PART FOUR (THURSDAY):
The next morning Ethan told his grandparents, “I am going to play on the grounds again if that’s all right.”
“What about breakfast? We have oatmeal and hot syrup,” His grandma asked.
“I’m not hungry,” Ethan answered.
His grandpa replied, “Sure, just remember to wear your coat to protect you from this cold weather.”
With that, Ethan walked out of the building, and down to the bus stop then boarded the next bus. The ride lasted about 45 minutes with all of the stops until finally he was dropped off and walked the final block.
Tessa lived in the suburbs west of the City in an old house that was very much in need of repair. He walked in front of the house and Tessa was waiting on the porch. She motioned for him to enter the gate of the hurricane fence. Ethan did so, looking at her and smiling lovingly. He walked up the steps of her front porch, where she met him and took him by the hand as they walked in. The house had two bedrooms, a living room a kitchen, a dining area, and one and a half bathrooms. It was very cold as the previous day, so they both made a be line for Tessa’s bed.
On their way to her bed, Tessa raised the thermostat of floor furnace to 80 degrees, then commented “Finally, we have some real alone time.”
They walked to her bedroom and were immediately taken control by their raging hormones.
Wildly they began to kiss each other as Tessa said “I won’t make you do anything you would regret. Still, if you want me, you will be my first.”
Ethan replied “I do want you, and only you! By the way, you will be my first as well. I want you, both now and forever and I will regret nothing.”
They teasingly undressed each other, then went into each others’ arms as they fell into Tessa’s bed making passionate love, both a little shy at first. After mutually feeling the climax, they cuddled in bed for a short spell then got dressed and afterward ate a meal of tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches.
Ethan looked around the kitchen and dining area and saw several take out bags from The Downtown Grocer Cafe` as well as their daily menu on the refrigerator.
As they were eating Ethan said awkwardly, “If I got you pregnant my parents would go nuclear on me.”
Tessa replied, “Don’t worry about that, I’m on birth control, you know, for just in case. It was my mom’s idea.”
Ethan breathed a sigh of relief.
Tessa then said “I know, I know, that would be the last thing I would want. I would be expelled from school then.”
Ethan replied, “That stupid school president would probably expel us if he knew what we just did. It would be well worth it though.”
Tessa asked, “What would you like to do now?”
“Cuddle with you some more,” Ethan answered.
They went back to bed and fell asleep together until Tessa’s mother came in. She knocked on the bedroom door while they were still sleeping in bed. Tessa woke up. Ethan jumped and went into a panic as he began to shake profusely.
“Just a minute,” Tessa nervously said.
Tessa opened the door and her mother walked in as she said “You must be Ethan Mays. I’ve heard so much about you.”
She then looked at both of them sternly and said “I can just about guess what you two were doing in there.” Both Ethan and Tessa blushed brightly. Tessa’s mother paused then said, “Since you both were intimate, I expect both of you to commit to each other and only each other.” She then looked at Ethan and said, “And all I ask is that you treat Tessa with reverence, respect, love and, kindness because she deserves nothing less.” Tessa’s mother paused and then said, “If you don’t Tessa has uncles who can deal with you.”
Ethan grew even more nervous.
Tessa added in “It’s all right Ethan, you are not in any trouble and you never will be as long as you do what my mom just said.”
He looked at the time on his iPod Touch and realized he needed to be back at his grandparents’ condo.
Once again, he began to shake with panic.
“What’s wrong, Ethan?” Tessa asked.
Ethan replied, “I need to be back at my grandparents’ condo before all hell breaks loose.”
Tessa’s mother offered to drive him back to which he agreed.
Upon exiting the car, Ethan kissed Tessa to which he said “I love you Tessa and I want you by my side forever!”
She replied, “I love you too Ethan, and I will be! I’ll let you know the plans for tomorrow, but I do have a doctor’s appointment.”
They simply kissed once more.
Ethan thanked Tessa’s mother for the ride then walked into his grandparents’ condo to which his grandmother asked “Where have you been? You weren’t on the grounds.”
Ethan decided to be honest and replied, “I spent the day with Tessa at her house. Please don’t tell my parents.”
His grandmother sternly said, “Well, I can about imagine what you and she were doing there.”
Ethan’s grandpa came to his defense and said, “Honey, they love each other and Ethan deserves at least some privacy at his age.”
“Too much privacy results in delinquency, honey,” His grandmother replied.
His grandpa pleaded with her, “Now you know I would have done the same thing if I was ever separated from you. We were young once. Can’t you understand?”
She replied, “I just don’t like going behind his parents.”
His grandpa corrected her, saying, “Even if they are wrong though? You know they are wrong, right, honey?”
“Yes, they are wrong, and the whole situation is wrong!” She admitted, then said, “Ethan you better marry this girl as soon as you finish college.”
Ethan replied, “I’ll marry her even sooner than that! She is so sweet.”
With seriousness, his grandma replied, “You need to be sweet to her as well.”
“Of course I will,” Ethan said with assurance.
“Why don’t we eat supper?” Ethan’s grandpa said.
“Yes, I’m very hungry,” Ethan said, then blushed afterward.
Ethan’s grandparents looked at each other, as if to confirm their suspicions, then began preparing a dinner of turnip stew and fried smoked sausages on the side.
Ethan went into the bathroom and messaged Tessa, “I love you more than ever and I want you to know that I want you by my side forever!”
A few minutes passed, but then Tessa replied, “I love you too and I will be!”
Ethan then typed, “I have a few free minutes until dinner is ready.”
“Okay. My mom ordered Asian takeout and we are waiting for it to arrive.”
Ethan then said, “Not just because of what happened today, but especially because of it, I want you to know that I am completely committed to you and you only and my goal for our relationship is indeed to treat you with reverence, respect, love, and kindness. I don’t want anyone else and there isn’t a woman or girl on this planet that can take me away from you! I just hope you feel the same way.”
Tessa replied, “I do feel the same way, Ethan. You make me happier than ever!”
Ethan then said, “You know my grandparents found out we spent the day together and I think they know what we did.”
“How did they react?” Tessa asked.
Ethan replied, “My grandpa doesn’t mind and my grandma was ticked at first but then she said how I better marry you as soon as I finish college.”
“How do you feel about what your grandma said?” Tessa asked.
“Honestly I’d marry you right now if we were old enough!” Ethan replied.
“I would too. You’ve made me the happiest girl there is!” Tessa proclaimed.
There was a knock on the door and Ethan’s grandpa said, “I have to use the tur-let again. Dinner is almost ready.”
“My grandpa has to use the bathroom so I have to go now. I love you and I want you by my side forever!” Ethan messaged her.
“Okay. Enjoy your dinner. I love you too and I will be!” Tessa replied…
Ethan went into the kitchen and ate dinner with his grandparents.
There was much tension in the air and very awkward silence as they ate.
Afterward, Ethan’s grandparents went into the living room and watch the cable news channels in total silence.
Finally, they went to sleep.
As soon as they closed the bedroom door, Ethan pulled out his iPod Touch and logged into the email client.
There was just one message, “Hey Ethan, I cannot wait to talk again. Message me when you are able. I love you!”
Ethan quickly typed a reply message, “I’m available now, Tessa, and I love you too!”
Tessa instantly answered, “We can talk for a little while, but I have to get some sleep tonight because tomorrow I see my doctor.”
“What for? Are you okay?” Ethan inquired.
“Yes, I’m okay. My weight and my blood levels just need monitoring because of these birth control pills. They could make me gain more weight. I hope you would still want me if that happened.”
Quickly and with much assuredness, Ethan replied, “Of course I would still want you! Yes, I think you are beautiful just as you are, but to me, your size isn’t an issue. Your soul is beautiful and that is what I am in love with most of all.”
Tessa then replied, “Would you still be attracted to me though?”
Ethan frantically typed the words in hopes to comfort and assure Tessa of his love for her, “Yes I definitely would. I’m weird and I’m not like most guys. I never wanted to lay down with a girl just because I thought she was hot. I’ve always wanted to lay down with a girl who treats me right and loves me for me, with all my flaws included. That’s why I gave myself to you and that is why I want you forever. Besides, I think your chubbiness makes you sexy as hell! I’m almost sure you want me for me and not my status as a rich kid.”
Tessa replied, “I want you because you have a very pure and equally kind heart. And I want you more than ever now!”
Ethan then said, “I know my parents and grandparents want me to finish high school and college, but I want to marry you as soon as you are legally able. That would mean when I am twenty and you are eighteen.”
“Yes. I would want that too! You’re making me the happiest girl ever!”
Ethan then said, “Well you know, I do love you!”
Tessa replied, “I love you too!”
“And you also know, I’m sure, that I want you by my side forever!”
“Yes, I know. And I will be!”
There was a silence as both were getting sleepy.
Ethan then asked, “Is it all right if we sign off for the evening? I’m getting tired.”
Tessa replied, “Yes that’s fine. I just wanted to let you know that these pills could make me keep gaining weight and I was worried you would break up with me. I needed to tell you that because I wanted to make sure you would still want me. Now that I know that I can sleep easy.”
Ethan then said, “You can know this with certainty that I want you, no matter what. You can take it to the bank and cash it!”
Tessa replied with happiness, “I know.”
Ethan then said, “Don’t ever forget it, either!”
“Oh, how I wish I was in your arms right now, Ethan!” Tessa proclaimed.
“Me too!” Ethan replied.
“Well, we both need our sleep. So let’s say good night,” Tessa typed out.
Ethan then decided to write a message of good night tidings to her, “I cannot wait until the time when we can say good night and still be in each others’ arms all night long. This is me giving you a good night kiss and tucking you in! This is me wishing I was cuddling with you throughout the night. And most importantly, this is me wishing I was there to wake up and see your beautiful face, not just tomorrow morning but every morning after that for the rest of my life! I love you and I want you by my side forever! Good night, Tessa.”
Tessa then replied, “That was so sweet! You could be a writer, you know! And by the way, I love you too and I will be! Good night Ethan!”
Both fell asleep in a state of bliss.