Yaoi also known as Boys' Love, is a popular Japanese term for female-oriented fictional media that focus on homoerotic or homoromantic male relationships, usually created by female authors. Though it is more popular among females, there are also some males who are fans, some of whom are heterosexual. Originally referring to a specific type of dojinshi parody of mainstream anime and manga works, yaoi came to be used as a generic term for female-oriented manga, anime, dating sims, novels and dojinshi featuring idealized homosexual male relationships. The main characters in yaoi usually conform to the formula of the seme who pursues the uke. In Japan, the term has largely been replaced by the rubric Boys' Love, which subsumes both parodies and original works, and commercial as well as dojinshi works. Although the genre is called Boys' Love, the males featured are pubescent or older. Works featuring prepubescent boys are labeled shotacon, and seen as a distinct genre. Yaoi has spread beyond Japan: both translated and original yaoi is now available in many countries and languages.
It started on March first. Alex was walking to therapy when a soccer ball bounced in front of him and stopped him cold in his tracks. He looked up and nearly paused in his tracks.
“Hey!” someone yelled to him. Alex turned and saw a boy running towards him. This boy… oh. The sun struck his golden blonde hair and formed a halo around his head. The way he ran gave the illusion of him floating across the street as he raced to get his ball. The lamb stared at him with wide-open eyes and red cheeks. “Wow!” he mouthed. The boy rushed over to him. Alex picked up the ball and held it out to him.
“Is this yours?” he asked.
“Yeah,” the boy said. The boys stared at each other in silence. Alex blinked at him.
“Uh… here!” he said.
“Thanks,” the boy said as he took his soccer ball. They stared at each other for a long time. Alex blinked at him.
“What’s your name?” he asked, bluntly.
“Toby,” the boy answered with a bright laughter in his playful green eyes. “Toby Ross.” Alex quickly nodded.
“I’m Alex!” he blurted out. “Alex Shepherd.”
“Nice to meet you, Alex,” Toby replied. The boys shook hands. The lamb’s palms felt hot along with the rest of his body. Wow, he’s got nice eyes!, he thought. But along with this infatuation, rose a new fear. Alex quickly let go.
“I’m sorry!” he said. “But, I have to go!” The boy took off running as fast as he could. Toby stood there, blinking. What a strange guy…, he thought.
As Alex ran away from his new acquaintance, his thoughts began to race in his mind.
He’s so beautiful, but I can’t risk getting close to him. Edward and all of them will kill him! I can’t lose him like I did Rebecca! I can’t! I can’t!
“Hey!” the lamb heard someone yell behind him. Alex stopped in his tracks and looked over his shoulder. Toby raced towards him with a bag on his hand. The lamb turned to him with a puzzled and surprised look on his face.
“Toby?” he asked. The boy caught up to him and stopped to catch his breath. Alex blinked at him.
“What are you doing?” he asked. The other boy stood up straight. He held out the bag to the lamb.
“You left this,” he said as he handed him the bag. Alex still looked amazed.
“That’s my bag!” he said. “I must have dragged it. Thank you.” Alex took it and put it around his shoulders. Toby looked at him for a couple of seconds.
“You heading anywhere?” he asked.
“To downtown, why?” Alex replied. Toby flashed him a wide smile. The other boy felt his heart flip as such white teeth.
“My house is that way,” Toby said. “Want to walk with me?” Alex nodded without a single thought in his head.
“S-Sure,” he stammered out. His new crush chuckled.
“Okay then,” he said. Alex didn’t get it right away. It took about five seconds for the message to sink in.
“Oh, you mean now?” he asked.
“Yeah,” Toby said with a nod. Alex stared at him for what felt like the longest time before laughing it off.
“Oh!” he said. “Now, of course!” Toby blinked at him this time.
“Are you feeling okay?” he asked.
“Yeah!” Alex almost shouted. “I feel fine! Let’s just go downtown! Yeah, that’s where we’re going.” *Sweat drop* Oh crap, he probably thinks I am crazy!, he thought. Toby only gave him a little smile.
“Alright,” he said. The lamb took a heavy breath out.
“Right,’ he mumbled. Then, the boys headed into downtown Central. With each step, Alex’s own confusing and panicking feelings began to evolve and take on a risky shape in his heart.
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