Family & Friends Home
Bo & Dusty By Ron Robbins,
edited by Frank Perry
©2008 All rights reserved
Dusty gave a
dinner party to celebrate Mary Ellen and Bo's first anniversary on Saturday. It
was a grand affair, and a good time was had by all. Dusty and Jimbo, Bo's
brother, took off the next day for a business convention in Germany. Dusty was
now handling all the overseas business for the firm since becoming president. He
appointed Jimbo as his executive assistant after working with him for a year.
The first two
days of the convention were well attended as usual. The keynote speakers were
addressing the convention for the morning and afternoon sessions on Monday and
Tuesday. The rest of the week was devoted to smaller sessions that concentrated
on specific industries. Dusty was concentrating on finding a new acquisition in
the plastics market. On the second day, he met several German and Austrian
executives from the leading chemical manufacturers. He remembered one Erich Von
Richter in particular. Only Von Richter made it a point of drawing Dusty aside
to explain the new product his company was trying to market in the U.S.
At the Wednesday
morning session, Erich chose the seat next to Dusty. When the session broke for
lunch, Erich invited Dusty to his club for lunch.
"This is a
delightful place, Erich, thank you for inviting me."
"It was my
pleasure, Dusty. Do you plan to attend all the meetings this week?"
"I haven't made
that decision yet. I plan to explore three of the companies that look
interesting. If I can wrap that up in the next two days, then I plan to catch an
earlier flight back home."
"Is my company
one of the firms you plan to look into?"
"Yes, as a matter
of fact. I left a message with your service this morning. I thought that was the
reason for this lunch date."
"No it's not. I
had no idea you wanted to discuss business with my firm. I hadn't checked with
my office for messages this morning. Are you free for dinner this evening?"
"Yes, I have a
meeting scheduled for this afternoon, but after that I'm free."
said, "We can conduct some business before dinner this evening. I will have my
chauffeur pick you up at your hotel at six o'clock. Is that a good time for
"That's fine with
to bring a guest along it you wish, Dusty."
with my assistant, but I think he has other plans for this evening, thank you."
his meeting early and was able to spend an hour working out at the hotel gym and
a half hour in the tanning booth. He showered and was dressed with a half hour
to spare. He called his dad to check on the children. He selected his tan linen
suit to set off his dark tan. He had picked up some positive signals from Erich
at lunch today. Erich was one handsome hunk, and the kind of man that turned
Dusty on. He was over six foot, a full head of pure blond hair, dark blue eyes,
straight chiseled features and full lips, warm smile, large muscular shoulders
that tapered down to a narrow waist.
pulled into the circular drive of a large three story private home ten minutes
from the hotel. The butler led Dusty into the spacious drawing room where Erich
was waiting to greet him.
Dusty. What may I offer you to drink?"
"A glass of your
fine German wine would be nice, thank you."
"I hope you're
not going to be polite like most Europeans and take forever to get to the point.
If you don't mind, I would like to get down to business first. Once that's out
of the way we can relax. Is that okay with you, Erich?"
in detail about his company's line of new plastic products. Why he was willing
to work out a franchise for a joint venture partner in the United States. They
spoke for two solid hours before Erich held his had up. "I'm sorry, Dusty. I'm
forgetting my duties as a host. We can continue this discussion tomorrow if
"How about you
joining me for breakfast tomorrow morning and we can continue where we left off.
My last meeting is at nine-thirty tomorrow morning with another company. So far,
I like what I hear from you. I'm going to have to see your market projections
and bottom line figures on these products. Bring those with you tomorrow if you
Dusty. Now tell me about yourself and your company." Dusty told him about the
company background, the new markets he was developing, why he needs a complete
product line to market and where Erich's products would fit into his business
appeared to announce that dinner was ready to be served. Erich led the way to
the huge dining hall. The great table was set at one end for them.
It was a typical
European dinner. Dusty relaxed, enjoying each course. "If you wish we can skip
the dessert course and have our coffee in the library, Dusty."
"Thanks, I'm not
a dessert person myself."
Erich led the way
to the comfortably furnished library. "Would you be offended if I removed my
jacket and tie?" Dusty asked.
"Not at all,
please make yourself comfortable. If you'd like to wash your hands, the door on
the far wall is the powder room. If you will excuse me for a few minutes, I'd
like to run up to my dressing room and change."
"Take your time,"
carried in a silver tray with a pot of coffee, cups, cream and sugar. He
returned a few minutes later with a second tray with two brandy snifters and a
decanter of brandy. "Will there be anything else, sir?"
"I'm fine, thank
dressed in a sport shirt and slacks. He poured the coffee and then the brandy
into the snifters, handing Dusty his coffee. After serving himself, he sat in
the chair opposite Dusty.
Dusty stared at
Erich's eyes as he sipped his coffee.
"Are you married,
"No, I'm single."
Dusty smiled and
said, "Did you know who I was when you spoke to me this morning?"
"I had absolutely
no idea who you were. Frankly, the reason I wanted to meet you was because I
thought you were attractive and wanted to learn more about you. Does that
"Not at all, I'm
flattered by your attention. I would like to set the record straight, Erich. I'm
gay and unattached. You're a handsome man and I would like to dance with you. I
want to feel that sexy body up close. Does that upset you?"
revealing a radiant smile that lit up his face. "Take your drink and come with
me, Dusty." Erich led him to his second floor bedroom suite. He closed the door
and selected some easy listening dance music on the stereo. After dimming the
lights, he walked over to Dusty, took him in his arms and kissed him once on
each cheek then lightly on the lips. They danced close for several numbers until
Erich stopped and unbuttoned Dusty's shirt and let his fingers roam over his
chest and back. After several minutes more Erich stopped and kissed Dusty.
"Don't move," Erich said. He slowly undressed Dusty until he stood before him
naked. "You have a beautiful body, Dusty." He began kissing his neck and upper
Dusty stopped him
and slowly undressed Erich, kissing his body as he removed each article of
clothing. They embraced and kissed more passionately.
Erich put his arm
around Dusty's waist and led him into the bedroom where they made love.
They were lying
on their sides with their arms and legs intertwined. "That was wonderful, Dusty.
Will you please stay the night with me?"
"I thought you'd
never ask. Did you think I was about to walk away from such a gorgeous creature
like you. We'll have a little sleep and start all over again, handsome. My first
appointment is with you tomorrow morning. It been a long time since I've met
anyone like you and I had to fly to another continent to find you. I can't keep
my eyes open, so sweet dreams, Baby." With that Dusty kissed Erich, laid his
head on the pillow next to him and fell sound asleep.
"Dusty, will you
stay here with me until you have to leave for home?"
"Yes, I will.
Before I leave you on Sunday, I want to know everything about you, including
every inch of that incredibly beautiful body of yours. I'll make you so
satisfied sexually, that you will never forget me and spoil you for anyone that
sleeps with you again. I will take you to heights you never thought possible.
Are you ready for that, Erich? You still have time to walk away."
"I don't have a
choice. You already have me under your magic spell. I've never felt like this
before, you're fantastic. I can't believe that we made love three times last
night. Each time was better than the time before. I'm excited right now just
listening to you. I'm clay in your hands, my precious. I've never known such
sexual freedom like this, ever before. I want to be with you every second until
it's time for you to leave."
"I feel the same
way, Erich. However, my handsome stud, we must come back down to earth and take
care of business. I have that meeting to take care of later this morning. After
my meeting is over, I'll check out of the hotel and come back here. If you could
pull those papers together for me, maybe we can draw up a letter of agreement to
present to our respective boards. If it works out, you and I will have a good
reason to see each other more often."
"I'm sure we can
put together a package that will be acceptable to both boards," Erich said.
"I knew the
moment I saw you Monday morning at the convention center, that there was
something very special about you. I observed you very discreetly over the next
two days. You're a handsome man with an open and friendly personality. However,
your body language drew me to you. You were business-like in your actions, but
when you relaxed, you reverted to your natural way. You may not be aware of it,
Dusty, but you're a sexy and charming man. Maybe it's because of your size and
that perfectly proportioned physique of yours, but whatever it is, you're sexy
as hell. I felt you would turn out to be straight, like so many of the other
attractive men I've observed at these meetings. I was in Seventh Heaven after
lunch yesterday when I realized you were gay."
beautiful person, Erich. I'm flattered you feel this way about me. I think
you're a super guy and I hope we can work things out. I want you to be honest
with me, Erich. Did any of my actions give the slightest indication that I was
Erich answered. "If you had shown any outward signs at all, I would have ignored
"That's all I
wanted to know. Thank you for being honest with me. Now, my handsome Prince
Charming, let's adjourn to your library and conclude our meeting," Dusty said.
Dusty and Erich
were having their coffee in the morning room. "I had an enchanting four days,
Erich, you are a charming and delightful companion and I want to see you again."
"I wish you
didn't have to leave," Erich said. "I guess I'm going to have to fly to
Connecticut to have you recharge my batteries. These have been the most
wonderful four days I have ever known. You must know by now that I'm crazy about
you, Dusty. I'm going to miss you terribly."
"It will be
impossible for me to fly back here for at least two months, Erich. I'll be
commuting to South America during that period. Maybe we can get together for a
long weekend in Brazil, or in Colombia while I'm there. You're always welcome to
stay with me in New York whenever you can break away."
"Let's plan on
meeting in South America and in New York," Erich said. "It must be difficult
being a single parent. I don't think I have the temperament to raise six
children. Fortunately, my wife does a good job of raising the boys."
"Do you foresee
any problems selling your board on our joint venture, Dusty?"
"As far as I'm
concerned it's a done deal, Erich. "You work things out with your people and
submit a formal contract agreement. I've talked to my dad about the deal and got
his input." Dusty grinned, "Of course there is nothing wrong with you making a
business trip to New York to make changes in the contract, or any other areas
you wish to explore."
"You know how meticulous I am about details, Baby, and I can assure you I'll be
traveling to New York regularly to stay on top of you."
Erich's hand, "I hope you keep your promise."
"Bo, are you free
this weekend?" Mary Ellen asked. "Mother is giving a dinner party to celebrate
Dad's birthday on Saturday evening. I would like you to be there."
"That's fine with
me, Mary Ellen," Bo answered. "I thought we were supposed to attend that fund
raising party at the Metropolitan on Saturday."
"We were, but
Dad's birthday party is more important than the Met. Anyway, this will work out
perfectly. Mother and I can take a helicopter together from the local airport
direct to JFK Airport for our flight to Athens. This will give us time to make
any last minute purchases."
slipped my mind that you were leaving this coming Monday. Are we still scheduled
to meet in Paris in five weeks, or has that date been changed?"
"Yes, dear, the
schedule has been changed. Mother wants to take some more time to do a little
shopping. Therefore, our vacation date has been pushed back by two weeks. Look
at it this way. You'll have an extra two weeks to stay late at the office."
"That's a long
time to be away, honey," Bo said. "I'm going to miss you."
"I'll miss you
too. I think it will work out for both of us. You'll have two months to play the
role of the busy executive and not have to make excuses to me about working late
at the office, or having to rush out of town on some business trip. I'll have
mother for company and won't have to eat alone."
"That's not fair,
Mary Ellen. Why do you keep bringing this up. You knew from the beginning that
it was going be tough on our marriage for the first three years and you agreed
to be supportive of my career. I promise you things will get better. I've turned
the corner and we will have more free time to spend together from now on. This
partnership was too important for our future to drop it now."
"You also said we
could start having children right away," Mary Ellen said. "Maybe if I had a
child to take care of, I wouldn't feel so lonely."
honey, it's not because we haven't tried. Maybe we both should take those tests
the doctor suggested."
"I agree," Mary
Ellen said. "I'll have the doctor schedule the tests as soon as we return from
"Good," Bo said.
"Honey, would you like to come with me Saturday morning to visit the Taylor's. I
haven't seen the kids in over two weeks."
"You go ahead by
yourself. Mother and I will be busy. Promise me you won't make a day of it,
Dusty was in the
breakfast room reading the morning paper when Bo arrived. "Good morning, Dusty."
It's about time you decided to drop around; the kids have been asking for you."
"Why, didn't you
tell them that you sent me to South America for two weeks?" Bo asked.
"Hey! Why should
I be the heavy. Daddies are always the good guys. Would you like a glass of
Gatorade before we jog?"
Dusty poured two
glasses. "I thought we could have breakfast with the kids after we get back, if
that's okay with you?"
"That's fine with
me. Mary Ellen and her mother are doing some last minute shopping today. I don't
have to be back to the old homestead until this afternoon."
"Aren't you the
brave little trooper. I'm surprised the Haslet's even allow you on this estate."
"A little bitchy
this morning, aren't we. Are you on the rag today?"
"How did you
guess. Let's get going, maybe I'll feel better after some fresh air," Dusty
They returned an
hour later, showered and joined Miss Grant and the children in the morning room.
The children ran up to Bo to give him a warm welcome. "You kids play with Uncle
Bo while I see how breakfast is coming along," Dusty said.
they moved outdoors to the enclosed playground area Dusty had built for the
children. "Children you amuse yourselves. Uncle Bo and I have business to
They walked over
and sat in the lounge chairs. "This is a great place for the kids, Dusty."
"It's working out
quite well. I finally got tired of them wandering off while I was working out
here. I had this enclosed play yard built. They can't climb the fence and the
door has an electric door lock. I can work in this enclosure and not have to
worry about them falling into the pool or straying off. Of course they want to
play with their four older brothers and sisters, but the older ones can only
take so much of their little brother and sister."
"Hey, Baby, I
want to congratulate you on the great job you're doing in South America. The
reports have been very favorable. My managers have given you high marks," Dusty
said. "When did you learn to speak Spanish?"
studying the language for over two years. As a matter of fact, I started it the
same time I began my MBA."
"Did I tell you
that I'm planning a big engagement party for Jimbo and Barbara?"
"For God's sake,
when did all this transpire?"
going steady now for six months and Jimbo told me he was going to pop the
question two weeks ago. Well, he did and she accepted. They've set the date for
the first Saturday in January."
stinker, you'd think he would tell his big brother first."
"Well, he wanted
to tell his boss first since both he and Barbara work for me. Anyway, Jimbo and
I are close, not only as friends, but also as associates. It looks like I'm
going to lose him soon as my assistant. I'm promoting him to assistant VP next
year. I realize he won't want to travel as much after he's married. Anyway, I
want someone like Jimbo watching my back while I'm on the road. I'm hoping that
they both want to live nearby so they can both continue working for me. I'm
planning to give them a parcel of land to build their new home on, and a
substantial check for the building fund if they accept the land. Barbara's
parents have a nice home a mile from here. I think she will go along with the
idea. I'm very fond of her. Our parents have been friends for ages. So it's
looking good, Bo."
Dusty stared at
Bo, "You Southern boys may be slow starters, but once you get going you overtake
everyone else in the field. I'm really proud of you and your brother. You both
have come a long way since we met. Of course, I always knew you would be
climbing that ladder with me, but now I have your brother who will be climbing
up with us. I'm prejudiced when it comes to you. I know I promised not to let my
feelings for you surface, but on the whole I think I've done pretty well at
controlling myself, don't you?"
"You've done fine, Tiger. I think a lot of that has to do with the affection you
shower on Prince Erich, the Fair."
"Prince Erich is
a handsome and delightful man. But alas, like all the special men in my life, he
too has become a former lover. You know something, Bo? If I'm not careful I
could develop a complex. I liked Erich and tried hard to make it work. There
were too many obstacles in our path. The sex was there, but we are worlds apart.
Erich comes from an aristocratic family and has a different mindset on many
things, particularly when it comes to raising children. His parents brought him
up by the old school principles, very proper and dedicated to his family
business. We are both alike in that respect."
"He has sent me
an invitation to his banquet next month. He was promoted to Managing Director of
the family business. I do not want to attend. I'm really between a rock and a
hard place with him. I know he will want me to stay with him."
"God, Bo, why do
I get myself involved like this. It's sheer madness. I'm hoping Dad will agree
to attend as Chairman of the firm. I'm really torn over this. Erich and I agreed
to go our separate ways last week. Of course, he wants to do this gradually and
I want a clean break. I've asked him to stop sending me roses twice a week. I
plan to call tonight and tell him that it's over. I don't plan to see him again
except for business meetings."
"I'm going to
miss the sex. We had a healthy sexual relationship going. This relationship with
Erich taught me a lesson. I don't want to become involved in a long distance
relationship ever again. What I would like now is a relationship where my lover
is next to me every night and I'm not going to settle for anything less the next
"I'm sorry it
didn't work out between you and Erich. I must admit you made a handsome couple.
Of course I happen to think you're the best looking one."
Coming from you, that's a big compliment.
"Bo, I'm going to
be honest with you just to keep the record straight. I was fond of Erich, but
I'm still in love with you. I was attracted to Erich because he reminds me of
you. You're alike in so many ways. I don't expect you to understand this, but
that's the way it is. Deep down, I knew it would never work. Needless to say, I
enjoyed the sex and that's the only thing I'll miss."
Bo shook his
head, "I suspected as much after I met Erich. As I've told you before, I'm not
as insensitive as you think, Dusty. I've caught those longing looks when you
thought I wasn't looking. I know you too well. The last three men that you've
had affairs with all resemble me in one way or another. Look, I'm sorry it
didn't work out between you and Erich. Let's face it. You only gravitate to
types like Erich because you know it won't last. I must admit that Erich came
closest in matching your background. He could have been the ideal mate for you
if he lived and worked in New York. Yet, once again you found a reason to break
off the affair. You neglected one cardinal business rule with Erich. Never have
an affair with a client, an associate, or an employee."
while were on the subject, find yourself another shrink. Evidently, the one you
have is not helping you. When are you going to wake up and realize that there
can never be a loving relationship between us. Why would you want to get
involved with a redneck from Alabama. So many men out there share your own
social background. I sure they wouldn't hesitate to jump in bed with you if you
gave them half a chance? Why do you continue to punish yourself?"
turned somber as he answered. "I'm sorry I've made you feel uncomfortable. I've
never thought for one minute that you were insensitive, or lacking in
intelligence. Your humble beginning and your struggle to learn are the qualities
that I admire in you. My financial help freed you of the financial burden you
were in. Everything you learned and what you have accomplished was because you
had the drive to make something of your life. I'm proud of you and it makes me
feel good knowing that I've played an important role in your growth. I won't
argue the fact that I've not been successful finding a lover like you. My shrink
happens to agree with you. You're right of course. I'll never succeed in finding
a spouse as long as I'm in love with you. Did you think I'm not aware of that.
I've agonized over this for three years and have concluded that I'm content with
the status quo. In time, things will change, but for the present, I'm not
willing to change. Who knows, maybe I'll get lucky and you'll take me to bed
Bo shook his head
and smiled, "You never give up, do you, Tiger. You're a sweet guy and it's hard
to stay angry at you. Don't minimize the role you played in helping me get
ahead. Without your support and encouragement, I wouldn't have made it. The
reason I get so angry with you, is because I care what happens to you and you
above all deserve a happy life."
decide to do is fine with me, Dusty. It's your life. I don't feel threatened by
you and I don't feel uncomfortable about the way you feel about me. I understand
you and I'm not going to get bent out of shape if you show your feelings for me
openly. My eyes have been opened from my travels abroad. I've learned so much
from my visits overseas. I've seen how European men act. They are more open in
their affection toward each another. I'm no longer surprised by anything that
goes on these days. You are still my closest and dearest friend. As long as you
respect my feelings about homosexuality, I'm not going to be offended by your
display of affection when we are in private. If you step over the bounds, I'll
let you know."
Dustin Jr. walked
over to Bo and stood next to him waiting until his father finished speaking.
"Uncle Bo, can you come with us to Disney World?"
"That will depend
on when you're planning to go?"
"In two weeks.
Please say you'll come."
"How long do you
plan to stay, Dusty?"
to leave on Wednesday evening and fly back on Sunday."
"I'd like to go;
I've never been to Disney World."
clapped his hands and gave Bo a big smile, "Thanks, Uncle Bo." Dustin ran to
tell the other children his news.
Smiling, Bo said,
"Dustin Jr. is a wonderful boy. God, you have no idea know how much I miss them.
Mary Ellen said you turned down her invitation to attend her dad's birthday
"I'm not going to
be a hypocrite, Bo. I have no use for the Haslet's and their feeling for me is
mutual. I'm sorry if it complicates things for you, but I didn't marry the
family. Are you happy in your marriage to Mary Ellen?"
"Let's say the
bloom is off the rose. We are still going through a period of adjustment. I
think this trip to Europe is a good thing for both of us. I know I haven't been
the best of husbands to date, but as I've told Mary Ellen, I see the light at
the end of the tunnel.
concerns are her brother, Sandy, and her mother. They are still trying to run
our lives. Unfortunately, Mary Ellen is so brainwashed by them that she believes
the world revolves around them. I know Sandy wants me to join his law firm, but
I think he's a shady character, besides being a real jerk. I could never work
with a man like that. My father-in-law understands my position, but Mrs. Haslet
and Sandy keep reminding us of our loyalty to the family. I've tried to explain
this to Mary Ellen, but she refuses to go against her family. Why would I want
to walk away from a partnership with you, to join a third-rate law firm like
Haslet and Company?"
"You didn't say
that to Mary Ellen, did you?"
"Yes, I guess I
did more or less when we had one of our heated discussions. I told Mary Ellen
the only way I would leave you was if Sandy made me an equal partner and changed
the company name to Haslet, Richmond and Associates. That was three months ago
and I haven't heard a word about it ever since and most likely I never will."
"Way to go, Bo.
They'll never agree to that. I'm glad you stopped by today. I'm taking off to
South America on Tuesday and will return in two weeks. Just in time for our
flight to Disney World. I'm flying out of JFK tomorrow evening. Why don't you
plan to meet me at the Westchester County Airport on Wednesday afternoon, in two
weeks time for our flight to Orlando. Look, since Mary Ellen is going to be
away, why not stay here with Dad and the kids while I'm gone? I know Dad would
love the company. Your room is just the way you left it."
"I'll take you up
on that offer, Tiger. I'll call your dad at the office tomorrow. I have a
confession to make. I still miss living here with you and the kids. Do you
realize we'll both be thirty next year?"
"You had to
remind me. Do you realize that Dustin and Claudia will be nine next year?. Dusty
smiled, "The nerd and the red neck have come a long way, Baby. I think we've
done all right, Bo."
"I agree. Our
class reunion is coming up this fall," Bo said. "Are you planning to attend?"
"I wouldn't miss
that for the world. We'll strut around that reunion like cocks-of-the-walk."
"Way to go,
"I hate to run,
but I promised Mary Ellen I'd be back for lunch."
"Why don't you
ride into the office with Dad on Monday morning?"
"I'd love to, but
unfortunately I'm heading back to the city early tomorrow morning. I have a
contract to read before Monday. Thanks for the offer."
"I wish I could
ask you to give my warm regards to your in-laws but I can't. I'm sure you'll
think of something appropriate."
"Be nice, Dusty.
I'll say good-by to the kids. I'll see you two weeks from Wednesday," Bo said as
they walked over to where the children were playing
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