Yet again, Finn has another wet dream. Lily tries not to worry and is surprised that Finn knows how to use a washing machine.
At school, Max is confronted by Neil, but with the help of his new friends, Neil scurries away without having fun. But at lunchtime, Max spends time alone with Eddie. Neil finds them and causes more trouble.
Finn has another wet dream. Lily speaks to Max and Owen about it, and both admit to not having as many as Finn. Lily takes matters into her own hands and talks to Dr Wallace.
Max finally joins the rugby club and, after a Cockaigne initiation, becomes one of the Cockaigne Centaurs. He also discovers why the other students in his class at school have kept their distance from him.
Finn continues to ejaculate in his sleep. This time he came over Max as they were spooning.
After school, Finn takes his second lesson teaching the kids at the swimming club and decides to go naked again. It seems Finn is now a role model, as some boys want to be like him. For the last hour, he is joined by Eddie, and they have another lesson, one-on-one.
Sorry, dear readers, this is not a new story about a young man going back to his homeland in the search of love and sex. But a post from the author letting you all know that I’m taking a week off to go on a much needed holiday.
It’ll be good to get away, and hopefully forget about work. I wonder if you can guess where I’m going?
I’ll be enjoying the fresh air, beautiful scenery, a view of the sea and the friendly people. I may even come back with some ideas for future stories.
New chapters of the ongoing saga of Max and Finn in Cockaigne will continue when I get back. I hope you can cope with the wait.
Max goes back to Eddie’s home after school. Eddie’s mother is surprised and has a quiet word with Max about her son, as he has never brought anybody back. Satisfied that Max isn’t going to hurt her son, she lets the boys up to his bedroom. Eddie shows Max his favourite Warhammer character and tells Max that he is on the autistic spectrum.
Tomorrow is a new day, but first, Max has to deal with Finn having another wet dream.
Max goes to school with newfound confidence and is determined that Neil won’t bully him. Max meets Eddie at Lunchtime when they are confronted by Neil. Max stands up to him and doesn’t show any fear, although inside, he is shaking.
Max has lost all his confidence. He spends the day at school alone, but at lunchtime he’s approached by a boy. He’s shy and awkward but they form an unusual friendship. Max accidentally leaves his phone on and he narrowly escapes another punishment. At home, in bed, he confesses to Finn that Neil is bullying him.
Lily spoke to the school about what happened to Max and his panic attack. The school arranged for Max to see Mitch Masters, the school counsellor. They talk all morning, and Mitch shows Max some coping techniques and some valuable advice.
When Max leaves for school the day after being punished unjustly, in his opinion, he starts to feel strange. His pulse quickens, his palms sweat, and his breathing falters. On the outside, he displays the signs of having a heart attack.
Children today face unimaginable pressures, more than I did when I was at school. I was that awkward gay boy trying desperately to hide who he was from a homophobic society. If I had social media to deal with on top of that, I don’t know if I could have coped. I suffered panic attacks. I thought I was dying at times. Anxiety seems to be normal in today’s kids. The amount of teens I’ve met that suffer from anxiety is overwhelming.
Max’s anxiety stems from being punished unjustly. Many children go to school coping with similar anxieties; a fear of bullying, a fear of being found out, a fear of being different. We are all different; no two people are the same, not even identical twins. We need to educate and empower our children to be the best they can be. The UK curriculum needs a major kick up the arse to educate children about modern life. Technology moves faster than politics.