The Wages of Sin

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Publication date: November 14, 2012
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In the breakaway Christian States of America, homosexuality is punishable by death. In the rebel capital of Washington DC, Jason Braverman lives a life of quiet desperation. Hiding his true nature, he grapples with the loss of his sexual freedom as he watches his beloved city patrolled by uniformed thugs and bombed to the ground by the U.S. Army. Then he meets Daniel, and he realizes sometimes liberation is worth paying the ultimate price. (M/M)

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When it looked like we might all die, when General Petraeus started talking about tactical nukes and Senator Balder started pushing for an all-out U.S. invasion of the “Occupied South,” perceptions about sex here on the other side of the Partition shifted suddenly, at least among the civilian population. We felt the sexual jolt like an earthquake.

When I was in college I remember reading accounts of New York during World War II that described a general spirit of abandon that permeated the bars and the clubs and the streets of the city. You want to lean me up against that wall and fuck me up the ass? Well, I’ve never been with a man before, but, what the hell; I’m fuckin’ shipping out to the Ardennes tomorrow.

Likewise here in Occupied D.C. the war had made sluts of us all.

I started seeing young couples making out on the Metro again. Black market bourbon and vodka started appearing at parties and a couple of the dance halls started staying open after ten. People started making the occasional sexual joke in line at the grocery store or in the elevators. I even got invited to a key party up in Woodley Park by this guy I know from the Travel Advisory office.

The suddenness of the shift was so remarkable that the Blues immediately started tweeting about it, claiming that as their guerrilla attacks became more frequent so too did the reports of Levitican Code violations, as if the adulterers and the gender-traitors (homosexuals) and the life-takers (users of contraception) had run into the streets to fornicate to the sounds of automatic gunfire and explosions.

And maybe they had.

There will surely be a future PhD thesis in there somewhere. Refornication: Politico-Social Antecedents to the Sexual Tipping Point Phenomenon in the early C.S.A. period.

For a while, I assumed the shift was an exclusively hetero phenomenon, but I was wrong. The first time I really noticed that the shift included the gays was about a week after the U.S.-backed NOLA Blues seized control of New Orleans.

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