PART TWO (TUESDAY):
Morning came, both got ready and sent each other their affectionate good morning texts, along with plans on where to meet before the first bell.
Upon arrival; they walked the grounds hand in hand, as Tessa looked Ethan, then asked “You were serious about what you said to me, last night, right?”
Gently he hugged her and gave her a long loving kiss as he said “Of course I was, you have made me so happy.”
Tessa simply hugged him; then rested her head against his chest, as she spoke “I don’t ever want to lose you!”
Ethan replied, “Most definitely, you won’t!”
Both had truly genuine feelings for each other but were afraid of heartbreak to happen. However, the soon upcoming series of events would prove the validity of the feelings they held for each other.
A duty teacher saw them together and started to hand down the school’s fascist roman catholic policies on them.
“Separate Immediately!” The teacher commanded, angrily, then continued, “This holy school is no place for that kind of behavior. If it happens again, I will see to it that you both get a suspension. Now, both of you get out of here.”
Both sulked going in separate directions. It was no sooner than Tessa had been separated from Ethan when Fisher Aycock and Micah Messer were eying on her. They were maliciously planning to embarrass her.
One said to the other, “Look it’s that fat and nerdy girl who was forced to sit by us.”
The other one said, “I have an idea.”
He whispered then, they surrounded her. Fisher grabbed her breasts and Micah lifted her skirt. She slapped both of them and they let her go. Mortified she ran away in tears. The same teacher that had unjustly separated her from Ethan, also witnessed her getting harassed and did nothing. The highly corrupt administration had instructed teachers not to discipline students with financial and athletic influence. Unfortunately, these two boys had both. Rather, the teacher followed Tessa from a distance, watching her. She knew she would be seeking out Ethan.
In secrecy, that hateful duty teacher watched as Tessa told Ethan of the event that just unfolded. Ethan simply held her and kissed her gently on the forehead, then asked her, “Are you all right?”
She replied, “Yes, I will be now that you are holding me.” Tessa paused for a second then continued, “I want to always be holding you close to me.”
Ethan looked into her eyes and said “You will be if I have anything to do about it.”
She clung to him silently as he spoke “If we get caught like this we will get suspended.”
“If we did, it would be more than worth it,” Ethan replied, then continued, “My parents would take my phone away from me, but we could keep in touch on-line. I can text you my email address and I can email your phone through the email to SMS gateway.”
“Just keep holding on to me me, Ethan, don’t ever let go!” Tessa softly said.
“I will never let go,” Ethan replied as he kissed her.
They lovingly continued to hold each other when that wretched duty teacher came out of the hiding place and said with a fit of authoritarian anger, “Did I not just tell you two that this holy school is no place for that kind of behavior?”
Boldly, Ethan answered, “Do you not realize what just happened to Tessa? I was only trying to comfort her.”
“SILENCE!” The teacher shouted, then continued, “Considered both of yourselves suspended. You both may not return to school until further notice.”
Ethan and Tessa were separately escorted into the disciplinary office, then were held in separate empty rooms until the buses came.
The teacher came to Ethan and said, “Oh and just so you know, I will have the school president instruct your parents to ground you from the Internet as well as the phone.”
Ethan’s heart sank as all of his communications links to Tessa would be jammed. It just so happened, however, that Ethan had received plenty of cash for Christmas. He kept the cash in a locked box in his bedroom. Ethan also knew how ignorant to technology his parents were. He then fabricated the plan to covertly purchase an iPod Touch and use the WiFi feature. Ethan knew he could connect to several gateways throughout the city. He knew this could be done completely undetected by his parents or school staff. When the day was over and the dismissal bell rang, they boarded the buses. Both were filled with anxiety about how their parents would react.
Upon arrival at his parents’ house, Ethan called Tessa and said, “Hey, my cell phone and netbook will probably be taken from me. I do have an idea on how we can keep in touch.”
“How is that?” She asked.
“I can secretly buy an iPod touch, and use the WiFi feature. I am sure there are some WiFi access points in the City that I can use, to communicate with you.” Ethan paused then asked, “How will your mom react?”
Tessa replied, “I don’t know. She is glad I found you, but she is still leary and won’t like the fact that you got us suspended.”
Ethan then told Tessa, “Tell her exactly what happened. Tell her that I was holding you to comfort you because of what those two jocks did.”
Tessa replied, asking, “I will try, but I have a question. How can you afford an iPod touch?”
“That’s easy; I can use the money I got for Christmas. It’s all cash, so no one will ever see the purchase on any statement,” Ethan answered with assurance.
“That’s a wonderful plan, Ethan.” Tessa replied then continued “When will you buy your iPod?”
“As soon as I can get a ride to a store like Target.”
“Just be my one and only,” Tessa said with her heart on her sleeve.
“I always will. I promise you that and I wish I was there to seal that promise with a sweet kiss on your soft lips,” Ethan said with happiness. He heard footsteps so he quickly said, “Someone is coming. I have to go. Just know with certainty that I want you by my side forever!”
“I will be, as long as I can help it!” Tessa replied with sincerity.
They hung up immediately after saying their loving goodbyes. Thinking quickly, Ethan text-messaged his email address to her phone and instructed her to send a text message to it from her phone.
The footsteps Ethan heard were of his mother as she approached him and said, “I just got off the phone with your school president.” Her anger was escalating as she continued, “He told me you and some girl were carrying on inappropriately.” She paused again then continued, “Give me your cell phone and your netbook. You will not get them back until further notice. You should know that public displays of affection are not allowed.”
Ethan replied “That is not how it went down. I bet that corrupt school president didn’t say how she was sexually harassed by two jocks and I was simply comforting her.”
His mother angrier and said “Oh shut your mouth. How dare you call the school president corrupt. Why are you always acting seditiously?”
“I’m simply telling the truth. Anyone at my school who is rich or an athlete and especially both gets away with anything and everything. Those two rich jocks were grabbing her breasts and lifting her skirt. All I did was hold her and kiss her.”
“Regardless; you are hot a hero and you blatantly broke the rules and now you will be grounded.”
“I know I’m not a hero, but I think I have the right to comfort her, I mean she is my girlfriend.”
“You don’t need a girlfriend. You need to focus on your schooling. Speaking of that, I want you to study during your undeserved vacation.” Ethan sulked, then walked away from her.
Ethan knew now what had to be done; he needed to purchase that iPod touch. He went up to his bedroom scheming a plan to get to a store and covertly make the purchase.
As Ethan was sitting on the bed, his dad walked into the room and asked, “You want to tell me what is going on at school.”
Rolling his eyes, Ethan explained the situation in full.
Understandingly his dad replied, “Well, there is nothing wrong with you having a relationship. I also understand that you were trying to comfort her, which is very noble. However, you broke the school rule of no physical affection and you got suspended. Your mom and I have decided that you will spend your suspension at your grandparents’. You will do as they say and I expect you to spend your time wisely. Now pack your stuff and I will drive you there.”
Ethan nodded in agreement. He placed several changes of clothes, his cash, and a few small possessions in his backpack. His dad then walked him to the car.
Meanwhile, Tessa’s mom walked to her bedroom. Tessa explained the situation to her to which resulted in mixed emotions.
Her mom said “Tessa, I want you to be careful with him. He might be trying to get in your panties and then leave you. Just because you’re on birth control doesn’t mean you can’t get hurt.”
Tessa replied, “Ethan is not like that at all, I am almost sure he is innocent and not just a player.”
Her mother then said, “Well, make sure of that before you do anything you might regret.” She paused, then continued “What about those two boys that were harassing you? Were they dealt with?”
Tessa replied “Nope.” She paused then continued “They are rich and they are athletes, so they get away with anything and everything.”
Her mom said with anger, “I would love to kick their butts.”
Tessa replied, “Well, then you would have to face a judge, with whom they probably have connections.”
Her mom replied, “You’re right. I know you are probably well aware of it, but that’s just more proof that life is unfair. However, as long as we have each other; that is what matters.”
“What about Ethan?” Tessa asked.
Her mom replied, “We’ll see.”
With that; they ate the plate dinners of Salisbury steaks, mashed potatoes, green beans, and each a pistolette that her mom had purchased from The Downtown Grocer Cafe`.
Ethan and his dad rode to the condominium complex, where he noticed a sign that read “FREE WiFi.” He smiled and realized that fate seemed to be on his side. He walked up to their room where they welcomed him in. Ethan explained the situation exactly as he told his dad.
His grandpa said, “Hey, I think someone is in love.”
His grandma added, “I just don’t understand the school system these days.”
His grandpa then asked, “Whatever happened to those good for nothing punks who battered her?”
Ethan replied, “Nothing happened at all. Don’t you know if someone at my school is rich or an athlete, the rules don’t apply to them.”
His grandpa remarked, “Well I don’t think we need to make any more donations to that school.” He paused, then continued, “But I know where I am going; to the Super Target. I need to go make some groceries.”
His dad said, “Well I better get going too.” He paused, looking at Ethan and then said, “Remember what I told you.”
Ethan simply nodded in agreement.
After his dad left, Ethan asked, “Grandpa, could I ride with you?”
He knew this was his chance to purchase the iPod touch.
His grandpa replied “Well sure, I don’t see why you should be punished, to begin with. This will be our little secret.”
Ethan’s grandma gave them both a dirty look and with that, they left.
When they arrived; Ethan asked, “Can I check out the electronics department, while you go make groceries?”
“Sure,” His grandpa replied and continued “Just meet me back by the car in half an hour.”
Ethan nodded and with that, he walked to the electronics section.
He looked at the glass counter and said to the clerk “One iPod Touch please.”
The clerk reached under the glass counter pulled it out and scanned it.
He then quoted the price, “That will be $245.20.”
Ethan pulled out $250 handed it to the clerk and said “Keep the change.” The clerk printed out a receipt and handed him the iPod.
Ethan put the receipt and the iPod in his coat pocket and walked out the door to the car. He stood around looking at the bleak sky until his grandpa arrived with the groceries and drove them back to the condo.
As Ethan’s grandparent’s prepared dinner; Ethan hid in the bathroom to set up his new device. He connected through the building’s WiFi system and then downloaded an email client app.
Ethan checked his email and saw the message from Tessa’s phone. It read, “Hey Ethan. I miss you already.”
He replied, “I miss you too, but the good news is now I’ve got my iPod Touch if you haven’t already guessed. Now we can keep in contact wherever I have access to WiFi.”
Within seconds the message was forwarded to her phone and she replied to him, “That is wonderful.”
Ethan asked her, “How did your mom react to the whole situation?”
“She is furious at the school for how they are handling the situation. She is even angrier at those boys. She wants to press charges on them.” Tessa continued “And she is still leery of you but wants to meet you. How did your parents react?”
Ethan answered, “My mom was highly ticked off, but my dad was almost completely cool about it. I was grounded from my phone and netbook, but neither of them knows that I am talking to you now.”
Tessa asked, “Well, how are you getting WiFi access?”
Ethan typed back, “I’ve been banished to my grandparent’s condo, and there is free WiFi throughout the whole building. I can keep the iPod touch in my pocket where it will be covert.”
Tessa typed back, “You are so sneaky, but I think it’s cute. Not to mention it shows how devoted you are to me. I am so turned on right now.”
Ethan’s heart skipped a beat as he typed back to her, “You are worth every bit of this drama and more. Just know, that I want you; come hell or high water.”
Tessa replied, “I wish you could be in my arms right now, Ethan.”
He replied, “I don’t know exactly when that will be but you are worth the wait.”
Tessa, flushed with happiness typed in reply, “I think I love you, Ethan. I’ve always wanted someone special; now I have found you. And just for the record, you are much more than special! How do you feel?”
Ethan instantly replied, “It was love at first sight. I’ve had feelings for you since I first laid eyes upon you. I would have told you sooner but I was afraid of scaring you off. Yes, I do love you too, Tessa.”
She then replied with happiness that their feelings were mutual, “You don’t scare me off at all.”
There was a knock at the bathroom door and Ethan shouted, “Occupied.”
His grandfather replied, “Hey, hurry up I have to use the tur-let.”
Quickly Ethan typed to Tessa, “I have to go now, but I’ll be back later.”
Hiding the iPod touch in his coat pocket he walked into the living room where his grandma was switching between the cable news channels.
He sat down on the convertible sofa when his grandmother asked, “Would you like to sleep there tonight?” Ethan nodded and his grandmother continued, “You can watch TV or listen to the music on low while your grandfather and I sleep.” Ethan nodded trying to hide his happiness as he realized fate continued to be on his side.
In a short spell dinner consisting of smothered cabbage with bacon over rice was cooked and then served. When dinner was over, the dishes and cookware were put in the dishwasher. Ethan’s grandparents went back to watching television. A local news report was showing how a group of thugs had robbed and beaten a tourist.
Ethan’s grandpa commented, “They should make an example of that trash and hang them from that old bridge over the freight canal.”
Quickly and covertly, Ethan messaged Tessa through his iPod touch, “As soon as my grandparents fall asleep; I will be able to talk to you again.”
A few seconds went by when Tessa replied, “All right I cannot wait until then.”
Ethan waited anxiously for his grandparents to go to bed.
Finally, eleven pm struck and Ethan’s grandfather said, “Well your grandmother and I are going to bed. Roll out the convertible sofa and get some sleep.”
His grandmother added in, “That’s right, you need to keep a structured schedule.”
Indeed fate was on Ethan’s side, as his grandparents went to their bedroom to sleep.
Ethan lay there typing on his iPod Touch, under the covers, “Hey, we can talk now,” He then typed another message, “I am so sorry that I made you wait so long, it is just I did not want to arouse suspicion from my grandparents.”
A few minutes passed by until Ethan received a reply from Tessa, “I think of you constantly, you are the love of my life, Ethan. I cannot wait until we can be together all the time. I hope it won’t be much longer until I am in your arms. But until then feel free to message me anytime you possibly can, I will understand.”
Lovingly and nervously Ethan replied, “Wow, no one has ever been that patient with me.”
Tessa replied, “Well; no one has ever so kind to me as you have.”
Ethan then typed, “Tessa, I want you to know that I love you and I wish I could express that feeling to you physically. I want to hold you, kiss you, and touch you all with deep affections.”
Tessa typed back to Ethan, “I know, I know. I want you to do those things and more.”
There was a pause then, they simultaneously wrote, “I love you” to each other.
Both were filled with bliss when they read each other’s messages.
There was a brief silence, then Tessa asked “What are you doing tomorrow?”
Ethan then replied, “I haven’t planned anything as I have to stay at my grandparents’ condo.”
Tessa then asked, “Could I come over there? Would they allow me there?”
She sent another message, “I want to see you again.”
Ethan answered, “I want to see you too Tessa. The only thing is that I doubt my grandparents would let us stay together at their place, even though they disagree with the whole situation.”
Sadly Tessa replied, “Right, I understand :-(”
They began to once again express their affections to each other for a short spell. Then, suddenly, an idea hit Ethan like a high-speed train.
He quickly typed, “There is a playground on the grounds of the complex. We could hang out there all day tomorrow. Is there any way you can get there?”
The wheels of fate were turning even more in their favor when Tessa said “I live near the city bus route, and I also have a bus pass. I can leave early in the morning, my mom also leaves for work even earlier. Send me the address of the complex and I will program into my phone’s navigation system.”
Ethan sent the address and she typed back, “This is so awesome.”
Tessa replied, “Well let us get some sleep so we can be together tomorrow. I hope to be holding you in my dreams tonight and I love you, Ethan.”
Ethan replied, “I love you too, and I am longing for tomorrow.”
Before signing off, Tessa typed, “I pray that our dreams of each other will keep us warm all night through.”
They both went to sleep even happier and more in love.