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.
Once he arrived in Miami he spent a week hanging out and falling in love with a 13-year-old Puerto Rican chick named Tina and her friends, before moving into his new home’s tower room in Coral Gables.
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 medal winner. Through hard work he became a Miami City High School Swim champion but was accused by his primary swimming rival of molesting the ten-year-old. He then rescued his accuser from being killed in a dangerous night-time swimming race in Biscayne Bay, causing the other boy to crush madly on him. They spent a two-week family vacation in North Carolina hanging out with hillbillies, getting thrust into a Southern drag race, getting fucked and fucking the hillbillies on a moonshine delivery run, and jointly fucking the sheriff’s wife and her sister in a four-way orgy, as well as fucking each other in their spare time. Returning to Miami, Tina showed up, causing the breakup with his new boyfriend and 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 to find his gay romance scuttled as his boyfriend was caught with a girlfriend. He injures 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
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 stonerdom. 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, ditching to a nearby garage and convening the stoner gang to Robby’s bedroom in the afternoon. Pranks and antics keep everyone amused, climaxing with a Halloween ‘trip’, in which 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. Tim allows pothead Jace to hide out from his step-mother who threatened drug rehab. After Halloween, Jace and Tim convince Robby to form a rock cover band called False Gods, and Jace teaches Tim to play rhythm guitar and sing. Tim refrains from seducing Jace, who 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 and 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 benefactor. The band’s first public show is a house party in the Gables over Thanksgiving. Playing all the favorite pop/rock songs of their fans proves a winning formula and soon more shows are planned for the Christmas holidays. Jace and Tim are hired by a gay shop owner in Coconut Grove, who convinces them to compete in 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. His 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 and that they can be proud of him for his band. After playing three shows for Christmas, a party for Michael’s girlfriend Jenna is scheduled at the Viscaya Mansion on Biscayne Bay. 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 and 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 results in 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, who continue 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.