Here’s one more photo of a cute boy with his earbuds in. I actually created a fictional character using this boy as a model. The character’s name is Riley Davenport, and he appears in my short story, Dream Boy, which is included in my anthology, Flawed Boys.
Here’s how I described Riley in the story:
“The first time I saw Riley, he sat atop a lifeguard stand at the YMCA’s indoor pool, perhaps twenty feet from me. Shirtless and barefoot, he wore baggy swim trunks. His limbs were lanky, he was smooth-chested, and his dark hair contrasted with his fair skin. His torso tapered from broad shoulders to a narrow waist. As I studied him in the chlorine-scented natatorium, he yawned and stretched his arms, revealing wisps of armpit hair.
“Lifeguards at the YMCA had to be eighteen or older, so I knew Riley was legal, but looking at him that day, I was sure he’d barely met the age requirement. Something about his demeanor—hesitance in his movements and reluctance to make eye contact—suggested a dearth of life experience. Plus, he couldn’t seem to decide where to put his big hands and feet.”
Riley was a victim of childhood sexual abuse, inflicted by his step-father, and if you are looking for a light read, Dream Boy is not for you. It deals with some serious issues.
Anyway, if you’re interested in reading Dream Boy, you can find the Flawed Boys anthology here:
It’s beautiful here on the island tonight. I’m having a friend over for dinner, so it should be a nice evening. Have a great Friday night, everyone.