Jace’s Place Prologue

Tim Castle moved to Miami from Anchorage, Alaska in 1973. He had grown up a military brat, moving every few years as his dad’s Air Force assignments dictated. He joined  the youth swim team at the University of Miami, close  to his home in Coral Gables.  Tim 34He had just turned fifteen. Negotiating teen social cliques proved more complicated than his experiences with military kids. He was  used to making and losing friends as families rotated in and out. His friendship with the Watt family started off on a sour note when he fought with 15-year-old Scott for calling his ten-year old brother Stu “Stupid.’ Tim 16 This frenemy relationship with Scott eventually reached a climax when Tim saved Scott’s life during a dangerous night swim in Biscayne Bay. Tim 40 Scott was smitten with Tim’s heroics, unable to be separated from Tim. Tim told Scott  about being molested by his 19-year-old cousin the previous summer, admitting he had been attracted to the older teen. Scott was practically living with Tim.

On the night before the Watts were to leave for their summer vacation, Scott seduced Tim, sparking gay feelings which he felt were love. fred george weasley05 Tim impetuously went with the Watts to North Carolina where the two boys had wild adventures with the local good ol’ boys of their age. Tim 574 It included stock car racing, running bootleg liquor and several orgies with older women. This AC/DC relationship hit the rocks when Tim’s New York City girlfriend Tina returned, prompting Scott to consummate  his own girlfriend relationship with their mutual friend Lydia. The live-in arrangement for the two boys was destroyed when Tim went to NYC to rescue Tina’s brother. That weekend Scott was caught having sex with Lydia. Tim was so distracted that he injured himself and was unable to train with the team. His neighbor, the local pot dealer Robby, Tim 328 was a peeping tom, who exposed the two boys’ juicy relationship as gossip. Tim fell in with Robby’s gang of pot-heads, Tim 89 winning grudging respect for not denying he was gay. Nightly adventures stoked Tim’s love of risk taking. After burning the candle at both ends for  too long, Tim’s athletic career came crashing down, with Scott condemning him for being a loser. Tim played the hero to Jace, a 15 year member of the stoner gang, allowing him to hide at his house while guards from a drug program searched for him. Tim convinced Jace to stand up to his folks. Jace is saved from drug rehab. Tim’s transformation from jock to stoner is complete when he returns to high school from his sports injury. His swim coach fails to recognize his star swimmer now slouching through the halls.

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