Click here for updated Character List ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">Jared<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li>Age: 29<\/li>\r\n<li>Description: 6'3\", 230 lbs of solid muscle, trimmed dark black hair and deep chocolate brown eyes<\/li>\r\n<li>Job: Paramedic (Partner: Liam) \/ Shift Supervisor \/ Paramedic Field Trainer<\/li>\r\n<li>Boyfriend: Liam<\/li>\r\n<li>Relationships: Melanie Bear (cousin)<\/li>\r\n<li>Spirit Guide: Bear<\/li>\r\n<li>Nicknames: Masqua, Standing Bear<\/li>\r\n<li>Titles: Sacred Medicine Man of the People, President and CEO Bear Investment Group (secret)<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"> <\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">Liam<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li>Age: 22<\/li>\r\n<li>Description: 6'0\", blue eyes, curly blond hair, nicely toned and tanned<\/li>\r\n<li>Job: Paramedic (Partner: Jared)<\/li>\r\n<li>Boyfriend: Jared<\/li>\r\n<li>Spirit Guide: Eagle<\/li>\r\n<li>Nicknames: Mikisow, Soaring Eagle<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"> <\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">Troy<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li>Age: 25<\/li>\r\n<li>Description: 5'11\", brown eyes, blonde hair, solid but not overly muscular.<\/li>\r\n<li>Job: Paramedic<\/li>\r\n<li>Boyfriend: Tyler<\/li>\r\n<li>Spirit Guide: Wolf<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"> <\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">Tyler<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li>Age: 25<\/li>\r\n<li>Description: 5'11\", brown eyes, dark brown hair, slim<\/li>\r\n<li>Job: Police Officer (Partner: Josh)<\/li>\r\n<li>Boyfriend: Troy<\/li>\r\n<li>Spirit Guide: Wolf<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"> <\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">Josh<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li>Age: 25<\/li>\r\n<li>Description: 5'8\", blue eyes, light brown hair, solid. He and Darrin could pass for cousins or even brothers,<\/li>\r\n<li>Job: Police Officer (Partner: Tyler)<\/li>\r\n<li>Boyfriend: Darren<\/li>\r\n<li>Spirit Guide: Wolf<\/li>\r\n<li>Nickname: Ditch Pig<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"> <\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">Darren<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li>Age: 26<\/li>\r\n<li>Description: 6'0\", green eyes, light brown hair, solid. He and Josh could pass for cousins or even brothers.<\/li>\r\n<li>Job: Fire Fighter<\/li>\r\n<li>Boyfriend: Josh<\/li>\r\n<li>Spirit Guide: Wolf<\/li>\r\n<li>Nickname: Hose Puller<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"> <\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">Conner<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li>Age: 18<\/li>\r\n<li>Description: 5'10\", 150 lbs, slightly built, brown curly hair, hazel eyes<\/li>\r\n<li>Student<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"> <\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">Mark<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li>Age: 18<\/li>\r\n<li>Description: 5'11\", 150 lbs, slightly built, dirty blonde straight hair, grey eyes<\/li>\r\n<li>Student<\/li>\r\n<li>Relationships: Sgt. Frank Myers (father)<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"> <\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\"><span style=\"text-decoration: underline; color: #999999;\">Minor \/ Recurring Characters<\/span><\/h4>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">Sgt. Frank Myers<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li>Job: Police Sergeant<\/li>\r\n<li>Relationships: Mark (son) and a daughter. Mark recently came out as gay.<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"> <\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">Rob<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li>Job: Ambulance Base Manager<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"> <\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">Melanie Bear<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li>Description: 5'6\", with olive skin and jet black braided hair to her waist<\/li>\r\n<li>Job: Executive Assistant to the CEO\/President, Bear Investment Group (3rd in command)<\/li>\r\n<li>Relationships: Jared Bear (cousin)<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"> <\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">John<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li>Job: CFO and Acting CEO, Bear Investment Group (2nd in command after Jared)<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"> <\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">Zane<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li>Director of the LGTBQ2 Centre<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"> <\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">Amanda<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li>Description: A pleasant woman, shorter, plump, eyes full of life, and grandmotherly. She is also a sensitive.<\/li>\r\n<li>Job: Hospital Social Worker<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"> <\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">Marci<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li>Job: Paramedic<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\"> <\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">Jesse McCoy<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li>Job: Lawyer, McCoy & Associates<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\">")
By the time they got through the showers, dressed and into town it had been about an hour and a half. The shopping cart filled quickly with supplies. Liam made sure there was lots of chocolate, graham wafers, and marshmallows for smores in the cart. Jared knew he was running low on elk steaks so he bought a dozen rib steaks for the BBQ tonight. He also got some ground hamburger for tomorrow night and lots of sliced meat for sandwiches. Mark and Conner asked if they could get some soda and Liam let them get the reduced sugar cola.
"You two are going to eat pretty healthily with us. We are also going to get you guys working out with us so you can toughen up those cute little bodies of yours before you get old and fat like Jared," said Liam.
A hand came out of nowhere and smacked the back of Liam's head.
"I stand corrected," said Liam rubbing his head.
The boys laughed. They got their overfilled shopping cart to the cashier and started piling things on the counter. The bag boy was about Conner's and Mark's age and he started talking to them. Liam heard them tell the young man that Jared and Liam were their brothers and they were staying with them at the cabin. They didn't want to say too much to this guy, although they both thought he was cute.
They got the groceries out to the SUV and loaded them in. Conner took the cart back to the store and came out running. He jumped in the SUV.
"That bag boy gave his telephone number," said Conner. "He thought I was cute, but I am not interested in him. I know I am not looking for anything right now except my new friend Mark. I am happy with him," said Conner.
Mark perked up. "Really? You like me?"
Conner nodded his head shyly. "I just didn't want to say anything because you might think I wasn't serious because of losing my family." He had a tear in his eye.
"I do like you, Conner. Can we just be friends for a while until dad is out of the hospital and you feel better? Then we can see about being boyfriends if we still feel this way about each other," said Mark.
Conner smiled and said, "I can do that, Mark."
"I think that is pretty responsible for both of you. Good choices and decisions, guys," said Liam. He also noted out of the corner of his eye that they were now holding hands.
When they got back to the cabin, Troy's sports car was already there. "They must have been really moving to get here," laughed Jared.
Two naked men come running out of the cabin and helped them haul the groceries in. Conner and Mark were trying not to look directly at Tyler and Troy's bodies.
"Let's get back to dress code, guys," suggested Jared.
Everyone was soon naked and it seemed like for the first little while Conner and Mark were always standing behind a chair, the table or the counter when talking to Tyler and Troy.
"You guys want to learn how to waterski?" asked Tyler.
"Yeah, we do!" Conner replied. "Will you teach us?"
"Of course I will. Let's go and get the equipment together and make sure the boat has fuel. You coming, Troy?" asked Tyler.
"Damn right I am. I am not letting you out there alone with two little cuties; someone has to make sure you stay acting like a big brother," replied Troy.
Conner looked at Troy. "You think we are little cuties? Seriously?"
"Damn right. We get you doing some exercise like running and you two will have even better bubble butts and abs. I've had a hard-on a couple times seeing you two," said Troy.
"Me too," said Tyler. "You two are so cute I can barely control my pecker."
"You guys aren't bullshitting us, are you? You guys have problems keeping your dicks soft when you see us?" asked Mark.
"Yup. No bullshit, buddy. Big thing around here is we all get hard-ons at times. It's really no problem, or in Tyler's case, no big deal... if you catch my drift." Troy ducked after saying that so Tyler would miss slapping the back of his head.
"Let's go skiing," said Tyler. Mark and Conner stepped out from behind the counter and weren't fully hard, but were well on the way.
"Nothing to be ashamed of from what I see, little brothers," said Troy. "Let's go, boys." Liam also joined the water skiers in the boat. Jared went to the end of the dock and laid out to suntan. He also brought his camera and throughout the afternoon took some pictures of everyone having fun.
The two boys did really well at water skiing and enjoyed it immensely. They both had skateboards which gave them a real advantage for the single ski and they caught on real fast. Darren and Josh arrived and after dropping their bags in the cabin, they came down to the dock for sun tanning with Jared.
"Any word on Frank?" asked Jared.
Josh replied, "He's actually doing very well. He could be out in a couple of days. He is so happy you guys have Mark up here with you. He is really concerned about him. Frank also wanted to know about the cabin and by the time we finished telling him all about it, he wants to come up too."
"He would be welcome, but I am not too sure how comfortable he would be," said Jared.
"Maybe we could have a loincloth weekend and keep the spontaneous love making out of sight while he was here," offered Darren.
"Well, we could talk about it at supper," suggested Jared. "He might enjoy a sweat."
"When he sees we talk with animals, spirit guides, and other spirits, I think poor Frank would crack," laughed Josh.
The guys all came in from the lake and ended up at the dock. "Is it supper time yet?" asked Conner.
"Not a bad idea. Maybe you and Mark could help me get things ready. When we get the main part done, I think Chef Jared will BBQ the steaks for us," said Liam.
"Chef Darren and his bitch Josh volunteered. I'm on clean up this time," said Jared.
"Darren's bitch?" ranted Josh. He moved quickly and grabbed Jared and jumped into the water pulling him in with him.
Liam went up to the cabin followed by Mark and Conner. "I see you have no problem being naked anymore."
"Nope," replied Mark.
"I am beginning to really love it," said Conner.
They started some potatoes baking in the oven and got salads as well as garlic cheese-toast ready. Mark wasn't too bad in the kitchen but Conner obviously didn't spend much time cooking. He told Liam his dad never helped his mother cook as that was womanly duties required by the bible. Liam had explained everyone needed to learn how to cook to survive when living alone. It was also a good way for couples, gay or straight, not only to work together, but to have time to talk together while working with the food. He told them that Jared and he loved the time together preparing and cleaning up after the meal. The boys listened to his every word.
It was about 40 minutes later the rest came up from the dock. Darren turned on the BBQ and scraped the grill. He joined the rest of the guys who had either a beer or a glass of wine in the kitchen. Even Mark and Conner were allowed to have a beer, but only under their supervision and with permission. They understood and appreciated it.
Supper was fantastic and enjoyed by all. Liam went to the freezer and brought the chocolate cheesecake they had bought earlier. There were only crumbs left a short time later.
It had been a good day all around. After everyone sat in the hot tub for a while, they started a fire and sang songs. Liam made smores and showed Mark and Conner how to get chocolate on both sides of the marshmallows.
They put the fire out about 10:30 pm and headed off to bed. Everyone was in their own room, with the doors closed.
Jared and Liam were resting after an intense lovemaking session. "I think those two boys are really thriving out here with all the attention they are getting. I think they were both starving for love and interaction with people," said Liam.
"You're right Liam. I have seen the changes as well. Both are more confident and Conner seems to be coming out of his shell quite well... very well considering all he has been through."
"Am I stupid to feel like a big brother and almost a dad to them," asked Liam.
"No, you have the instincts within you to be a good parent. I know I could do it, but you are a natural," said Jared.
The lay in comfortable silence for a bit and just enjoyed being together.
"So, do you want to move in with me?" asked Jared.
"Yes, I do," replied Liam. "How soon?"
"Well, what is your lease like," asked Jared.
"Monthly," said Liam.
"Do you want to move into my apartment or should we find another which is ours. Maybe we could look at houses as well. They are a good investment and there are some really good deals right now," asked Jared.
"There are some houses on the edge of the city with acreages for sale. Maybe one of them has a pool and a nice backyard where we can suntan or play volleyball in the nude," said Liam.
"That could be something, so I take you are interested?" asked Jared.
"Yes, and I could help pay for it too. It would truly be our house. It would probably have to have a few bedrooms and bathrooms too for all of our brothers if they visit, and any orphans you pick up along the way."
"You're serious, aren't you Liam?" asked Jared.
"Yes, Jared. It would be our home and big enough to hold friends. We could build a sweat lodge out back too!" said Liam. "We should check with John and see if renting an apartment is better value or is buying a house."
"He is rubbing off on you already," said Jared. "I was considering buying a building and using the top floor as an apartment. But I am beginning to like your idea of the acreage better."
"Let's snuggle and sleep on it," said Liam. Jared pulled him in, kissed his neck and spooned behind Liam. They fell asleep a short time later.
In their bedroom, Mark had introduced Conner to a blowjob, which Conner had replicated with Mark’s coaching. Conner had gotten better the second time they did it. They had talked about if it would violate their word to Liam and Jared but thought they would ask them in the morning. Sometimes it was better to ask forgiveness after the fact. They were snuggled together facing each other, holding hands and watching the other fall asleep.
After having breakfast in the morning, they put their heads together and figured out what to do for the day. Liam would take Mark and Conner to pick rocks for the sweat tonight. They would also return the previously used rocks to the river shore.
Jared was going to work on his computer and needed to check his emails regarding Conner and the building he was considering buying for an investment. He was going to contact a couple of realty companies he thought might be able to help him find a home to buy. Tyler and Troy were going to ride the quads on the trails while Darren and Josh were going fishing. There was something for everyone's time to be kept occupied.
Liam edged the jet boat up to the shore and Mark jumped out with the rope to tie it to the washed-out tree lying on the shore. They took the rocks from the boat and spread them throughout the shore. Liam walked about the area and pointed at various rocks and the two boys took turns grabbing the rock and hauling it to the boat. They were lucky they had put their loincloths on to wear as a dozen canoes went by them filled with girl scouts. The three near naked men on the shoreline were of interest to the girls but their leaders yelled at them to keep going downriver. Liam and the boys received some dirty looks from the leaders as their canoes went by.
"You should have more clothes on when you are in public," one of the leaders in the last canoe yelled to them.
Liam yelled back, "The people of Mother Earth have dressed like this for thousands of years in this area. We're comfortable with what the Creator has given us in mind, body, and spirit."
The leader huffed and the two adults in the canoe paddled faster. Soon they were all out of sight around the bend in the river. The boys laughed at the girls. "The leaders didn't realize how safe the virtue of the girls was around us three, eh?" They all chuckled at the truth of his statement.
After collecting the rocks, Liam got them all water to drink. "Conner, you said once that you wanted to be a paramedic someday. Is that still your ambition?" asked Liam.
"Yes it is, but I can’t afford it. I have to get a job to even survive and pay you guys back."
"Conner, we are helping you out because we can. We don't expect anything in return from you, especially money. Did you have the marks at school to go to college?"
"Yes, I did quite well at school. I had to or I got a beating."
"It wasn't the right way to motivate you, we both know that. But at least you did get good marks and you can go to college if you choose," explained Liam.
"Yeah, I guess so."
"You have had a lot of wrongs done to you. We can't change that no matter what we do. What we must do now is find some positive things which developed out of your previous life, and build on those for you to move on."
"I sort of understand, Liam."
"One of the big things to remember is your inner strength and willpower. You survived everything your father did to you and are now moving on to a new life. He did his best to beat you into submission, but he didn't succeed because of your spirit."
"I guess that is one way of looking at it," Conner replied.
"People can get lost in the past and become the victim they were not meant to be. None of your new brothers will allow you to do that, Conner. We will help you move into the future and succeed in the life you wanted."
"I believe you, Liam. I have been scared not having the security of the home I lived in. It was a bad situation, but I knew I had meals and shelter. You guys have given me meals, shelter and are helping me cope with my new life. I really do appreciate it, Liam."
"It's our pleasure to do it, Conner. You are a good young man with potential. Mark, what about you and your dreams of a job?"
"I have completed the first year of college, but it was pretty general. I haven’t declared a major yet. I am not sure what I want to do for a career," answered Mark.
"What was your dream job?"
"Believe it or not, business school. I would like to learn how to administer a business including the financial side."
"So, you want to complete Business Administration. How many years is that?"
"For a college diploma, it would take two more years. For a university degree, it would take three more years. My first year of college is transferrable credit."
"Which do you want to do and what is holding you back?" asked Liam.
"The university education will get me better jobs, but the college diploma will get me out and working faster. But I just don't know how dad will be able to pay either one, even with me getting a job this summer."
"I remember talking to business students when I was at college. Isn't there some practicums involved in the second and third years you need to complete?" asked Liam.
"Yes, I have to find a business willing to take me on in a learning role. I don't know where to start even looking for one," Mark answered.
"If I was to get you a practicum sponsor with a multimillion-dollar business management firm, would that help? They manage properties, investments in buildings, a few companies they own and even have some stock portfolios they play with. There are over 500 employees in their company."
"Wow. Could that really be arranged?"
"I will follow it up with someone I know and then I’ll let you know."
"Cool. Thanks, Liam."
"I think we should get these rocks back to the cabin," said Liam. The guys untied the boat and took off upriver towards the lake. Liam noticed the boys were smiling at each other when Mark reached out and took Conner's hand shyly. Conner tightened his grip on the hand and looked at Mark with a big smile.
They were entering the lake when Liam noticed more canoes coming out of the river on the other side. It looked like more girls. Liam turned to drive past them at a safe distance. It was more girl scouts and they were all waving at the three good-looking young men standing up in the boat wearing nothing but loincloths. The three waved back and Liam turned the boat to head deeper along the lake.
At a safe distance, Liam gunned the boat, and the rooster tail behind them was immense until they were up riding on the surface of the water. They looked back and the girls were still waving at them.
About 20 minutes later, they got back to the cabin and Liam gently beached the boat. They took the rocks up to the fire pit and set them on the fire which had already been started. They piled more wood on top.
Jared joined them at the fire ring. Darren and Josh came up from the boathouse and joined them as well.
"How was fishing?" asked Mark.
"It was really good. We kept a few and need to clean them. Maybe we can toss them on the BBQ after the sweat tonight," said Darren.
"Good idea. Fresh fish is always good," said Jared. "How's the gas doing in the boats and the boathouse?"
"It looks like it is getting low in the boathouse. Is it time to make a trip down river to Tom's place?" asked Josh.
"It might be a good idea. It will take about three hours for a round trip but I need someone to stay and keep the fire fed with wood," said Jared.
"I'll stay. Maybe Mark will stay with me so I don't get bored. Take the hose puller with you, he can lift the barrels. You know, strong and dumb," volunteered Josh. Josh ducked as Darren swung for the back of his head.
"Missed me!" Josh laughed as danced away.
"Ok. Let's get the empty barrels in the jet boat and get going," said Jared. As they were loading the five empty 205-liter barrels into the boat, Tyler and Troy drove up on the quads, covered in mud from head to toe. They volunteered to stay behind and tend the fire after they had washed the bikes and the coveralls they were wearing. It would also give them a chance for sun tanning.
The guys loaded into the boat and Jared took the controls. Liam told them about the two groups of girl scouts on the river. Considering the time frame, they may arrive at Tom's Marina at the same time they are going by. Tom was about 75 years old and ran the Marina, which also had a small confectionery, camping supplies, fast food, a gas station, as well as a boat rental place in the same town they bought groceries at. One side of his building had access to the road from a parking lot, and the other side had access to the river. Tom had been running it for years and enjoyed it. Although he was 75, he was in better shape than most 50-year-olds. He worked there during the summer with his grandkids as his wife had passed away a few years ago.
Jared nosed the jet boat into the river, going downstream. He throttled back to about sixty percent power, just enough to keep the boat planing. He explained how to read the water ahead of them to prevent hitting floating debris, rocks, or shallow areas. He said the shallow areas were the worst in this part of the river as the sandbars shifted positions. Everyone was listening with interest.
"There are some rapids up ahead. You won't even feel them really in this boat but it can get rough if the river is high," Jared told them. As they came around the bend, they could see the rapids Jared had spoken of. He slowed the boat to a crawl to explain them.
"The next mile is basically a solid rock bottom along an old fault line. The water over the eons has eroded the rock into a river. What causes the rapids is the debris falling off the rock walls and landing in the river. The water is fast and shallow here, no deeper than five or six feet at this time of year. The water is shot through this narrow area with great force at times."
"If you look down the center, you can see a series of rapids which have white caps on them. That means shallow rocks, and we want to stay away from those. The right side of the river is good for canoeists if they stick close to shore. It's pretty easy over there. What we have to do in this boat is almost follow a route which is S-shaped. There is an island about two-thirds of the way down the rapids and we cross from one side to the other in front of it. Make sure you guys hold on and keep a look out over the bow for rocks. This is the first time this year I have been through here and I have no clue what fell since last year.
The twenty-six-foot heavy aluminum boat was designed for river travel. It had a couple of bench seats in the bow in front of the dashboard area, as well as along each side in the back. It was six feet across which gave it lots of space for gas barrels and people.
Jared eased the boat forward down the right side of the river and scanned for safety. He put it back up to about sixty percent power and started breaking through the rapids. Water was splashing over the bow soaking the guys in the front. They didn't mind and were enjoying themselves. The island was coming ever closer and Jared swung to the left and the boat found itself running along between two rapids. Conner's mouth was open in shock as he looked from side to side and realized the rapids they were between were higher than the boat and the people seated in it. Jared was watching the rapids and the path in front of him. He turned into the rapid on the right, cutting across it at about forty-five degrees as he put more power to the motor. They dug into the rapids about three-quarters of the way up and the water came over the bow, soaking everyone completely. They came off one rapid and were airborne briefly before they hit another one. Jared was slicing the boat through the rapids, the bow going up and down giving the guys in the front a ride better than any amusement park. He turned the boat slightly towards the river shore for a moment, then turned hard upriver. Everyone looked over the edge of the boat and realized Jared had avoided a huge rock, just barely under the water. Jared turned the boat again, causing a huge wave to crest over the side once again soaking everyone. Jared then turned the boat towards the middle of the river and gunned it. They went shooting across a series of smaller rapids which went on for about a half mile. The boat and everyone in it were bouncing up and down. The rapids were thinning out finally and the water was growing calm. Then they were back on smooth water. They guys all stood up giving each other knuckle bumps and laughing about the fun they just had.
Jared leaned over to Josh and said, "The fuel drums are secured, right?" Josh nodded. Jared smiled at him and said, "Get Liam, Mark, Conner, and Darren in the stern of the boat."
"No problem," Josh said with a smirk.
The guys had moved to the stern of the boat as they came around a bend in the river. Beyond the bend was an area like a small lake. On the other side of it was Tom's Marina.
Jared yelled over his shoulder, "Hold on tight boys!" In the middle of the wide open area, he swung the steering wheel sharply to the left. A jet boat is not a deep hull boat. This one was a four-degree hull which is enough for control but it slides across the water easily. The boat abruptly slowed as the stern violently swung around in a circular motion. The boat was now basically pivoting on the bow in a circle as the water being expelled from the impeller threw the stern sideways. The guys in the back were flying all over and grabbing at each other as they tried to grab something. The boat did two complete 360-degree circles. The four men were now all squished on top of each in the right corner of the stern where the side meets the transom. Jared killed the power to the motor and started laughing with Josh.
They looked at the mess of legs and arms sticking out all over the place in the corner. They finally got themselves untangled and stood on unsteady legs. "What the fuck happened," asked Darren.
"That is what they call centrifugal force, my good man. You guys just pulled quite a few G-forces which is why you all ended up in the corner. I told you to hang on," said Jared. "That was what we call a victory roll in a jet boat."
"Can we do it again," asked Mark.
"Only if you give me seasick pills," said Conner.
Liam came up and kissed Jared and then said, "Asshole. I knew something was going to happen when Josh moved us all to the back."
The guys got themselves sorted out and were thinking that last manoeuver was pretty cool. "Looks like a lot of canoes at the beach around the marina," said Liam. "It must the girls again."
"Ok, make sure your dicks are covered in cloth boys... we are going in," said Jared. Jared gunned the boat and finished the trip across the bay, slowing down as approached the marina. Yes, there were girls everywhere watching the six young men in the boat pulling into the dock. As Jared edged her in, Darren and Liam jumped out and pulled the boat into the dock with ropes, tying them to the dock cleats provided.
"Darren, Tom has some great fish batter up there in the store. He makes it himself. You should get some for your fish," suggested Jared.
Josh had grabbed the gas pump hose and started to fill the inboard tank. He had Conner and Mark taking the bungs out of the barrels to fill them as well. He had the young guys move three empty barrels to the bow before they were filled. He explained they were balancing the load for the boat since they wouldn't be able to plane on the water if it was all in the back.
One of Tom's grandsons, Adam, came down to the boat to help with the fill-up. "We heard you coming, Jared," he said. "Did anyone barf after the victory roll?"
"Naw, I must be losing my touch, one was close but no actual barfing," Jared replied. They both had big smiles on their faces.
Liam was walking by and gave Jared the finger. They started laughing even more.
"How's Grandfather? It's our first time up this year," asked Jared.
"He's doing well. He will never stop working. He was telling stories to all the girl scouts until they noticed you guys coming in the boat. There were words like hot, eye candy, and hunks being tossed around," Adam said.
"That makes my day knowing we're teasing all those 12-15-year-old girls," laughed Liam.
Jared, Liam, Conner, and Mark left Josh with Adam and headed up to the store. The girls were not even trying to hide their stares at the young men. As they approached the store, one of the leaders came forward.
"You need to cover yourselves up more. You are obscene in those things," she said.
The boys stopped and looked at her. Jared stepped forward, "Hi. My name is Masqua, a first nation's native and these are brothers from my tribe. These things you are referring to are traditional wear for the men in summer and cover more of our body than a speedo bathing suit would. You need an imagination as to what is covered by our hanging flaps as opposed to being able to identify the package clearly of a man in a speedo."
"It's a sin to wear that type of clothing," she replied.
"It is our culture, what is left of it after yours tried to destroy it. I don't see how it is a sin and the bible doesn't say anything about loincloths," answered Jared.
The lady was about to say something when Jared cut her off. "My family has been on this land in this area for generations. This store is built on an old summer camp of my family. We live here and we encourage everyone to enjoy the land Mother Earth gives us. We expect the visitors will show the earth, each other, and us the same respect we teach our young ones. There are passages in the bible about that."
The woman got upset, turned, and walked away from them into the store. Jared smiled at the guys. The girls were in little groups staring at the guys.
Jared went inside the store and saw Tom at the cash register with Darren ringing up some fish batter. Liam, Conner, and Mark headed to a different section of the store. "Hey Jared," Tom called out.
"Hey Tom," Jared replied. He took the guys over and introduced them to Tom. The same woman was nearby and made a smart comment to the woman next to her but loud enough to be heard, "I don't think he is a real Indian."
Tom looked up and pointed to a painting of Jared in his full Shaman buckskins, including the fur cap with feathers and buffalo horns. "That's him up there," Tom said to her. "He's related to half of us in town and he is not only a native but a Shaman spiritual leader and healer. His city job is a paramedic and he has helped more people around here than we can keep track of, and that's just us locals. He's helped many more in the city with his job." The woman was surprised by the answer.
Jared was watching and sensing her. He learned she was a member of Conner's former church and that she hadn't seen him or recognized him yet. Jared reached to touch Darren's shoulder, and sent him the information he had learned and suggested he grab Conner and get him back to the boat. Darren turned his head to Jared, nodded, and walked away.
"Your pagan rituals are sins, and against the word of God," she said.
Jared stood up straight, flexing himself so he appeared bigger than he really was. "If you are speaking about the Creator of all, our rituals are far from pagan in both the eyes of those people who matter and the eyes of God."
The leader huffed, "Sinner."
The lady and her friend were both standing with their arms crossed with smug looks on their faces. Jared held his hand out to Liam, "Soulmate?"
"Gay abominations," mumbled the loud mouth woman. Liam took Jared's hand and immediately understood what Jared wanted to do.
"Do you know the difference between a trick and a miracle?" Jared asked the more verbal of the two women.
She huffed, "Of course I do."
"So, If I was to pull a quarter from Liam's ear, what would that be?" Jared then pulled a quarter from Liam's ear and showed her.
"That is just a cheap trick, anyone could do that," she sneered.
Jared smiled. "Thank you for saying that so perfectly." He turned to Liam and nodded his head.
They both stood facing the two ladies as their eyes began to glow. The glow spread throughout their bodies quickly.
"You spoke of God," started Liam. "We are messengers of the Creator." As the words came out of Liam's mouth, the glow began to dissipate and revealed both the men dressed in buckskins. Jared looked exactly as he did in the picture and Liam was similarly adorned except he was holding a tall staff with feathers and fur tails hanging off it.
The two women stepped back.
Jared spoke, "I know of both of you attending a church which preaches intolerance of anyone except your own congregation." He paused for a moment and then continued. "O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things."
Liam had been sensing the quiet woman. He saw that she had not been attending that church very long and that the poison hadn't yet taken hold. He reached forward and touched the back of the quiet woman's hand gently. "The Creator gives you a gift. Your first child will be the girl both you and your husband have been praying for."
The woman's face changed from being smug to shock, and then tears started to roll down her face. "Is this true?" she asked. "I was told I could not have children."
"Yes, the Creator has given the gift because of the truth, sincerity, and purity within your heart. Leave the church you are attending before its evil takes hold, and seek one which preaches the true message of the Creator which is unconditional love for each other."
Jared turned to the other lady. "There is nothing we can give you as your heart is filled with the poison of the pastor from your church. I sensed you were a good person at one time until you accepted the evil this man spouted in the name of God. Once you have accepted evil, it can be cast out only when you wish it to leave."
"You are a heathen," she said in a flat toned voice.
"In your eyes, I am many things," replied Jared. Both Liam and Jared transformed back to just wearing their loincloths as he spoke. "In our eyes, you are just another agent of the evil one. You aren't even smart enough to realize the evil work you are doing on his behalf."
The woman stormed by them, "God will prevail over you two heathens, and your tricks don't fool me." The second woman followed but slowed and touched the side of both Liam's and Jared's faces with her hands gently.
"I don't know what you two did, but I felt warmth in my pelvis after you touched me. I wasn't able to have children because of a physical problem, and if what you said is true... it will be a miracle of God," She said.
Liam smiled and said, "It will happen quickly. There will be a beautiful girl with your eyes and your husband's gregarious disposition. She will be a perfect child of the Creator."
The other lady stuck her head back in through the door and screeched for her friend. They both scurried outside through the door.
"You two are a formidable force together," laughed Tom. "Jared, your control has gotten better every year. Liam, it is a pleasure to meet the soulmate of our Shaman. I sensed you two were together the moment you walked in. Your auras were so complementary interwoven and interdependent."
Liam smiled and shook Tom's hand. "Tom, it is a pleasure to meet a man like you. It has been a long time since I met someone so full of positive energy and life. Jared said you just had your 95th birthday..."
Liam never saw it coming. Tom's hand was almost invisible as it struck the back of Liam's head. Jared started laughing, "Liam, who do you think taught me that move?"
Liam was rubbing his head. "That was the hardest hit I ever felt and I didn't even see it coming. All I heard was a movement of the air."
Tom was laughing. "He's definitely brighter than some of your other brothers, Jared; maybe not the fireman but definitely the cops."
"HEY!," complained Liam. "I'm standing right here."
"He's definitely cute and has a nice ass," continued Tom.
"He has that for sure, Tom. He's also of the old knowledge and it has been surfacing," replied Jared.
Tom was surprised at the last statement. "He has the knowledge of one of the twelve original tribes the Creator planted around the world? My God Jared, it has been so long since someone else has been located who was the keeper of the old ways."
"Tom, he may be of the 12th tribe, the Celtic tribe."
"Jared, Adam doesn't know about my roots yet. My end is coming and I need to do the ceremony soon and transfer the old knowledge of the plains to him. With your roots in the west, Liam's roots with the lost tribe and my roots, the power is beginning to gather."
Liam was listening to the conversation with interest. "Tom, I disagree with you about your end being soon. I see you around for a long time."
Tom laughed. "Maybe or maybe not Liam, it is in the hands of the Creator. But, I need to begin the transfer and teaching of Adam while he is young. My grandson Adam, did you see him out there?"
"Yes, we did. He's grown since last year and must be out of high school now," replied Jared.
"He graduated a year ago and has sort of been staying with me. He's a lost soul and he needs to make some choices. I would appreciate it if you could find some time to maybe have a chat with him sometime," asked Tom.
Tom held his hand out to Jared who took it. Jared's mind was filled with Tom telling him about Adam and his problems. It only took a couple of seconds for the images to transfer, then Tom let go of his hand. "Now you know, Jared. I would really appreciate it."
"Could he come back with us? We are going to have a sweat tonight, and head back to the city tomorrow. We could drop him off on the way back," suggested Jared.
"He could drive down in an hour when I get someone to fill in for him."
"Sounds good. He will probably get there just after we get back since we are returning by river. Warn him of our dress code and if he doesn't want to come this time, I understand. We have two strays with us right now who he might enjoy talking with as well," said Jared.
"I saw that Jared," Tom replied. "And when you take off, please do not clear the docks of all the girls drooling over you guys with that rooster tail."
Jared tried the innocent look. Tom smiled and made the backhanded get-out-of-here motion.
Jared came out onto the deck and looked over the boat. The guys were getting it ready for the return trip except for Mark and Conner. They were standing with Adam off to the side and they seemed to be in a serious conversation.
Jared went to the boat and got in. He briefly explained the conversation with Tom to Josh and Darren. They looked over at the three young men. "They seem to be having a good conversation," said Josh.
"Let's cast off," said Jared as he started the motor. "If you two are coming, better get in," he called out. The boys got in and he moved the boat away. He saw Adam running up to the store.
Jared noticed the difference in the steering with the extra fuel weight. He gunned it and finally got the boat on top of the water. He made a leisurely pass by the dock and waved at the girls. He only got them wet with the water; he didn't knock them off the dock.
Jared took it back up through the rapids but chose the easy way this time. Everyone still got wet and had fun.
"You could have used that route on the way down, couldn't you have?" asked Liam
"Yup, not as much fun though," Jared replied. Liam kissed his cheek.
They got back to the cabin about an hour later. He had let the guys all take turns at the wheel after the rapids but stood right next to them to watch for danger. When they had hit the lake, Darren was in control of the boat.
"Give control to Josh when we get within sight of the boathouse. He knows how to get the barrels out using the set up there," Jared said. Darren nodded.
"No hot dogging either Darren, we have too much weight," Jared added. Darren nodded again.