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11 October 2008 @ 03:04 pm
A Night in West Texas [Brokeback Mountain]  
Title: A Night in West Texas
Fandom: BBM
Rating: R
Warnings: Swearing, underage drinking, mentions of sex, homophobia, racism, mentions of cruelty to animals, and references to a hate crime resulting in the homicide of a main character.
Summary: There are at least two sides to every story. This is the story of Mike, who just finished his sophomore year in high school in Childress, Texas, and his friends, looking for something to do on a summer night in 1983.
Disclaimer: These characters are mine, and I believe them to be accurate representations of teens being raised by drunk ranchers in the rural stretches surrounding Childress, Texas in 1983. I have never been three-hundred miles of Childress, so no offense to Texans is intended. Jack Twist and his death are not mine, but Annie Proulx's. If they were mine, he would not be so well written, and he would not be dead. Unbeta'd.
Word Count: 1067

( A Night in West Texas )
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jennydcfjennydcf on October 12th, 2008 03:52 am (UTC)
May you rest in peace, Matt
On this sad anniversary, you give us a heartbreaking picture of a terrible reality: it's usually boys, drunk and bored, wanting to prove their manhood and feel powerful, who take the opportunity to attack a vulnerable gay man. It's even more shameful when the adult men around them share their feelings and applaud their actions.

Mike has a girlfriend and he's good at football, so he doesn't have to prove much. The opportunity he sees is to bring his Vicky to the empty house while his dad is out, queer-hunting. He has an excuse to leave what horrifies him, even more than watching a dog-fight. He doesn't want his drunken father's approval, either. Tom isn't able to do that, as Riley is his brother. I think he would have backed out, otherwise.

Mike isn't strong enough or altruistic enough to try to find some way to save Jack or derail his attackers, though he's able to reject the shared lust for violence. I have the feeling he would have taken part, however unwillingly, if Riley hadn't brought him back to his house and proposed to get his dad involved. It could have gone either way for those two boys.

I'm so glad to see some BBM fiction from you, Jess.:-) It gives me some hope. I've been longing to see more of your wonderful stories, but afraid you'd never take them up again. You might be surprised at how many people on slash discussion, asked what story they would finish if they could wave a wand to make it so, mentioned LOTTD. I miss Higher Education, too. And I miss the chance to talk with you about BBM and your writing. I hope this foray will lead you back to us, at least part-time.