Loving You
Author: Lacey Raine

Chapter 28
Axel

 Dad held the letter between his thumbs and forefingers. "Another letter from school, Axel," He tutted. "What's wrong with you recently?" I'd stopped trying at school- I just couldn't concentrate. It'd been two weeks since I told Xander that I only broke up with him because of Dad. Which meant it was a month since I'd dumped him.

"I dunno," I lied. "I'm just not interested in school anymore."

"Well, get interested," He said. "Have you been seeing that bloody Right boy again?"

"No," I said. "I haven't seen him in a month. Since you told me to dump him. Since you broke my heart." I didn't mean to say the last part.

Dad looked at me, glaring. Then he laughed. "Broke your heart?" He repeated. "You really think you loved him, don't you?"

"No," Hey, I'd started the argument. I might as well end it, right? "I don't think that I loved him. I know that I love him."

"Don't be stupid, Axel, you're fifteen years old," He reminded me. "You don't know what love is."

"I'm very nearly sixteen," I pointed out. "Then I can legally move out. And you know what? I'm gonna do it. I can't wait to get out of here. Tate's got the right idea, moving out when he can."

"Don't be ridiculous, Axel, you'll never find a place at sixteen," He said. "You'd never survive on your own."

"I'll get Xander to move in with me," I said, out of defiance and anger. Dad scoffed.

"Please. You're just a silly little boy who's getting too big for his boots," Dad said. "And what's more, you're a silly little boy under my roof. And as long as you're under my roof you'll do as I say, follow my rules. And you're not to even talk about that Right boy, do I make myself clear?"

"Fuck off, I'll do what I want!" I yelled.

"Don't swear at me Axel," He yelled back.

"Get rammed. I love Xander. Why can't you understand that? What's wrong with that?"

"It's not natural!" Dad was red in the face and sweating now.

"I fell in love, what's unnatural about that?" I sprang to my feet. Dad did too and I noticed then that we were exactly the same height now.

"It was with a boy," Dad told me. "It's sick and wrong. It says so in the bible. 'You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.' 'If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a female, both of them have commited a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodgultiness is upon them.' Look it up if you don't believe me."

"Since when do you give a toss about what it says in the bible?" I said.

"I looked it up when you came out with this ridiculous stuff," He said, rolling his eyes. "It's obviousy just you following trends. You only say you're gay because it's cool to be that way nowadays."

"If it's so cool, why do I get beat up at school?" I retorted. "And if I don't love Xander, why does it hurt every time I see him?"

"Because you've convinced yourself of this stupid lie," He said, incredulously.

"It's not a lie. I'm gay, Dad," I said. "I don't like it anymore than you do, but I've managed to accept it. I don't see why you can't as well."

"Because, I won't have a gay son living in my house," He yelled. "Now get the fuck to your room before I kill you."

I won't have a gay son living in my house.... Right. Okay then. He didn't want to have a gay child under his roof. That was fine by me. Tate had said if I ever needed to I could go and stay with him I could. And I would. But first, there was something to do.

No more wasting time, no more moping and feeling sorry for poor little me.

I was getting my boyfriend back.

 

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