Things were starting to unravel.
Byron was still in the closet when it came to the other boys. Boone might be in the closet. Bowie thought Brody was straight. And Brad was enjoying it all far too much.
BRAD: Looks like your weekly hand-holding session isn't going so well, is it?
It had gotten so bad I'd resorted to liquor to get the guys to come together.
Instead, there was nearly a drunken brawl.
BYRON: You're such a catty little jerk!
BOWIE: Hey! You're straight. You don't get to call me catty.
BRODY: Fine! I'll call you catty!
BOWIE: You don't get to either!
BRODY: Why not?
BOONE: Why don't you all shut up? Geez, I just got my hair styled today and your yelling is making it fall apart!
Everyone turned and looked at Boone.
It was time to call in the reserves.
BOWIE: This stupid school isn't even working. None of us are getting any better at whatever it is we were trying to get better at!
BRODY: I'm still a drama queen.
BYRON: I'm still...mostly...into politics.
BOONE: I actually think I'm more homophobic than I used to be.
Here come the troops.
ME: Hey guys, I invited some friends that might help instill a little more confidence in me.
ME: Maybe the better term is...
VOICE: Hey Kev!
The boys turned around to see Aaron, Anthony, AJ, and Alicia.
My old students.
AJ: So are these the new bitches that need straightening out?
I feel better already.