I began my series about a train conductor meeting a schizophrenic writer online in March of 2016. What inspired [and motivated] me to start writing this was I wanted to promote some of the [decent] values that I had in a previous series, without being too offensive and self-righteous. There are some references to that former series and there might even be more if God wills it. I have only written two scenes (or pieces) from each the guy’s and girl’s perspective and I am not too sure why I haven’t gotten further. I’ve been focused on writing other stories, essays, and articles, though, but possibly hope to continue this soon.
In this series, I try to promote that everyone deserves to love and be loved just like I did in my “Grocer and Writer” stories. This is done by centering the stories around a nineteen-year-old aspiring writer, named Tabitha “Tabby” Howell, who has two major flaws: she is schizophrenic and she is overweight. She is a senior in high school and has extremely overprotective parents. She doesn’t drive yet and depends on her best friend for transportation to and from school. So on a Saturday night in March, Tabitha was on a writing forum with the screen name CuteCuddlyTabby, posting her latest romantic story. She had received several negative reviews and comments and was devastated by these reactions. She was about to go bathe when she saw a new comment from someone known as MisterTrainman. He praised her story, unlike anyone else. This comes from personal experiences where I had posted some love stories on forums and got negative reactions, yet there always seemed to be someone who encouraged me. Anyway, Tabitha looks at his profile and finds out his name, Cyrus Braeden, and sees a picture of him, to which she is attracted.
They begin to converse. Cyrus makes sure she isn’t a minor and continues talking to her when she reveals to him that she is nineteen. Tabitha then says that he probably wouldn’t want to do anything with her anyway because of her weight. Cyrus asks Tabitha for her name so he can look her up on Facebook. She gives it to him. He sees her pictures and is attracted and confesses that to her. Tabitha tells him that there must be some lucky girl in his life. He tells her that train conductors have hectic work schedules and therefore have trouble getting and staying in relationships.
Cyrus then asks Tabitha to tell him more about herself. She states that she is still in high school because she had to take a year off for medical reasons. She then says she still lives with her parents and they are overprotective. Finally, she says that she attends a very strict catholic school, but only because she is afraid the students in the public school would torment her about her weight. Cyrus tells her that she has beautiful curves. She blushes then asks him to tell her about him.
He tells her that he ran away when he was eighteen and wound up in a railroad yard. He was almost hit by a train, but the engineer took him under his wing and offered him a job. The engineer also helped him buy a house. The house Cyrus bought was the same house that the main characters of the previous series lived in until my male character was murdered and my female character died of a broken heart, from witnessing the murder.
Cyrus then said he wished that he had love in his life, but knows that railroaders have trouble with romantic relationships because of their hectic schedules and frequent time away from significant others.
Tabitha replied that he definitely can have love in his life and made an advance at him. He accepted but was honest about his job and how they will be frequently away from each other. Tabitha reminds him that she is willing to put up with that because no one wanted her before him. So, with that, they mutually entered into a romantic relationship and exchanged phone numbers.
Cyrus and Tabitha continue to talk online into the night until Tabitha realizes that she has to take her Abilify. Cyrus agrees that she needs to take it, so she does. After taking her medicine, Tabitha gets sleepy and they both sign off and go to bed. Tabitha is overweight from taking the said medication.
The next day Cyrus wakes and sends a text message to Tabitha. They text back and forth but then Tabitha then says how her parents went make groceries and he could call her.
They talk on the phone and Tabitha says that they are doing third quarter exams all next week. After a while, she reveals to him that she is schizophrenic and that he probably now wants to leave her. Cyrus assures her that her writing has taught him that everyone deserves to be loved and he is also attracted to her and would never leave her.
They then confess their mutual virginity and Cyrus states how happy he is that he waited, even though he is a twenty-five-year-old virgin.
After more conversing they discuss plans to meet during exam week and how she would have to get her friend to take her to the train station.
At the end of the piece Tabitha’s parents return from making groceries and so she and Cyrus hang up the phone. They are now falling very much in love with each other.
That’s all I have for now…
I wrote this and hope to write more of it because it is very similar to the previous series and one can almost say that it is even a continuation of it. Here I am promoting basically the same values without the immense amount of controversy and hypocrisy. Two people find love and accept each other without demanding any changes be made. They will treat each other with love, reverence, and kindness. Their intimate moments will be very sacred and beautiful. Still, there will be conflicts, such as Cyrus’ work performance and schedule, Tabitha’s parents’ and friend’s unnecessary suspicion of Cyrus, strict school officials forbidding the relationship because their age difference reflects negatively on the school’s image and reputation. However, I plan to resolve all of these issues. And, not only that, I will allow these issues to build the passion and affection between my main characters. I think I can make something wonderful with this new series if I remember to not promote self-righteousness. If I can remember that I need to stay humble and keep in mind that I am far from perfect just like everyone else, then this will be something genuine and beautiful. There is a train derailment caused by a terrorist attack in the previous series and now I am wondering if Cyrus Braeden could have been the conductor on that train. Of course then, he would have survived, because he is alive in this series. Maybe it could be a bygone times piece detailing the derailment. I think my foamer friends would enjoy!