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Teammates by M. Durango
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3.75 stars

Cory’s car won’t start and just about everyone has left campus already to head home for winter break. Then, who should come to his rescue but Jeff, star basketball player and Cory’s secret high school crush? When his car won’t start, Jeff surprises Cory by not only waiting for a tow to a local garage, but also giving him a three hour ride home. Then, before he can even allow his old feelings for Jeff to resurface, one day Cory sees Jeff and his father fighting outside their house in their hometown. Cory isn’t sure whether he’s returning the favor of being a friend or furthering his fantasy of getting close to Jeff, but lending an ear to Jeff’s troubles gives him a shock or two than completely changes the game.

This was a short, sweet story that dealt with a pretty straight forward message against bullying by using a familiar opposites attract duo — the jock and the goth kid. Cory has grown out of his shyness with college and the network he as been able to enter there — friends, a Gay-Straight Alliance, acceptance. His rebellion from being stuck in his hometown has quieted and the goth clothes have gone away. From Cory’s POV, Jeff is the epitome of straight cool, and though his crush on Jeff has also gone a bit into history, he still holds some feelings for him, shown by the fact that he still never misses any of his home games. Yet, now the feelings are somewhat love/hate. Jeff once stood up for him when he was being taunted, but in light of the Jeff he knows now, was that still a cowardly act? He’s not sure.

This was well written and there isn’t much to critique. Though dealing with heavy issues, they were generally in the past and hadn’t overly-affected Cory in a negative way, so the story remained light. A good story for the them “It Get’s Better,” also evidenced in a line in the story. B-
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