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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

EXCERPT: The Year One, by Richard Natale

Art by Charlie Cochet - see below.
In wartime Korea Tom, bored and lonely, is astounded when a much superior officer shows him the sort of attention he never could have dreamed of.


Tom closed his eyes and lay back in his seat, feeling relaxed and exhilarated at the same time. The colonel's hand reached across and stroked the back of his head. Tom didn't react fearing that if he did, the colonel might stop. Then he leaned in and loosened Tom's tie and gently unbuttoned his shirt. The sensation of Dore's sweat against his face and the taste of his warm, thick saliva made Tom's head reel.

Dore said things to him that afternoon no man should ever say to anyone but his wife. Later, in the colonel's musty, dimly lit office, Dore ordered Tom to take off his clothes. He obediently disrobed, but fumbled with the khaki shorts that would reveal his arousal. In one swift motion, the colonel yanked them down around his ankles, undid the buttons of his fly and forced himself on Tom. The pain frightened him, less because of the brutal discomfort than the blinding desire that accompanied it.

Read the story in its entirety on Wilde Oats.

About author Richard Natale.

Richard Natale is a Los Angeles-based writer, reporter and columnist for such publications as the Los Angeles Times, L.A. Weekly, Buzz magazine and Variety. His play "Shuffle Off This Mortal Buffalo" won the National Playwrights competition and was staged in Los Angeles and Kansas City. His feature film "Green Plaid Shirt", which he wrote and directed, premiered at L.A.'s Outfest, was a closing night selection at the Palm Springs Film Festival and was shown at more than 20 film festivals around the world. It remains a best-selling DVD through Wolfe Video. Natale recently completed a novel, Junior Willis, set in Los Angeles in summer, 1969. He is at work on a second novel, Café Eisenhower, set in Eastern Europe following the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first chapter of which was excerpted in Wilde Oats under the title "Refrigeration Blues.

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