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The Luke and Kevin Story


All My Shadows

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Well, my first idea of regular blog-writting quickly died, but I remembered this thing and had a feeling that I'd think of something to bring it back to life.

Well, while I was having one of my "Damn it, I love ATWT to death!" moments, I just started writing away and came up with a little story about Luke and Kevin. I wrote a pretty good bit of it already, and I decided to post some of it here to see what you all think. Make some comments! If I'm motivated enough, I'll finish the story out and post it all here, and I might even move on to some other characters or maybe go and do something with AMC. Whatever the case, let me know what you think!

This takes place in July of this year and follows what would happen if Damian didn't show up in town. The main characters are, for now, Luke, Kevin, Holden, and Lily, but as time goes on, Emma and Lucinda play major parts. Other characters are mentioned and might pop up a couple of times, mainly Will, Gwen, and Jade. Kevin's parents will also be included a lot.

And some parts might be a little dull, but hey, I was in one of my moments!

AS THE WORLD TURNS

"The Luke and Kevin Story"

Luke Snyder sat at a table at Java, mulling over where his life was going. It had been two months since he told his family and friends that he was gay. Unfortunately, the first person he told was Jade, who milked the situation for all it was worth. But now Jade was stuck working at the library and living somewhere that was unknown to Luke. Luckily, he uncared.

Looking up, he saw his former best friend Kevin Davis enter the cafe. Kevin was one of the few people who did not know. The only ones who did know were Jade, Luke's parents Holden and Lily, his grandmothers Lucinda and Emma, and his friends Will and Gwen. Luke knew it would probably be extremely hard to tell Kevin the news because it was his love for Kevin that convinced him he was gay.

He knew he had to tell him sooner or later, and, more than anything, he wanted to make sure Kevin heard it straight from him and not in the halls at school. Luke knew it was now or never.

Almost instantly, Kevin joined Luke at his table. "How's it been going?" he asked in that almost always cheery voice of his.

"Things could be better," Luke said, hoping Kevin wouldn't inquire any further.

"You sound like you could use a vacation, my friend!" Kevin announced. "What do you say me and you hang out sometime. I mean, your parents have to be over the drinking stuff right?"

Luke sighed. "I don't think that's such a good idea. So long, Kevin." He got up and started to leave, but Kevin stopped him right outside the building.

"Come on, old pal, it could be like old times. My parents are out of town for the whole summer and they left me the keys to their cabin up by the lake. We can drive out there tomorrow morning, do some swimming, just hang out. Maybe we can find some chicks."

Luke thought for a moment. This would be the perfect opportunity to come out to Kevin, and he knew it. Would his parents go for it? He smiled at Kevin. "All right, I'm in."

"Ah, I knew you'd say yes! It was the chicks wasn't it? That's what changed your mind!"

Luke forced a smile this time without answering.

~~~~~~~~~

"Absolutely not," Lily said, and she meant it. It was she, Holden, and Luke in the Snyder living room and Luke had just asked for permission to go on the trip with Kevin. "That boy is the main reason why you were sick in the first place!"

"Actually," Luke said with snark, "I got sick from when I stowed away on your boyfriend's plane."

"Don't you dare bring Keith into this," Lily snapped back. She softened her voice a little. "Kevin got you drunk how many times? We can't trust him anymore. There's no telling what kind of stuff he's in to now! Drugs, maybe?"

"Kevin's not like that," Luke persisted. "He's changed a lot. He hasn't had a drink since spring." He looked at Holden, who stood behind Lily, with pleading eyes.

Holden caught Luke's glance, and deep down he knew what was going on. "What time do you guys plan to be back?" Holden asked.

Lily turned and looked at him with astonishment. Luke replied, "We'll leave right when it starts to get dark."

"And there'll be no alcohol at all?" Holden asked.

"None what-so-ever."

"And you guys will behave yourselves, right? You'll keep the Davis's place in order?"

"Of course. We're not little kids anymore."

Holden shrugged at Lily as he took some money from his wallet. "Here," he said to Luke, "here's twenty bucks in case you guys get hungry on the way back. It's enough for a burger joint, I guess."

Luke looked Holden in the eye again. He knew that Holden knew, so he smiled and accepted the offer. "So you mean I can go?"

"Yeah, sure, why not? Just be back before 10:00 and all of that. And no alcohol!" Holden said.

"Thanks, Dad, I really mean it," Luke graciously thanked before going up to his room to start planning for the next day.

Lily was ready to take Holden's head off. "Why did you just do that?" she asked him. "You don't trust Kevin Davis anymore than I do."

"Well, you heard Luke. He said Kevin's changed. He sees him more than we do, so we kinda have to take his word for it."

Lily exhaled briskly. "I swear, if that kid does anything to our son, I will personally make sure he has no contact with Luke ever."

Holden looked at her and knew she was serious.

~~~~~~~~~

Later that day, Luke went to pick his little sisters up from the Snyder farm, owned and operated by Holden's mother Emma. Emma had a slightly hard time understanding Luke when he came out. She had always had a certain set of values and morals in her mind, but slowly she realized that in order to accept her grandson and love him for who he truly was, she would have to learn to change her feelings. By the time Luke went to pick up Faith and Natalie that day, Emma was completely supportive of his life.

"Hello, Grandma," he said to her when he entered through the kitchen.

"Oh, hello, my dear one," she greeted enthusiastically, rushing from the stove to give him a big hug. "How has your day been, darling?"

Luke grinned. "It started off a little dull, but I think it's going to be okay."

"Aw, that's nice to hear. Your Aunt Meg's upstairs with the girls getting them ready to go home, so they might be a while. Would you like to talk about anything?"

Emma's voice was so sure and honest to Luke that he couldn't resist. "Yeah, as a matter of fact, I do have something to talk about."

Within in minutes, they were on the Snyder porch with some fresh homemade lemonade. "Now what is it you want to talk about?"

Luke hesitated. "Well...you remember how I told you that I was...gay, right?" Of course she remembered, he thought, but he couldn't think of another way to bring up the subject.

"Yes, I do," Emma said, trying to let him know that she held nothing against him.

"Well, my friend, Kevin, he asked me to go up to the lake with him tomorrow and spend the day up there."

"Oh..."

"Yeah, and he doesn't know about me yet." There was something about saying the word gay to his grandmother that just rubbed Luke the wrong way. "And at first I wasn't going to go, because I didn't think that I could be there and spend the whole day with him and - "

"You didn't want something out of your control to happen."

"Right!" Luke exclaimed, surprised that she understood the situation. "But then I decided that maybe I should go. And use it as a chance to tell him everything."

"Well," Emma began, "you know I'm used to giving advice about love to your father and your aunts and uncles, and for a while, I've wondered what I would say when you yourself would come to me for romantic advice, but after days of thinking about it, I decided that love is love no matter who it's between, and we all share the same type of problems. Right?"

"Yeah, I guess."

"Well, then. I think you should tell Kevin exactly how you feel. If he's really the friend that you think he is, he'll understand. I'm not saying that he'll be accepting at the very beginning, but he'll come around. If it doesn't happen that way, then maybe it's for the better that he walks out of your life."

Luke looked at her and knew that she was right. She always was.

~~~~~~~~~

It was 3:45AM. Luke was downstairs in the kitchen looking for something to snack. He needed something to relieve his nerves. He did not know how he was going to approach Kevin at the beach or what he would say. He was thinking about cancelling the trip altogether when he heard someone stirring in the living room. Soon after, Holden was with him in the kitchen.

"Is something wrong?" Holden asked his son. "Are you feeling okay?"

Luke looked up at him. "I'm fine."

Holden remembered the problem. "You're worried about telling Kevin that you're gay."

"Can you blame me? How am I going to tell my best friend that I'm gay?"

"And that you love him."

Luke gulped hard. "So you figured it out?"

"It wasn't hard to figure out. Way back before you even told your mother and me, I had a feeling in my mind. You spent so much time with him and you cared so much about him. I knew something had to be up."

"I don't know why I feel the way I do about him. I mean, the guy almost turned me into an alcoholic and he made me go against your wishes, but there's just something about him that I can't shake. The way I feel when I'm around him...I just feel weak, but in a good way."

"Aw, come here," Holden said, hugging his son. "Just take a little time and listen to what your grandma said."

Luke stepped back. "How do you know what she said? Did you call her or something?"

"Yeah, I told her about your little dilemma and she said she'd be of help for ya."

"Thanks for everything," Luke said, hugging his father again.

~~~~~~~~~

The next morning, Luke was about to walk out the door to wait for Kevin out in the driveway. He was hoping not to bump into his mother on his way out, but he couldn't be so lucky. Lily was in the living room when he came downstairs and had to stop him. "Have a good time," she said.

"Do you really mean that?" he asked her bitingly.

"Of course I do! I want you to enjoy yourself. You haven't had a good day to unwind in Lord knows how long," Lily replied sincerely. She took him into a hug. "I know you've been through a lot over the last year, and I know I've been at fault for a lot of it, but I promise I can change," she said. "You're my son and I love you."

"I love you too, Mom," he said. He gave her a kiss on the cheek and bid her farewell. "I'll see you guys tonight. Tell Faith and Natalie that I love them."

"Definitely. Bye, Luke."

TO BE CONTINUED...

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