It was Noon when Ezra’s phone rang.
He saw Sadie’s information on the screen and hurriedly answered, “Hello.”
“Hey, you!” Sadie replied.
“Oh, it’s so nice to hear your voice again.”
“You’re so sweet!”
“Thanks. That means a lot coming from you.”
“Well, I got a somewhat good report from my doctors. They want me to continue with my high blood pressure treatments as usual. It hasn’t gotten better but it hasn’t gotten worse either.”
“Praise God! You know, I want you to live because I want you by my side forever! I’m well aware of how it was your Dad’s high blood pressure that killed him.”
“His Mom as well.”
“Then, please, Sadie, you need to be careful! I never want to lose you!”
“Just pray for me then, but as far as I can see you never will lose me!”
“Now my Mom has just pulled up into the Dairy Queen parking lot and we’re going eat, but I will call you as soon as I am home and we can spend some more time together if you wish.”
“Sure that would be wonderful. Y’all just be careful everywhere y’all go.”
“We will. What are you going to eat for lunch?”
“Some seared chicken breasts and some steamed carrots along with some steamed green beans. I made them all for dinner last night.”
“I didn’t know you could cook.”
“Well, I have been living alone for the better part of my adult life and now being diabetic, I have to prepare healthy meals for myself.”
“I should eat healthy like that more often, but the food stamps only go so far.”
“I understand totally.”
“Now we’re about to order, so I will call you later.”
“All right, bye Ezra.”
Ezra walked into his kitchen and turned his countertop scanner on. Seconds later he intercepted a notice to mariners from the Coast Guard. He then took out the meat and vegetables from his refrigerator then warmed them up in his microwave oven.
After his meal was ready, he placed it on the table then said grace and ate, while listening to his scanner.
In the meantime, Sadie and her Mom each ordered a 1/3 Pound Cheeseburger and a Banana Shake. They as well took their food to a table said grace and then ate.
“Do you think Ezra will be different from the others?” Sadie’s Mother asked her.
“I sure hope so. He knows how much I weigh and he still wants me. And he just got finished telling me how he wants me by his side forever,” Sadie replied.
Her Mother smiled slightly, then said, “I hope he is telling the truth. I don’t like seeing you with a broken heart all the time.”
“He does seem genuine.”
“Well, you know Pastor Murray prays for you as do I.”
“Ezra said how he wants to meet me during Thanksgiving week.”
“Well, that will give y’all some more time to talk.”
“Well, if he is as sweet as he is now, I can’t wait to meet him.”
“Does he work?”
“No, he gets disability.”
“Is he okay?”
“Yes. He is schizophrenic and diabetic, but both are well under control.”
“Speaking of that, I know we always eat out after your doctor’s appointments, but you too could become diabetic if you’re not careful. Then you would have to battle your blood sugar in addition to your blood pressure. And you will gain more weight if you and Ezra get into a more stable relationship.”
“I know. I know. I’m just glad that Ezra told me how he likes big women.”
“Well, I know you must be happy but don’t use that as an excuse to not lose weight.”
“He did say how he wants me to live and if I have to lose weight to live longer, I think he would understand.”
“Sounds like you’re falling for him.”
“I am, most definitely.”
“How old is he?”
“So he’s six years older than you?”
“Yes, is that all right?”
“It’s fine. Your Daddy was eight years older than me and you know how much we loved each other.”
“Yes, Daddy was amazing and taken so soon.”
“All the more reason for you to pay attention to your health very carefully.” She paused, then said, “Speaking of that, we need to pick up your medications so, finish eating.”
Sadie nodded then finished off her cheeseburger than gulped down her banana shake.
They then cleared the table and left.
Sadie’s Mother drove through the drive up at the local Walgreen’s. Sadie then gave her information and paid with her debit card then was handed a three month supply of blood pressure medication.
They then drove home.
Sadie’s mother unlocked the door to their trailer and Sadie went walk to her room to call Ezra.
He had just finished washing the dishes when his phone rang.
“Hey, baby.” He answered.
“Are you back home?”
“Yes. I am relaxing in my room.”
“Thank God you’ve made it home safely!”
“My Mom says I should watch my weight because I could also get diabetes.”
“If you want, I could share some healthy recipes with you.”
“If I lost weight, would you still want me, though? I mean I know how much you like big girls.”
“Of course I would still want you. Even if you did lose some weight there’s a part of you that I hope will always be big!”
“Well, my breasts and my butt will get smaller if I lose weight.”
“I was talking about your heart though!”
“I know I came on to you because you’re a big lady, but if you’re as wonderful as I think you are, I could want you in any size. Besides, as I said before, I want you to live!”
“You’re making my eyes wet!”
“Don’t be, you did nothing wrong. It’s just no one has ever been so sweet to me. I’ll confess that you’re making another part of me wet as well, but it would be a sin to describe which part!”
“Have you ever been with a man like that before?”
“I was molested when I was six, but other than that, no.” She paused then asked, “What about you?”
“When I was in my twenties, I was in a relationship with a woman who treated me terribly, yet always wanted to have sex. She deflowered me. But as weird as this sounds, I didn’t want to lay with her anymore because she treated me so badly, so she cheated on me and I left her in my very early thirties. Then I had a very innocent relationship with a young lady, but it didn’t work out.”
“As cute and sweet as you are, I’m surprised that you’ve only been with one other in that way.”
“I’m just so sorry you were molested. I wish there was a way I could take that pain from you. What happened to the guy that hurt you?”
“My Daddy shot him, leaving him a paraplegic. He’s now in a prison hospice for the rest of his life.”
“I guess he got his just desserts, then.”
“But, am I pure enough for you, now that you know this?”
“Of course you are! And anyway, you could say that my past is more extensive than yours. All in all, you’re a wonderful and beautiful young lady of whom I am tremendously honored to call mine!”
“You make me very happy and I admit I am falling for you!”
“I feel the same way. I just cannot believe that the young lady of my dreams wants me!”
“Well, it’s because you’re so sweet!”
“Thank you.” Ezra paused, then continued, “Does any of your family know about me?”
“My Mom does.”
“What does she think?”
“She’s slightly leery, but only because so many others have rejected me.”
“Well if there’s a way I can relieve that anxiety of hers, name it.”
“Just keep talking to me and keep being sweet to me.”
“Rest assured, I will.”
“Now, I have to go potty real badly, but call me later this evening so we can talk some more.”
“Say around Eight P.M.”
“All right, I sure will.”
Sadie went to relieve herself in the bathroom.
After she was done, she went back to her room and took a nap.
Meanwhile, Ezra drove to New Orleans and spent the rest of the day watching marine traffic.
He took several pictures of the boats, ships, and barges passing on the Mississippi River and sent them to Sadie.
She had replied how they looked so neat, though she was half asleep.
At 6:00 PM, Ezra drove back to his apartment and checked his blood sugar. It was slightly low, so he drank a can of Wild Cherry Pepsi, then prepared a dinner of a fried pork chop, steamed yellow squash, and steamed broccoli florets.
Likewise, Sadie woke up and her Mom was preparing a meal of hamburger steaks along with green peas and mashed potatoes.
After everyone was done eating, the table was cleared and the dishes were washed, Ezra called Sadie. It was now getting on Eight P.M.
“Hey, you!” Sadie answered.
“Hey,” Ezra replied.
“I’m sorry I didn’t talk more but I was half sleeping when you sent me those pictures. But they were really neat.”
“Well, thank you. Watching marine traffic may seem boring to most, but it’s fun for me and it keeps me out of trouble.”
“Well, you have to have hobbies.”
“Speaking of that, what do you do for fun?”
“Well, I cannot drive, so I am pretty much a homebody, but as I said on my dating profile, I like to play games on my phone and tablet.”
“Nothing wrong with that. I’m glad you’re able to do something.”
“There’s also this blogger I read. He writes the most beautiful love stories. Maybe one day we can read his work together.”
“I wish I could write, but I would love to do that with you.”
“I also wish I could write.”
“What are his stories like?”
“Well, let me put it this way, we’ll have to be careful when we read them together, otherwise we may be tempted to commit a certain sin.”
“They’re that good?”
“Yes, they always bring out those feelings in me. It’s just I was never able to share them with anyone because I was always ghosted.”
“I was ghosted quite a bit as well, so I know what you’re going through.”
“But now we have each other, right?”
“Oh, yes! Most definitely! And I am so happy about that!”
“I cannot wait to come to see you!”
“Neither can I!”
“Where would I sleep though?”
“In my arms, of course?”
“How would your Mom feel about that?”
“She would be fine as long as you treat me right and commit to me.” Sadie paused, then continued, “Anyway, I pay the bills around here.”
“Well, my intentions are indeed to treat you right and nothing would make me happier than to commit to you!”
“I’m falling for you even more!”
“As am I!”
“So, what heritage are you, anyway?”
“Redneck and Cherokee. What about you?”
“French and a little bit Irish.”
“Like Cajun French?”
“No. Parisian French!”
“Well, my family might tease you, but I think French men are so sophisticated and I hear they make wonderful lovers.”
“Now I am blushing!”
“I bet it’s so cute though!”
“When you say you’re redneck, do you know which European Countries, like more specific than just Anglo Saxon?”
“Scotch-Irish and maybe a little Welsh.”
“So we both have Irish, then.”
“The only Irish trait of mine that I know of is that I loved drinking Whiskey in my younger days, but cannot have it now because of this diabetes.”
“What races were your two exes?”
“The one I was with for during my twenties was Mexican, Italian, and Black. The one I was with while in my very early thirties was Cajun, Houmas, which is a Native American tribe in Louisiana and she was also partially Black.”
“The man who molested me was Black, but from Puerto Rico.”
“Would your family reject me because of the women I dated prior to finding you?”
“I doubt it. Once they see how wonderful you treat me and how happy you make me, they’ll want me to keep you!” Sadie paused, then continued, “But don’t advertise it either.”
“I understand, completely.”
There was a knock on Sadie’s bedroom door.
It was her mother and she said, “Alyssa and Nicky Joe are coming to visit tomorrow, so you might want to get some rest tonight.”
Ezra heard Sadie’s Mother and said, “Do I have to let you go for now?”
“No, we can talk a little while longer.” She paused and said, “I’m not looking forward to it. My cousin Alyssa is always in competition with me. She’s pregnant for her methhead boyfriend and they’re both coming tomorrow.”
“Sounds like fun,” Ezra said sarcastically, then continued, “In all seriousness, I need to do laundry tomorrow anyway.”
“I know right. It’s just Alyssa who was always skinny and she always had a boyfriend while I had none. But I cannot wait to show you off to her, because you’re so much classier and cuter than her boyfriend ever will be and you treat me like a queen.”
“Does that mean I get to shower you with affection in front of her?”
“Well, if you did, I would like it a lot and it would score you some extra points with me!” Sadie said as she giggled.
“Just know that I would do it anyway because I am that much crazy about you.”
“I am falling for you hard and fast, so please don’t break my heart!”
“I am falling for you equally hard and equally fast and I pray that you don’t break my heart either!”
“I never will! I know a good thing when I see it!”
“And I likewise know how wonderful you are and just so you know, I want you by my side forever!”
“I’ll take that to bed with me since I do have to get up early tomorrow.”
“Do you want me to say the good night tidings?”
“You can if you want.”
“Then I want you to know how much I long to give you hugs and kisses good night. And I want you to equally know how I long to keep you in my arms throughout the night. But my prayer is that The Good Lord watches over us until we talk again and my prayer is also that you will be by my side forever!”
“Yes, those are my desires as well. I cannot wait to see you and I cannot wait to read those blogs with you!”
“Well you have pleasant dreams and peaceful slumber and I will tell you good night.”
Sadie then changed into a nightgown, then turned on her fan and went to sleep.
Ezra stayed up for a few more hours, listening to his scanners then went to sleep as well…