Jared the Paramedic II ~ The Family Gathers

Chapter 30: New Moon

The brothers were all concerned about Ryan's son.  Tyler had told them the Chief Superintendent was personally leading up the investigation but they didn't yet know where he was.  Neither of the medicine men sensed any life-or-death urgency, so they had decided to see if the police could find him before they got involved.

With all of that happening, JaredJared ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: left;\">Jared<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: left;\">\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Age: 29<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Description: 6'3\", 230 lbs of solid muscle, trimmed dark black hair and deep chocolate brown eyes<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Job: Paramedic (Partner: Liam) \/ Shift Supervisor \/ Paramedic Field Trainer<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Boyfriend: Liam<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Relationships: Mathew Bear (grandfather), Melanie Bear (cousin)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Spirit Guide: Bear<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Nicknames: Masqua, Standing Bear<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Titles: Sacred Medicine Man of the People, President and CEO Bear Investment Group (secret), Shaman of the Forests<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">First Appearance: Jared, Chapter 1<\/span><\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\">") was feeling the need for some time alone with his partner.  He had spoken with LiamLiam ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: left;\">Liam<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Age: 22<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Description: 6'0\", blue eyes, curly blond hair, nicely toned and tanned<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Job: Paramedic (Partner: Jared)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Boyfriend: Jared<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Spirit Guide: Eagle<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Nicknames: Mikisow, Soaring Eagle<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Titles: Shaman of the Lost Tribe (Celtic)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">First Appearance: Jared, Chapter 1<\/span><\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\">") and they had decided to go out to the cabin for a quiet night in the moonlight together.  The two men had brought some food to the BBQ, and after eating supper the two of them cleaned up the mess together.  Their conversation was light and with frequent gentle, reassuring touches to each other's body.  Liam leaned his head on Jared's shoulder as he dried the dishes.  After the last of the dishes were done, the two of them moved to the living room and with their arms around each other's waist looking out over the yard and the lake.

The two handsome young men walked naked, carefree, and holding hands towards the water's edge.  The air was quiet, barely moving and warm.  The smell of cedar and spruce mixed with wildflowers and wood smoke provided a very relaxing scent in the air which could never be duplicated by scent candles.  They stood silently for a couple of moments, holding hands, looking at the reflection in the lake.

"Jared, have I said I loved you in the past hour?"

Jared stopped, looked upwards with a scrunched face and deep concentration.  "Hmmmmm," as he tapped his finger to his chin.

Liam smacked him lightly on the butt as he said, "You are such an ass at times."

Jared turned, took his boyfriend into his arms and touched his nose to the end of Liam's.  "I love you with all my heart Liam, and you did say it within the past hour.  But, it's also something I never grow tired of hearing you say to me, or me to you."

"I love you so much, but I just wonder at times why you want someone like me when you could have anyone," said Liam as he turned his head away.

Jared gently turned Liam's head towards him, and then kissed his boyfriend as he held him tightly.  "I am your soulmate and you are mine; I don't need anyone else."

"I really don't know if I could survive if I ever lost you."

"Liam, why all the doubts today?  We know we have a lot of work ahead of us together.  We're soulmates in every way and I could never be happier about anything."

Liam looked into Jared's eyes and reached up to stroke the side of his head.  "I am devoted to you.  But, at times I really wonder why you are with me when you could have so many who are better.  I love you with my heart but I always feel… like I'm a burden to you."

"From the first day I met you, I have never thought of you as a burden.  You were the object of my dreams but I would have never expected in reality I would be here holding you for real."  Jared reached up and gently placed his hands on each side of Liam's face, holding it firmly.  "You are the one for me.  I want no other but you."

Liam looked into Jared's eyes deeply.  "I love you, I don't know how to tell you that enough."  A tear slid down his cheek.

Jared leaned over and licked the tear off his face.  "I have given you my heart, something I've never done with anyone before."

The two of them moved their heads together for a long, gentle kiss.  After the kiss, the two naked men stood on the dock holding each other, their heads on the other's shoulder.  They listened to the other's breathing, with the sound of the waves and the loons calling in the background.

"Jared, if I had the choice or option to stay here holding you like we are right now for the rest of our lives, I would give everything up to do it."

"But we know the Creator has plans for us and we know our paths will make a difference in the world around us."

"I know Jared, but it is a heavy responsibility at times."

"It is and that's why it is important we are always honest with each other if the responsibility causes problems so we can talk about it."

"I know, but sometimes it just seems to build up in me."

"That's why we are here together alone, and I brought the smudging materials with us to use.  Let's set up for it."

"After I do this," said Liam as he kissed Jared long, but very gently.

They moved to the end of the dock and set everything up.  Jared and Liam smudged each other from head to toe.  As soon as they were finished, they noticed an audience had gathered.  At the end of the dock, a few wood ducks and loons were floating on the water looking at them.  Liam wished he had a few bread crusts to give them as a treat, quickly running up to the cabin to get some.  The sunset was beautiful as they sat together on the end of the dock with their feet dangling into the water and tossed pieces of bread to the birds.  Their arms were around each other, heads leaning against the other as they listened to the calls of the loons echoing across the lake.  Their friendly floating friends slowly paddled away to places unknown after quacking a few times.  Jared mimicked them back and he explained they were just saying good night.

"It's so beautiful here, Jared."

"It is."  He turned his head to kiss his boyfriend.  Liam returned the kiss gently.  "You're right, Liam.  I could spend the rest of my life sitting here with you like this."

"Could we get pizzas delivered?"

Jared laughed at the comment.  "Darren has had an impact on you Liam, or is it Patrick?"

"Little of 'A' and some of 'B' too," replied Liam laughing as well.

"Do they deliver cheesecake?" asked Jared with a smirk.

"So much for that idea," retorted Liam quickly with a big smirk.

"Liam, I think it's time to head up to the cabin.  I left some tea steeping for us on the deck and it's one of my special teas." 

The two of them gathered the smudging materials and walked together up to the deck.  The teapot and cups were sitting on a small table.  Jared sat the smudging bundle down, and they sat cross-legged on each side of the table.  Jared poured the tea and gave a cup to Liam.  They each sipped it slowly, staring into the other's eyes while sipping the tea.

"May we sit here for a few moments to discuss something?" asked Jared quietly.

Liam was startled by Jared's question.  "You know I'd sit here until the end of time to discuss anything with you."

Jared reached across the table and took Liam's hand into his.  "Liam, from the very first time our body's blended as we shared our life essences deep inside each other, I knew we truly were soulmates."

"Jared, in the time we worked together, I have never been happier until we actually became boyfriends."  Liam looked into Jared's eyes and could not read them, which caused him great concern.  "Is there something wrong?  I mean, are we…"

"There's nothing wrong.  I have never been happier in my life." Jared reached under the table and retrieved a birch bark pouch with a gold drawstring and brought it out.  Liam was looking at him with confusion.

Jared carefully retrieved two objects from it and hid them in his hand out of Liam's sight.  He looked up at his soulmate's eyes and could see the confusion in them.

There was a sound in the bushes near where they were sitting.  Both men turned to look at whatever was causing the noise but without concern as they both knew they were able to handle any threat.  A very large black bear stepped out of the bushes.  It meandered over to the deck and sat down, staring at the two of them.

The two men greeted their guest who replied with a grunt, and a smile.  The bear sat for a moment looking at the two men and then raised his head to the sky.  He let out a long, tremendously loud roar skyward.  The windows of the cabin shook from the intensity of the sound as the bear called to something unseen.

In the distance, a pack of wolves sang their song of greeting to the bear.  The screech of an eagle came from above them and a very large eagle bald eagle fluttered down and settled on the bear's shoulder.  The two animals both sat there and stared at the two young men.

Liam was getting slightly agitated now.

Jared finally took Liam's hand again and looked deep into his beautiful eyes.  "Liam, we are soulmates, I love you with all my heart like I have loved no other person, and I beg you to be my husband, my partner... my life."  Jared opened his other hand and exposed two rings sitting on the palm of his hand.

Liam was stunned by the question Jared had asked him.  In a very quiet, stuttering timid voice he said, "Did you just ask me to marry you?"

"Yes, I begged you to accept me as your husband and to be married for all eternity."

Liam's eyes were watering, "I love you with all my heart and I give thanks to the Creator for every minute we are together, but are you sure?  There are better people than me around," said Liam as he looked down at the table.

Jared held Liam's hand tightly as he replied, "You are my soulmate.  There are no better people for me to consider being my best friend, my lover, my soulmate, or my husband than you.  Our spirit guides even came to witness this event.  I ask you to accept me, with all my faults and flaws."

Liam hesitated for a moment before he started to stand.  Both men stood clear of the table and locked in a tight embrace.

"Jared, if you will have me, I'd be honored to be your husband.  You needn't ever beg me for anything for I will give whatever I have or am to you." Liam replied with tears streaming from his eyes.

"We have each other," said Jared.  "We are equal partners in our relationship, our love, and our spiritualism.  I share everything willingly with you, it is never thinking of having you.  It is the two of us together as one and being absolutely equal."

Liam held him tightly, "I would give my life to be with you even for a day as your husband."

"I would give my life for you as well.  Will you marry me?"

"YES, Yes I would be your husband, Jared," Liam yelled while crying.  They held each other tightly for a moment until Jared reached for the rings on the table.  He gave one to Liam, and he kept one for himself.

"These are simple rings as a symbol of our engagement, I will put one on you and I pray you would put one on me."  Jared trembled and shook as he slid the ring over Liam's finger.

Liam was also shaking as he tried to put the ring over Jared's finger.  Finally, he got it onto the finger and in place.  The two men looked into each other's eyes and then locked in a very tender kiss.  Their lingering kiss was interrupted by the bear letting loose with a roar and the eagle screeching while spreading his wings.

The eagle jumped to the table and started to dance around on the table top.  The bear also moved closer to the men and sat down next to them.  Liam was still crying as he held onto Jared and had not realized Jared was shedding tears of love as well.  The bear leaned over and took the two men gently in his arms for a hug as the eagle jumped back up onto his shoulder.

Jared and Liam both were aware they were being hugged by the big animal but had no fear of him.  The two men held each other tightly and felt secure and safe in the arms of the big animal. After a moment, the bear released them and sat back.  Jared and Liam turned to face the animal.  The eyes of the animal were a bright white when they looked back at him.  The bear gently reached out and placed the palm of his paws on the upper arms of both Jared and Liam.  His eyes flashed for a second, and the two men felt like they had been given a series of needles.  The bear's eyes returned to his normal brown as he dropped his huge paws down.

Both Jared and Liam looked at their upper arms at the same time and were amazed by what they saw.  They each had beautiful full-color tattoos of a large eagle feather which was bisected by four obvious claw marks across them at a 45-degree angle.

"We've been marked, Liam.  The feather is you, and the claw marks which are the way a bear marks territorial trees are me.  Both of our spirit guides have marked us and are giving their blessing to us as partners," said Jared.

"Jared, look at our rings," he said as raised his hand up to look at it.

Jared made the same gesture. The rings were no longer simple rings anymore.  They had been changed into a wider band and were marked with the ancient Celtic knot pattern around them.

"We have been blessed," said Liam.

"You think?" replied Jared as he laughed.

The bear and the eagle both called out one more time, and then they both left back into the foliage and the sky.

"Liam, I have been so happy since we became boyfriends and I really didn't think I could be happier."

"I didn't think it could get any better either.  I have been living my dream every day with you."

"That would be the way I put it too," replied Jared as he leaned in for a kiss.

The two men held each other tightly as the kissing became more passionate.  Jared was using his hands to massage Liam's lower back while pulling him in tightly towards him.  He could feel Liam's cock beginning to grow solid between them, which caused his own to become even harder.

Jared led Liam into the cabin and up the stairs.  While Liam parted to use the bathroom, Jared went into their bedroom to get ready.  He lit candles placing them around the bed and pulled the sheets back.  He opened the drawer near the bed and took out three red roses he had snuck in earlier.  He placed two of them in the center of the bed while he pulled the petals off the third one and spread them on the pillows around the first two.  He left the bedroom and checked on Liam in the bathroom as well as to use it himself.

Jared led Liam down the hall to the bedroom.  Liam was stunned by the candles and the roses.

"Jared, this is beautiful."

"This is our night and it needs to be special."

"You never cease to surprise me.  I love you."

Liam wrapped his arms around Jared and pulled him tight.  Their tongues immediately dancing as they kissed.

Liam gently maneuvered Jared to the bed, both of them falling onto it.  Jared reached and held his lover firmly on top of him.  After kissing him, he held Liam's face gently in his hands.

"I am yours, tonight and always.  I need your essence deep inside of me."

Liam looked into the eyes of his fiancée.  "As I need yours in me."  Liam grabbed Jared's wrists and pinned them to the bed.  He held them in place while kissing and nibbling along both sides of Jared's neck.  Jared's nipples were both rock-hard when Liam kissed his way down to them.  Taking one into his teeth, he gripped it and tugged while exhaling.  Jared closed his eyes and moaned loudly as the felt the sensations of the warm breath and the light pain on his nipple.

Liam began to kiss his way down the light treasure trail until he was eye to eye with Jared's big, hard cock sticking up from his body.  He moved closer to it and gently touches the head with the end of his nose.  Jared shuddered immediately.  Using his nose, he traced the circumference of the head further causing Jared to moan and shudder more.  Liam gently blew across the now dripping cock in a long, gentle breath.  Using one hand, he gently used his fingers to walk their way up from the low hanging balls to the hard shaft before lightly grasping it.  Liam kissed the head of the cock and used his tongue to lick the dripping clear fluid being squeezed from the end.  Jared began to squirm.

Liam gently leaned forward and using his lips as he gently kissed the cock from the head, down the shaft, and to the balls.  He shifted slightly as he took on of the balls into his mouth to suck on while one hand gently traced up and down the shaft.

Jared's arms were stretched straight out to the side and grasping the bedsheets into his fists.

Liam moved back up and slowly took part of the cock head into his mouth in a motion similar to eating an ice cream cone.  He did it again, and again except taking more into his mouth each time.  Finally, the entire head was lodged between his lips, and he could use his tongue to circle around or play with the hole on the end.

Jared was moaning and calling out Liam's name.

Liam slowly moved down the thick shaft with his mouth until finally, his nose was buried in Jared's sparse pubic hair.

"Oh Liam, I love you," exclaimed Jared loudly.

Liam slowly lifted himself, and then swallowed the cock in his mouth a few times before letting it pop out his mouth.  Jared leaned down and pulled Liam up to him, and they immediately and feverishly began to kiss each other.

Jared stopped and grasped Liam on each side of his head.  "I need your solid piece of meat in me, lover.  Inject me with your essence, please Liam, fuck me."

Liam was startled when Jared used the words 'fuck me'.  He had always been so opposed to the use of that word but when Liam looked into Jared's eyes… he saw something he had never seen before.  He saw a hunger, almost an animalistic hunger or need.

Liam moved and grabbed the lube from the nightstand.  After rubbing some on himself, he moved down Jared and lifted his legs.  He slapped the now exposed buttock.  Jared grabbed his knees and spread them while pulling them up.  The target for Liam was now fully exposed.

Liam used a single finger, and then two fingers to loosen Jared up and lube the muscular ring.  Jared was watching him.  Liam moved into position and lined his cock up at the entrance to his boyfriend.  Jared felt the head of Liam's dick at his entrance and shifted himself to take it all in one thrust.  Liam began, and Jared moved backward quickly.  His boyfriend slid all the way into him in one thrust.  Jared let out a cry of ecstasy, as his eyes rolled into the back of his head.

Liam was now beginning to feel different as well, he was feeling a deep need to be buried inside Jared.  It was more pure need or lust as he began to pump in and out of his Jared.  The two men were moaning and crying out as they became a raging mass of need.  Liam was thrusting hard into his boyfriend and Jared was now using his hands to pull Liam in as deep as possible.

It wasn't long before both of the men were feeling the approaching tidal wave of their climaxes build.  What they didn't see was a white glow being emitted and growing in intensity from both of their bodies.  As the glow from both intensified, it blended and became one which surrounded them both.  The pure white glow was now layered in gold, silver, and purple, but it was one aura shared by the two men.  The two rings the men were wearing glowed the color of blue.

"Jared, I'm cumming," called Liam as his seed began to be injected deep within Jared.

"Harder, Liam, harder," called out Jared as he began to ejaculate between their bodies as well.

Liam continued to push deep and then froze in position buried deep within his boyfriend as he felt the cum being ejected from his dick.  When the spasms of the two men cumming finally subsided, Liam collapsed onto Jared.  The two of them fell asleep in this position, holding each other tightly, feeling a connection now they never believed was possible.  Sometime during the night, they awoke briefly and Jared made love to Liam… injecting his essence into his boyfriend.  Once again, after the lovemaking, they collapsed and fell asleep almost immediately.

The two were now one and only the ceremony was needed to finish their growth as medicine men.  Their lovemaking tonight had done more than either realized, but the sleep was necessary to allow the changes to begin.  They were now one.

They made love in the morning again, except this time was long and gentle.  Whatever animalistic needs had existed the night before were gone, and the deep love between the two men was satisfied with gentle, loving and altruistic sex first in the kitchen and then on the dock. 

KatKat ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: left;\">Kat<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Job: Nurse<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Relationships: Shawn (husband)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">First Appearance: Jared, Chapter 15<\/span><\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\">") and ShawnShawn ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: left;\">Shawn<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Job: Doctor<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Relationships: Kat (wife)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Titles: Dr. Smith<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">First Appearance: Jared, Chapter 11<\/span><\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\">") drove out with AmandaAmanda ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: left;\">Amanda<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Description: A pleasant woman, shorter, plump, eyes full of life, and&#160;grandmotherly. &#160;Also a sensitive.<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Job: Hospital Social Worker<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Relationships: Marci (niece)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">First Appearance: Jared, Chapter 13<\/span><\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\">") and MarciMarci ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: left;\">Marci<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Job: Paramedic<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Relationships: Amanda (aunt)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">First Appearance: Jared, Chapter 14<\/span><\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\">"), and as Melanie had instructed, they had all brought overnight bags in case they decided to stay the night.  None of them had any idea what they would see when they got out there, but they were expecting a rustic little wood cabin near a lake.

When they drove out of the trees and into the clearing and cabin yard, they were astounded at the buildings which met them.  The cabin was a beautiful two-story log house full of windows with a wrap-around deck on it.  Kat noticed the hot tub on the deck right away.  The yard led all the way to the lake and the trees along both sides were trimmed to allow sunlight onto the ground.  The beauty of the yard struck everyone in the car at the same time.  Amanda had made the comment that this set up was the furthest from what she had expected to see.  Behind the cabin were a few quads parked in front of a large Quonset or garage and they immediately recognized JoshJosh ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: left;\">Josh<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Age: 25<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Description: 5'8\", blue eyes, light brown hair, solid. He and Darrin could pass for cousins or even brothers<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Job: Police Officer (Partner: Tyler)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Boyfriend: Darren<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Spirit Guide: Wolf<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Nickname: Ditch Pig<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">First Appearance: Jared, Chapter 1<\/span><\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\">"), ConnerConner ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: left;\">Conner<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: left;\">\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Age: 18<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Description: 5'10\", 150 lbs, slightly built, brown curly hair, hazel eyes<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Student<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Relationships:&#160;Frank (surrogate father)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Spirit Guide: Coyote<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">First Appearance: Jared, Chapter 11<\/span><\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\">") and MarkMark ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: left;\">Mark<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Age: 18<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Description: 5'11\", 150 lbs, slightly built, dirty blonde straight hair, grey eyes<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Student<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Relationships: Sgt. Frank Myers (father)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Spirit Guide: Fox<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">First Appearance: Jared, Chapter 15<\/span><\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\">") washing them with a hose.  Josh pointed to where they could park their car.

Just before they got out of the vehicle, Kat said, "Oh my God, did you notice what they were wearing, or not wearing Amanda?"

"Kat, do you think I am dumb or blind.  Those guys are hot in those loincloths and they are all deeply tanned," she replied.

TroyTroy ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: left;\">Troy<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Age: 25<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Description: 5'11\", brown eyes, blonde hair, solid but not overly muscular.<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Job: Paramedic<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Boyfriend: Tyler<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Spirit Guide: Wolf<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">First Appearance: Jared, Chapter 1<\/span><\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\">") and FrankFrank ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: left;\">Sgt. Frank Myers<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Job: Police Sergeant<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Relationships: Mark (son) and a daughter, then Conner (surrogate son), Adam (surrogate son)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">First Appearance: Jared, Chapter 1<\/span><\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\">") came out of the house and joined them, both dressed in a T-shirt and shorts.

"You made it," said Frank.

"Yes, we did but I almost turned around when the guys in loincloths almost gave the girls a heart attack," said Shawn.

"You get used to it Shawn, and they promised they would wear more clothing tonight.  To be honest, they're usually running around here naked," stated Frank.

"Oh my," said Amanda as she and Kat fanned their faces.

Kat leaned over and whispered, "Want to sneak in through the bushes someday when they are all here and hopefully naked?  I've always thought these guys were all hot."

Amanda smiled, "We'll definitely give that some consideration."

Shawn was chuckling and shaking his head, "You two are such pervs."

Kat stepped forward to Frank and Troy, giving them both a hug.  "It is such a pleasure to see you guys again and to get to know you away from work."

Troy looked up to see another vehicle pulling into the yard.  He knew the engine sound so well he didn't need to look but he did; it was MelanieMelanie ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: left;\">Melanie Bear<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Description: 5'6\", with olive skin and jet black braided hair to her waist<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Job: Executive Assistant to the CEO\/President, Bear Investment Group (3rd in command)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Relationships: Mathew Bear (grandfather), Jared Bear (cousin)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">First Appearance: Jared, Chapter 10 &lt;-&#160;Jared, Chapter 2 (mentioned)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\">") and RyanRyan ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: left;\">Ryan<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Age:&#160;<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Description:&#160;<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Job: Medic in the Marines<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Relationships: Jebidiah (son)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">First Appearance: Jared II, Chapter 29<\/span><\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\">") in her SUV.  The two of them got out of the vehicle and Melanie moved quickly towards the others, pulling Ryan behind her, who looked a little pensive.

"Hey everyone, sorry we were slow getting here.  It's good to see you here," said Melanie.

Kat embraced Melanie as she said, "It's going to be nice to get to know you.  Shawn has told me stories for years about you guys and now I'm finally getting to meet everyone."

"I'll have to introduce you to Dawn, our new HR Manager at the ambulance service but she couldn't make it tonight.  She's former military as well and between the three of us I think we could get even with these guys and maybe even put them on the defensive for a change," said Mel with a smirk.

"I would like that, Mel.  The last I heard, you lived in the west and someone had dropped a house on your sister from the east," said Kat as she chuckled.

The two women looked at each other and at the same time said, "Darren and Liam."  Both started laughing.

Shawn intervened, "It's not fair if you evil women team up together."

Mel looked at Shawn and asked, "Major, you are either with us or against us… no fence sitting."

Amanda spoke up, "I think Shawn and I going to be like Switzerland in this war, and I think Marci will join us there."

"You got that right," said Marci.  "I have fun with the guys at work, but I'm not going to get caught in the middle of this.  I work directly with them, and Jared got me my full-time job."

Mel thought for a moment and said, "You're young, so you can join Shawn in Pussyland, I mean Switzerland, and stay out of the war zone."

The group went into the house, were given a drink and taken for a tour of the log cabin and area by Melanie. Shawn was interested in the three teepees which had been set up on the lawn as well as the sweat lodge which he had heard so much about.  The yard, the buildings, the boathouse and the lakefront were impressive to the visitors and far above what was anticipated. When they returned to the deck, there were even more people there helping to set food out on the table.  The BBQ was going and Jared was with GrandfatherGrandfather ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: left;\">Mathew Bear (Grandfather)<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: left;\">\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Age: 98<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Relationships: Jared and Melanie (grandchildren), Liam, Tyler, Troy, Darren, Josh, Jesse, Zane, Conner, Mark, Adam, Patrick (adopted grandchildren)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Titles: Most Sacred Medicine Man of the People, &#160;Shaman of the People, &#160;Most Elder of the People, &#160;Most Respected Elder in the Tribal Council of the Entire Western Region, &#160;Primary Messenger of the Sacred White Buffalo<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">First Appearance: Jared II, Chapter 12 &lt;- Jared, Chapter 8 (astral) &lt;-&#160;Jared, Chapter 2 (mentioned)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\">") getting ready to cook the elk and moose steaks.  Wild meat was a first for Marci, Kat, and Shawn and they were looking forward to trying it.

Melanie introduced them to JohnJohn ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: left;\">John<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Job: CFO and Acting CEO, Bear Investment Group (2nd in command after Jared)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">First Appearance: Jared, Chapter 10<\/span><\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\">"), JackJack ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: left;\">Jack<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Job: COO of McCoy &amp; Associates<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Relationships: Molly (wife), Jesse (surrogate son)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">First Appearance: Jared II, Chapter 5 &lt;- Jared II, Chapter 3 (phone)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\">"), MollyMolly ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: left;\">Molly<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Relationships: Jack (husband), Jesse (surrogate son)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">First Appearance: Jared II, Chapter 5<\/span><\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\">"), and re-introduced them to JesseJesse ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: left;\">Jesse<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Age: 32 (looks 22)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Description: 5'10\" 160 lbs, blonde hair, clear blue eyes, light olive skin (darkens considerably when tanned). Has an eidetic memory.<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Job: Lawyer, McCoy &amp; Associates (owner, President, CEO), McAdam Construction (owner, President, CEO)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Husband: Marc (deceased)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Boyfriend: Zane<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Spirit Guide: Cougar<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">First Appearance:&#160;Jared II, Chapter 1 &lt;- Jared, Chapter 16 (phone)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\">") and ZaneZane ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: left;\">Zane<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Age: 26<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Description: 5'8\" 140 lbs, brown hair, brown eyes<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Director of the LGTBQ2 Centre<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Boyfriend: Jesse<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Spirit Guide: Cougar<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">First Appearance: Jared, Chapter 11<\/span><\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\">").

Melanie could see Ryan's mask slipping, unable to contain his worry.  She waved to Liam and waved him over.  When Liam arrived, Melanie spoke without any preamble, "Ryan and I need to speak to you and Jared, urgently."

Liam looked into her eyes for a moment and then nodded.  He closed his eyes, and sent the message out, "Melanie needs us, meet in the Quonset stat."  He opened his eyes and said, "They're on their way, Mel."

Ryan looked at Liam and then Melanie, "What does he mean, he didn't…"

Melanie gripped Ryan's hand tightly, "You have a lot to learn about this band of brothers Ryan; it will take time.  They don't need to talk, and they will explain more later."

"I told them to meet us in the Quonset," said Liam as he was turning.

"How did he tell them? I was right here…"

Melanie looked at him and smiled, "Trust them Ryan, and let's follow Liam to the Quonset."

By the time Liam, Melanie, and Ryan arrived at the Quonset, someone had set out chairs in a circle for everyone to sit down.  Liam moved to stand behind Jared who was already seated and he placed his hands on his soulmates shoulders.  Troy, Josh, DarrenDarren ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: left;\">Darren<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Age: 26<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Description: 6'0\", green eyes, light brown hair, solid. He and Josh could pass for cousins or even brothers.<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Job: Fire Fighter<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Boyfriend: Josh<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Spirit Guide: Wolf<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Nickname: Hose Puller<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">First Appearance: Jared, Chapter 5<\/span><\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\">"), TylerTyler ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: left;\">Tyler<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Age: 25<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Description: 5'11\", brown eyes, dark brown hair, slim<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Job: Police Officer (Partner: Josh)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Boyfriend: Troy<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Spirit Guide: Wolf<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">First Appearance: Jared, Chapter 1<\/span><\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\">"), Zane and Jesse all watched with anticipation.

"Melanie, when you said that you and Ryan needed to speak with us I sensed it would be more appropriate to speak with the entire tribe," explained Liam.

Ryan was shaking his head, "How the hell…"

Melanie cut him off, "I'll explain later, and I've already said it a couple of times... you have a lot to learn about the men in this circle."

Jared had been watching them carefully, "Mel… what's up cuz?"

"Jared, Ryan needs your help again and it's fairly urgent," said Melanie quietly.

"Melanie, there's no limit on the number of times someone may be helped.  Especially for someone who obviously means as much to you as this man does," replied Jared.  "Of course, we will do what we can to help you both."

Melanie and Ryan filled the group of men in on everything about the divorce, his son and his being sent to a Christian Recovery Camp for Deviants.  The men sitting in the circle all knew bits and pieces of the story but Melanie and Ryan were now making sure they understood everything.  They also brought them up to date on the conversation Ryan had with the Chief SuperintendentChief Superintendent ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: left;\">John<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Age: 39<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Description:&#160;5'11\", 175 lbs, Norwegian descent, with blonde hair, blue eyes and the build of Viking<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Job: Police Chief Superintendent<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Relationships: Gus (Husband)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">First Appearance: Jared, Chapter 15<\/span><\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\">") while he was still in the hospital.  Ryan still couldn't believe an officer of that rank came to him at the hospital or that he was leading the investigation into Jeb's situation.  He had taken the documents with him that Ryan had left in the hotel room and was now investigating the Justice of the Peace who had signed the warrant of committal. There had been a pattern uncovered for this JP.  The Chief Superintendent was very supportive of Ryan and promised to keep him appraised of new developments.

The men sat and listened to what they were being told.  Though they already knew about the situation, Josh and Darren were still amazed that places like that were allowed to run.  Zane gave them some information on rumors he had heard, nothing admissible in court, but just general information.  Tyler, Troy, and Josh didn't know much more than the meeting between the Chief and Ryan was going to happen and that he was leading the investigation… that was all.  Jesse sat silent, but his mind was turning over quickly as he formulated actions he could be taking to advise or assist.

"I didn't want to ask this tonight during your special evening Jared, I'm sorry.  But I feel it really needs to be looked after.  Ryan is worried about his son.  He knows the police are on it, but he's becoming more worried every day," said Melanie.

Tyler spoke up, "I know John has been dealing with this the last couple of days.  He has been spending a fair amount of time on it but I don't know what is happening on his end.  It's way above my head."

Darren spoke up, "Our cousin needs help, and I say we do whatever we need to do to accomplish it."

"I agree totally.  Melanie needs help, and we need to respond without delay for whatever she needs," said Josh.

The rest of the group agreed quickly.  "I'll go and have a chat with the minister tomorrow about the camp, and where it is," said Jesse.  "Will you join me, Liam?  This could be fun for us, though not him."

"What do you mean fun?" asked Ryan quickly.

Jared raised his hands to calm him.  "We don't take it lightly Ryan, but he's no match for us… in any way, shape, or form.  He will think he is in control, but that will change."

"Now that these guys are on the job, it will get done quickly.  You have no clue the power of these men sitting here possess, especially when they pool their resources," said Melanie.  "Trust them."

"Ryan," Jared began, "I trust you with my cousin, and you should clearly understand she is cousin to everyone seated in this circle.  You can trust us to help your family."

Troy spoke up, "And keep in mind, if you hurt her, there are many places to hide your body out here."

Ryan looked around the circle and then at Melanie, "They mean it don't they, Mel?  I have a feeling I should be taking their threat seriously?"

"I would, these are territorial guys with territorial spirit guides.  I may not be their property, but they are obviously including me within the boundaries for their protection.  I may poke them with sticks or slap their heads, but I would never want to be on their bad side; especially if they are coming after me as a group to protect family."  Melanie looked around the circle at each member and for a moment, they could have sworn she had a tear in her eye from all their comments if they all didn't know what a hard-ass she was.

Liam leaned over a whispered something into Jared's ear.  Jared locked eyes with him and smiled as he nodded his agreement.

Liam sat on the floor cross-legged and motioned for Ryan to sit the same way across from him; which he did.  Liam reached towards him and the two men interwound their fingers, their palms in direct contact.

"This ought to be interesting," whispered Troy to Tyler.

"Close your eyes, Ryan," instructed Liam.  He did so.  "In a minute, when I tell you to open your eyes again please do not be afraid of what you will see.  Jesse, Zane… please guard and protect while we are gone."

Ryan started to ask something when Melanie spoke, "Sergeant, shut the fuck up and do as your told.  Trust them, Ry."  He settled down.

Ryan began to feel a warmth envelope his body, not heat but just a very comfortable warmth.  Not only did he feel warmth, but he could also feel a slight breeze with the freshest air containing a hint of cedar blowing by his face.

"Open your eyes, Ryan," said Liam.

When he opened his eyes, the two of them were sitting in a field of long grass.  He was startled and tried to move but Liam held him tightly.

"Sit still for a moment until I explain where you are," said Liam calmly.  Ryan did as he was told.  "No questions at this point Ryan, just listen and believe."

Ryan nodded his head.

"We are in the middle world, and you are going to see animals here instead of the people you left in the Quonset.  They are in their spirit guide forms, and we will find the nearest gateway to where your son is.  We can look around to check on him."

Ryan was about to say something when he saw a huge bear, four immense wolves and a wolverine standing near them.

"You have a lot to learn Ryan, just trust me… like you have never trusted anyone before."

The man nodded slowly.  Liam pulled him to his feet, let his hands go and turned to the animals.  "Wolf spirits, please find Jebidiah." He turned to the wolverine, "Mel, please assist."  The animals all barked and ran off into the distance.  The bear sat on its butt and morphed into Jared.  Ryan shook his head as if he was trying to wake up.

"Ryan, we don't normally do this with someone who is new to our ways, but you are with Melanie now and she has asked us for help." Ryan just looked at him with wide eyes.

The two men began to explain the greatly condensed version of spirit guides and spiritual travel.  The three men had been talking for a while when Tyler and Troy came bounding back to get them.  The wolves led them to where the others were waiting for them to arrive.  The group was sitting around what looked like a hole in the ground dug by an animal probably as a home.  Suddenly, dirt was flying out as something burrowed in the ground.  A moment later it stopped, and the wolverine emerged from it.  The beautiful animal walked over to Ryan and sat at his feet before morphing into Melanie.

Jared chuckled, "Couldn't find a doorway so you made one?"

Without any hesitation, Melanie smiled her beautiful smile as she replied, "Fucking right I did."  

With authority in his voice, Liam directed, "Stay with Ryan, Jared and I will travel in."  Melanie nodded.

Jared and Liam moved to the hole and crawled into, disappearing entirely.  When they came back a few minutes later, they found everyone in human form and sitting in a group patiently awaiting their return.  Jared and Liam moved quickly over to the group.

"Ryan," started Jared, "Jebidiah is safe.  He's hungry, tired and misses you but he's in no immediate danger."

Ryan began to cry and grasped Melanie tightly.

Liam continued, "He's being kept in a single room isolated and away from the other young men, but they haven't been physically torturing him.  They have been trying to deprive him of sleep in order to make it easier for utilization of suggestion or alternative behavior.  They were also using a barely audible white noise machine which caused enough irritation he couldn't sleep."

"The machine just burnt out" stated Jared.  "Their main power line transformer also just blew out and the soonest it can be fixed is in the morning."

"I sent everyone, including the two guards, into a deep sleep until at least 9 in the morning.  He'll be able to sleep now," continued Liam.

"Can I go see him?" asked Ryan.

"He really needs to sleep now... what we need to do is make plans to rescue him.  Neither Jared nor I could determine his location, we were being blocked by something so we will have to figure out some other way," finished Liam.

Jared grasped both of Ryan's shoulders, "Trust us.  This will end tomorrow, and he is safe until then. We need to return to our world and plan."

Ryan just looked at Jared and nodded his head.  Suddenly, they were all back in the Quonset in the exact same positions they had been before their journey.  Jesse and Zane were with them again as well.  In the real-world time frame, they had only been gone a few seconds.

Plans were made. 

The guest couples were standing at one end of the deck looking over the rail at the yard and lake when Grandfather came up behind them.

"Thank you for coming tonight everyone.  I know this is a bit of an uncomfortable setting for you city dwellers who aren't used to the remote wilderness, and all these semi-naked men running around."

"Nice views of the guys though Mathew, and it will be hard to see them in their regular uniforms again," laughed Kat.

Her husband Shawn shook his head while smiling.

Kat smirked and said with a fake sincerity but dripping of sarcasm, "I do think they are more appropriately dressed now." 

"Kat!  You're such a perv," said Shawn through his laughter.

"This is a very powerful night, and I will explain some of it as to why," said Grandfather.  "It is the new moon and very powerful for friendship, love, and renewal.  The entire family is here all at once, and you will get to meet them all as I don't think you have done that yet.  We have the actual family, our special friends like you guys, and the extended family members here.  This is a very rare day for all of this to come together and Jared wanted everyone here together."

Mel looked concerned, "Is he ok, Grandfather?  It's not like him to be secretive and vague about what he has planned for the night."

"He's fine, Granddaughter.  He hasn't told me what he has planned either.  Both Jared and Liam have actually blocked me so I couldn't find out."

"I didn't think that was possible, Grandfather.  That's interesting," said Melanie.

"Melanie, the powers Jared and Liam have are growing stronger all the time.  Individually, they are now almost as powerful as I am in my old age.  Something else has happened.  I sense a change, they have become one and very powerful."

"I would have never guessed that, Grandfather."  She turned to her friend who looked much more at ease since the meeting earlier, "Ryan, it's your first day out of the hospital.  How are you holding up?"

"In all honesty Mel, I feel like I'm intruding in a private family affair," he said quickly.

"You're here as my guest and my date for the night.  Now, shut up and enjoy yourself," she said.

Ryan smiled at the lady.  She was still as beautiful as he had remembered, and now that he was being divorced by his wife maybe now he had a chance with her.  The two of them had always been so comfortable together, had so much in common together, and he hoped she was attracted to him.  He gently reached over and took her hand into his.

"I still get confused by this family or tribe thing," said Ryan.

Jack and Molly with the help of John tried to explain the family concept to the newcomers.  It wasn't long before all the young men had all dressed up more by putting on stylish shorts with a shirt.  Amanda had leaned over to Kat and whispered into her ear the way they were dressed previously was better for her.  Kat almost spit her drink out.

Liam showed everyone where to sit around the table.  It was a huge table on the deck, and everyone was seated comfortably.  Grandfather was at the head of the table, with Jared and Liam to his right.  John, Melanie, and Ryan were to his left.  Tyler, Troy, Josh, Darren, Frank, Mark, Conner, AdamAdam ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: left;\">Adam<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Age: 19<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Description: 5'8\", 145 lbs, black hair, chocolate brown eyes, olive skin<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Relationships: Tom (grandfather), Frank (surrogate father)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Spirit Guide: Otter, Salamander (transitional)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">First Appearance: Jared, Chapter 17<\/span><\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\">"), PatrickPatrick ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: left;\">Patrick<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Age: 17<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Description: 6'0\", dark shaggy hair, large soft brown eyes, contagious smile, and a light mustache<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Spirit Guide: Lynx, Porcupine (secondary)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">First Appearance: Jared II, Chapter 11<\/span><\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\">"), Marci, Amanda, Jesse, Zane, Jack, Shawn, Kat, Molly, RobRob ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: left;\">Rob<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Job: Ambulance Base Manager<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li style=\"text-align: left;\"><span style=\"color: #999999;\">First Appearance: Jared, Chapter 4<\/span><\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\">") and his wife all sat down quietly.

Grandfather stood, he raised both his hands skyward and chanted a prayer.  He brought his hands down and extended them to indicate everyone should hold hands.  "Thank you for coming on this powerful night to share food and strengthen friendships.  We are blessed this night to have friendship, love, food, and health.  Creator, we thank you for your blessing on this get-together.  Amen."  

"Let's eat," the old man said.  The young men got up and retrieved bowls of food and platters of every type of meat from the kitchen someone could think of.  The food was being consumed leisurely with conversation and laughter flowing easy.  Ryan, Shawn, Kat, and Marci were surprised how easily they fit in with the group and how they were made to feel so welcome by everyone.  Even Rob's wife was enjoying herself especially considering it was the first time she had seen everyone together.

Jared stood up and called for everyone's attention.

"I want to thank you all for coming tonight to share our food, and our love.  Everyone who helped to make this meal we are truly thankful, so many hands were available to help prepare it.  It is unfortunate that as the newcomers to the family: Jesse, Zane, Conner, Mark, Patrick, and Adam get to clean up and do the dishes."

Frank laughed, "That will be the day, getting Mark doing dishes."

"Hey, I do dishes," he replied with fake indignation.

"You mean into the dishwasher or you con Conner into it."

The group laughed.  "We'll sort that out later I guess," continued Jared.

"We could ask the women…" started Liam.

Melanie cut him off, "If you want to remain mobile with no casts, I wouldn't finish that sentence, Liam."

Liam gulped but smiled.

Jared coughed to get people's attention.  "Our family has some new members, and we needed a feast to celebrate their joining us." He raised his glass of wine and said, "We officially welcome Jesse, Zane, Conner, Mark, Patrick, and Adam to our family as brothers.  We welcome the rest of you as our friends.  To friends, and family," as he raised his glass.

After the toast, he set his glass down.  "For those who know about my life, I was left as a baby by my mother and father to be raised by my grandfather.  My grandfather and John looked out for me and raised me with as much love and respect as they could give me.  Melanie, my much older cousin, also helped to look after me, and to instill the true meaning of terror in my life…"

"Asshole," mumbled Melanie with a smile.

"…As my loving cousin has demonstrated with her last statement."  That brought laughter from the crowd.  "Under my grandfather, John, and Melanie, I was able to get an education and learn how to run a group of companies they had started for me.  Unfortunately, Grandfather and John also begged me to keep my loving cousin employed so she wasn't whining to them all the time."  

Kat was watching and listening intently but snapped out of it when Melanie threw a bun at Jared, smacking him on the side of the head.  Melanie was shocked when she was suddenly hit by a dozen buns which had been tossed back at her from all directions.  She shrieked and yelled, "I surrender!"

That brought lots of high-fives and cheering.  The first-time guests were shocked at what had transpired, but soon realized it wasn't unusual for this group.

There were two final buns tossed in rapid succession from the other end of the table with one hitting Jared, and the other Liam.  "That just felt so right," said Kat.

"Katherine!" said Shawn.  "I cannot believe you did that, without me."  He tossed a bun at Jared and Liam as well.  That was when the first-ever great-Friday-night-bun-war started and ended a couple of minutes later, it was decided this was something which would become an annual event at the cabin.

Jared stood again, "With that out of our system, and everyone has finished playing with their buns, I would like to continue.  Before I do, I need to remind my brothers we have guests with us tonight, so we will not be playing pull my finger after dinner."

Rob's wife looked at him and asked, "Pull my finger?"  She paused as soon as she said it and then joined Kat in saying, "Ewwwww."

"My life continued, and I was happy working at the ambulance service and studying at school and furthering my learning of the traditional spiritualism at night or as I could find the time.  Grandfather had been teaching me for years, and it was the time I spent with him learning that I will treasure for the rest of my life."  Jared leaned over and gave his grandfather a big hug and a kiss on his cheek.  The old man had a tear roll down one cheek but remained stoic.  "One day, I was assigned a new medic to work with, and we found that we not only got along but we worked together quite well.  Over time we became friends."  Jared motioned to Liam to stand, taking his hands into his own.  "And then we became boyfriends over time as well."

Melanie was about to use her fingers to gag herself when Grandfather slapped the back of her head.

"Be good Granddaughter, or there's more of those where that one came from."

"Yes, Grandfather," she said rubbing the back of her head.

Darren laughed out loud, made a fist and pumped it while he said, "Yes!"

"Last night, we were here on the deck together when we were unexpectedly visited by our spirit guides.  Masqua, the bear came to us to embrace us warmly.  When he released us, we had both been given the exact same tattoo on our upper right arms."  The two men took their shirts off to the catcalls of the people at the table.  They turned and everyone looked intently at the new tattoos.  "The tattoo is the blending of the large eagle feather and the four marks of the bear claw across it representing our two major spirit guides."

The crowd murmured, but Grandfather had figured it out and was grinning widely at them.

Liam spoke finally, "The tattoos were a big surprise for us last night.  The tattoos match but the spirit guides also marked the rings we had given each other."

The crowd was silent, thinking about what had been said.

"Last night, Jared asked me to be his husband and we committed to each other to be married," continued Liam.  They both held up their hands and pointed at the rings.

The entire table continued in silence until Jared and Liam kissed gently.  Then bedlam on the deck started.  The number of congratulations and best wishes was only surpassed by the number of hugs shared between everyone.  Liam went inside the cabin and brought out a few bottles of champagne to be shared by everyone.

Grandfather warmly embraced the two men, "It's about time, you two.  You two have had my blessing from the first day you worked together.  I blocked your ability to perceive anything about Liam, forcing you two to talk and get to know each other the old way."

"You did it!" said Jared.

"I was told to do it, by someone we never argue with," replied Grandfather with a laugh.  "The Creator brought you two together and hoped your paths would grow together.  He has plans for you two."

Liam's eyes teared, "I cannot believe my fortune to have a job, have a family, friends, a fiancé, and a grandfather... and to have been set up with my soulmate by the Creator himself is incredible."

"When you put it that way Liam, it is incredible," replied Jared.

To celebrate the night, Jared had bought a few boxes of fireworks to be shot off.  He turned the running of the display over to Darren, who immediately found a stick to carry similar to a Sgt. Major and started issuing orders to the other young men.  They set up some sand filled boxes and buckets on the end of the dock to use as the base for the fireworks.  It also increased the safety factor of the show as it was being shot over the lake, and not the forest.

While waiting for the fireworks, a fire was lit in the pit and the entire crowd had moved down to the benches after cleaning up the supper dishes.  They sat and sipped tea, wine or coffee while roasting marshmallows on long sticks.  The group chatted amongst themselves, appreciating the beauty of the multi-colored sun as it set in the west.  The yellow flowed into the orange and red giving the horizon the appearance of it being on fire.

Jack, Molly, Marci, Amanda, Shawn, and Kat were having a glass of wine on the deck, looking out over the lake.

"This goes against everything I was taught as a medical professional," said Shawn, "I mean, this is like something out the Sci-fi or Space channel."

"I always knew Jared and Liam were both good people, I saw it in their work and the effect they had on many people.  Jack, are they angels from God?" asked Kat.  "I don't know how else to ask that."

Jack and Molly chuckled at her question.  "With what they did with our surrogate son, Jesse, you wouldn't get any argument from me if you called them angels," replied Molly.  "But they aren't, Kat."

"Do you think my background as a lawyer made it any easier to accept what I was seeing them do?" asked Jack rhetorically.  "Their grandfather called the spirits of our friends to talk with us.  We just talked, and any question I thought of… they answered.  It was not a setup."

"Shawn, they don't want you to treat them any differently now that you know some of their abilities," said Molly.

Kat shook her head in disbelief.  "They opened their home to us and they are hiding nothing.  I still see them all as my friends, and I will do nothing to disturb that and the good they do."

Shawn sat and thought for a moment.  "I know, Kat.  You know, after everything they have done for the hospital and the people they treat I am even more upset at the comment from Tami the nurse after they left the treatment room.  She called them 'faggots.'"

Jack smiled and said, "Sticks and stones, Shawn, sticks and stones.  They know when they have to react to teach a lesson."

"I filed a complaint for breach of professionalism against her.  There is no excuse for what she said, especially for these two men.  I have to admit, I have a lot to learn about this spiritualism and breaking down the gay stereotypes.  I mean, none of these guys fit any of the stereotypes," said Shawn.

Molly smiled, "Think of it this way, you've been accepted into a family and friends of people who all love each other.  That's all you have to remember."

From the darkness, Grandfather's voice was heard and startled everyone.  He stepped into the light for them to see.  "That is so true what you said, Molly.  I thought it was time to tell Shawn, Kat, Amanda, and Marci the story of the family like I did you and Jack.  Why don't you fill your glasses of wine, and I'll get another mug of tea, and we can go down to the fire ring and I will tell you the story."

They all stood, and Molly made a suggestion.  "Bring the bottle of wine, and box of Kleenex, Kat.  I'll probably cry again when I hear the story for the second time.  You two are going to have your eyes opened about all of these men, and how good they really are in spite of what they went through in their lives."

There was laughter heard in the distance by the group.  Grandfather smiled at the sound and said, "They are all together, on the dock, and doing what they do; being brothers in a family."

There was a fart sound heard very clearly by the group and then laughter afterward.

"Grandfather," started Jack, "I think you stand corrected as they are not only being family, but also just boys and brothers." 

There was another fart sound heard, and then everyone heard, "Good one, Jess.  You're getting better."

Molly smiled at Kat and said, "You were right earlier, Kat.  They take people in and they become part of the group."  She turned to Jack and said, "I can't believe they've convinced Jesse to participate in a farting contest."

"Shawn, maybe we should go join them…" suggested Jack.

Both women yelled, "NO!"

Jared, Liam, Darren, Josh, Tyler, Troy, Jesse, and Zane were all seated on chairs at the end of the dock.  They were seated in a circle, chatting and joking with each other as they always do.

Darren finally asked, "So, who's going to be best man?"

"We thought about that.  All of you as the groomsmen, or I guess Jesse and Zane would be the Maids of Honor as they have the nicest legs with no hair on them."

They both gave him the finger while everyone else laughed.

"Look, we haven't been thinking about the ceremony or anything yet, other than we want all of you in it and Grandfather to conduct the ceremony of course."

"How soon?" asked Josh.

"Haven't picked a date yet as we wanted to talk with you guys first," said Liam.

"Fall, winter, or what season were you thinking about?" asked Tyler.

"We really haven't thought about it yet," replied Jared.

"Liam's not pregnant, is he?  I mean, you two have been safe, right?" asked Jesse innocently.

The group lost it in laughter and knuckle punches.  They heard footsteps on the dock and turned to look at who was coming.

"May we join you," asked Melanie.  "It's just Ryan and me."

"Where are the younger brothers?" asked Darren.

Melanie chuckled, "I saw them a few minutes ago and they were playing some sort of full-contact tackle badminton over near the Quonset."

The men were laughing as they made the circle a little larger and invited them to join them.  As Darren sat back down, he let a loud and long fart go.

Liam leaned to lift one cheek of the seat and let go one as well.

"Well, I see nothing has changed with you guys," laughed Melanie.  She then leaned over and let lose a fart the others were envious of.  The men started to applaud and rose to their feet in a standing ovation.

Ryan was shocked at first, and then started laughing at the group.  After they had sat down again, Ryan let a high-pitched screamer of a fart go.

"Virgin," the guys yelled at him.  Melanie was laughing at the comment.  Everyone on the dock also noticed Melanie was holding Ryan's hand tightly, and the glow on her face while she was doing it was amazing. 

The fireworks went off right on schedule and lasted for an hour.  The group sat near the fire ring and watched the guys working together to put on the show.  The wind had died down to nothing, and the water on the lake was like glass.  The fireworks igniting in the air were perfectly mirrored on the water intensifying the show.  The bangs of the shells echoed around the cliffs and came back a second time for the crowd to hear.  At the end of the show, Darren made sure all the ordnance was soaked in buckets of water on the end of the dock.  As the men were walking off the dock to join the others at the fire ring, the sounds of wolves calling in the distance were heard by all.  The air was immediately filled with wolves, a coyote, a fox, a lynx, an eagle and a bear answering them back.  Just as silence was about return, the absolutely terrifying sounds of two cougars filled the air.  The guys all knuckle bumped Jesse and Zane.

The people who had never heard their animal calls before were amazed at the sounds.  Molly and Jack had sat with their mouths hanging open at the sound Jesse had made.

The group sat around the fire drinking tea, soda, coffee and a couple with glasses of wine.  The guests were introduced to cooking bannock on a stick and smores.  Marci and Amanda loved the smores and were successful at cooking bannock with chocolate and marshmallow.  Liam bowed to them for accomplishing it.  They sat and told stories, jokes, and poked fun at each other.  The people who had never sat at a campfire with the group enjoyed themselves immensely.  Soon enough, it was 10:00 pm and Melanie grabbed the women to come with her up to the cabin.  They dug out food for sandwiches, vegetables, salads, cheese, and fruit for the group to have a snack.  No one could believe how quickly the time had been passing.  They were all sitting on the deck after their meal, enjoying the night.

Suddenly, they heard someone say, "Oh my God, it's a bear!"  There was fear by the newcomers on the deck, but they were calmed by the guys.

Jared and Liam calmly walked down the stairs to the animal.  He was a huge 600-pound black bear and had come onto the lawn, sat down on his butt, and looked up at the deck.  Adam was quietly explaining that this land and the people were protected by the spirit and the power of the bear and it wasn't the first time this spirit guide had dropped in on them.  He assured everyone there was no danger, but never assume any wild animals are friendly.

Jared and Liam walked towards him with their arms outstretched and when close enough they each took a paw into their hands and spoke to the bear.

"We are honored by your presence, Masqua," said Jared.

The bear yawned and then growled in a few different pitches and lengths.

Liam looked up at the deck and yelled up to the group, "He thought there was going to be cake and ice cream tonight."

The bear snarled.

"Sorry, with sprinkles."

The bear gave a long drawn out growl.

"He wants a corner piece," said Jared.

Adam moved to the railing and yelled over, "Masqua, we have apples if you prefer."

The bear looked at Adam, and then to Liam and Jared.  He growled, whined and wheezed at the two men.  At times it almost sounded like the bear was laughing.

Grandfather moved next to Adam and asked, "Did you catch that, Adam?"

Adam smiled, "I didn't know spirit guides could laugh, and how the hell does he know about wedgies… and what did he mean 'give one to the smartass'?"

Josh came up behind Adam and gave him a wedgie.  "You can't argue with the spirit guides."

The bear was laughing again.

The group was silent until Marci said, "If a 600-pound bear wants a piece of cake, you find a damn cake."

The bear growled, and Liam laughed.  "He said don't forget the ice cream, sprinkles, and corner piece."

Melanie came out with a large cake which Jared had been hiding.  It had a picture of Liam and Jared on the top announcing their engagement with the date.  It was a chocolate cheese cake and it was soon cut into pieces for everyone.

Jared and Liam had walked down to the beach with the bear to sit on the log and look out over the lake.  Adam took four pieces of cake with ice cream down for them to eat and then sat with them while they enjoyed their desert.  Masqua had eaten his fairly quickly, and leaned over to Liam, looking at his piece of cake.

Adam surprised his two friends by speaking, "Masqua, I don't think you would win a fight with Liam for chocolate cheesecake."

Liam looked up at the bear looking down at him; he turned slightly away from the bear while pulling the cake in close.

The bear growled a string of sounds.

Jared and Adam started to roll on the ground laughing as Liam turned to face the bear.  "That was just rude, especially for a spirit guide... and my ass is not getting fat!"

The rest of the group watched, heard the laughter and saw the two men rolling on the ground while laughing even harder.  They also saw Liam trying to hide his cake from the bear.

"This does it, I've lost all sense of reality and I'm delusional.  I'm imagining those three sitting and eating cake with a friggin bear," said Shawn as he shook his head.

Tyler put his hand on Shawn's shoulder and asked, "Would you like to meet him?"

Shawn just stared at him.

Troy joined the group with a bottle of BBQ sauce in his hand.  "Here Shawn, let's get you ready to meet Masqua."

Kat tried so hard not to laugh until Shawn figured out the meaning of the comment.  When he did, he just called them all assholes.  That's when the rest on the deck started laughing.

"Shawn," started Kat, "I warned you these guys were quick with their jokes and wit.  This is the first time you've head butted with them, I've been dealing with it for years."

"I'm finally beginning to understand Kat, and I'll need help you to get even," replied Shawn.

Kat just smiled, "With pleasure."

End of Chapter Thirty

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Short stories I have written:

The Break In

The Wilderness Canoe Guide

The Extraction

The Veterans