Blog 1 Tim at Swim
Tim Castle was a normal 14-year-old military brat when he left Alaska in 1973 to move to Miami, Florida. By the time he left his Aunt Helen’s house in Massachusetts, he had been molested by his 19-year-old cousin Joey, had a fire fight in the woods with burned out Viet Vets, been tittie fucked by a the 25-year-old junkie, hustled on the streets of New York city, jumped on stage at CBGB’s with the New York Dolls, met Andy Warhol, and righteously fucked the Velvet Underground’s Sweet Jane.
Swearing off junkies, whores and hustlers, he turned 15 and joined the University of Miami’s youth swim team where his only friends were a ten-year old they called Stupid and a 19 year soon-to-be Olympic gold medalist. Through hard work he became a Miami City High School Swim Champion, only to be accused by his primary swim rival of molesting the ten-year-old. He rescued his accuser from being killed in a dangerous night-time swimming race in Biscayne Bay. The boy;s hero-worship turned into a mad crush. They spent a two-week family vacation in North Carolina hanging out with hillbillies, getting thrust into a Southern drag race, getting raped by the hillbillies on a moonshine delivery run, and jointly fucking the sheriff’s wife and her sister in a four-way orgy. In their spare time, they continued to crush on each other. Returning to Miami, Tina showed up. Jealousy caused the breakup with his new boyfriend after a trip to New York City to rescue’s Tina’s brother from two gangs. He then flew with cousin Joey to Hollywood for a William Burroughs’ “Wild Boys’ orgy with a famous rock club owner and his teepee of hustlers. Returning to Miami, his gay romance ended as his boyfriend was caught with a girlfriend. His swim career ended when he injured himself on a trampoline. While recovering, he throws in with his neighborhood pot dealer’s gang of stoners who turn the castle tower into their school-day ditch pad.
Blog 2 Jace’s Place
The story follows Tim’s tumultuous junior year in high school, which he mostly ditches. He is more alienated from his father, who insists he get an after-school job to learn the value of money. No longer able to be part of the swim team, Tim embraces stoner-dom. The fading of his relationship with his swim team boyfriend culminates with a breakup in front of his new stoner friends. Coming under the influence of pot dealer, Robby, Tim only attends the first two classes of the day at Gables High, They ditched to a nearby garage, convening the stoner gang to Robby’s bedroom in the afternoon. Pranks and antics keep everyone amused, climaxing with a Halloween ‘trip.’ They all ingest Belladonna/Deadly Nightshade and have varying psychedelic experiences. Tim meets a ghost spirit who warns him of the dangers of the occult. He allows pothead Jace to hide out from his step-mother who threatened drug rehab. After the Halloween trip, Jace and Tim convince Robby to form a rock cover band called False Gods. Jace teaches Tim to play rhythm guitar and sing. Tim refrains from seducing Jace, sensing he is leery of gay sex. This attitude changes after Jace learns to trust Tim, falling asleep together while listening to Pink Floyd. They quickly become best bed buddies. It becomes obvious to all the gang that they are now boyfriends. Michael welcomes the band into his fancy house, which has a fully equipped music room. Michael’s dad, a prominent Miami lawyer, becomes the band’s manager. The band’s first public show is a house party in the Gables over Thanksgiving. Playing all their fans’ favorite pop/rock songs proves to bea winning formula. Soon more shows are planned for the Christmas holidays. Jace and Tim are hired by a gay shop owner in Coconut Grove. Their boss lures them into competing at amateur night at a North Miami gay bar. They strip to Abba’s ‘Momma Mia,’ which creates a furor after the cops raid the bar. The boys escape by running naked down an alley. They start playing outside the shop in the Grove while preparing for their Christmas shows. Tim’s dad’s new girlfriend Susan proves to be an ally in allowing Jace and his dog Max to stay at their house. After Thanksgiving Tim and Jace play ‘Proud Mary’ for Mrs. Watt to show that Tim is thankful for all the Watt family did for him. He wanted to show that they can be proud of him for his band. After three shows for Christmas, a party for Michael’s girlfriend Jenna is scheduled at the Viscaya Mansion on Biscayne Bay on New Year’s Eve.. Tim invites Stu Watt and his parents to the show, as well as all the parents of band members. Two days before the show, Jace’s evil step-brother confronts the boys at Tim’s house. Jace is shot dead by the brother. Tim’s dad is able to save Tim and Jace’s dog Max. The uproar and press coverage culminates with ten thousand people attending the concert which happens inside and outside Viscaya. The band plays for six hours to satisfy the fans. Tim believes Jace’s spirit is helping him play the lead guitar parts. Stu and his friend Mike take over the singing and dancing at the kids portion of the show. Tim honors Jace with a Pink Floyd and Velvet Underground tribute. The show ends with Beatles songs in the parking lot. Tim agrees to allow the police to charge the killer with the lesser charge of manslaughter in order to move past the hateful incident. Tim convinces Robby to accept demotion to junior status, so they can have all their classes together. Robby quickly puts his spell on the English teacher and directs his own warped version of ‘A Midsummer’s Night Dream.’ Life has returned to normal. The band creates an alter ego called the Out-Crowd. The younger band continues playing pop oldies for younger teens, while False Gods prepares their own original set of songs. Tim continues to see Jace’s ghost and meets him nightly in his dreams. It is February 1975.