Jackson is certainly revolting to the boy, Darren, but notice their different perspectives. It seems that Jackson presumes the boy is a young gay man who is in some sort of voluntary relationship with Carl.

Jackson is oblivious to the fact that Carl thrust the boy on him at the Fire Island party, essentially ordering the boy to “have a good time” with Jackson.

And when Carl leaves the bedroom? He’s pimping the boy out again.

Not for money. Jackson thinks the boy likes him and wants to have sex. Carl probably is trying to strengthen some kind of ties of loyalty with Jackson by gifting him with the sexual favors of his houseboy.

The boy is in a kind of prison, up til this moment feeling himself powerless to exert any control over his own life.

Even punching Jackson the first time was involuntary. He didn’t decide to do it. The punch was an emotional lashing out.

But what about what came next? It looks like the boy decided to beat Jackson up, that he may have decided to take control of his life.

Will that continue? Is the boy too damaged to cope with life in a healthy way?

We’ll see.

cc: Fred Shirley

Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

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