“Wait, stop!” yelled Jeremy while running frantically towards the on route bus, but was greeted with a hot blast of black diesel exhaust in the face. Coughing and panting, Jeremy frisked his oversized coat and baggy pants until he found his cigarettes. He quickly lit one up and inhaled deeply, turning nearly half the cigarette into ash. Exhaling, he exclaimed “Thank God, I can breathe again.”
His gladness soon gave way to agitation as he realized that he would miss his Freshman English class, again. “Well, there’s always next semester,” he said while sitting down to rest on a nearby bench. “If Jason hadn’t called me about his stuff he left at my apartment, I would’ve caught the bus and got to see Lukas in class,” he thought. “We could’ve had a study session tonight. Lukas could’ve studied English and I could’ve studied his perfect doll like face with his dirty blond hair. Oh, he’s so sweet and nice, too. He’s nothing like Jason or Todd. Oh, I wish I could forget Todd. When will I ever get my break and find that perfect guy, the one who’ll always love me no matter what?”
As he exhaled another puff of smoke in frustration, he turned his head toward the shops behind him and saw the most perfect young man walking towards him. The guy looked close to the same age as Jeremy, but had a smile of innocence that made him appear much younger. There was just a special glow about this guy that Jeremy couldn’t figure out but gladly wanted to try. Smiling, Jeremy thought, “Well, maybe my break has finally come as my little angel has arrived just in time.”
“Hey, I heard you yelling at the bus and noticed you’d missed it. Did you need a ride somewhere?”
Jeremy was overwhelmed, thinking, “Cute and nice, Wow!” Not sure how to react Jeremy finally spoke, “Um…sure…if you want…Uh…thank you.”
“Sweet…well, my friend with the car will be back in a few minutes. I’m guessing with the backpack that you’re heading to class, right?”
“Yeah…Uh…yeah, Freshman English I. Got to love it.” Jeremy hadn’t been this nervous ever, thinking, “What are you saying, you moron?”
“Well, good. The college is on our way.” The stranger paused, “Oh, I’m Zack by the way.”
“I’m, Jeremy. Glad to meet you.”
“Same here. Hey, you want to grab a cappuccino while we wait. There’s a new Christian coffee shop just a few stores down.”
Jeremy’s heart just broke once again. “Oh…um…I can’t go in there.”
Puzzled, Zack asked, “Why?”
“Well…you see…um…I’m gay.”
Zack just looked at him and said, “So?” Picking up on Jeremy’s apprehension, Zack continued, “Hey, don’t worry about it. You’re with me. I won’t let anybody mess with you.”
As they walked into the store, the coffee aroma welcomed them relieving some of Jeremy’s tension. Unfortunately, that did not last long as Jeremy could feel the stares of those who recognized him from college.
One guy got up from his table and walked towards them. Jeremy recognized him from the basketball team. “Hey, guys. This is a Christian establishment,” the basketball player said, “and we don’t allow queers in here.”
Jeremy started to back up towards the door when Zack grabbed his arm firmly and declared, “Alright, do whatever you want with him. But since I brought him, I pick who gets to beat the gay out of him.”
Realizing that there was no way out, Jeremy just froze there thinking, “What’s he doing? The hypocritical creep set me up! I’m a moron to think that I could trust a Christian.”
“Here’s how it’s going to go. The only ones who can harm him…are those who are without sin - perfect and blameless.” After some contemplation, the crowd sat back down, one by one. “God loves all of us despite any sins we may commit. None of us deserve His love, but He gives it away freely to all who ask for it believing in the sacrifice and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ.”
Jeremy was overloaded with diverse emotions and tried to separate them but with each word he processed, one feeling kept gaining power – love – true and untainted. This was the type of true love that he had looked for in each failed relationship. Finally, Jeremy found the break that he was looking for – it was in the bleeding heart of the perfect man, The One that would always love him…no matter what.
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