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FRIDAY FICTION - Love Among Chaos: A Stonewall Fantasy.

FRIDAY FICTION – “Love Among Chaos: A Stonewall Fantasy” by Will Kohler

Once upon a time, in the bustling streets of New York City, there lived a vampire named Adrian. Unlike the traditional portrayal of vampires in lore, Adrian wasn’t a creature of darkness and malevolence. He possessed a compassionate heart and a profound longing for human connection. For more than three centuries Adrian has hidden in plain sight. Watching. Staying in the shadows. Adrian was also gay, an aspect of himself he had kept hidden for centuries, fearing the repercussions of revealing this as well as his true identity.

It was June 28, 1969, a historic night that would forever be etched in history as the beginning of the Stonewall riots. The air was thick with tension as the gay community had gathered at the Stonewall Inn, a refuge for those who sought solace and acceptance. Adrian, drawn by an unexplainable force, found himself in the vicinity of the bar that fateful night.

As the night unfolded, chaos erupted when police officers raided the Stonewall Inn, their actions driven by prejudice and discrimination. And for the first time, the crowd fought back. First, a shove, then a lesbian punched a patrolman, and then an all-out battle for freedom and equal rights ignited amidst the chaos. Gays, lesbians, bisexuals, drag queens, and their straight friends fought side by side against hate and oppression. Adrian watched from the shadows, his heart filled with a mixture of admiration and anguish as he brushed his long blond hair from his face.

Amidst the turmoil, a tall young man with dark curly hair named Michael caught Adrian’s attention. Michael was a kind-hearted and passionate activist who believed in the power of equality and justice. He was only 22 years old but he had been on his own since he was 16 when his small-town parents kicked him out after they found out he was gay. As Michael fought and fearlessly stood up against the injustice unfolding before his eyes, Adrian felt an undeniable connection to him. A deep pull from within him. Something stirred within his immortal soul, a longing he hadn’t felt in centuries.

Drawn by an invisible force, Adrian emerged from the shadows, his eyes locking with Michael’s. Time seemed to stand still as they exchanged a knowing glance. It was a moment that transcended the chaos and violence surrounding them, a silent acknowledgment of shared pain and hidden desires.

Adrian rushed to Michael’s side just as one of New York’s finest was about to bring a billy club down upon Michael’s head. “Noooooooooo!” Adrian roared and grabbed the cop’s wrist in mid-air before the club could connect and jerked the cop’s arm up so sharply and forcefully that the cop hit himself in his face with the club and knocked himself unconscious.

“Thanks,” said Michael as he looked into Adrian’s large hazel eyes suddenly knowing that his life was about to change forever. “C’mon,” he said. As they both raced to help others in trouble.

The two fought valiantly side by side for the rest of the night. Despite the danger lurking around them, Adrian and Michael found solace in each other’s presence. And as the Stonewall riots raged on, Adrian and Michael’s love blossomed like a delicate flower amid a storm. In a way, their connection served as a beacon of hope in a world clouded by prejudice and hatred. Their love symbolized the resilience and strength of the LGBT+ community, proving that love could thrive even in the darkest of times.

However, their love story as with all was not without its challenges. The night would end and the sun would rise. Michael would learn the truth about Adrian but he already knew what was more important. He loved him. They built a life together and lived with the danger of exposure looming over them like a dark cloud, threatening to destroy the delicate sanctuary they had built. Adrian’s immortality and identity as a vampire were secrets he couldn’t reveal, and Michael’s vulnerability as a gay man in a time of oppression only added to their shared burden.

But love, as they say, conquers all. Adrian and Michael vowed to stand strong against the odds, to fight for a world where their love could be celebrated without fear or prejudice. And they did.

As the years passed, the world slowly evolved, and the LGBTQ+ community made significant strides toward acceptance and equality. Adrian and Michael’s love story became an enduring legend, part of a hidden history whispered among those who sought solace and inspiration. Their names are a testament to the power of love and the unwavering spirit of the human heart.

And so, the love between a gay vampire and a gay human, kindled during the Stonewall riots, left an indelible mark on the world, reminding us all that love knows no boundaries, not even the confines of time, prejudice, or immortality.

What happened to Michael and Adrian?

Well that’s a story for another Friday.

So, Are You Up For A Menage A Trois Or Dinner For Two?

Which one sounds better? A nice, quiet stroll down a beach on a clear moonlit night, then have a nice candlelight dinner with a smooth vintage wine. Gazing into each others eyes and when you hold hands it feels like fireworks are going off. Amazing chemistry and this feeling of euphoria consumes your entire being. Passion erupts into this beautiful declaration of endless love, an oath to share eternity together and you physically unite to demonstrate this affection.

Or how about meeting up with two other men in the industrial district. Upon your arrival where you all convene at, you know the building designed to withstand heavy weight in harnesses and chains. Masks and gags are applied to heighten the experience. There’s a passionate exchange and you never see them until ready for the next encounter. Two vivid, yet very different scenarios of real relationships. Neither is better or worse than the other, just different. And until adulthood, we only refer to the quiet dinner.

One of the fastest things we learn about when we enter the gay community is how different/same relationships are between partners. If we’re honest with ourselves, it does not resemble the trademark couples of Mr and Mrs Beaver or any other sitcom on nuclear families. The perennial image of two people meeting as a result of destiny or a higher power that are meant for each other for the rest of their lives isn’t always the standard.  But to be fair, this is not the case of straight couples either, no matter how often or loudly those religious zealots claim. And yet we are still hardwired to seek out these types of relationships where two people settle down and make a life for each other.

Even with all this knowledge of how relationships work (or don’t work) it is the one thing as gay men we seem to struggle with the most. Maybe it’s because we want the fairytale, And who wouldn’t? Despite the research that claims as men we are sexual nomads that have to quench this neurological thirst to sow our seed. Some of us want to be the Prince Charming sweeping that special guy off his feet and show him a w whole new world. Dance so his feet never touch the ground. To be completely swept up in a moment that time stands still and how our love will become a tale as old as time. It’s okay to want that.

But sooner or later, we learn that this isn’t always the case. We begin to see that some have more than one boyfriend and that is a perfectly acceptable rule in the relationship. Or that each partner can have sex with as many other men as they want as long as there is no emotional investment involved in these encounters. That more men in our community are open to having relationships that don’t require more than having a traveling toothbrush and a package of condoms. Because sometimes sex is just sex. Most of our relationships don’t even begin the same way as we were taught. Sometimes relationships d start off in the smoky, dimly light club or raunchy house party. Sometimes the greatest relationships we have start off online with not a clue as to whether or not they are real.

We learn that everyone else in the world has a different definition of what relationships and love means. Most times this lesson is hard but we grow from it. Most of the time. And the longer we live, the more we discover because of our experiences that we change what we want from relationships. The idea of what it means differs from each point in our lives.  But what makes it different when it’s between two men?

So many questions come from thinking about this, whether single or in a relationship.  Because our definition of what a relationship changes. We change everyday. Whether it’s small, incremental notes or huge leaps there is still change. We mistake sex for a meaningful relationship when sometimes, it’s just sex. It makes me wonder sometimes if we just settle for the ideal and pursuit of monogamy because that’s the only thing we know.  Because that’s what fairytale and books and our parents taught us as children. The concept of true love only seems to happen in made up stories when you see everyone getting a divorce or hear of one or both of them have had infidelities.

We change so why not our perceptions on relationships? I know mine have in the long-term relationships I’ve had with men. In fact, the first relationship I had with a man was an open relationship. Even though the circumstances to it being open was because we weren’t out yet we still had all of those components that we defined. But our relationship didn’t end because I couldn’t handle it, we simply grew apart. My rules are of course were different then they are now because I want that closed type of relationship.

It all boils down to semantics. Because we need to be clear, no matter what your position on it, to understand where you stand on relationships and make that clear with the person(s) that you have this relationship. Communication is always the savoir or the downfall to every relationship so talk about what it means for you.