Hello my wonderful readers. I want to thank you for being patient during this trying year, 2020 has been a trying year for all of us. If you are new to my stories, I want to welcome you and suggest you start with chapter 1 of this series. If you are a long-time reader, then I welcome you back. I want to thank my best friend and beta reader, Ti, for helping me along the way with all my work. She has really been an inspiration for guiding me through this. We have worked extremely hard together to bring you the best work possible. Now, time for the disclaimer. This is a gay romance story with more dialog and detail than sex. My stories will sometimes bring you out of your comfort zone when dealing with real life issues, not everything in life is peaches and cream. This is also not a short read. If that is what you are looking for then this is not the story for you. If you are looking for adventure, suspense, drama, and realism then sit back and get ready for a wonderful time. Everyone in this story is eight-teen or older and any likeness to real events or persons is coincidental. Now, sit back and grab a drink and get ready to enjoy the next chapter of Field of Bloom's: Secrets Revealed.
Although still shaking, his father's firm grip and reassuring voice thankfully brought Austin back to the present. He sat in stunned silence not sure he really witnessed what had just happened. Did he really have to sit by helplessly and watch Eric brutally beat the shit out of Tyler? His mind began to wonder if maybe Eric was the one who assaulted him on that summer night. It was only a few weeks ago that Eric had attacked him in his own bedroom and on that night before the violent incident, Eric did snap and shove him into a wall. So, was it possible that Eric could have been the attacker? Austin's thoughts were interrupted by the screaming of sirens as the ambulance came rushing onto the field. He looked over and saw that Tyler wasn't getting up; his heart began to race as the paramedics began working on Tyler. Everyone was silent as they lifted him onto the stretcher. No one knew what to do or say. Once Tyler was secured in the ambulance and it had left the field, the coach turned his attention to Eric who was escorted off the field moments later. Finally, the announcer came across the PA system and informed everyone that the game would continue.
"I think it's time we go." Mr. Montgomery said as he stood up.
The car ride home was silent; no one spoke a word as they were all thinking the same thing. When they arrived home, Austin went into his room. The events had taken a toll on him and all he wanted was to escape the horrific images playing back in his mind. Austin sat on his bed and began to cry. His mind still racing, he just could not believe that Eric would attack Tyler like that. Just as he was taking off Tyler's jacket, a knock came at the door.
"Come in." He offered as he hung it in the closet.
"Are you okay?" His father asked pensively.
"Yeah, I will be. I'm just worried about Tyler." Austin sat back on the bed, "And Eric too. I've never seen him like that before."
"About Eric, your mother and I have been talking and we would prefer it if you don't see him again. We know that you are eighteen and can do what you want, but we don't think that he is a good person for you to be around. What happened on the field really opened our eyes as to how violent he can be."
Austin thought for a moment before tears filled his eyes, "You're right. Honestly, that scared me."
Noticing the heartbroken look on his sons face, Mr. Montgomery sat next to Austin, "We know you love him and that he was there for you after the attack but Austin, this is for the best. It's going to hurt but over time it will get better."
Austin pondered on whether he should tell his parents how Eric had attacked him too, but he figured that certainly wouldn't make things any better. "I'd like to go see Tyler at the hospital."
"I think that would be a good idea. We can take you over there after dinner. For now, though son, you need to rest."
Austin didn't have much of an appetite, but he tried to eat as much as he could since his mother had spent a lot of time preparing the meal after such an awful day. After dinner they all got dressed and drove over to the hospital. Austin got a sinking feeling in his stomach as they pulled into the hospital. Memories of him being there a few months ago rushed back to mind. His parents told him that they would be in the waiting room while he went to see Tyler. As he was walking down the halls, he saw Tyler's parents standing outside of a room talking to a doctor. He hung back until they had finished before approaching them.
"Hi Austin, how are you doing?" Mrs. Stetser asked.
"I'm doing okay, how is Tyler?"
"He will be okay, nothing to serious thankfully. They are going to keep him here a few days just to make sure nothing comes up. You can go in and see him if you want. They have him sedated so he might not talk." She stepped aside and opened the door.
When he looked in and saw Tyler laying there, it was a solemn image that brought him back to when he was in a similar hospital bed. He closed his eyes and took a deep breath before walking in the room. Taking a seat next to the bed, he looked over Tyler's face at all the cuts and bruises, Eric really had done a number on him. Sitting there quietly, he listened to the pinging of the heart monitor. Instinctively he reached up and put his hand in Tyler's. He didn't know why but it felt like the right thing to do. He sat there for a good forty-five minutes before he remembered that his parents were waiting for him downstairs. When he arrived at the waiting room, he noticed that his parents and Tyler's were sitting and talking. Before leaving Austin asked if there was anything he could do to help. Mrs. Stetser told him that Tyler would be out of school for at least a week and that if he could bring his schoolwork over that would be a big help.
Now the Stetser's have a lot of money and have people to run errands, but she knew that Austin really wanted to help, and she just had a feeling that he wanted to be around Tyler. And, as she expected, Austin gladly agreed.
"I can't believe that I flew to Texas for Thanksgiving and missed all the action!" Becka said pulling out of Austin's driveway.
"I don't think you would have wanted to see that." Austin said thinking back to that day, "It was a side of Eric that I have never seen before and it honestly scared the shit out of me."
"I'm sure it scared a lot of people. I mean, who expects to see something like that happen?"
"Would you mind doing me a favor?"
"What is it?"
"Can we swing by Tyler's house on the way home?"
Becka gave him a coy smile, "Wanting to stop by and see how he's doing?"
"Shut it." Austin rolled his eyes blushing, "His mom asked me to drop off his schoolwork."
"Yeah, we can stop by." Becka's smile widened.
The school was still abuzz about what happened on Thanksgiving. Everyone was wondering what had set Eric Mason off turning him into a wild, rabid beast. Some people were shocked, but others knew that Eric was a ticking time bomb, even teachers were talking about how Eric snapped. Throughout the day Austin heard different stories as to why it happened, from pure jealousy to he had lost his mind. It began to make Austin wonder himself as to what set Eric off. Could he somehow be responsible for what had happened? The only thing he could think of was that Eric had somehow found out that he and Tyler had messed around. He remembered how pissed Eric got when he told him about dating James for a brief period, and they had only dated! He knew that if Eric had found out what fully happened with Tyler that would definitely set him off. The only people who knew were him and Tyler, and he didn't think Tyler would have said anything.
After school Becka drove Austin over to Tyler's house and she waited in the truck while Austin ran inside. He made his way up to Tyler's room where he found him lying on his bed.
"I brought over your class assignments, so you won't fall behind." Austin sat everything down on the nightstand next to the bed.
"Thanks, but I'm not in the mood to do any schoolwork right now." Tyler said propping himself up.
"How are you doing?" Austin asked as he looked over Tyler's face.
"Eh, not so bad. Just a few bumps and bruises, nothing I can't handle."
"I hear you have a few cracked ribs."
"Who told you that?"
"Your mom, the other day when I called."
"You called here?"
Austin immediately blushed, "Yeah, I wanted to see how you were doing."
Tyler got a huge grin on his face, "Awe you were checking up on me."
Austin rolled his eyes, "Nothing like that. I was just wondering after seeing how rough you looked in the hospital."
"It's okay, you can say that you care." Tyler laughed but stopped as the pain shot through his ribs.
"I better get going and let you rest." Austin said as he turned towards the door.
"What's the rush? I could use the company."
"Becka is waiting for me. My car is still in the shop, so she is giving me rides."
Tyler opened the drawer to his nightstand and pulled out his keys before tossing them to Austin, "Here, you can drive my SUV until your car is fixed."
"I can't do that. That thing cost more than one-hundred grand!"
"It's mine and I say you can. Just take it, I know you'll take good care of it." Tyler saw the look of hesitation on Austin's face, "Besides you're the only person to stop by and see how I'm doing so it would be nice to have company."
Austin studied the keys for a moment, "Okay, let me go tell Becka that I don't need a ride home. I'll be right back."
"He what?!" Responding a bit louder than intended, Becka was in shock as she snatched the keys from Austin's hand. "He is letting you drive his SUV?!"
"I tried to tell him no, but he insisted." Austin took the keys back.
"Okay first he gave you his letterman jacket and now he's letting you drive his expensive SUV?! Oh darlin, I think that someone likes you!"
"Me? Tyler isn't even gay."
"Oh, come on now. What straight guy would do what he's done if he isn't interested in someone."
Austin sat there for a moment and thought about the two of them fooling around at his house that night. Becka was right, no straight guy would do anything like that.
"Why do I get the feeling you're not tell me something?" She looked at him with a raised eyebrow.
He hesitated for a moment, "Okay, you have to promise me you won't breathe a word of this!"
"Mmm-hm" Becka responded giving him the signature look he'd grown to know so well.
"Seriously Becka, you have to promise!"
"Yes, yes I promise. Now spill it!" She laughed.
"During that bad snowstorm, he ended up at my house and we kind of fooled around."
"Wait, what?? Don't you dare skip out on any of the details Austin Montgomery! What exactly did y'all do and why in the world was he at your house?"
"We gave each other blow jobs." Austin blushed beet red as he tried to hide his smile.
"You mean he gave you one too? Oh yes darlin, Mr. Tyler Stetser is not straight at all!"
"I got to get going. I told him I would be right back." Austin said, blushing brighter, as he opened the door.
"Oh, don't think this is over mister. You better text me when you're heading home cause I'm coming over and I want to hear all about this! And, you know I'm dying to hear how he got there in the first place!" She laughed as he closed the door.
Austin spent the rest of the afternoon at Tyler's house even though he still felt a little weird being there simply due to how Tyler had always teased him in school. It was almost seven o'clock by the time he figured he needed to head home. He told Tyler that he would be back again tomorrow after school.
As he closed the door on Tyler's SUV, he still couldn't believe that he was going to be driving it. Putting the key in the ignition he turned turned the engine on, bringing the burly V-12 to life. He just sat there for a moment and listened to the rumble coming from the exhaust. Once it was warmed up, he headed down the driveway and pulled out onto the road. He hit the gas pedal a little hard and the SUV took off, that thing had a lot of power. He sent Becka a quick text letting her know he was on his way home. She must have been waiting for him because, when he pulled in, she was already there. They went up to his room and got themselves comfortable.
"Okay, so tell me everything!" She said excitedly as she flopped down on his bed.
So, he told her the entire story. Everything from Tyler showing up to the two of them fooling around. At first, she was enthusiastic but as he continued the story her expression changed.
"What's wrong?" Austin asked after noticing her mood change.
"I just started thinking about the first part. How you said he was out snowmobiling."
"You don't think that's true?" Perplexed, Austin questioned her.
"I'm probably just over thinking everything, besides if he was going to do something bad, he wouldn't have waited."
"I did think it was a little weird at first but you're right, if he wanted to hurt me, he would have done it sooner."
The two of them talked for over an hour. Becka told Austin that he had to wear the letterman jacket especially now that he was driving Tyler's SUV. Finally, she told him that she had to get home, but she'd better see that jacket on him tomorrow at school. He did just that.
The next day he arrived at school driving Tyler's SUV and wearing his jacket. Everyone was looking at him and whispering amongst themselves. By the time lunch came, people had started coming up to him asking what was going on between the two of them. He kept telling people that they were friends and to stop thinking more of it. But that didn't stop anyone from assuming more and by the end of the week everyone was convinced that they were an item. That Friday after school Austin did what he'd been doing all week and stopped by Tyler's house.
"What are your plans for the weekend?" Tyler asked as Austin sat on the bed.
"Nothing really. I have to study for the history test on Monday but other than that I don't have any plans."
"Why don't you stay the weekend? I'm going back to school Monday and I could use some help studying too."
An entire weekend at the Stetser mansion was something that never crossed his mind. It sure would beat spending it alone at his house studying, so he agreed to stay. He went home to grab a few changes of clothes and his meds before texting his parents his plans. When he arrived back at Tyler's, Mrs. Stetser was just getting home.
"Hello Austin, I hear you will be joining us for the weekend?" She smiled as she got out of her car.
"Yes ma'am. Tyler asked if I would help him study for the test on Monday."
"That is really good to hear." She stopped and turned to Austin, "You know, since the two of you became friends, I've noticed a difference in Tyler. He seems, happier. It is honestly very nice to see that thank you."
Austin smiled at her, "I am happy to hear that."
He made his way back to Tyler's room where, when he walked in, he caught Tyler in the middle of changing.
"I'm sorry. I should have knocked first." He said as he turned to walk out.
"It's nothing you haven't seen before." Tyler grinned, "It's okay, I'm done anyway."
"I wanted to thank you for inviting me this weekend." Austin put his bag on the floor.
"Hey, thanks for accepting." Tyler laughed.
Just then Tyler's mom knocked on the door.
"Come on in." Tyler said.
"What would you boys like for dinner and then I'll let the cook know."
"Anything is fine with me ma'am." Austin offered.
"Austin, what does your family normally do?" she asked him.
"Normally, on Friday nights, when they aren't working late, we have a pizza and movie night."
"Pizza and a movie." She thought for a moment, "That sounds like a great idea! I'll order a few pizzas and you boys go pick out a movie. Austin, what is your favorite type of pizza?"
"I love extra cheese and bacon." Austin smiled.
"Bacon? On a pizza?" Tyler questioned with a raised eyebrow.
"Yes, trust me once you try it you will love it."
So, the two of them walked down to the basement where the home theater was. Austin's eyes grew wide when Tyler opened the door and flicked on the lights. There was this grand room with four rows of dark brown leather reclining sofas, ornate light fixtures on the walls, and a massive projector screen. They walked down the aisle and to a door on the left that led them into the movie selection room. There they looked through the many different DVD's until they picked out, I Am Legend. Tyler got everything set up so, when the pizzas arrived, they could start the movie. Once the order came, they all grabbed a few slices, some sodas and headed back down to the theater. Tyler's parents settled down in the front row while the boys took the back. About halfway through, Austin excused himself so he could take his meds. When he returned there was fresh popcorn with extra butter, along with a fresh soda, waiting for him. He took his seat next to Tyler and dove into the popcorn, it tasted just like real movie theater popcorn. Thirty-minutes later he could feel his eyes getting heavy, he knew the meds were kicking in. It was one of the side effects he hated the most. Tyler reached over and pressed a button on the side of the sofa, and it began to lean back and the soft supple leather hugged Austin. He fought the meds the best he could, but in the end, they won, and he nodded off. Tyler looked over and saw that Austin had fallen asleep, so he got up and went to the closet where they kept the blankets, got one out and put it over Austin. As he sat back down, Austin who was still snoozing soundly moved over and rested his head on Tyler's shoulder. When the movie ended and the lights came back on, Tyler's parents saw the two boy's sleeping peacefully. They looked at each other and smiled but didn't want to wake them up so Mr. Stetser put on Titanic, a nice long movie, and left the boys to sleep through the night.
Tyler woke with a start when a blood curdling scream rang out echoing in the room. He jumped up and saw Austin clawing at the sofa and screaming for his life. Tyler looked and saw that Austin's eyes were open, but he could tell that no one was there. He didn't know what was happening, so he reached down to try and touch Austin, but when he did that only made things worse.
"Please stop! Please STOOOOP!" Austin's body was trembling. After a moment's breath, Austin pleadingly yelled out, "You're hurting me. Please stop!"
"No Austin, you're safe here." Tyler tried to calm him down.
When the sound of Tyler's voice entered Austin's ears, his eyes locked on Tyler and he completely freaked out, "Please don't hurt me! I'm sorry Tyler! I promise I'll stay away from Eric, just please stop!"
Tyler's heart was beating out of his chest as the realization that somewhere deep in Austin's mind lay the knowledge that he was one of the people who attacked him. Before he could do anything else, his mother came rushing in the room.
"What's going on?!" She raced over to Austin.
"I don't know! We were asleep and then he just started screaming! I tried talking to him and he just freaked out!" Tyler backed away from Austin giving his mom room.
"Is he taking any medication?!"
"Yes, he said for PTSD."
"PTSD?" She questioned as she knelt by Austin who was still screaming.
"From when he was attacked in the summertime." The guilt crashed over Tyler knowing that he was the cause of this.
"This is the boy who was the victim of that horrific assault? He must be having a flash back for some reason. We can't touch him. The only thing we can do is try talking to him in calm voices."