Chapter 7 …

If you’re looking for the usual recap of last week’s chapter, you won’t find it here. It’s not the kind of chapter that can be easily recapped.

If you need to refresh your memory, feel free to read it again. Indeed, that would probably be a good idea no matter what as tonight’s chapter picks up exactly where the last chapter ended and is more a continuation than something new; at least initially.

To put it in 1970s terms, it’s the cigarette guys lit and smoked to calm themselves down after doing something that got them quite excited indeed 🙂

By the way, is it just me or does anyone else find it hard to believe people actually smoked after having sex? It seems kind of yucky, but I’m told that it happened and far be it for me to question my sources.

To set the record straight, I want to be sure people understand I’m not suggesting Jimmy and Jeff are somehow the personification of the 1970s. An era cannot be captured in one or two characters. Having said that, I do think their story is a very 1970s tale and hopefully that will become clearer as our story unfolds.

While Jimmy is coming into clearer focus for us, tonight’s chapter will hopefully provide a little better insight into Jeff than we’ve had up until now. His character won’t really become entirely clear until the second half of the story, which is still quite a ways off.

But if you read carefully, you’ll begin to get a glimpse of someone trying to come to grips with his homosexuality and his feelings for Jimmy even as he’s struggling to find a way forward in life. In some ways Jeff is the more interesting character for me although Jimmy is probably as complex, if not more, in his own way.

I’m not sure whether it’s coming across very well, but what you’re seeing are two people struggling to cope with their homosexuality in different ways in the 1970s. While I’ve painted Jimmy in a way that may make you dislike him, what I’m really trying to suggest is that everyone dealt with their homosexuality differently back in the day.

Some might argue that one way was better than another, but that’s not the point I’m trying to make. Whatever happened next for gay people after the 1970s was a product of all the individual struggles people went through back then. And just because people don’t come out and tell you they’re struggling doesn’t mean they aren’t.

To put it another way, I’m not trying to paint heroes and villains. Hopefully by the end of the story we’ll see both Jimmy and Jeff for who they really are; and I consider both of them, with all their imperfections, heroes, not villains.

In any event, enough with the random musings. For now all I’m saying is this is a story where it’s best to suspend judgment and avoid rushing to conclusions.

That being said, I’ve now posted Chapter 7 over at The Annex. Have fun reading.

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