Barry, Chapter One, Part XXII


“I don’t know, but it’s more fun with boys and girls than just girls, isn’t it,” I begged.

“It changes the conversation entirely,” Melissa quipped.

“But it doesn’t have to,” I said, thinking a mile-a-minute.

“But we were talking about boys,” Lisa said.

“So keep talking about boys.  I know about boys,” I said, knowing they would never be brave enough to bring up sex anyway.  Among the boys there was a culture of mutually accepted lies that ranged from tepid to kinky via imagination…but how could you fool a tent full of girls?

“Then why is it that all boys want from girls is to have sex?” Sue asked.

I know I turned red all over, but I also know this was a defining moment in my chances to date or never date Lisa.

“I think it depends on the boy.  Some guys really love their girlfriends, and not just for the sex either.”

“Oh?” Sue said.  “I think they say they are in love just to get sex.”

“Yeah maybe, but then what? The girls have sex and later find out whether the guy is really in love or not? Or the girl can say ‘No, let’s wait’ to test the guy, risking he may run off. I mean I have no idea what girls think, but people end up sleeping together, even if there are different reasons why.  As long as no one gets pregnant, I figure sex is fun for boys and girls.”  Ah, I was in full swing now.  Those early days of proselytizing “Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex, But were Afraid To Ask,” off the balcony of my room paid off, and I didn’t have to lie!  Yet, at the time…:

(I so wanted this to be my final statement on the subject.)

Lisa: “But you said you had sex with Jeanne, but it wasn’t true!”

Me: “My God I’m the bad guy. I already apologized to Jeanne.”

Melissa: “That’s not the point, the point is, why are boys so hung up on sex?”

Me:  “And girls aren’t hot to trot?  What were you talking about before we showed up?”

Melissa:  “I was talking about Todd, not sex, or sex with Todd, but just Todd, you sex maniac.”

Me:  “So who do you like Sue?”

Sue: “Well I can’t decide.  I think one of them will ask me out soon.”

Me: “How can you be so sure?

Sue: “I have my ways?”

Me: “See, it’s these ‘ways’ you talk about , this is what boys like me are interested in.

Melissa: “The girls way is to get into the guy’s eyesight in as many different situations as possible.”

Lisa: “Well, it’s the way you present yourself to a guy.  It’s not just repetition, because a first impression can seal the deal.”

Me: “How many times has a seductive approach worked for you, or any of us though?”

Sue: “Boys are too shy, and you coujld walk up to them and hit them over the head with the frying pan of love, and they’d still miss it.”

The girls laughed.

Me: “But what is the goal? Dating?  Marriage? A Fling? Someone to hang out with? To go steady? I mean it’s confusing.  I think guys are less confusing, and take life as it comes.”





10 thoughts on “Barry, Chapter One, Part XXII

    • Yes Tosha, this is a case of 14 and 15-year-olds finding their way in the world of the opposite sex. As Barry gets older things come along that develop his thinking further. In fact, within the next few parts a lot happens.

      We’ve Woven a Web
      MAY 28, 2010 / DOUGSTUBER / EDIT
      We’ve woven a web, you and I,
      attached to the world, for no matter
      how long, inscribed, though poorly, for
      scant eyes, still, as bright a love aura as
      has ever glowed, tightly wound around
      our hearts, yet soaring miles above
      Moodeung’s fog to warm cold February.
      Sparks fly off a round-rock fire rarely seen
      in these parts. We laugh, it feels like we
      shouldn’t be here on a cold winter night,
      just a few meters from trails so packed
      during the day. This charge will never
      leave. We’ve marked this space but must
      go to where the stars shine, deer run, art springs.
      Keep my heart in your brain, words in your hair.
      Matched lifelong yearning bursts in my hand,
      fluorescent. Quick, pack what you need, let’s
      flee! live life in the positive zone, expand
      what we enjoy together, bound by the luck
      that brought us this far. Where to next?

    • This story is not all fun and games. I am 140 pages in to writing it, but will only hand out the first chapter here. I’m trying to get the book done but it’s at a tricky point now.

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