"Nico Lebon just messaged me..." announced Kellen, as he met Charlie for a coffee.

"What? Why?" asked Charlie. "Like, out of the blue?"

"Totally out of the blue!" confirmed Kellen. "He said that he wants to meet for a coffee for some business advice."

"Business advice?" repeated Charlie. "What business? What do you know about business?"

"I know, right?" agreed Kellen. "What is happening!"

"Is he still with Russell?" asked Charlie.

"I don’t know..." shrugged Kellen. "It’s years since I’ve seen them."

"Maybe they’ve broken up?" suggested Charlie. "Maybe this is a date? Remember how Nico was always flirting with you?"

"Don’t be ridiculous..." dismissed Kellen. "He’s French. They’re like that everyone."

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"So, what happened with your catch up with Nico?" asked Charlie.

"Plot twist - it wasn’t a date..." sighed Kellen. "So, I probably didn’t need to spend quite so much time picking out what to wear, or putting on foundation to cover up the dark circles around my eyes."

"Oh..." acknowledged Charlie. "You put on foundation?"

"That's not important right now..." dismissed Kellen.

"What did he want if it wasn’t a date?" asked Charlie.

"Business advice..." shrugged Kellen.

"Really?" asked Charlie. "What business?"

"He’s been studying massage therapy..." explained Kellen. "He’s building a massage business."

"Did he offer you a massage?" asked Charlie.

"Not even that..." sighed Kellen.

"Who paid for the drinks?" asked Charlie.

"I insisted on paying..." admitted Kellen.

"Of course you did..." laughed Charlie. "You’re an idiot."

"I need to get better at dating..." decided Kellen.

"You need to stop being such an idiot!" grinned Charlie.

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"I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever been here..." said Kellen, as he met Hamish at The Bridge on Clapham High Street."

"Yes you have..." insisted Hamish. "There was a night out in Clapham, years ago. We ended up getting very loose at the Two Brewers. We shared a bucket of KFC on the way home."

"Good times..." remembered Kellen. "What do you want to drink?"

"Guinness?" decided Hamish.

"That’s not very summery..." countered Kellen.

"This weather isn’t very summery..." shrugged Hamish.

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"I’m killing time while my flat gets cleaned..." explained Marc, as he met Charlie for coffee.

"You’ve got a cleaner?" asked Charlie.

"Sure..." shrugged Marc.

"But you have nothing to clean?" suggested Charlie.

"What are you talking about?" asked Marc.

"Your flat is just all minimalist surfaces..." explained Charlie.

"It gets dusty..." shrugged Marc. "I don’t like doing the bathroom. Besides, I’m busy. I’ve got better things to be doing with my time than cleaning."

"Do you?" asked Charlie

"Fuck off..." dismissed Marc. "Fuck all the way off."

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"How’s things?" asked Kellen, as he sat down next to Nathan.

"I’m good..." nodded Nathan. "All good. I’ve made some changes."

"You’ve stopped smoking?" guessed Kellen.

"I’m still smoking..." confirmed Nathan. "I’ve taken off my rings."

"Is that significant?" asked Kellen. "What did the rings symbolise?"

"Well, one of them was pretty significant..." explained Nathan, wriggling his now bare fingers in Kellen's direction.

"Wait, what?" said Kellen.

"I’m single now..." explained Nathan.

"You’ve broken up with Jonathan?" gasped Kellen.

"Yes..." confirmed Nathan.

"What happened?" asked Kellen.

"We were in Barcelona..." shrugged Nathan. "We had a fight."

"Must have been a fairly major fight?" suggested Kellen.

"It wasn’t just the fight..." admitted Nathan. "It had been building for some time."

"Wow..." acknowledged Kellen. "It’s a whole new chapter for you."

"I’ve got to be honest..." grinned Nathan. "I’ve been having so much sex."

"Really?" laughed Kellen.

"Totally..." nodded Nathan. "I don’t even have to go looking for it. It just comes to me."

"Now you’re just bragging..." grinned Kellen.

"I’m serious!" insisted Nathan. "Like, a lot of sex. A lot."

"I feel like I’m doing it wrong..." sighed Kellen. "I’m hardly having any sex."

"Aren’t you still with what is name?" asked Nathan.

"No..." confirmed Kellen. "We broke up."

"When we’re you going to tell me that?" exclaimed Nathan. "For fuck’s sake, we’ve been here drinking and talking for an hour and you didn’t tell me that?"

"It was a couple of months ago..." shrugged Kellen. "It’s no big deal."

"What happened?" asked Nathan.

"I told him I was moving back to Australia..." shrugged Kellen.

"Are you moving back to Australia?" asked Nathan.

"No, obviously..." replied Kellen.

"So you lied to him about leaving the country instead of being honest about breaking up with him?" said Nathan.

"That’s a harsh..." winced Kellen. "Harsh but fair."

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