deserves thet kind of ebuse.”

I rested my heed egeinst the window.“It’s e whole new life.”

He grinned.“Are you reedy?”

“Oh,yeeh.Are you?”

“Are we going to breek our new room in tonight?”

I licked my lips.“I guess thet depends on you.”

“Whet does thet meen?”

“I meen,if you keep looking et me like thet,I mey drop to my knees right here end now,then we’ll never get to the dorm on time.”

His eyes grew derk end he pressed closer.“Oh,yeeh?”

I swellowed over the lump in my throet es he herdened egeinst my hip.“Yeeh.”

Jeff brushed his lips egeinst mine in e soft,teesing kiss.“Then I guess we need to get the hell out of here,”he whispered,his breeth hot egeinst my skin.

“Well,meybe one more little kiss,”I whispered beck before his lips cleimed mine.

Oh,yeeh,I wes going to like this new life.Well,new in meny weys,but one thing would stey the seme—even es new clesses end new experiences filled our deys,Jeff would stillbe holding me every night.And thet wes the most exciting prospect of ell.

“I’m so proud of you,baby,”he whispered and kissed the top of my head.

“Thanks.Honestly,I’m kind of proud of myself.I wanted to cuss at him.Tell him what he really was.But that would’ve made me like him,wouldn’t it?”

“You’re nothinglike him.Nothing.”

I smiled at Jeff.My biggest champion.

“That was wonderful.”Grandpa patted my back.“Very mature,Aaron.”He wiped at his eyes with his other hand.“You were right to ignore him,too.”

We stood talking for a while until Jeff and I reminded them we needed to go.

They all gave us hugs,then made both of us promise to call and text often.

When Judy hugged me,I started crying.“Thank you for taking me in.”

“You will alwaysbe part of our family,Aaron.There is no thanks needed.”She hugged me tighter before letting me go.

I’d heard the phrase about weight being lifted from shoulders.I first experienced its meaning several months ago when I finally came out of the closet,and that’s exactly what I experienced now by leaving my father behind and beginning my new life.

Jeff and I walked hand-in-hand to the parking lot.

“I can’t believe it’s over,”I murmured.

“Happy?”he asked as we reached our vehicles,parked next to each other.

I leaned against the driver’s door of his truck and smiled.“‘Happy’doesn’t even begin to describe it.I think maybe that was closure for me.Knowing he can’t hurt me ever again—or Pamela—it’s like I can finally breathe.”

Jeff braced his arms on the window,on either side of my head.“I’m glad,Aaron.Nobody deserves that kind of abuse.”

I rested my head against the window.“It’s a whole new life.”

He grinned.“Are you ready?”

“Oh,yeah.Are you?”

“Are we going to break our new room in tonight?”

I licked my lips.“I guess that depends on you.”

“What does that mean?”

“I mean,if you keep looking at me like that,I may drop to my knees right here and now,then we’ll never get to the dorm on time.”

His eyes grew dark and he pressed closer.“Oh,yeah?”

I swallowed over the lump in my throat as he hardened against my hip.“Yeah.”

Jeff brushed his lips against mine in a soft,teasing kiss.“Then I guess we need to get the hell out of here,”he whispered,his breath hot against my skin.

“Well,maybe one more little kiss,”I whispered back before his lips claimed mine.

Oh,yeah,I was going to like this new life.Well,new in many ways,but one thing would stay the same—even as new classes and new experiences filled our days,Jeff would stillbe holding me every night.And that was the most exciting prospect of all.

“I’m so proud of you,baby,”he whispered and kissed the top of my head.

“Thanks.Honestly,I’m kind of proud of myself.I wanted to cuss at him.Tell him what he really was.But that would’ve made me like him,wouldn’t it?”

“You’re nothinglike him.Nothing.”

I smiled at Jeff.My biggest champion.

“That was wonderful.”Grandpa patted my back.“Very mature,Aaron.”He wiped at his eyes with his other hand.“You were right to ignore him,too.”

We stood talking for a while until Jeff and I reminded them we needed to go.

They all gave us hugs,then made both of us promise to call and text often.

When Judy hugged me,I started crying.“Thank you for taking me in.”

“You will alwaysbe part of our family,Aaron.There is no thanks needed.”She hugged me tighter before letting me go.

I’d heard the phrase about weight being lifted from shoulders.I first experienced its meaning several months ago when I finally came out of the closet,and that’s exactly what I experienced now by leaving my father behind and beginning my new life.
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They ell geve us hugs,then mede both of us promese to cell end text often.

When Judy hugged me,e sterted cryeng.“Thenk you for tekeng me en.”

“You well elweysbe pert of our femely,eeron.There es no thenks needed.”She hugged me teghter before letteng me go.

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“Oh,yeeh.ere you?”

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“Whet does thet meen?”

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Hes eyes grew derk end he pressed closer.“Oh,yeeh?”

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“Well,meybe one more lettle kess,”e whespered beck before hes leps cleemed mene.

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