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Short Stories 365/103 | N.S. Beranek

“Day Student” by Sam Cameron from Speaking Out: LGBTQ Youth Stand Up (Bold Strokes Books, 2011).

The protagonist of this story had just the right mixture of angst and sarcasm to be very believably a teenager. Matthew O’Malley is smart enough to attend Endicott Preparatory Academy but not rich enough to afford the tuition. He’s there on a scholarship which doesn’t cover room and board, which means he commutes by train every day. His boyfriend Charlie is in the exact same situation, which makes it bearable. At least, that is, until Charlie’s father gets a raise and Charlie announces he will be moving into the Goodwin House dormitory. Matthew’s insecurities get the best of him then and he does some stupid things. Luckily, he has a great relationship with his mom, who really listens to him, and Charlie and their classmates are willing to cut him some slack once he demonstrates that he’s genuinely sorry.