ATTRIBUTION: The idea for this novel came from a three-chapter story by Michael Davidson II that I read in 2002, and that was never completed. When I read it, I was mesmerized because the core character was so much like me: an ordained minister struggling with his identity and his sexual orientation, and all the consequences associated with that circumstance. This is the result germinated from that idea. Characters, location and major story elements have been changed, but for the core concept, I am indebted to Michael Davidson II.
This story is dedicated to Mihangel, who provided much needed counsel over the years and always encouraged me to write!
With thanks to Geron Kees and Cole Parker for encouragement and suggestions along the way!
This is a gay romantic story and the major characters are an adult and a minor. If this offends you or is illegal in your location, please do not read on. You should note though, that the age of consent is somewhat arbitrary. In the US it varies by state from 16 to 17 to 18. In most western European countries, it is 16.
I set out running but I take my time
A friend of the Devil is a friend of mine
If I get home before daylight
I just might get some sleep tonight
From “A Friend of the Devil” by The Grateful Dead”