Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Absent aka Ausente


16 year old Martin Blanco claims to have something in his eye,aa1 so Sebastian his High School Swimming Coach whisks him out of Class and takes him to the Eye Hospital Emergency Room. The doctors give him the all clear, so the teacher offers to drive him home. School is over for the day, and Martin realises that his bag and cell-phone are with his friend Juan who he was going to have a sleep-over with that night.  They cannot locate Juan or reach Martin’s grandmother (his guardian) on the phone so Sebastian takes Martin back to sleep on his couch for the night rather than abandon him on the streets.

Next day back when he arrives back at School Sebastian discovers that Martin’s very distraught parents are there with the Police as their son hadn’t returned home that night or even called them to say where he was. Martin feeds them a story about being with another school mate which they swallow with the same ease that Sebastian had believed the night before that the boy’s parents lived in another part of the country.

When Sebastian realises he has been conned he challenges Martin for the reason, and the boy is happy enough to ‘fess up that it had all been a ploy to get invited into his home hoping that once there ‘something would happen’ between them.  An angry Sebastian rebukes him but devious Martin knows that if the story ever became public, the Authorities would believe whatever he chose to say, and Sebastian would lose his job.

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Posted by queerguru  at  21:35

Genres:  drama

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