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. 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. He insisted on being with Tim 24/7. Tim told Scott  about being molested by his 19-year-old cousin the previous summer. He admitted he had been attracted to the older teen. Scott moved in with Tim.

The relationship climaxed on the night before the Watts were to leave for their summer vacation. Scott asked Tim to have sex, sparked by gay feelings which he felt were love.  Tim impetuously went with the Watts to North Carolina. 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. Scott’s jealousy motivated him to consummate  his own girlfriend relationship with their mutual friend, Lydia. The live-in arrangement for the two boys ended 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 his back on a trampoline. He was unable to train with the team. The neighborhood pot dealer, Robby, Tim 328 was a peeping tom, exposing the two boys’ relationship as juicy 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. He was burning the candle at both ends for  too long, Tim’s athletic career came crashing down.  Scott condemned him for being a loser. Tim turned to Jace, a 15 year-old member of the stoner gang. He allowed Jace 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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