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Ovulation Night: A Short Story

Ovulation Night: A Short Story

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Ovulation Night: A Short Story

31 pages
37 minutes
Apr 3, 2017


Bradley and his lover Duke are ready to raise their own child. Their good friend Quasar (and her lover Lily) have agreed to surrogacy. The stage is set for this new extended family to begin, as soon as Bradley and Quasar conceive the child during a pre-arranged sexual encounter. But when the big night arrives, the two couples get more than they bargained for when jealousies, hijinks and political correctness get in the way.

Can two gays and two lesbians make one baby? It all comes down to who will survive "the battle of the sex" on Ovulation Night.

Apr 3, 2017

About the author

Randy Boyd’s four novels have been nominated for five Lambda Literary Awards. His writings cover a diverse range of subjects, including sports, politics, race, the gay community, HIV/AIDS, his dog, President Obama, and Trikke carving vehicles, much of it on his blog, Randy Boyd's Blocks.His fiction has appeared in Blackfire magazine, as well as the following anthologies: Certain Voices (Alyson Books); Flesh and the Word 2 (Plume); Sojourner: Black Gay Voices in the Age of AIDS (Other Countries); Flashpoint: Gay Male Sexual Writing (Masquerade Books), MA-KA: Diasporic Juks (Sister Vision); and Freedom in this Village: Black Gay Men's Writing 1969 to the Present (Carroll & Graf).His nonfiction has been featured in the Indiana Word, Frontiers Magazine, Au Courant, The Washington Blade, The James White Review, The Gay and Lesbian Review, The Lambda Book Report, BeyondChron.com and the anthology Friends and Lovers: Gay Men Write About the Families They Create (Dutton).Randy has also been a contributor to Outsports.com and the publications of the Black AIDS Institute.

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Copyright © 2017 by Randy Boyd

An earlier version of this short story appeared in the 1998 anthology

Ma-Ka Diasporic Juks: Contemporary Writing by Queers of African Descent (Sister Vision Press)

First ePub edition: April 2017 v1.0

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"Saw her in the hotel bookstore masturbating to a magazine," sang Bradley, dancing his way across the bedroom to Prince jamming about Darling Nikki on the boombox on the bed. As usual, he flubbed the lyrics, getting a laugh out of Duke, who was sitting atop the oak dresser at the foot of the bed. Egged on, Bradley danced some more, gyrating with the music, grabbing the pack of condoms on the nightstand, dancing his way over to the bed and the boombox … just in time to kill the music as a thought suddenly occurred to him.

Ironic, he said, tossing the condoms aside as if they were useless. "For once in the 90s, I’ll actually be able to feel real, live sex against my throbbing black dick, or cock, as you white boys are fond of calling it."

"Well, don’t feel this real, live sex too much, said Duke, suddenly unamused by the sight of this lover packing an overnight bag. This whole thing might spark up some deeply-hidden urge to become hetero. Or memory of sex with your babysitter when you were a kid, sex buried in your psyche until tonight—when you realize you liked it and now want more sex with more women. You could turn into one of those apes at the gym, sniffing around for every girl in the joint."

There’s only one scent I’m interested in and it belongs to you, said Bradley, packing rather nonchalantly. Besides, I don’t think I had sex with my babysitter. Her fine ass sister on the other hand—

This is serious, said Duke, feigning interest in the sun setting outside their bedroom window. "Yes, this is for—us—but you do realize: this is the first time

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