Author(s): Wayne Hoffman
Moe Pearlman-once the twenty-something protagonist of Hard-is now over forty, overweight, and going gray. He's turning into a daddy bear. That's difficult stuff for someone used to being the adorable younger guy chasing after older men. But Moe's whole conception of himself is challenged when he spends Bear Week in Provincetown. Still singular in his focus and sexual appetites after all these years, Moe starts off the week thinking he'll find a hot older guy and have an intense summer fling. Joining him on vacation, Moe's ex-lover Gene rolls his eyes at Moe's exploits, as always. Gene's disapproval has never stopped Moe before...but when the older objects of Moe's affection start looking right past him in favor of younger rivals, Moe is shaken to the core. Is his sex life about to take a dramatic nosedive? Are his days as a sexual athlete over? Perhaps not. Maybe his sex life is merely about to undergo a dramatic shift. In Provincetown, Moe meets an adorable little cub who loves his gray hair, his gut, his age. Moe isn't interested at first, and rebuffs the cub. Gene and his new boyfriend Carlos try to talk some sense into him, but he won't hear it. Then Aaron, Moe's best friend, arrives with his husband Kevin. Aaron knows the cub, who reminds him of Moe fifteen years earlier. He convinces Moe to put himself in the younger man's place, and to embrace his inner daddy at long last. Moe still isn't sure he can take such a young kid seriously, until he sees him standing up to police during a crackdown on public sex-and Moe sees himself, in his younger activist days, reflected in this younger guy. Finally, just before Bear Week ends, Moe gives in and spends the night with the cub, letting himself be the "older man" for the first time in his life. And he likes it.