Kip is a sport psychologist for a professional football team. He is the newbie in the team and he has not exactly the role everyone else thinks at as useful, but he is a nice guy and one that you can easily fall in friendship with without even realizing it. And if Kip has a special eye for Greg, one of the coaches, it all remains at “eyes” level, he has never made a move on the other man, even if he thought sometime to have seen a similar knowing look on the other man. Then Greg has a simple but serious accident and he is forced in bed at least for three days, and a stunned Kip discovers that he is listed as contact in case of emergency. Kip doesn’t think twice and he finds himself with a growling Greg in bed… well, it was not exactly the way he has wished to do it, but the result is pretty much the same.
The entire story is basically the play of hint and innuendos that will bring Kip and Greg to admit that there is something more between them. It’s not the story of a forever and happily ever after love, actually I think that, in the end, Kip and Greg have only realized that they are good together, but there is not yet real love between them, at least not a love they have acknowledged. Once in a time, this is not a friends with benefits relationship that will lead to love, this is actually the description of how two men start a friends with benefits relationship. It’s not said, and this is exactly the reason why I think there is potential for a longer story, that between Kip and Greg it’s not love, only that love, for now, it’s not the main purpose of the story. Love, at this moment, will be too complicated: there is always the usual problem of being gay in a world, professional football, where the don’t ask don’t tell policy it’s pretty much the same as in the army. Without love between them, or as I said, without an acknowledged love, Kip and Greg can pretend that sex is enough, and that, if they are discreet, they can be together without too much clamour.
Probably for now it’s enough, and being a novella, it’s not necessary for this story to find a solution to their problems. But the questions are all there, as it’s the potential: I wouldn’t mind to see Kip brings Greg at home, like a prodigal son who comes back home with a coveted prize, “see mom and dad (or better grandmom and granddad)? Even if I couldn’t be like all my other cousins, at least I was able to find a man like them!”. Now don’t get me wrong, between Kip and his family there are no big issue, and I was thinking more to the funny aspect of the scene than anything else.
Also the characterization of Kip and Greg was quite original, for once it was not the professional player who was a slob at home, and controlled and quiet Kip was not the same in his private life, like all the energy he didn’t spend yelling in a playfield, was reversed in creating chaos in his apartment. Instead Greg freak control’s attitude was more in role with the semi-closeted case, putting a controlled mask outside, also at his home, when inside he is burning to finally be able to do as he wants, without need to hide.
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