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Jackie Boy is a play told through monologues published on Wattpad. It is a piece of experimental theater, set to be produced in late 2019.

Jean Paul "Jackie" Mahoney is doing fine in college, doing great, even! That is, until his ex-girlfriend returns from prison.

Now Jackie is a mess, suffering from panic attacks, paranoia, and resorts to self harm in order to find some way of control. When Jackie takes his cutting too far, his fate falls into the hands of his best friend, and future lover, Kent Willis.

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Love blossoms for the two, which is great, wonderful, even! The only thing is, up until this very moment, they had both thought they were straight.

Jackie Boy is a story of polyamory among other forms of how we all love, as well as growing stronger than one's past.

Read Jackie Boy here: https://www.wattpad.com/story/186685489-jackie-boy


Jackie Boy Provides Examples Of:

  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Tim's inner musings definitely come across as this; he even states that he has ADHD.
  • Arc Words: The word "here" is used during three pivotal moments:
    • The first monologue ends with the sentence "My name is Jean-Paul Mahoney, and this is how I got here."
    • When visiting Jackie in the hospital, Kent Willis utters, "What... what do we do now? Where do we go from here," after seeing that Jackie has become aroused by the not-so-platonic kisses Kent Willis gave him.
    • Jackie says in the final sentence of the final scene, "Now, in this breathtaking, broken moment, I wonder where I go from here."
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  • Affectionate Nickname: Rain calls her girlfriend Miranda "Mandy-Mirandy," and Miranda calls her "Rainbow."
  • Big Bad: Violet, Jackie's abusive ex.
  • Bi the Way: Kent Willis, Jackie, Morgan, and Rain and Miranda.
  • Book-Ends: The last sentence of the first scene and the last sentence of the last scene end with the word "here."
  • Break the Cutie: Jackie, leading up to his suicide attempt. Later, Morgan is revealed to be breaking inside.
  • Broken Bird: Jackie, before he gets better. Ingrid, due to her own assault. Morgan, suffering depression and an eating disorder.
  • Bungled Suicide: Kent Willis finds Jackie bleeding out in his bathroom, saving him from his suicide attempt. Later, Jackie saves Morgan from theirs.
  • Cast Full of Gay: Everyone in Jackie's polyamorous group. Morgan is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns. Morgan is to be played by a non-binary actor.
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  • Character Title: The play is called Jackie Boy, and revolves around his life.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Between Jackie and Kent Willis.
  • Chocolate of Romance: Attempted by Jackie to Morgan, wanting to drizzle melted chocolate over Morgan and eat it off. Morgan discards this idea rather quickly.
  • Closet Key: Kent Willis to Jackie.
  • Coming-Out Story: For Kent Willis and Jackie, as well as Rain and Miranda, to a lesser degree.
  • Covert Pervert: Originally thought to be asexual, Morgan is actually extremely kinky. This delights Jackie and Kent Willis.
  • The Cutie: Morgan is described by Kent Willis as a "sweet gumdrop of a person," and Jackie refers to them as cute.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Ingrid and Jackie do NOT appreciate being pitied for their respective traumas.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Jackie's ex girlfriend beats him to the point of unconsciousness. Jackie presses charges.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Jackie's ex girlfriend rapes him repeatedly throughout their relationship, using threats of violence if he does not comply. She also takes advantage of him in his sleep.
  • Ethical Slut: Jackie only sleeps around with the permission of Kent Willis.
  • Everyone Can See It: Everyone in Jackie's Performing Arts program noticed the sexual tension between Jackie and Kent Willis.
  • Every Scar Has a Story: Jackie and Morgan both cut themselves. Rain refers to Jackie's scars as "having earned his scars in his battle against his brain."
  • Extreme Libido: Kent Willis notices Jackie's hypersexual nature, and Jackie outright tells his friend Ingrid through a phone call that he's hypersexual, stemming from his sexual trauma.
  • Falsely Reformed Villain: Violet, Jackie's ex, out on good behavior.
  • First Kiss: Kent Willis and Jackie share their first same-sex kiss with each other when Jackie is recovering in the hospital.
  • Flashback Nightmare: Jackie has one in the middle of what was supposed to be an evening of sex with his lovers, and his panic is made all the worse as he is tied up when it happens.
  • Friendless Background: Heavily implied with Morgan, possibly due to their autism, causing them to not know social conventions until they were much older.
  • Goodbye, Cruel World!: Jackie sends Kent Willis a suicide note via text, and then in the climax discovers Morgan's.
  • Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Subverted with Ingrid, not wanting to carry a baby conceived by rape.
  • Polyamory: Love blossoms not just for Jackie and Kent Willis, but for Jackie and Rain, Jackie and Morgan, Kent Willis and Miranda, Kent Willis and Morgan, and Rain and Miranda as well.
  • Heal the Cutie: Jackie gradually heals from his suicide attempt with the help of his chosen family.
  • Hollywood Autism: Averted with Morgan. Morgan has autism, and they like when people know. They aren't treated any differently than their classmates and very much enjoys group activities and being with their many friends and lovers.
  • How We Got Here: Jackie and co. build up to their fateful trip to the tattoo parlor.
  • I Have No Son!: Kent Willis' parents once he comes out to them.
  • In Medias Res: Jackie opens the story near the end of the of the play, and the majority of the play takes place before Jackie gets his tattoo.
  • Interrupted Intimacy: Jackie and Kent Willis get caught fooling around by the nurse when Jackie is in the hospital.
  • Post-Rape Taunt: While Jackie screams in fear, his body becomes aroused. Violet uses his arousal against him and taunts, "See, I knew you would like it."
  • Promiscuity After Rape: Jackie sleeps around a great deal, with the permission of Kent Willis.
  • Rape as Backstory: Jackie's assault happens before the beginning of the play, and drastically affects his life throughout. His well-being gets worse once his abuser is released from prison.
  • Safe, Sane, and Consensual: Jackie's first introduction to kink was neither safe, sane or consensual. His then-girlfriend Violet threatens him with a knife, claiming that it is knifeplay. Later, Jackie's lovers participate in kink subculture where it is SSC: Jackie is a Switch, Kent Willis is a Dom, and Morgan is a sub. We do not find out what Rain and Miranda are, only that they participate in tying Jackie up.
  • Self-Harm: Jackie cuts in order to find some semblance of control in his chaotic life, as does his friend Morgan. Jackie is the only one to take cutting as far as using it as a method to commit suicide.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: All five of Jackie and his friends dating each other, but especially Rain.
  • Suicide Is Shameful: While we never hear Jackie's family comment on his suicide attempt, it is stated that Morgan's family "would be so ashamed."
  • Switching P.O.V.: In a rotating cast, each character gets at least one chapter to narrate.
  • Talking Down the Suicidal: Jackie tries to talk Morgan down from suicide. They don't listen.
  • Their First Time: Jackie has his first ever consensual sex with his best-friend-to-boyfriend, Kent Willis.
  • Transparent Closet: Jackie and Kent Willis. Their coming out came as a surprise to no one, aside from Kent Willis' parents.
  • Trans Tribulations: Surprisingly averted with Morgan. Even with all of their problems, gender identity doesn't appear to be one of them.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Jackie, continues to be well liked by his peers and has several lovers, even when he is known for his past experiences rather than his personality.
  • The Twink: Kent Willis describes himself as having twink-ish features, being a gangly beanpole of a guy.
  • Verbal Tic: Rain says "y'all" a lot, and Morgan does not use contractions.
  • Web Serial Novel: Web serial play, actually, published on Wattpad! It is a fringe theater play to be told through the monologues of the characters. If and when there is dialogue depicted, it is to be spoken by the single actor.
  • Weight Woe: It is later revealed that Morgan is suffering from an eating disorder. Morgan only comes clean about having a disorder when one of their lovers discovers them throwing up. Morgan has OSFED, Otherwise Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder, which used to be called EDNOS, Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified.
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