Jared the Paramedic

Chapter 6: Learning

Click here for updated Character ListClick here for updated Character List ("<\/p>\r\n<h4>Jared<\/h4>\r\n<ul>\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<\/li>\r\n<li>Boyfriend: Liam<\/li>\r\n<li>Spirit Guide: Bear<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p>&#160;<\/p>\r\n<h4>Liam<\/h4>\r\n<ul>\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<\/ul>\r\n<p>&#160;<\/p>\r\n<h4>Troy<\/h4>\r\n<ul>\r\n<li>Age: 25<\/li>\r\n<li>Description: 5&#8217;11&#8221;, brown eyes, blonde hair, solid but not overly muscular.<\/li>\r\n<li>Job: Paramedic<\/li>\r\n<li>Boyfriend: Tyler<\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p>&#160;<\/p>\r\n<h4>Tyler<\/h4>\r\n<ul>\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<\/ul>\r\n<p>&#160;<\/p>\r\n<h4>Josh<\/h4>\r\n<ul>\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<\/ul>\r\n<p>&#160;<\/p>\r\n<h4>Darren<\/h4>\r\n<ul>\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<\/ul>\r\n<p>&#160;<\/p>\r\n<h4><span style=\"text-decoration: underline; color: #999999;\">Minor \/ Recurring Characters<\/span><\/h4>\r\n<h4>Rob<\/h4>\r\n<ul>\r\n<li>Job: Ambulance Base Manager")

Later that evening, the guys were all sitting around on the deck relaxing after a big meal.  It was about 9:00 pm in the evening now and the sun was setting.  It was a breathtaking sight to watch the sun setting from the porch as it turned the sky to a blend of yellow, orange, and red waves of colour.

Jared went into the cabin and came back with enough towels for everyone.  He went over to the hot tub and lifted the lid, flipping it off.  He turned the jets on and turned to Liam with his hand extended out. Liam reached out and clasped his lover's hand, following him to the tub.  They both got gently in and settled in a corner, Jared's arm around Liam's shoulders.  Jared's other hand was under the water line and manipulating his lover's appendage.

Josh and Darren joined them in the hot tub sitting in another corner together.  They were followed immediately by Troy and Tyler.  The six of them were chatting away about a variety of topics, telling jokes or poking fun at each other. 

Liam was trying hard not get a hard-on in the hot tub with these five studs around him, and Jared's hand wasn't helping the problem either.  Soon he was as hard as a rock and turning red from embarrassment.  Jared started to kiss his neck and his lips.  It was then that Liam noticed everyone else was doing the same thing with their boyfriends.  He began to kiss Jared back, relaxing.  He reached under the water and grabbed Jared's hard dick.  It was like steel and he knew where he wanted it. 

He stood up and then shifted over top of Jared and started to sit down.  He felt Jared's dick at his asshole and sat down more.  He could feel it enter him as he groaned.  He finished sitting down on Jared's dick.  All 9" of it was now embedded deep inside of him.  It felt so good, and it felt so right. Liam started to shift his weight up and down on Jared's dick and it was an incredible feeling.  He suddenly remembered the others in the hot tub and looked over at them. 

Josh was on Darren's lap and obviously doing the same thing he was.  Troy and Tyler had just got into position and Tyler was sitting down on Troy's dick.  The water in the hot tub was now splashing over the edges in waves from the six muscular men having sex.  Liam became focused on Jared's big dick deep inside of him and tuned the others out. 

Jared then placed both hands on Liam's shoulders and said, "Its time Liam.  I want you to seed me with your essence." 

Liam looked at him and replied, "Jared, I've wanted to do this with you but was afraid to ask.  I was also enjoying bottoming so much I didn't mind."

They separated and stood in the tub.  Jared then turned and kneeled on the tub seat, hanging over the edge of the tub presenting his tight, muscled ass to Liam.  Liam stood there and hesitated.  "This is so new to me," he thought to himself.  He felt hands on each shoulder and he turned to see Josh and Tyler standing beside him.  Josh quietly suggested he grab Jared's ass cheeks to pull them apart and then use his tongue to lick at the little exposed rose bud.  Liam did this and the resulting moans from Jared told him he was doing it right.

While he was sticking his tongue into Jared, Tyler quietly suggested to Liam he use a finger to slowly enter Jared's asshole.  Tyler poured some silicone based lube on Liam's finger.  Liam slowly pushed his finger into Jared and kept asking him if it was hurting him at all.

Jared replied, "Do as you're doing, lover.  I'll let you know if it hurts."

Josh made a gesture with his finger suggesting he move it in and out.  Liam did this.  When he looked at Josh again, he was making a fingertip wiggling motion in the air.  He leaned in and whispered to Liam, "Rub the prostate with your fingertip like this.  You know what it is medic boy, but when you massage it like this, it will send shocks through Jared's body."  Liam did this and he felt Jared's muscles tighten and his head come up.  "You got it, Liam, do that!" Jared yelled.

Tyler let him continue for a bit and then made a gesture of putting in two fingers.  Liam did so.  Jared seemed to be really enjoying what Liam was doing and was moaning wildly.  Liam looked at his friends and smiled; they were all sitting on the edge of the hot tub watching, and playing with themselves or each other.   Darren stepped forward and gently grabbed Liam's hard cock.  He looked down at it and then looked at Liam and indicated three fingers now.  While Liam was pushing a third finger into Jared, Darren let Liam's dick go and returned to his seat.  He promptly reached over and grabbed Josh's hard dick.  Darren loved to play with the big head on Josh's dick by sliding the foreskin back and forth over it.

Troy stepped forward to Liam and got his attention.  He motioned for Liam to stand close to the hot tub seat, and Liam did so.  Troy squirted some lube into Jared's stretched asshole, enjoyed himself while he used his fingers to make sure it was getting into him.  Then he took some lube and grabbed Liam's dick, smearing it up and down the length of the hard shaft. 

Troy leaned over and whispered in Liam's ear, "Put it in slowly.  First, let the head pop in and then pause for a moment.  Then push in more gently until you have impaled him totally.  Then you know what to do, eh?"

Liam was having some trouble balancing and trying to get his hard cock into Jared.  Troy came up and gently grabbed Liam's dick and aimed it for its target.  Liam mouthed "thanks" as he pushed forward into Jared.  He waited a moment like he had been told, and then started to push more in slowly.  Jared caught him off guard by pushing his ass back, impaling Liam deep inside of him all in one movement.

Jared turned his head and said, "Fuck me, Liam.  Do it like you imagined in your jerk off sessions."

Liam smiled and started pounding Jared's ass at a slow pace, increasing in speed.  A few moments later, he knew he wouldn't last long as the feeling was the best thing next to being fucked.  His cock was deep in Jared's tight warm, moist hole and it felt incredible. 

"Jared, I'm sorry.  I can't last much longer." 

Jared turned his head and said, "I'm ready for your seed.  Give me your essence.  Give it to me as hard and deep as you can.  Squirt that seed Liam," he commanded.

It only took a few more thrusts as Liam came deep in Jared's ass.  As he came, Liam felt contractions in Jared's asshole and realized Jared was cumming too.  The feeling Liam had at this moment was incredible.  He felt like an eagle flying over the trees and lake.  He was looking down at the cabin and everyone in the tub and he even saw himself making love to Jared.  He felt a second set of orgasmic waves course through his body like he had never felt before, seeming to last forever. 

What Liam didn't realize was as he closed his eyes and delivered his essence deep into Jared, they had both began to glow white.  The white light had started deep within Liam's pelvic region and soon expanded throughout his body.  As his essence was ejaculated, Jared's lower abdominal began to glow, and it spread quickly throughout his body.  The two of them were now entirely white and as Liam was cumming a second time inside Jared, the white glows stretched above the two men.  The pure forms began to twist around each other until they blended into one white form. The white form transitioned into a gold coloured light as Jared was cumming, his seed being expelled through the air and onto the leaves of bushes nearby.  The gold colour began to intensify as both men came a third time.  When their waves of pleasure ended, the glowing form retracted until it disappeared in the reverse of how it had started.

The dream or vision was gone now, and the tub was in absolute silence.  Liam backed off and popped out of Jared ass.  Jared stood up and bent over so Liam could see his life essence dribbling out of his ass.  He stood up and then grabbed Liam tightly kissing him.

Liam looked around the hot tub and realized the other four guys had masturbated each other while sitting up on the edge, watching him and Jared make love.  They each had trails of sperm on their chests and stomachs.  Liam stood there. 

"That was incredible," mumbled Darren.

"I agree," said Liam, out of breath.

"You don't understand, Liam.  We saw the two of you glowing as you made love," explained Josh.

Jared smiled at the group, knowing they wanted an explanation.  "I told you making love was a not just a sexual release, it is the blending of two people, spirits, and essence.  When the exchange of seed or life essence has been completed between both in mutual love, the two spirits become one spirit, bound together."

"That's what we saw?  Your spirit's blending?" asked Tyler.

"Yes.  I see it every time you guys make love with your boyfriends, as everyone here will see it when someone makes true love," said Jared.  "It is a beautiful thing, isn't it?"

Troy spoke up, "You never cease to amaze me, Jared.  Watching your two spirits blend gave me such a feeling of love and warmth throughout my body… I will not soon forget."

"The blending of love is a beautiful thing, but there are some spirits you don't want to see during sex.  I have seen people with dark shadows coming out of them to take control of the other person's spirit.  That's something very common in an abusive relationship," said Jared.

"So there's not only physical fighting and damage, but fighting and damage on a spiritual level as well?" asked Josh.

Jared smiled at him, "Yes Josh, you hit the nail on the head.  As of tonight, you have been given the gift of spiritual sight on top of your other gifts.  You guys will see them now as well.  If you want to see spirits of all varieties, go to a bathhouse or gay bar sometime or anywhere where people interact.  It's fascinating to watch what's going on above the people in the bar."

Liam asked, "Changing the topic here Jared, but did you see the vision?  I was an eagle flying over the group and watching everybody in the hot tub and us making love."

"No, I didn't see that one but it's a very powerful vision Liam, and it reveals you will have the ability to leave your body and travel as one of your gifts," said Jared.

"That's a scary thought," said Liam.  With a twinkle in his eye, he asked, "Can I touch people where they would be aware I am touching them?"

Jared read Liam's mind through his contact with their hands.  "Yes, I'll teach you how to do it, and even how to pinch Darren's ass."

"Hey, what about my ass?" asked Darren.  "That's not fair guys, spirits pinching my ass."

The guys all laughed as Darren put both of his hands over his ass.

"Jared, is what we felt above the sex… I mean, is that what true love feels like?" asked Liam.

Jared smiled and kissed Liam's hand.  "It gets better Liam, it gets much better."

Everyone got up and had a tight group hug in the center of the tub.  Liam was elated.  He felt part of something for once in his life and he had friends.  They split apart and then started congratulating Liam for losing his virginity as well as his blending of spirits.

The others were telling him how hot he was making love to Jared, calling him a stud. Liam turned to Jared and kissed him, "I love you so much, Jared.  They were so good to me, helping, guiding and they weren't insulting or making fun of me.  They wanted me to succeed."

Liam turned to everyone and said, "Thank you." 

They all group hugged again when Josh spoke up and said, "You are our brother.  This is what we do.  Love each other and help each other to succeed in whatever you do."   

Jared got up out of the tub and asked who wanted another drink.  Everyone put up their hands.  A few moments later, Jared returned with a tray holding four bottles of beer, a teapot and two mugs.    They had all moved out of the tub and into the deck chairs when he returned.  Jared handed out the beer, placing the empties on the tray.  He poured himself a cup of tea and sat down.   Liam came over to him and sat on Jared's lap positioning himself so his head was on Jared's chest.  Jared hugged Liam and kissed the top of his head gently.

They all chatted and generally bullshitted amongst themselves for a few minutes when Darren spoke up and asked, "Are we going to move this down to the fire pit?  It would be nice to sit around a fire tonight."

"There's lots of wood ready for tonight because I figured you guys would want to do the fire pit thing.  Tomorrow night, we're going to have a sweat in the lodge," said Jared.  "This will be Liam's first time in a sweat lodge. You guys know the rules, you may drink tonight, but nothing afternoon tomorrow.  You must be entirely sober for the sweat. "

Troy spoke up, "We know Jared, and just so Liam knows… none of us have ever been drunk up here. It's a couple of beers or a glass of wine over an entire evening, if at all.  There just isn't the need or pressure to drink to excess here."

Tyler continued, "Liam, you will love the sweat.  It's really something awesome to experience.  We'll be with you the entire time, all six of us as family and friends."

"I'll talk to you before the sweat and explain things.  It'll be a good sweat with the people who are here.  They are all of true heart, love, and spirit," said Jared.  "Let's move our asses to the fire pit.  Troy and Tyler, can you fill the cooler with some ice and a few beers to take down?  Darren, I know you are trained to try to put out fires, but can you start one?" asked Jared.

Darren gave him the finger.  He then started patting where he would have pockets, but being nude, there was nothing.  "Have you got some matches, I can't seem to find any?"

Jared said, "Kitchen." 

Darren walked by towards the kitchen when Jared smacked him in the ass.  "Your right Josh, it is perfect for a spanking."  Darren turned and gave him the finger and did the same to Josh.  They both laughed.

"Liam, would you grab the stuff in the bag on the cupboards and bring it to the fire pit?" asked Jared. 

Josh had a big smile on his face and asked, "Marshmallow's and smore making stuff, Jared?"

"Of course.  It wouldn't be the same to sit around the fire without them.  I know how much you love them," replied Jared.  "Don't drip any hot marshmallow on your dick this year please, Josh." 

"I'll try, but it is so big and gets in the way now and then," he replied.

The guys all set out to their tasks and got to the beach.  A roaring fire was going and they settled down.  There was lots of telling funny stories, jokes, and even a few serious discussions.  They made smores and roasted marshmallows.  The guys were all sitting with their boyfriends, snuggling as the fire died down.

Jared stood and said, "I'm calling it a night.  Liam?"

Liam stood and wrapped his arm around Jared and said, "Me too."

Jared asked the guys to make sure the fire was out when they called it a night and to be sure the food was all brought back to the cabin.  "Remember, there are bears around here.  Four-legged types, not the two-legged ones you find in gay bars," added Jared.

The guys all agreed and said good night.  Liam and Jared were walking back to the cabin, arm in arm, when Jared stopped and pulled Liam into him.  He kissed him and then said, "I have been truly blessed to find you, my love."

"It was I who was blessed to find you.  I've never wanted anything in my life other than to be loved by someone as much as I love them.  You're the first person to ever truly love me.  I also truly love you," said Liam.

"Liam, have you ever slept under the stars?"

"Never, can we do it?" pleaded Liam.

"Of course.  Let's go up to the cabin and get a couple blankets and something else we may need.  I know a spot just down the beach a bit.  It's a grassy area which looks over the lake."

They went to the cabin and found some blankets, lube and a flashlight.  Jared went to his office and opened a wall cabinet.  Inside the wall cabinet was a selection of firearms.  He selected a Mini 14 Tactical weapon and slid a clip into it.  Liam looked concerned. 

"It's for physical bears or other animals which may bother us," said Jared and smiled.  "The spiritual bears are here to help, but the physical ones can cause a lot of pain and injuries to someone as tasty as you, Liam." Jared slid the strap over his head and let it hang on his back.

"You're pretty tasty too, and that's quite a collection you have in there.  You expecting Russian paratroopers to drop in or something?"

"No. It's just a hobby of mine and Grandfathers."

The two of them walked back down the path towards the fire pit.  There was still a low fire burning and in the light they both could see the two pairs of boyfriends making love.  Josh was bent over one of the big log benches and Darren was thrusting into him.  On the other side of the fire, Troy was on his back knees spread and Tyler was on top of him, busily thrusting in and out.  There were a lot of grunts and groans heard coming from the fire pit area, all of enjoyment.  Jared and Liam stood for a moment watching the four sexy men making love in the firelight.  The tight muscular butts moving up and down were so beautiful to watch.

Jared pulled Liam into him and kissed him, their hard cocks rubbing each other and pinned between their bodies as they kissed.  "Let's go, it's not far."

They walked for a few minutes and Jared stopped.  He spread one blanket on the ground and then rolled another up as a pillow.  He placed a third blanket on the opposite end.  Jared then took the rifle off and placed it on the other side of the makeshift pillow.  He then led Liam to the blankets and kissed him.  They made slow passionate love under the stars.   Afterwards, they snuggled together and fell asleep, looking up at the stars and feeling safe in each other's arms.



Liam stirred as he felt the heat on his body from the rising sun.  Jared was stirring as well, but not wanting to lose the physical contact yet, Liam gently held him in place.  Liam gently stroked the hair of the man's head snuggled on his chest while lovingly holding his lover with his other arm.  A few moment later, Jared stirred and shifted enough so he could kiss his boyfriend.

"Good morning, soulmate."

"Good morning, Jared.  I can't think of any way better to wake up every morning, with my lover in my arms, a kiss, and the warm sun reminding us we're alive."

Jared smiled, "You're learning.  Life is really simple if we don't clutter it up too much with wants instead of needs."

Liam smirked, "Is that like I want to stay like this all day but I really need to get up for a piss?"

Jared began to laugh while nodding his head. "That qualifies," he said as he began to get up as well. 

It was about five in the morning and getting warm already.  They got up to take a piss against a tree, gathered their possessions to head back to the cabin.  As the men went by the fire pit, they observed their brothers all still there and sound asleep.  Someone at some point during the night had gone up to the cabin to get a few blankets and all four of them were spooned behind each other sleeping very peacefully.

"Let's not disturb them," Jared said quietly and led Liam past them and into the cabin.  "I don't know about you, but I need a shower," he added.

"You can have one if I can join you."

"I have a tankless on-demand water heating system and a deep well so we don't need to worry about water shortages," replied Jared with a twinkle in his eye.

Liam smirked, "I wasn't thinking of sharing to save water."

They entered the shower and were soon soaping each other up and playing with each other's hard manhood.  They jacked each other to mutual satisfaction, spraying their loads on one other.  The two of them washed off, got out and dried off before heading to the kitchen.  It was going to be another warm day so they continued with the clothing optional rule. Jared was admiring how well Liam was tanning, and it really looked good with his blonde hair and blue eyes.

Jared and Liam started the coffee and getting things out for cooking breakfast and soon the air was filled with the smell of bacon, hash browns, pancakes, and coffee. 

"I wonder when they'll wake up," asked Liam.  No sooner were the words out of his mouth when the patio door opened and the four guys came in carrying the cooler and other leftover food.

Jared looked over the kitchen island and laughed, "Long night boys?  Josh, are you walking funny?"  Josh gave him the finger.

"Breakfast is ready boys.  Dig in," said Liam.

The guys attacked the food in such a way that Jared stood back while he had visions of wolves attacking a wounded deer.  The guys all piled food high on their plates and sat down on the stools at the island counter.  Food was disappearing off their plates and into their mouths as if a conveyer belt was moving it. 

"Ok minions, we slaved over a hot stove all morning and you guys haven't said a word… just packing your faces," said Jared, smiling.

"It would have been easier to just have a trough installed and slop them breakfast," added Liam. 

All Jared and Liam heard were sounds coming out of full mouths of food which were possibly English but were really unsure.  Liam suggested it had been 'Pig Latin'. Jared laughed and filled a plate of food for Liam, then his own plate.  The two of them started to eat with the rest of the wolf pack.

The guys all talked about what to do for the day as they all pitched in to clean the kitchen.  

 "I have to take the other boat and go to the river to collect some special rocks for the sweat tonight," said Jared. 

Liam knew there was a boathouse down by the dock, but didn't realize it contained a boat for water skiing and one for fishing.  He hadn't looked at it closely, but he realized it must be bigger than it looks.

"Can I go and give you hand," asked Liam.

Tyler cut in and said, "He communes out there and it may take a while.  Take it from me; he doesn't say a thing while he's doing it and we learned to just let him go do it his way."

Liam looked hurt as Jared pulled him into his arms and kissed him.  "It's the part of me of me you still need to learn about, Liam.  It's part of my spirituality."

"I understand.  I just like to be with you, whether we speak or not."

"Well, you can come with me; I enjoy having you nearby as well."

Liam smiled and took Jared's hand and kissed it.  "Thanks," he said.

"Ok, we'll take off on our search.  Don't forget to start the fire guys; we need a good base of coals to put the rocks onto when we get back," said Jared.

"What can I get for the trip?" asked Liam.

"Would you go grab our loincloths as we are going into public and some water for the trip, please?  I'll get the boat ready."

"No problem."

Jared went down to the boathouse and entered.  He opened the overhead door and lowered the fishing boat into the water.  The fishing boat, as he called it, was actually a 26' River jet boat.  The jet boat, having a very shallow draft in the water and using an impeller to push the water out the back of the boat allowed him to use it not only on the lake but to go up the river as well.  He started the boat and backed it out.  Once he was out of the boathouse, he nosed over to the dock where Liam was waiting for him wearing his loincloth and with a cooler filled with ice and water.  When he was close enough, Liam jumped in, put the cooler on the deck and then joined Jared behind the windshield.  He handed Jared his loincloth and belt.  He put it on expertly.

"Are you ready?" asked Jared.

"Always," he replied.

Tyler and Darren were on the dock now dumping the waterski equipment out to sort it.

Jared looked at the two of them and turned to Liam and said, "Watch this." 

He turned the boat around until it lined up with the two unsuspecting victims.  Jared smirked and threw the throttle forward all the way.  The 454 engine kicked in and the impeller drew in a tremendous amount of water.  This water was expelled out the back just as fast causing the boat to move forward.  Jared had timed it perfectly.  The water column expelled from the boat was about 75' long until the boat was up and planning on the surface.  The rooster tail, as it is commonly called, hit both of the guys on the dock, knocking them off the dock and into the water.

When Jared looked back a moment later, Tyler and Darren were back on the dock and using both sets of hands in a single gesture with the middle finger.  Liam was laughing so hard he had tears in his eyes.

The boat was not built for speed; it was built for running rivers.  The boat hit the maximum speed of approximately 40 mph and steadily moved forward.  After about 15 minutes, the southern access to the lake from the river was in sight and Jared headed towards it. 

Liam looked out from the boat and observed a moose standing in the shallows eating something.  He tapped on Jared's shoulder and pointed.  Jared looked and smiled. 

"Keep your eyes open, you can see all kinds of wildlife here," said Jared. 

Jared steered the boat towards one shore of the lake which appeared to be full of reeds. As the boat came closer, it slowed down so Liam could see what Jared wanted to show him.  After turning off the motor, the boat glided alongside some of the tall vegetation. Jared leaned over and grabbed a couple of blades.

"This is wild rice growing here, Liam.  We'll come out and harvest some later this summer when it's ripe."  He handed the pulled reeds over to Liam to examine.

"I love eating this mixed with brown rice and chicken broth."

"We call it wild rice, but it's actually a wild aquatic grass seed full of nutrients.  Even when we harvest, we only take enough and intentionally let enough seed fall overboard to reseed itself for next year. Many other locations in other provinces have had a lot of their rice crops destroyed by over-harvesting, drought, pollution and the logging in the area.  After logging, the water flowing through the harvested area destroys the rice beds with sediment and materials from the forest which normally never get to the water."

"Can I help you harvest the rice when you do it?"

"Liam, my soulmate, I wouldn't be complete while doing it if you weren't at my side."

Liam pulled Jared into a tight hug and kissed him.

"I love you, Jared."

"I love you too," replied Jared as he began to slowly drive the boat away from the rice beds.  Once a safe distance away, he gunned the motor again.

Soon enough they left the lake area and entered the river to head downstream.  Along the shore, Jared pointed to a mother black bear and two cubs digging at rotten logs for food.  Liam was amazed.  After about another 15 minutes, Jared cut back on the throttle and nosed towards shore.  He drove up to the shore and placed the bow onto the sand of the beach before turning the motor off.  He went to the bow and jumped off with a rope, securing it to beached log. 

"I can't get over the way these jet boats work in shallow water so easily," said Liam.

"If you're at a full plane, 4-6" under the keel will keep her moving.  You just have to keep your eyes open for sandbars, or getting hung up in the river… she's a heavy boat to push.  But that's why you are here."

Liam stuck his tongue out at Jared and then kissed him.

Jared led Liam by the hand over to the upper beach area and said, "This area is prime picking for good rocks to be used in the sweat tonight.  They are solid rocks given to us by Mother Earth for this purpose."

"Why these rocks?" asked Liam.

"The rocks you pick should be of limestone or granite, and without significant cracks.   We want rocks a little larger than a softball, about the size of a cantaloupe. We never use sandstone or other porous, water-absorbing-type stones. Wet sandstone can explode when heated in the fire due to water expansion into steam.   Mother earth gives us the rocks to use for our scared ceremony and when we are searching for the rocks, you must not talk and focus on listening.  They will call to you," said Jared.

"So, wouldn't just the correct rocks be calling to us?"

Jared smiled, "You caught onto that quick.  While we are here together today, the Creator has told me something about you and this is the best place for us to discuss it," said Jared.

Liam looked concerned and asked, "The Creator spoke to you of me? What did he say?"

Jared looked at him and invited him to sit with him on a beached log up the beach.  "He spoke to me through visions and he told me you have a place for me in your life, and that I have a place in my life for you.  We were meant to be together, to walk the path of life together.  It was not clear to me if he meant as work partners or life partners.  But, he said it was time for you to learn the ways. He has chosen you for a great honour during the sweat tonight, which will only be revealed in his way and on his time tonight."

Liam looked shocked and replied, "I haven't asked for anything from him, why would he offer me an honour?  I'm not overly religious, didn't go to church much so I don't think myself as someone worthy of any honour. I'm just a gay medic."

"Liam, there is a quote by a first nations scholar, 'Religion is for people who're afraid of going to hell. Spirituality is for those who've already been there.'  There are many things about the world and mankind that the original tribes were told by the Creator, and as time progressed, either forgot or even chose not to follow any more. I am to start teaching you the way, and you are going to be surprised how much you already know."

"I'm ready to start learning anytime, but I still feel that I'm not worthy."

"The final choice will be his, and I will have no choice or influence on it.  During the sweat tonight, keep an open mind throughout the ceremony and we will find out what path is being offered," said Jared.  "I would like to give you a small gift on behalf of the Creator; it will only be temporary until the sweat tonight when he determines our course in life."

"What do you mean?" asked Liam.

Jared stood and looked at him.  "Stay still and watch me.  Please do not say anything or move; it won't hurt in any way."

Liam nodded and looked at Jared deeply through his crystal clear blue eyes.  Jared stepped back, closed his eyes and placed both of his hands on his heart and started to chant a prayer.  Jared opened his eyes and they were a pure white glowing light, with an intensity Liam had never seen before in his entire life.  Jared looked up and reached towards the sky with his palms facing the heavens while continuing to chant.  Then, he stopped and brought his head down to look at Liam.  He placed his hands on both sides of Liam's head and continued to chant.  It just lasted a few seconds, but Liam felt the warmth from Jared's hands spread through his entire body like a tidal wave.    He felt so good; whatever Jared was doing to him had strong sensations and feelings of unconditional love, peace, and tranquillity.  Jared released him and stepped back.

"How do you feel?" asked Jared.

"I feel incredible, like I'm high but I'm not.  I see you differently now; you have colours around your body.  I hear the world around me like I have never heard before, it's so noisy yet so clear. What happened to me?" asked Liam.

"You have all this and so much more deep within you.  It has been coming near to the surface or into your consciousness so I have been directed to enhance it for you.  You are experiencing the gift of spiritual vision, hearing, perception, and awareness.  Liam, you have old knowledge within you, but you must be trained how to use it one step at a time. You will see people's auras which reflect their inner truth, mood, and attitude; it becomes part of you and you can learn to control it by willing it on and off.  The hearing you have been granted is the hearing of the spiritual world.  You will not only hear the voices of the spirits around us but you will hear the truth in what people speak to you.  In some cases, it may be the lack of truth in their words which you will hear.   These are gifts you had been given at birth, but hadn't found within yourself as of yet," said Jared.  "It will take some getting used to, but I'm here to guide you. Using your skills, let's go find some rocks," Jared added.

Liam stood up and exclaimed, "The rocks and everything here has auras.  I hear something speaking to me," said Liam.  He walked up the beach towards the shore bank and stopped.  He leaned over and picked up a perfect rock for the fire tonight. 

Jared smiled at him and said, "You need to thank Mother Earth for the rock and then we will make a pile on shore next to the boat."

They went on in silence except for their spoken thanks, and about an hour later they had 30 rocks piled up and in the bow of the boat.  They were all good choices and all the perfect size for use. 

The two men each grabbed a bottle of water and sat on the beached log again.  Both sat in silence as they finished their water.

Jared suddenly sat up right and looked towards the direction from they had come.  Liam thought Jared had spaced out for a moment when he stood up with urgency and said, "Liam, we have to go.  Josh has been injured."

End of Chapter Six

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