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Title: Tales From Foster High: What About Everything
Author: John Goode
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Gay Fiction, Humor/Comedy
Release Date: 09/23/2016
No matter how fast you run, the past has a way of catching up with you.
When an accident ruins Matt’s parents’ anniversary party, Tyler and Matt decide a vacation is in order, and they book a gay Disney cruise with Robbie and Sebastian. It’ll be the perfect place to relax and do some much-needed soul-searching. A couple of years have passed since they met, but Tyler and Matt are no closer to getting married. They must take a long, hard look at their relationship and decide if they’re happy with the way things are, or if they want more—and if they can find the courage to take the next step. A difficult choice is made even harder when two people they thought they’d left behind show up to complicate the issue and turn the whole cruise upside down.
This is a transcript of a cassette tape left for Prism Book Alliance. It was marked Tyler/Matt.
John Goode: Ok the little red light is on, so we’re live.
Tyler Parker: Live is in on the air?
Matt Wallace: Yes Tyler, that mini recorder from the 80’s has the ability of broadcasting live to…where do you think it would broadcast to?
TP: I dunno, the internet I guess?
Matt stares at Tyler silently for a long time.
TP: You can start your questions.
JG: Ok so I am here with Tyler Parker and Matt Wallace, who I understand are back from a cruise?
MW: A Disney cruise. Make sure you write down down that it wasn’t just a normal cruise but a Disney cruise.
TP: Do you see him with a pad of paper? Now I’m curious, where is he going to write it down?
JG: I’ll make a note when I transcribe the recording.
Matt gives Tyler a grin and then sticks his tongue out at him.
TP: Yes we went on a Disney cruise and as you can tell matured the fuck out of Matt here.
MW: He’s just grumpy cause that’s twice I was right. We have a little game.
TP: He doesn’t need to know about the game.
JG: I’m kinda curious about the game.
Tyler glares at me.
MW: See we have these little things that we disagree on and if one of us can prove the other is wrong then we get a point.
JG: And the points are for?
MW: To see who tops.
The only sound on the tape is the ambient noise from the background.
TP: Do you see that look on his face? That is shocked horror that you told him that. He didn’t want to know that, his readers sure didn’t.
JG: Ok well let’s move on. So why a cruise?
MW: Cause Tyler doesn’t understand how the real world works.
TP: Hey it was your brother’s idea.
MW: And what in the thousands of tales I have told you about how stupid my brothers are gave you the impression you should listen to anything they have to say?
TP: Ok fair point.
MW: And that’s three.
JG: What happened?
TP: Matt’s parents renewed their wedding vows and I kinda made an ass of myself.
TP: I made a huge ass of myself.
JG: So the cruise was like an apology?
MW: No he apologized for his screw up by racking me in the balls with a thick, glass tumbler.
TP: It was an accident and mostly his fault.
JG: So the cruise was to make up for the tumbler?
MW: No he apologized for that by putting me in the hospital because he bought me a dog.
TP: He never told me he was allergic to dogs.
JG: So then the cruise was for the dog?
MW: Mostly, it was for everything.
JG: So last time we saw you guys was when Kyle was home to deal with his mother’s accident. What’s happened between then and this cruise?
Tyler looks at him and then sighs.
TP: There was no progress in our relationship in that time if that’s what you’re asking.
JG: So I am seeing the start of the problem.
MW: Tyler is the sweetest man I know but when it comes to commitment he can be downright dense.
TP: I never really did the dating thing growing up, so I don’t know the rules for all this.
JG: But you guys are working it out?
MW: The cruise helped.
They both smile.
TP: The cruise changed our lives.
JG: So then what now?
TP: Oh god don’t ask that, we just figured this part out.
MW: Yeah seriously, we are in a good place, don’t jinx us.
JG: Ok, so what about Brad and Kyle? How are they?
TP: Brad is the Navy and Kyle is in college in Berkeley. They’re doing the long distance thing and it’s hard but they are working it out.
MW: They really love each other, so they have all the time in the world to figure it out.
JG: So then how did the cruise change your lives?
They both grin.
MW; That would be telling.
JG: So the only way is to read the book?
MW: Or bounce over to Goodreads, I am sure someone has spoiled it already.
TP: Or they can just read the book.
MW: I’m too impatient, I want to know first and then I’ll read the book.
TP: It kills the surprise if you don’t wait.
MW: It saves me the trouble of not reading a crappy book but looking at the ending. If I see the main character dies than I am out. I mean I don’t want to read all that and then watch him die in front of me. No way.
TP: But the journey is what counts. What about…
JG: I am sure they are going to go on forever, so this is John Goode, signing off.
About the Author
John Goode is a member of the class of ’88 from Hogwarts school of wizardry, specializing in incantations and spoken spells. At the age of 14 he proudly represented District 13 in the 65th Panem games where he was disqualified for crying uncontrollably before the competition began. After that he moved to Forks, Washington where, against all odds, dated the hot, incredibly approachable werewolf instead of the stuck up jerk of a vampire but was crushed when he found out the werewolf was actually gayer than he was. After that he turned down the mandatory operation everyone must receive at 16 to become pretty citing that everyone pretty were just too stupid to live before moving away for greener pastures. After falling down an oddly large rabbit hole he became huge when his love for cakes combined with his inability to resist what sparsely worded notes commanded and was finally kicked out when he began playing solitaire with the Red Queen’s 4th armored division. By 18 he had found the land in the back of his wardrobe but decided that thinly veiled religious allegories where not the neighbors he desired. When last seen he had become obsessed with growing a pair of wings after becoming obsessed with Fang’s blog and hasn’t been seen since.
Or he is this guy who lives in this place and writes stuff he hopes you read.
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