The kind you’re born with, the kind you choose, the kind that teach Catholic school
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Ernest McLeod’s short fiction and nonfiction has appeared in the James White Review, the GSU Review, Salon, and the anthologies Men on Men 7: Best New Gay Fiction (Plume) and Bar Stories (Alyson Publications). He lives in Middlebury, Vermont, and serves on the admissions board of the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference.
Raymond’s in the same “promising” eighth-grade section as me — the promise being based on some test we took at the end of seventh grade — but I don’t think of Raymond as promising. Nobody does. He wears high-water pants, and his glasses are held together with masking tape. He has a scattering of white pimples on his forehead, beneath his greasy bangs. Sometimes he smells.