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The barbecue was set to begin at one o’clock. Billie Blake had planned diligently to surprise his best friend, Paul, and Dave’s boyfriend, George, for a double birthday party. Dave, the owner of the local gay bar, Rumors, had been secretly involved with George through his new friend’s messy separation from his wife. Dave suggested throwing a summer solstice barbecue to deceive them.
It had been especially difficult to plan the celebration with Paul constantly at Billie’s side from dawn to dusk daily. Paul, nearly a decade older, befriended Billie five years before. Billie had noticed him frequenting the gay bars downtown for several years before they were introduced when Billie was looking for employment. Paul needed an assistant to help with deliveries of teacher union flyers in schools. Paul was a high school teacher, dedicated to the union. Their relationship evolved over the years as close friends. But in the last few years, Paul expressed his sexual attraction to Billie, who wanted maintain only a platonic bond. At times, Billie wanted to divorce his ties to Paul but he valued his honesty, ideals for confronting others on political issues allied to Billie’s, tenacity in conquering obstacles, and his encouragement to Billie’s pursuit in creative writing. Billie frequently flirted with other men in Paul’s presence, attempting to soften his rejection to his advances. When Paul went on a teacher’s conference, he had an affair. Billie encouraged him to continue dating this man who happened to live locally. As they dated, Billie hoped Paul would lose his sexual appetite for him, but his advances persisted.
Since George’s friends were intimately connected with his wife and their thirty year marriage, a problem raised inviting people he knew without consulting him, but Dave discovered he had a best friend, Glenn Talbot who recently divorced and came out. He was the perfect friend to invite. The remaining guests were mutual friends of Dave, George, and Billie.
Helium balloons hung along with birthday banners around the front and back yards. Recordings from Donna Summers, Sylvester, and other disco groups blasted party music out the speakers in the back yard. Billie took special attention to make sure everything was perfect.
As the guests arrived, mostly gay and lesbian, they helped themselves to a full cocktail bar offered cocktails, the alcohol supplied by Dave. Billie played host, serving cocktails from a full bar, the alcohol supplied by Dave, and barbecuing chicken, salmon, and ribs on the grill and Weber.
A conversation buzzed in reference to the cutest guy in town down at the bar from a few arriving people, who had recently departed from Rumors. Several of the men repeated the news, inquiring why he wasn’t invited.
Although Billie was curious, he was too busy cooking and greeting others to contemplate who the man was. He seldom dated after spending too much wasted time in failed relationships over the previous twenty-five years. He still looked but seldom acted on his inhibitions. He seldom contemplated having sex with a man during at age forty-five. He continuously related to his closest friend, Paul, he was going through his midlife crises. He hadn’t experienced sex with a man for fifteen years.
“Surprise!” Everyone screamed when Dave ushered George and Paul through the sliding glass door of the house to the backyard.
A few minutes later a tall dark, handsome man arrived at the back gate.
Billie heard the chatter of the others, referring to the attractive man at the bar who should have been invited and was actually a guest.
George, overwhelmed, wrapped his arms around him, hugging tightly. “Glenn, I never expected you of all people.”
“You’ll have to help me. I’m new to this and I don’t know anyone.” Glenn responded privately.
So he’s George’s best friend. Billie realized who the new arrival was. Is he gay? If he is, I’d like… well…