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[【原创】] 亚马逊2011年最畅销的同志小说——《Something Like Summer》连载一

阅前必读:小说为中英双语对照,因考虑文章润色需要,其中文含义与英文含义会出现很大差别,and本人为第一次翻译小说,在细节与翻译文字上处于生疏状态,如有错误请各位高手指出。
Something Like Summer
夏天什么的/爱如夏天
Author : Jay Bell
作者:杰伊 • 贝尔

Chapter One
第一章
Houston, 1996
休斯敦 1996年
“This is not a coming-out story. I put all that behind me two years ago, at the
这并不是一个关于“出柜”的故事。我把那些事情都定格在了两年之前,我那年轻又略显
tender young age of fourteen. I’d known I was gay since I was twelve and my best
稚嫩的十四岁。我在我十二岁那时候就知道了我是同志,而与此同时我最好的
friend Kevin moved away to Utah. I was heartbroken, which I suppose is considered
朋友Kevin搬去了乌塔,我一下子感到心碎了,我猜想那是大多数同龄孩子
normal behavior for most kids. After he’d been gone for two weeks I decided to
理所应当的表现。在Kevin离开两周之后,我忍不住自己的想念决定搭长途巴士
take a Greyhound bus to see him. The guy at the counter wouldn’t sell me a ticket
去找他。售票处的那家伙看我年纪小不允许我单独买票,因此我冒险的假装是
so I tried passing myself off as the kid of a boarding passenger. That didn’t go well.
一名乘客的小孩想混上车子,但是还是以失败告终:司机把我撵下了车并让车站
The bus driver made me get off and the station manager called my parents. Their
经理通知我父母,他们对我的小计划的反应让我更觉得我对Kevin的思念超出了
reaction to my little plan is what tipped me off that my feelings for Kevin went way
常人思念的程度,也因为这样,每次脑海中浮现他的样子都让我这处于发育期的
beyond the norm. Well, that and how I got a hard-on every time I thought of him.
孩子小小‘性’奋了一下。”
Ben’s fingers hesitated above the keyboard of his laptop as he reread what he had
当Ben重读自己刚写的文字时,他的手指在笔记本的键盘上踌躇了,思绪一下顿住
just written. He took a deep breath, the ozone smell of the slowly overheating machine
了。在渐渐过热的电脑散发出的臭氧味充满了他的鼻子之前,他深吸了一口气
filling his nose before he sighed. Why did it always sound so trite when he tried to write
然后又叹了口气。为什么每当尝试描述自己的人生时候,却又总是听上去那么
about his life? He wanted to write something that was different and real, but it always
老套平庸呢?他想写是与众不同的并且是活灵活现的故事,但它总是看起来
ended up sounding like the porn stories in his small stash of magazines.
像他那堆小杂志里刊载的色情故事。
Next time he swore to write with old fashioned pen and paper. At least then he could
他暗暗发誓下次自己要用风格老旧的笔和纸来写作,至少在把那令人不快的成果
enjoy crumpling the displeasing results before throwing them in a little metal trashcan,
扔进金属垃圾桶之前享受揉皱它们的感觉,就像电视里面那些人常做的那样。
like they always did on TV. The most Ben could do was to carefully save his document,
然而BEN能做的却只是小心翼翼的保存写出来的文档,继而关闭程序,然后选中文件
close the program, and drag the file to the recycle bin. As he right-clicked to empty the
把它拉进回收站。当他右键单击清空回收站后,他开始想问题的根源是不是他,但色情的小故事在他的杂志是真的只是写得很好。
bin, he wondered if the problem wasn’t that he couldn’t write, but that the porn stories in
本身就不是写作的料,但在他的那堆杂志中的色情小故事却写的那么有声有色。
his magazines were just really well-written. He was beginning to wish he hadn’t deleted
他开始后悔自己把刚才写的文档给删了,这个时候,
it when the clock in the bottom right-hand corner caught his eye. Ten minutes until
电脑桌面右下角的时钟吸引了他的视线——还差十分钟就七点钟了,
seven. Almost time for Mr. Blue Shoes to go jogging.
这个时间通常是蓝鞋男慢跑的时候。
Ben struggled with himself for a moment. Part of him recognized just how creepy
Ben自己挣扎了一会儿。他内心里面的另一半自己意识到他的行为有多可笑。
his behavior was. He wasn’t sure if it qualified as stalking, but it was dangerously
他不能确定这是否是偷窥行为,但可以肯定的是这是十分严重的关注。
close. But what else was there to do? Writing hadn’t worked and there was nothing on
可还有什么可做的呢?写作又写不出让人满意的,而电视上除了
TV but summer reruns. What harm was there in an innocent stroll through the
假期重播的节目外没什么可看的。在附近散步没啥不对呀,
neighborhood, and if he happened to see Mr. Blue Shoes, then so be it.
如果他碰巧看见了蓝鞋男,那就看见呗。

Switching off his laptop, Ben tried to remember the last time he had done this. Was
Ben合上他的笔记本,开始回忆上次自己这样做是什么时候,是昨天?
it yesterday? Surely it was the day before. How many times this week already? Since
可能是前天。这周已经发生过几次了?由于他们看起来似乎年龄应该差不多,
they appeared to be about the same age, Ben was sure that Mr. Blue Shoes would be
所以Ben本确定蓝鞋男会到自己那所高中报名,
attending his high school and he didn’t want to be obvious. Being out at school led to
但他却不想表现出太明显,要知道在学校出柜不仅会被捉弄,
enough taunting without the added ridicule of being criminally desperate.
而且会被嘲讽得很苦逼。
Ben slipped on his shoes and quietly closed his bedroom door behind him. The
Ben 穿上鞋子轻轻地关上他身后的卧室门。“MTV夏季沙滩大型派对”
sound of MTV’s Mega Summer Beach Party or whatever they were calling it this year
或者管他们今年叫什么的声音从他姐房间的方向传来。
drifted from the direction of his sister’s room. For once she wasn’t hogging the
这是唯一一次她没有霸占卫生间,Ben飞快的跑过大厅冲进卫生间打开灯
bathroom. Ben rushed across the hall and flipped on the light, knowing that time was
,他知道时间有限,他只剩下一小会的时间来审查自己的打扮,
running out, that he only had a brief moment to check his appearance.
His blond hair was due for a cut but was still passable, he decided as he tried to
他梳到头发时候觉得自己的金发需要修剪了,但想想时间有限
smooth it into shape. His chestnut brown eyes regarded themselves momentarily,
就对自己暗示还说的过去。他瞟了下自己板栗棕色的双眼,

making him wish that his parents had bought him the colored contacts he had asked
他多希望他的父母给他买了去年圣诞节时想要的美瞳。
for last Christmas. Green, blue, purple, anything but brown. At least the braces were
绿色、蓝色、或者紫色,只要不是棕色。不过还好现在至少摘掉了那该死的
off now. He smiled wickedly, scanning for any sign of the spinach soufflé his mother
牙套了。他一边诡笑,一边检查牙缝是不是还残留着今晚晚饭他母亲做的菠菜卷
had served for dinner. If there were more time he would have brushed his teeth. Just in
如果还有时间的话,他真想把自己的牙齿刷过一遍,以防等下跑着跑着就发生像
case life played out like one of those porn stories. If only.
那些色情故事所编的事情,当然,这概率虽小但不代表不会发生。
He was happy to see some remnants of sun on his face from camping last
他很满意自己脸上残留着上个周末野营时被晒的痕迹,
weekend, but not as pleased to note the dopey Smashing Pumpkins T-shirt he was
但看了看他身上穿的印有低智商的“碎南瓜乐队”图案的T恤,
wearing, which wasn’t his kind of music at all. The shirt had mysteriously turned up in a
就差不多兴致全无了,这根本就不是他喜欢的音乐乐队。只是因为有天这衣服
stack of fresh laundry one day. His sister’s boyfriend had left it during one of his
无缘无故的夹在一堆新洗好的衣服里面,再加上本发现原来这就是某次
nocturnal visits, and once Ben figured that out, he wore it just to torture her. This
姐姐和她男友在家里乱来后留下来的,就故意穿着取笑他。但这用来取笑
wearable blackmail was a few sizes too large for him and draped off his ramrod-thin
姐姐的衣服他穿起来反而有点可笑,尺码大得就像一座帐篷垂挂在他那精瘦的
frame like a tent. Ben bit his lip and decided against digging through the hamper for
骨架上。本看着自己那一堆脏乱差的衣服,咬了咬牙,决定放弃从里面挑
something better. At least this shirt was clean.
适合自己尺码的衣服,宁愿自己穿着这件搞笑的衣服,至少它比那一堆衣服干净。
Flipping the light switch, he took the stairs two at a time, landing at the bottom with a
本快速关上灯,以迅雷不及掩耳之势的速度跑下楼梯,当蹦下最后一格楼梯时,
thud that was sure to trigger a yell from his mother. He paused but the only sound he
那一声落地声差点引起了他母亲的声讨,他立在那里,仔细侦查老妈的动静,
heard was prerecorded studio laughter. Thank god for the hypnotizing properties of
但只听到电视节目里面传来的笑声,他暗暗感谢那些能磨得人入眠的电视节目!
television! Ben slipped out the front door, undetected by all but Wilford, the family dog
.本偷偷地溜出前厅,全家都没发现他出门,除了他家的狗狗Wilford。
The August evening was still bright, but not as much as it had been last month. Ben
八月的傍晚依然还是像白天一样,但是没有了七月份那样明亮了。
pondered the symbolism of the earth growing darker with the approach of a new
本一边沿着街道慢跑到街尾,一边想着这越来越黑的景象预示着自己就快要
school year as he jogged down the street toward the end of the block. Behind the row
开学去学校了。他跑到一排房屋前停了下来,房屋后面就是一个蛮大的公园,
of houses here were woods that connected with a large public park. He chose the yard
为了抄近路,他决定挑一家看起来主人不怎么会抱怨的院子,他环顾一下四周,
whose owner was least likely to complain and crossed it. With the house and unfenced
穿了过去。当经过房屋与没有篱笆的“长途跋涉”后,他终于穿到了目前
backyard behind him, he was faced with one of the finest forests in modern suburbia.
郊区自然生态环境最好的森林公园。
The mix of pine and cedar trees was disturbed only by a single dirt path that
但是一条通入林中的小道破坏了这由松树和杉树构成的美景,数不清
disappeared into their midst. The trail, eternally marred by the crisscrossing grooves
的自行车在这小道上留下纵横交错的沟壑,使得这条小道在这些树木间更显得
left by countless bike riders, snaked back and forth through the trees, causing ten
与这景色格格不入,也让沿着小道的林地无人问津,变成了一片荒地。
acres of woods to feel like a limitless wilderness.
Ben turned to the right and walked up a slope toward a more civilized path, one
本向右爬上了一个小坡,走到一条铺设更加规整的小路上。它装设有长凳和
paved and dotted with benches and trashcans as it wound its way around a small manmade
垃圾桶,并还有一个小型的人工湖,放眼望去,自己走得这小路就
lake. He scanned the horizon for his quarry. At first he saw no one except for a
像一条伤疤环绕在这人工湖周围。他开始扫视自己视线所能及的范围,
middle-aged couple walking hand in hand, but then the thump, thump, thump sound of
刚开始除了一堆手牵手的中年夫妇外就没见其他人,突然,一阵thump, thump, thump
running attracted his attention.
的跑步声吸引了他的眼神。
There he was. Mr. Blue Shoes. He could more aptly be named Mr. Neon Electric
是他!蓝鞋男,不!应该说霓虹蓝鞋男更贴切。天啊,当BEN第一次看到
Blue Shoes. Oh, how Ben had searched for a pair of those shoes after seeing them
这双鞋之后,就一直苦苦的想寻找一模一样的。不单单是因为这双鞋很赞,
for the first time. Not only did he think they looked awesome, but they would have been
重要的是这还是能成为开启本和蓝鞋男历史性谈话的借口——“hey,真巧啊!
a potential conversation starter. Hey, you have the same crazy shoes that I do!
你和我都那么有眼光买了这双强爆的鞋子”。
Despite tagging along on all of his mother’s shopping trips, he never found them. Ben
但是尽管Ben每次都跟着老妈出去shopping,可从没看到和蓝鞋男同一款的鞋子.
wasn’t even sure what brand they were. Some sort of exotic Italian brand that Mr. Blue
甚至最滑稽的是本都还不知道那鞋子的牌子,他自我安慰的想象其实这是蓝鞋男
Shoes had preferred before moving here to the States, he fantasized. Not that he was
在搬来美国前一直喜爱着的带有异国情调的意大利牌子,至少从他的古铜色
necessarily from Italy, of course, but it would explain the deeply tanned skin and jet
的肤色和乌黑的秀发可以猜测他可能是喜爱意大利牌子的意大利人。
black hair.
Ben snapped out of his reverie and realized that the object of his desire was
当BEN从他的意淫当中回过神来时,发现他刚意淫完的“意大利人”
jogging directly toward him, and all the while he had been standing there staring.
正朝他的方向慢跑过来,而他却想呆子一样一直站在路上盯着人家看。
Usually Ben made at least some attempt to act like he was out for some exercise. His
在平时,BEN至少会比较聪明的做一些锻炼动作伪装自己。但是此时,当他想
muscles froze as he tried to decide what to do. He should probably turn to the right and
这么做时,发现他的肌肉却僵住了不知道怎么动了,此时的状况,他应该
walk away, so as not to appear obvious. He started to do this until he realized that he
自觉向右然后走开,好表现的不那么明显。他正打算转的时候,又纠结的
wouldn’t be able to get a look at Mr. Blue Shoes, and so Ben turned back to the front.
意识到这样就不能从好的角度偷瞄蓝鞋男了,于是又把脸转了回来。
Unfortunately his confused brain didn’t trigger the muscles needed to actually begin
不幸的是他那胡思乱想的大脑没能让开始行走的肌肉组织
walking. Ben was left standing, just as he had been before, except now he was facing
动起来。BEN还是想刚才那样呆呆的站在那里,正面对着蓝鞋男傻瞪着,因为
Mr. Blue Shoes and it was too late to do anything but stare.
现在除了傻瞪着,做其他的话已经太晚了。
Lust brushed away any remaining self-consciousness. Ben looked up from the
欲望完全把BEN剩余下来的自我意识完全的淹没了。本的视线从那双
oddly colored shoes, his eyes taking in the black hairs on the finely muscled legs
色彩奇异的鞋子往上扫瞄,在瞄到那栗色运动短裤内随着慢跑节奏抖动的
before darting up to check out the package bouncing away behind maroon gym shorts.
“点心”之前,他先看到了那长在蓝鞋男腿上的黑色腿毛。
Not wishing to press his luck he continued upward to the considerable pecs. The
Ben咽了一下口水,但并不奢望自己能幸运的拥有蓝鞋男,他视线继续往上瞄,
evening wasn’t hot enough that he was running shirtless, but the grey tank top was
当然还是多看了一眼那相当引人驻足观望的“点心”,傍晚的气温并没有热到
minimal enough to reveal muscular arms with a sexy swirl of black hair under the
让蓝鞋男脱掉T恤跑步,但是灰色的紧身T恤还是勾勒出了蓝鞋男那肌肉
armpits. Ben looked up at the handsome face, ignoring the sweaty strands of dark hair
发达的双臂,并露出了腋窝下那乌黑性感的毛发。BEN抬起头看着那张英俊得
stuck to the broad forehead or the well-defined cheekbones, choosing instead to look
Ben死都愿意的脸,直接略过那宽大的前额和那线条分明颚骨上那一缕缕被
into the silver-grey eyes that haunted his fantasies.
汗湿透的深发,往那双让他魂牵梦绕的银灰色的双眸望去。
He noted, with a mix of relief and abhorrence, that those eyes were locked onto his
正当BEN处于又爱又恨的凝望蓝鞋男双眸时,突然发现蓝鞋男双眸正往自己
T-shirt. His blatant gawking had probably gone unnoticed, but at the price of Mr. Blue
那该死的T恤上看来,他那发愣的神情没被篮球男看到竟是以自己今天穿着
Shoes noticing the worst thing about his appearance today. As he jogged past Ben, the
最傻帽的的T恤为代价。当篮球男跑过BEN身边时,那双银灰的双眸与BEN的
silver eyes rose to meet his. Mr. Blue Shoes raised his eyebrows an d nodded in a way
眼睛四目相交,蓝鞋男稍耸了一下眉毛,并用直接明了“COOL”的问候方式
that unmistakably said “Cool!” before flashing a smile.
对BEN点了点头,并对BEN 抛了一个微笑。
And then he was gone, followed a second later by a blast of sweaty, musky air. Ben
看着蓝鞋男渐跑渐远,空气中弥漫着一阵参杂着汗味与麝香混合的气味,
inhaled this scent and, after a dramatic moment of euphoria, found the strength to
BEN闻着残留着蓝鞋男汗味的空气,在这充满欢快而又戏剧性的片刻后,发现
continue walking. He sauntered around the park before heading home, feeling as if he
自己又有力气能够走了。在回家之前,BEN继续溜达在公园周围,感觉着自己
just gotten back from a dream date. He realized it was probably pathetic, but he didn’t
像是刚从一个童话梦幻般的约会回来一样,BEN 一边觉得自己自己这样的
care at this point. The hottest guy in the world had just acknowledged him and all
自我安慰有点可悲,但一边又不在乎这样的可悲。因为刚才他认为的世界上最性感
because of some band Ben had never bothered listening too. He made a mental note
家伙赞他很“cool”,仅仅因为BenT恤上一个自己不感兴趣的乐队。
to ask his sister to borrow one of their CDs that night, but not before locking himself in
他决定晚上回去后要问姐姐借张那乐队的CD听下,但在这之前自己要做的就是
his room and beating off furiously while thinking about that smile.
回到自己房间,然后关上门,回想他对自己的微笑,然后使劲发疯狂跳庆祝。

                                后续章节正在翻译当中。。。。。。。。。。。。。

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