Jared the Paramedic II ~ The Family Gathers

Chapter 26: Old Knowledge Stirs

That evening, the older brothers climbed out of two vehicles, stretching.

"GrandfatherGrandfather ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">Mathew Bear (Grandfather)<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\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;\">First Appearance: Jared II, Chapter 12 &#160; &#160; | &#160; &#160; Jared, Chapter 2 (mentioned); Jared, Chapter 8 (astral)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\">")," called JaredJared ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">Jared<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\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)<\/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: justify;\">") and he walked towards him.

"Jared my grandson, how was the trip up here?"  The older man reached out and embraced his grandson warmly.  "It is so good to see you."

They separated.  LiamLiam ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">Liam<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Age: 22<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Description: 6'0\", blue eyes, curly blond hair, nicely toned and tanned<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Job: Paramedic (Partner: Jared)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Boyfriend: Jared<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Spirit Guide: Eagle<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Nicknames: Mikisow, Soaring Eagle<\/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: justify;\">") reached his hand out to shake when the older man pulled him in for a tight embrace.  "Welcome to my home, Liam, soulmate of Jared."

"Thank you, Grandfather."  

They separated.  "I have moose, elk, and some ducks slow roasting in the coals of the fire in mud packs, Jared.  Maybe you could get your friends to help set up the pup tent for you to sleep in before supper and dark."

DarrenDarren ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">Darren<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Age: 26<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><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><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Job: Fire Fighter<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Boyfriend: Josh<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Spirit Guide: Wolf<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Nickname: Hose Puller<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">First Appearance: Jared, Chapter 5<\/span><\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\">") looked up.  "You mean like a kid's single person pup tent?  I was hoping for something more rustic."

"Darren, we're going to set up a large teepee for you guys to sleep in, no worries," laughed the old man.

"He's got your number, Darren," chirped TylerTyler ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">Tyler<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Age: 25<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Description: 5'11\", brown eyes, dark brown hair, slim<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Job: Police Officer (Partner: Josh)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Boyfriend: Troy<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Spirit Guide: Wolf<\/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: justify;\">").

Grandfather looked at Tyler and smirked as he reached out and put his arm around Tyler's shoulders.  "Jared, you are missing some, aren't you?  Where are the little brothers?" asked Grandfather innocently.

"Conner and Mark are with Frank at their house.  Mark is having some discussions with his school to change programs.  Conner is with him basically because they are never far apart from each other, plus he is also applying to Paramedic school.  Adam is helping his grandfather at the store and is going to try and come up later."

Liam spoke up, "Grandfather, I had a vision one night they would all join us here."

"As did I Liam, as well as Tom making a phone call to tell me Adam is on his way.  It was nice to talk with my old friend again, but I couldn't convince him to come with Adam for a visit." 

Grandfather's cabin was really a fairly basic 600 square foot log cabin with two bedrooms, living room, kitchen, and bathroom.  It was heated by wood stove and electricity.  There was not a lot of furniture in it, but all of it had been handmade and was comfortable.  The cabin wasn't sparsely furnished; it just wasn't packed with useless items similar to many homes in the city.

Grandfather designated Jared to sort out the tarps while the rest of the men would learn to build the structure.  After lashing four main poles ranging in length from 14-16' together, they began to carefully place additional poles around the structure as the old man demonstrated the use of the rope to secure them.  This was a larger shelter and by the time they were finished, there were 20 poles in a traditional teepee shape.  While they were making the structure, the men all joked with each other as well as answered some questions from Grandfather about their lives or work.

Jared and Liam brought the canvas tarps and they wrapped the structure, allowing for the rain and ventilation flap on the top.  That flap is controlled by the movement of a pole to open or close it.  Grandfather had the men move the furs inside to sleep on and showed them where the fire would be built if it were needed. The teepee was large and very wide at the base.  Measuring from one side to the other, this teepee was designed for a couple of families and was 21' wide.  There were numerous furs and blankets placed into the teepee which made it very comfortable.  With the base being so wide, it allowed each couple some privacy under the blankets if they so desired it.

The men all ran back to the vehicles and brought their packs back to their temporary accommodation, staking out their spots for the next couple of nights.  Grandfather broke the silence as they were setting out their sleeping bags.  "It's time for us to get the rest of supper together as the meat will be done soon.  Also, Adam is almost here."

JoshJosh ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">Josh<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Age: 25<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><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><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Job: Police Officer (Partner: Tyler)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Boyfriend: Darren<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Spirit Guide: Wolf<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Nickname: Ditch Pig<\/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: justify;\">") asked, "Did you see it in a vision Grandfather?"

"No, the dust cloud rising from the gravel road over there," he said pointing with a big smile on his face.

Josh looked at the cloud rising in the distance.  Then he looked at Grandfather and said, "DOH!"  They both laughed loudly.

The men were working on the meal when AdamAdam ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">Adam<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Age: 19<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Description: 5'8\", 145 lbs, black hair, chocolate brown eyes, olive skin<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Relationships: Tom (grandfather), Frank (surrogate father)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Spirit Guide: Salamander (secondary)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">First Appearance: Jared, Chapter 17<\/span><\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\">") pulled up.  Everyone warmly embraced the young man in greeting as soon as he got out of his vehicle.  Thirty minutes later, there was another vehicle raising a dust trail into the sunset behind it as it approached the cabin.

Josh was staring at the vehicle when he recognized it.  "Hey, that looks like Frank's SUV."

"Frank's SUV? It can't be.  He isn't coming and he doesn't even know where we are," said Tyler.

"I called and personally invited him," Grandfather said quietly as he walked by the men with a plate of baked potatoes. "Get the rest of the food from the kitchen and bring it out please."

The group all stood there with their mouths hanging open at Grandfather's statement.  They were amazed he had called Frank and had changed Frank's mind about coming.  They hadn't moved for a moment then Grandfather suggested they close their mouths before the flies go in, or their faces stayed frozen like that for the rest of their lives.

Shortly after that, the SUV pulled up and two of the doors flew open almost before it was in park.  ConnerConner ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">Conner<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\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;\">First Appearance: Jared, Chapter 11<\/span><\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\">") and MarkMark ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">Mark<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Age: 18<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Description: 5'11\", 150 lbs, slightly built, dirty blonde straight hair, grey eyes<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Student<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Relationships: Sgt. Frank Myers (father)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">First Appearance: Jared, Chapter 15<\/span><\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\">") jumped out and ran to the group of men as everyone moved to meet their little brothers with a hug.

Grandfather had put the potatoes on the table and walked towards FrankFrank ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">Sgt. Frank Myers<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Job: Police Sergeant<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Relationships: Mark (son) and a daughter, &#160;then Conner (surrogate son), Adam (surrogate son)<\/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: justify;\">") with his hand extended.  "It is a pleasure to finally meet you, Frank.  Please, call me Matt or Mathew."

"Mathew, it is beautiful up here.  I can't think of the last time I was out of the city this far."

"Once you have been here, it will always call you to come back.  You will always be welcome here, my new friend."

TroyTroy ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">Troy<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Age: 25<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Description: 5'11\", brown eyes, blonde hair, solid but not overly muscular.<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Job: Paramedic<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Boyfriend: Tyler<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Spirit Guide: Wolf<\/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: justify;\">") brought the two young men over to Grandfather and he gave them both a hug.  "It's supper time men, and there's lots of food."

Conner asked, "Is there really moose and elk meat here to eat?  Duck too?  I've never had anything but the usual stuff."

"There is lots of food and many varieties for you guys; moose, elk, deer, and other wild meats too.  I don't eat squirrel or frogs like those duck hicks in the south on that TV show.  I call squirrels tree-rats, good for nothing.  Besides that, their meat is tough and by the time you skin them, there's nothing left."

They all moved towards and sat at a long table outdoors.  After Grandfather said a prayer, they began to eat.

Frank sat near Jared and Liam while Mark and Conner sat on each side of Grandfather.  Matt enjoyed having the two youngest sitting with him as he explained to them the different meats they were eating and how it was prepared.  The table was filled with laughter, and stories were exchanged between everyone.

"Frank, I like the idea you're here, but how?" asked Josh.

"Matt called me and we had a long talk, which I really enjoyed.  Talking with him I soon realized this was one of those times I should be making the time to be with my son.  Enjoying our time together now before he's gone on his own.  I mean not only to spend quality time with him but with his friends too."

Mark added, "I was floored when he said we were coming.  Conner and I were disappointed we couldn't come with you guys, but we were fine at home."

Frank laughed, "If you count tripping over your lips and all the loud sighs you two were doing as you laid on the floor or couch like harpooned whales."

The two young men were too busy eating to argue, but the rest chuckled.

"I also promised Frank he could sleep inside the cabin while all the kids were out in the teepee," said Grandfather.

JesseJesse ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">Jesse<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Age: 32 (looks 22)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><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><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Job: Lawyer, McCoy &amp; Associates (owner, President, CEO), McAdam Construction (owner, President, CEO)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Husband: Marc (deceased)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Boyfriend: Zane<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">First Appearance:&#160;Jared II, Chapter 1 &#160; &#160; | &#160; &#160; Jared, Chapter 16 (phone)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\">") called from the other end of the table, "Kids?  I have underwear older than Conner."  

"He does guys, he really does," said ZaneZane ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">Zane<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Age: 26<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Description: 5'8\" 140 lbs, brown hair, brown eyes<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Director of the LGTBQ2 Centre<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Boyfriend: Jesse<\/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: justify;\">").

Liam smiled, "Jared had old underwear too, and I really enjoyed looking at his butt through the threadbare shorts.  I tore them off him and said he needed new stuff."

"We went underwear shopping together and bought some really cute and practical stuff for each other," added Jared.  Then he smirked, "And some pretty skimpy stuff too."

Frank raised an eyebrow.  "Wasn't it you two who took my kids shopping?  They both have some nice clothing and some pretty wild colored underwear smaller than a speedo."

Liam pointed at Jared as Jared was pointing at Liam.  Frank laughed.  "I still owe you for that stuff and a medal for getting Mark to cut his hair."

Mark gave him thumbs up but couldn't say anything as his mouth was full.

"We'll discuss it someday," replied Jared.  "I really enjoyed being with the two of them and taking them shopping.  We had a lot of fun together."

Conner blurted out, "Did you say sleep in a real teepee before everyone started talking about my underwear?"

 "Yup.  We just finished putting it together before supper," Tyler answered.

"Way cool," Conner replied.

"What are we doing tomorrow?" asked Darren.

"Part of the day will be preparing for the sweat.  You guys wanted Frank to understand some of the ways, so I thought it would be good, more controlled here with Jared, Liam, and myself together," said Grandfather.

Frank smiled at Matt, "I'm looking forward to understanding this more too."

"I think it will be fun to teach you guys how to do some fishing.  Regular fishing, fly fishing, and how to use spears too," said Grandfather. "Or you guys can go for walks, swims in the river or lay in the sun."

Conner was getting anxious, "You mean fishing like they do on TV?"

Jesse laughed at the young man's reaction.  "Jared, does Liam have any extra Ritalin to loan the little guy there?"

Liam stuck his tongue out at Jesse.  Jared was trying not to laugh at both of them.

"I'm beginning to realize who's been teaching my son sarcasm, and from whom he learned to stick his tongue out at people," Frank observed with a smirk.

The entire table yelled, "Liam!" and pointed at him.

Liam sat there feigning shock, and then innocence.  "Not me, Frank… yeah, I do it, but I'm not the only one."

Frank started to laugh at the young man's answer.  "Unless you name names, you're going down for it on your own."

Tyler and Josh both started to shake their heads and said, "Don't fall for that old trick, Liam.  It's the oldest cop trick in the book to get names of the other suspects by you selling out and giving up your buddies."

Liam smiled at the two of them and pointed at everyone else but Jared, Conner, and Mark.  "My boyfriend is totally innocent in this matter," declared Liam smugly.

The others started to voice their absolute innocence loudly.  Frank looked at Mathew and found the old man sitting back in his chair laughing so hard he almost couldn't breathe.

"Well, I find you all guilty, including Jared and Liam based upon my personal experience with them, and don't even try to object or play innocent with me, you two," proclaimed Frank.

Grandfather raised his hand, and everyone froze.  "Before you begin to profess your innocence, clear the table and go get the chocolate cheesecake, chocolate syrup, and ice cream for dessert."

They all started to scramble to clear the table quickly, returning with the requested items.  Soon enough, there was nothing left of the cake or the gallon of ice cream.  There was also a sweet tea poured for everyone and the stories and jokes started again.

"Tyler, where's Patrick?" asked Grandfather.

"He's not at all happy because he's not here with all of us.  His volleyball team won the regionals, so he had to go with them this weekend to the finals," explained Tyler.

"It is unfortunate, but he had a responsibility to the team.  He made a good decision."

"Grandfather, he was very, very upset and there were some heated words between us.  I hope there was nothing damaged which we cannot fix when we get home."

A few minutes later, Frank was sitting and watching everyone interact and tuning into the various conversations going on around the table.  He turned his attention to his son and Conner talking with Mathew.

"Your son and Conner have both been filling me in on school as well as their dreams of the future.  They have been doing a lot of planning," said Grandfather.

"I just hope I can keep up with their financial needs," said Frank quietly as he looked at the table.

"I have money from the settlement of the will and sale of the house," said Conner.  "We can use that for school tuition and books."

Frank leaned over and ruffled the young man's hair with his big hand playfully.  "Conner, I appreciate it, but we will figure it out.  No worries, little guy."  He looked at Grandfather and continued, "I guess I have two sons now, and I couldn't ask for two better ones."

The two boys moved to hug each side of Frank, and after a moment sat back down.

Conner had tears in his eyes, "Frank, I was disowned, thrown out, and then suddenly an orphan... and now you call me son, something my own father didn't even do for years.  In fact, it was my father who tried to kill you and you still took me in." Frank reached over and pulled the young man in for another hug, holding him in tightly.  The young man relaxed his head on Frank's shoulder, with his eyes closed but tears running from them.

Frank turned his head and kissed the top of Conner's head gently and said, "I don't hold you responsible for your father's actions.  I do thank you for being in my son's and my life though.  You have brought joy to my house again and made me appreciate my son again more than life.  Now I have both you and Mark as my sons, and I couldn't be prouder or happier except when Adam shows up."

Mark snuggled into his dad's other side, and Conner sobbed quietly.  Mark moved over and snuggled into Conner.

"Jared," Grandfather called out.

Jared looked over at the head of the table and said, "Yes, Grandfather."

"Are Conner and Mark official members of this family yet?"

"They will be inducted tomorrow night during the sweat, with your blessing, of course, Grandfather."

"Good enough for me," said Grandfather.  He turned to Frank and explained, "As members of this special group of people, they not only become a tribe of brothers but family.  This family and tribe have a scholarship program available for all of its members and these two now qualify."

Frank looked at the old man, and around at everyone else.  "Mathew, what are you talking about?  I don't accept charity."  Frank was starting to get upset, and both Josh and Tyler recognized the signs immediately.

Zane spoke first, "Frank, the family is paying for my university courses at night school so I can get my masters in Social Work.  I couldn't afford it otherwise."

Adam spoke next, "They are helping me with my application fee to the paramedic program and will help with the tuition as well.  I didn't ask for it, Grandfather Mathew asked for the documents and we sat and figured out what I needed." 

Jesse spoke up next, "They are paying for my belly dancing lessons and Liam's French maid lessons too."  Jesse stood up and did a mock belly dance while Liam stuck his tongue out at Jesse.  The entire group laughed at the antics.

When they settled down, Tyler spoke, "Frank, we fully support any of our brothers going to school.  Money should never be a prevention of getting an education."

"I know all of you guys and you all work for a living.  I mean, you guys are like me and have a decent paying job but there isn't much left over after paying the bills.  How do you guys get the money?" asked Frank.

"May I have a discussion with you about that privately.  It's nothing illegal or immoral, but it's not common knowledge with the newer family members," said Jared.  "Grandfather and Jesse could sit with us as well."

Frank was looking uncomfortable, so Jesse suggested, "Let's go for a walk along the river and talk while the minions clean up and do the dishes.  Did Liam bring his French maid outfit?" asked Jesse as he laughed.

Frank looked concerned at the mention of the outfit a second time until Liam called Jesse a bitch, and with exaggeration, he waggled off with arms full of dishes.  Jared explained the meaning of the French maid costume which they were bugging Liam about and how Rob had reacted to it.  Frank laughed once he understood and he added Liam didn't have the legs for a short dress.  The entire table heard Liam yell at them they were all assholes.

Grandfather, Jared, Jesse, and Frank wandered towards the river and found four rocks to sit on along the bank.

They talked for thirty minutes and had several contests of skipping stones over the water.  Grandfather spoke, "Frank, I'm the one who manages the education funds for the family members, not John, Jared, or Liam.  It's only money, and the Creator gave it to us to help people. I'm comfortable here the way I live, and I really enjoy helping people.  If you have a problem with this offer, it's your fucking problem… not ours.  So, either take the money or quit fucking whining about not being able to pay for it."

Both Jared and Jesse were staring at the ground as Grandfather was speaking.

Frank looked up at the man when he swore.  No one speaks to him like that; he's a shift commander, a senior cop, and a father. He felt his face going red and hot as the blood rushed to it.  This is some old man telling me I have a problem with getting help from them.  Frank was grinding his teeth when he finally looked at Mathew sitting near him.  Then it hit him, the man was right.  It was his ego causing the problem, not this man reaching out and making a helping gesture.

Frank laughed finally. "I accept if they need it.  You're right Mathew, it is my problem.  I can also see where Jared gets his ability to give me shit now and speak his mind just like you did."

"Good, it's done; now it's time for a campfire," said Grandfather.

"Before that, if you guys are what you say you are in the business world, and I do believe you, why are you still working so hard?"

"It's the path of life we are walking, besides that I would have been bored in an hour," said Jared.  "I'm a medicine man, and it's my calling in life to do what I do."

"Me too," said Jesse.  "Nothing better to do and in all honesty, I would have never learned what I learned or even met these people or more importantly Zane.  They helped me before they even knew who I was in the world.  Zane took me at my word alone and so did everyone else.  They just opened their hearts for me to walk into, and them into mine.  The entire group just did what they could to help and have asked for nothing in return."

"I know that's what they do and I apologize to all of you for my attitude.  I'm not use to people helping me or anyone else because they can.  People always make the offer to help, with hidden agendas or future favors expected," said Frank.

"Done." said Grandfather. "Now, let's get to the campfire before all the snacks are gone."

Frank enjoyed himself immensely sitting around the fire and roasting marshmallows and making smores.  He had known these men through work and had a tremendous amount of respect for them professionally.  He was now learning about them on a personal level and enjoying that as well.  He watched them interact with his son and Conner, and they really did treat them as little brothers with lots of hugs, and patiently providing answers to their questions and poking innocent fun at each of them.  Frank also appreciated when Mark and Conner came and sat with him, one on each shoulder and quietly watched the fire.  Mark and he had not snuggled like this for years.

He had never been around a group of people like this before.  The youngest was 18, Frank himself was 48, and only God knows how old Mathew is.  What he couldn't believe was ages didn't matter, they were here as a group of people.  He had never felt so comfortable with a group of people before, even the young ones.

Frank suddenly realized he and Matt were the only two straight people here, and he didn't care.  He thought to himself, "Why would I differentiate like that?"  None of these people were any lower in his opinion because of what they were in life or their occupations, and he knew that had been a big change for him.  He had always thought of the LGBT community as different, not subhuman but just different.  When his son came out to him, it didn't go well.  He and his son got involved with Jared and Liam and he's never looked back since.  The two of them seem to fix whatever needs fixing.

Grandfather told the group a couple of stories of old legends which involved some of the animals found in the area.  He did imitations of a moose, elk, deer, and a couple of carnivores like the coyote, badger, and wolverine.  Frank looked at the group while Grandfather was telling the stories and saw everyone one of the men focused on his every word.

There were a few wolf howls in the distance, and it prompted Tyler, Troy, Darren, and Josh to answer them with their own howls.  Frank was amazed at the way the four men howled so realistically it even caused the hairs on the back of his neck to stand up.  The other wolves responded to the guys' howls, and they replied yet again. The four men were ready to howl one more time when Grandfather raised his hand in a stop signal.

"Will you guys quit getting the locals worked up?  Just ignore them now or the pack will drop in for territory scrap to check out the competition.  One more story before bed grandsons," said Grandfather.  The group was disappointed but were happy for one more story.

"Tyler and Josh, I need your help with this one.  Frank may even be able to help you as well," said Grandfather.

"Sure thing, what do you need us to do?" asked Tyler.

"Just answer my questions.  Do you know what sound a cow makes in a field?"

"It moos," replied Josh.

"Make the sound grandsons," directed Grandfather.  The two men imitated a cow by making a 'moo' sound and the group was laughing at their attempt.

"Do you two know what sound a sheep makes?" asked Grandfather.

The two men answered, "Baaa."

"What about a rooster?  Do you know what sound a rooster makes?"

The two men were laughing as they said, "Cock-a-doodle-do."

"Very good, do you know what sound a pig makes?"

The group was laughing as Josh and Tyler were imitating the snorts and grunts of a pig.

"I'm sorry guys, that's not correct," said Grandfather.  The group looked at him with surprise on their faces.  "The sound a pig makes is, 'Let me see your driver's license, registration, and insurance.'"

The group's laughing covered the sound of Frank, Josh, and Tyler groaning at the joke.

Grandfather said goodnight, and Frank followed him up to the cabin.  The rest were heading off to bed in the teepee.

As they were moving into the teepee to settle in for a sleep, Tyler, Troy, Jared, and Liam suddenly all locked eyes.  They had all heard their names being screamed.  The men quickly formed a circle, sat down in the middle of the Teepee, held hands and began a trance. Immediately, they locked onto to the plea of Patrick and headed to his location.

PatrickPatrick ("<\/p>\r\n<h4 style=\"text-align: justify;\">Patrick<\/h4>\r\n<ul style=\"text-align: justify;\">\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Age: 17<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><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><span style=\"color: #999999;\">Spirit Guide: Porcupine (secondary)<\/span><\/li>\r\n<li><span style=\"color: #999999;\">First Appearance: Jared II, Chapter 11<\/span><\/li>\r\n<\/ul>\r\n<p style=\"text-align: justify;\">") was walking home after spending Friday evening at the school playing volleyball.  He really enjoyed playing volleyball and soccer because they kept him moving as opposed to something like baseball.  He really didn't like playing baseball because it was either sitting on the bench or just standing in the field swatting at mosquitos.  Patrick knew he was ADD and he had learned which sports helped burn off the excess energy.  He also knew when he was with Tyler, Troy, and the rest of the group he was very comfortable and the ADD didn't seem to bother him or take control of him.  He felt good around his friends, physically and mentally.  The young man smiled to himself.

A voice came out of the dark startling him.

"Patrick?" asked the voice.

The young man stopped and turned towards the voice.  He could see the shape of a larger person being backlit by one of the street lights nearby.  He couldn't see any definite clothing or even the face of the person and he didn't recognize the voice either.

"Nope, sorry.  You must have the wrong person," replied Patrick as he turned to walk away quickly.

"Patrick, I would recognize you anywhere even though I haven't been able to speak directly to you for years," said the man.

The young man stopped and turned to face the person.  "You know me?"

"Yes, Patrick.  I've known you since you were little and I've watched you play volleyball and soccer for years.  I was in the audience when you were young, and you were in the plays every Christmas at school. I watched as many of your volleyball and soccer games as I could when I wasn't out of town working.  I've never been far away."  The man hesitated before continuing.  "But I never had the courage to speak to you until tonight."

Patrick stepped backward.  "What do you mean?  Who are you?"

The man stepped into the light so Patrick could see him.  He was approximately 45 years old, 6'3", possibly 230 lbs., long brown curly hair, very defined features, a light olive skin tone, a trimmed goatee beard, and black eyes.  The eyes on this man were not only black, they seemed to draw light into them.  He had broad shoulders, and shirt he had on was tight on his obviously muscular chest.  The man was wearing low cut jeans which were also very tight on his body accentuating his large bulge.  The man was handsome, or even better described as hot.

Patrick looked him up and down.  "I don't know you and I've never seen you before, leave me alone."

The man smiled showing his perfect white teeth in his smile, "Son, I came home."

Patrick froze in position, his face becoming blank at the shock in what the stranger had said to him.

"My father is dead to me."

"Patrick, I had promised your mother I would not interfere with you growing up when she threw me out of the apartment.  You are a man now and the promise I made to stay out of your life while you were growing up ended on your 18th birthday.  I wanted to meet my son."

The young man stood and stared at the man.  The blank face Patrick had previously displayed was now replaced by rage.  He had never felt the level of rage which he was feeling at that moment.  It had started as a sharp pain in the middle of his chest as if a burning cigarette was being crushed against his skin.  The single point of focused pain intensified until it was just short of being intolerable, and then spread through his body firing every nerve with pain as it spread. In the split second the pain had fired every nerve in his body, his emotions had boiled up deep within him and replaced the physical pain with that of emotional.  Patrick was stunned as a wave of disappointment, anger, fear, disgrace, insecurity, and hatred all boiled up from within him and was focused upon the man who had identified himself as his father. He could not focus on one thought or even sort out what was going through his mind, he was all over the board.  Suddenly, because of his being overwhelmed, he was scared because he was here facing this man alone.  The one thought he did focus on for a moment was, "Help me... Tyler... Troy..."

The man could feel the heat of Patrick's emotional response building in response to his words as if he were holding his hands over a fire.  He could sense the fear, loneliness, longing for acceptance, the pain of betrayal, and the vulnerability of the young one in front of him.  He was also gaining strength from the anger, hatred, and fear which was being projected from the target.  It felt so good to him as it radiated from the young man and he absorbed the strength from it.

"She didn't throw you out, you fucking abandoned us like a bag of trash," spat Patrick.  His words were said in such a way there would be no misinterpreting the venom they were covered in.

"Your mother needed to tell you that to cover up her own mistakes," he replied calmly.  "Your mother, my ex-wife didn't want me around anymore because she had lost a baby in a miscarriage and blamed me.  She blamed me for all the drugs she was doing, and it was the drugs who killed your brother."

Patrick was fuming, "Bullshit.  She doesn't do drugs and never has."  He then stopped for a moment, "Miscarriage? Brother?"

"I should've known she'd never tell you about your brother, Patrick.  He was born a year after you and he died 7 months later in his crib.  I was away working on the pipeline as a welder and when I came home she was all drugged up and passed out on the floor.  I finally got it out of her that your brother died and the baby she was carrying had miscarried."

Patrick was shaking his head back in forth sending the message 'no.'  "This doesn't make any sense, none of it.  I know it's not true."

"Your mother is ashamed of you being gay too, and she just needs some time to figure out how to throw you out."

"I'm not gay… what the fuck are you talking about.  I've had girlfriends.  You show up here out of the blue and think you know me?!"

"You wouldn't have sex with the last one, but you would've if it was Troy or Tyler who wanted to fuck you."

"Those two have been more like fathers to me than you ever could be, shut your mouth."

The man was looking through Patrick, and then he smiled. "You want Adam, you want Adam to fuck you."

"You have no clue what you are talking about."

He continued without even pausing, "Your mother is ashamed of you being gay and she wants to sue your neighbor buddies for turning you that way.  She's not stupid, Patrick, she has her sight set on some big money for lots of cruises without you."

Patrick screamed, "Nooooooo!"

The man began to look worried, but that was soon controlled as he began to show his confidence again.  He thought to himself, "It hasn't happened yet, but soon.  He just needs to…"  The last thought was cut off by a new voice.  He looked to his left and a porcupine was sitting up on his back feet staring at him.  For the first time, the man began to think he may lose this one and he should get out of here quickly.

"Patrick," started the porcupine.  "I am Kâkwa, the porcupine spirit guide sent to watch over you, my human, or as we may now call you… Tadika or fast-runner."

Patrick was shaking his head 'no' but stopped and looked directly at the animal sitting up not far from him.  His mind was flooding with images and thoughts, but they weren't his.  This didn't make sense to Patrick in any way and out of reflex he grabbed his head with both hands and squat on the ground.

"Ignore that thing, Patrick, it will lead you astray, it's evil," said the man who claimed to be his father.  "I've known since you were born that you would be a special man.  Your mother tried to stop it; she didn't want it to happen.  She wanted you for herself instead of taking your place in the realm to give orders."

Kâkwa continued to stand near Patrick in a very non-threatening way.  "Tadika, you are waking up inside and I am here to guide you through the transition.  There is another here as well."

The man began to look around nervously.  "Patrick, we need to go to safety before too many of these evil spirits gather to influence you.  They are not what they seem and are evil."

The man moved closer as he spoke.  "Your mother hates you just like she hated your brother and the unborn child.  If she could, she would kill you like she did the other two so she would be free of responsibility.  She is ashamed of you not being a man but just a faggot."

Patrick looked up at the man, and he saw him in a different way now.  The man's eyes were still the blackest he had ever seen but unlike before, he now knew what that meant.  Behind Patrick, the sound of two wolves growling very aggressively was heard.  There was also another sound which sounded like a huge housecat growling and hissing as well.  Patrick stood and looked at where the sounds were coming from and saw two wolves who he immediately knew were Tyler and Troy.  Between the two wolves was a huge Lynx or Bobcat with its muscles tense, ears flat and eyes fixed on the man who said he was Patrick's father.

"I will leave for the time being, Patrick, but I'll find you later so we can talk privately," said the man.

"I don't think so," said Adam.  The man turned quickly and looked straight at Adam, Jared, and Liam who were now standing a few feet behind him.

"We were just talking…" started the man.

Adam raised his hands, palms out, and fired off three white orbs which hit the man in the chest.  Three more hit the man after Liam had fired followed by three from Jared.  The man screamed an unearthly scream as he fell to the ground in a fetal position.

Grandfather walked into the light now dressed in his finest Medicine Man furs and skins.  He walked up to the man on the ground and looked down at him.  Mathew's eyes flashed white, and the man was no longer human but now appeared as a skinny black, leathery, gremlin with wings.

"Patrick, this is the true form of what was pretending to be your father," said Grandfather.

The thing on the ground moved to look at Patrick and said, "Son, I love you.  They are warping your mind to make me look like this.  Don't believe them."

Patrick looked at the thing on the ground and stared at it.  As he was looking at every detail he began to understand what it was thinking.  The young man had no clue his own eyes had turned bright white and he could see the lies this thing was saying.  He could now sense the truth of everyone else as well. Patrick could feel the emotions, lies, truth, and even the strong thoughts of the others standing near him.  Once again, he was being overwhelmed but this time was different.  He still felt safe.

"You were never my father, nor have you ever told the truth," said Patrick in deep thought.  Darren and Josh had also arrived and they took up positions behind Patrick.  Tyler and Troy moved between the thing on the ground and their little brother.

Liam moved forward holding a poplar sapling which had been freshly cut nearby.  He moved forward and as he speared the evil one on the ground, he said in Gaelic, "Creator, be between us and harm, and protect us from the harm of the world."

The thing on the ground screamed and the ground under their feet shook as the wooden spear pierced its body.  The shape dissolved into black smoke, which rapidly dissipated into oblivion.

Tyler and Troy grasped Patrick into their arms for a tight hug, and Adam joined them.  The young man wept tears of joy and relief as at the moment he felt safe in their grasp.  Darren and Josh remained vigilant and were visually searching the woods and sniffing for other scents.

Grandfather turned to Jared and said, "I will walk Patrick or my grandson known as Tadika, home.  It will give us a chance to speak.  I would also like to speak with his mother about him needing to be at the sweat ceremony tomorrow.  I need Tyler and Troy to pick him up in the morning and bring him out to the ceremony site."

"As you ask Grandfather, it shall be done," replied Jared.

Tyler and Troy both glanced over their shoulders at Mathew and said, "As you ask Grandfather."

Grandfather spoke again, "Kâkwa, Misiminôs… search and protect."  The porcupine and lynx disappeared quietly into the dark.

"Adam, will you join me in walking Patrick home?"

"Yes Grandfather, I would be happy to join you."

"Patrick, you will see all your brothers tomorrow but we need to get you home."

"I would like to stay with Tyler and Troy," said the young man nervously.

"Patrick, you will see them in the morning, until then you have Adam and I with you."  Grandfather turned to the other members of the tribe and simply said, "Goodnight, my children," as they all disappeared.

Patrick stood there with his mouth open as Adam put an arm around his waist and Grandfather put a hand on his shoulder.  "You are about to learn a lot this weekend Patrick.  Starting with the fact that we have the ability to physically be in one place, enter into a trance, and then metaphysically be in another place.  It is one of the powers or gifts given to a type of person we call a traveler."

The three men walked home slowly with Patrick asking many questions of both Adam and Mathew.  When they got to Patrick's home, his mother was still up and watching the late news.  Adam and Mathew introduced themselves and talked over a cup of tea with his mother.  Patrick's mother was not surprised, and as a sensitive, she knew he had something within him which had not awakened yet.  Patrick was tired and was having trouble trying to stay awake.  Adam and Grandfather smudged the apartment, and afterward, Mathew blessed it with the protection of the bear.  Adam and Grandfather left the apartment, and when in the hallway disappeared.

The rest of the men woke up from their trance and looked around the teepee.  They immediately saw movement under the blankets where Mark, Conner, and Adam were sleeping.  They all smiled and headed off to their sleeping areas.  It was then they realized they had only been gone from this level of existence for 10 minutes.  They all stripped off, crawled under the blankets and furs in couples and cuddled.

Mark and Conner shared their blankets with Adam and the three of them cuddled together in their underwear.  The three young men were trying hard to hide their erections from each other by shifting positions, hopefully subtly.  Mark was in the center of the three when he felt two sets of hands massaging his groin area, focusing on his cock and balls.  He used his hands to grasp Adam and Conner in return.  All three had a hard cock in their hand and were gently sliding their hands up and down the shaft.  Each of the young men could feel the hand of their friend sliding up and onto their cockhead, squeezing tighter and then sliding back down.  All three had pulled their heads under the furs to muffle their moans of excitement.

Darren laid on his side and reached out to Josh, pulling him in tight and spooning behind him.  He leaned forward and kissed the back of his boyfriend's neck gently, also using his tongue to gently lick towards and nibble at the ears.

"Goodnight Josh.  I love it when we fall asleep like this together," he whispered.

"It's almost perfect, Darren."  Josh wiggled his naked ass so Darren's cock was lying along the crack.  "Now it's perfect."

Darren kissed him again and reached around to gently cup Josh's cock and balls.  He gently ground his hardening cock into the crack of Josh's ass.  He could feel Josh's cock beginning to get more solid in his grip as he manipulated it, playing with the skin and sensitive underside of the shaft.

"Mmm," Josh purred as he ground his ass backward.

Jesse and Zane were holding hands and staring into the blackness where they knew the other's eyes would be.  Zane released one of his hands and reached down and into Jesse's briefs to play with his semi-erect cock.  He knew Jesse couldn't resist when he slid the foreskin back and forth over the big head of his dick. Zane also leaned forward and licked and manipulated Jesse's nipple with his tongue. He could feel Jesse responding quickly, and even wiggling a bit as he continued doing it.  Zane could sense Jesse moving closer until he felt the warm moist lips of his boyfriend pressing against his.  The hairs of Jesse's chest were ticking his nipples and send sensual shocks through his body.  Zane reached up and continued to play with Jesse's nipples while he blew across his boyfriend's ear.  Jesse purred and ground his quickly engorging member into Zane's.  Zane took both of the hard cocks into his hand and while holding them together, began to jack them at the same time.

"Sounds like someone other than us has the same idea," whispered Tyler to Troy.

"I would recognize Jesse's whimper anywhere," he whispered back.

Tyler was already lodged inside Troy's tight asshole and gently thrusting in and out while nibbling on his neck.  Troy felt the heat of his boyfriend's chest in contact with his back and it gave him a feeling of love and serenity.  The 6.5" of hard cock sliding in and out him was sending wave after wave of electricity through his body.  They freely gave each other the bottom position depending upon who wanted it and were very versatile.  Both positions were assumed freely, and with equal love.  Troy was jacking himself slowly while his boyfriend continued to thrust in and out.

Liam had Jared pinned underneath of him, grinding his pelvis into his boyfriends, alternating between kissing and gently chewing on his ears.

"You are not even being subtle tonight," said Jared.

Adam had slid down under the furs where he was able to alternately suck on Mark's dick, and then Conner's.  Conner always squirmed and squeaked while he was receiving a blow job.  It was still relatively new to him and the sensations he felt still overwhelmed him.  The young man squirmed in response every time Adam sucked on the big head of the 7.5" hard muscle.  Conner had no clue he was well endowed with a big, thick cock.  He hadn't had a lot of experience until he met Mark and Adam.  The young man still didn't have a lot of experience, but he did enjoy giving and receiving oral sex. Mark always cuddled with Conner, before and after they both had cum, never pressuring him into anything more than what he wanted to do.  Conner loved Mark, but he also loved Adam in a special way too.  It was the same for all three of the young men.  Mark and Conner were basically boyfriends, but Adam was a special friend; he was the only special friend the two of them had.  Conner moaned loudly, and his body went rigid as he came in Adam's mouth.  When Conner came, it was a mouthful of sweet tasting nectar which pumped and pumped into Adam's mouth.  Adam could barely keep up swallowing his special friend's load.  When Mark had heard Conner start to cum, he had locked his lips onto his boyfriends and began kissing him; their tongues dancing together.

Mark and Conner finished their kissing, and Conner slid under the covers to suck on Mark's and Adam's cocks, something he was becoming very good at.

Darren was leaking precum like a fire hydrant which lubricated the crack of Josh's ass and made it easy to slide his cock up and down the entire length. He also liked it a lot when his cock was sliding between the two muscular globes of Josh's ass.  The amount of precum also made it easy when Darren penetrated Josh and went deep with his thrust just like Josh liked.  Darren could feel his boyfriend's ring muscle quivering as he broke through and slid deep.  Josh had felt his boyfriend's hard cock enter into his ass and pushed back to make it easier for Darren to get in deeper.

The precum from Jesse and Zane combined to make Zane's hand slippery as it traveled up and down the shafts.  Jesse was almost melting into the furs as Zane moved enough to create friction on both of his nipples.  Zane was blowing across Jesse's ear, and even giving it a nibble now and then.  These things really did excite Jesse to the point where Zane wanted to find out some time if his boyfriend would come just from playing with his ears and nipples.

Mark was shooting his load into Conner's mouth while he listened to the groans and short breaths being taken by his friends around him.  It was so hot to hear the others fucking at the same time he was getting a blow job from Conner's warm and very soft mouth.  When he finished shooting his load, he crawled under lower to help Conner work on Adams cock.  Mark didn't mind sucking on Adam's or Conner's cocks, and the only thing he liked more than feeling the load being shot into his mouth was the sweet yet salty taste of both their loads.

Mark was sucking on Adam's hairless balls while Conner was sucking and jerking the big cock.  Adam's eyes were rolled back into his head as he came in Conner's mouth.  Part way through the delivery, Conner gave control to Mark and he finished drinking the nectar he was shooting.

Zane was blowing on Jesse's ear while he fisted the two cocks together.  Jesse was making his usual audible whimpers of ecstasy as Zane chewed at his earlobe, and the other hand pulled at his nipple.  His boyfriend absolutely melted into a quivering mass of sensation as he came in Zane's hand.  Zane followed right after and cum when he could feel the contractions of Jesse's cock against his own, and the warmth of his essence being used as a lubricant on their shafts.  The two of them lay for a moment, and Zane wiped his hand and their cocks on a pair of their underwear.

The two of them grasped each other's hands, stared into the other's eyes and gently kissed.

"I love you, Zane."

"I love you more infinity, Jesse."

It also didn't take long for Darren to fill his boyfriend with his seed.  Darren had also reached around and finished Josh off after he had regained control.  He wrapped his big arms around his boyfriend, pulled him tight into his body, kissed his neck and told him he loved his little Joshie.  They fell asleep with Darren's cock slowly softening, but still buried in Josh's tight ass.

Jared had flipped onto his stomach and spread his legs inviting Liam to mount him.  With a sense of urgency, Liam did that and it didn't take very long for him to cum in Jared's ass.  Jared also had a sense of urgency and need, and he had cum as Liam pounded him into the furs they were laying on.  Liam spooned behind Jared, held him tight and the two of them fell asleep.

The last thing Conner thought before he fell asleep was how his life had changed for the better in only a few months.

Frank was thinking the exact same thing as he fell off to sleep in the very comfortable bed in the cabin.

End of Chapter Twenty-Six

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