This is my first blog post since Hurricane Ida.
I want to thank all of my readers for their patience.
First I want to explain the items in the featured image of this post. The well-used Mini Maglite flashlight and Klein Pocket knife were used by my main character, Johnny Joseph Elder when he was employed in the electrical trade. The Streamlight Junior LED flashlight and Leatherman Style PS are what he carries now after being given them as gifts for Christmas.
In the latter parts of 2016, I realized that my first offshoot of my “Grocer and Writer” stories, the love story between a lonely train conductor and aspiring writer was not gaining much traction, and therefore decided to pursue something new.
So it was in February of 2017 that I was inspired to write a new story series, “A Disabled Electrician turned Writer.” I had borrowed some of the themes from my, “Grocer and Writer” stories, but was determined to make it less offensive.
The inspirations for this piece, actually predate my “Grocer and Writer” stories. My then-wife, now ex-wife, and I visited an impoverished couple shortly after we tied the knot and we broke bread with them. Then in September of 2011, I was acquainted with some teenage girls, that were high school seniors who were associated with my now ex-in-laws as they were preparing for Tropical Storm Lee.
There are also people on my mom’s side of the family, whose locations and lifestyles provided me with some inspiration.
So, this piece will be a synopsis and commentary on, “A Disabled Electrician turned Writer.”
In essence, it is a love story between twenty-five/twenty-six-year-old Johnny Joseph Elder and eighteen/nineteen-year-old Annabelle Jenkins.
It is written in first person limited from the perspective of Johnny Joseph Elder.
I have decided to present it in chronological order instead of how it came to me.
Johnny Joseph Elder had a promising career ahead of him as an electrician and was dating a single mother who was twelve years his senior. After a night of wild but bizarre sexual encounters with her, Johnny was distracted on the job while connecting power to an outdoor condenser unit in the New Orleans area, was shocked by the 240 Volt current, thrown from the eight-foot-high platform, and landed back first onto the top bar of a hurricane fence. The impact damaged his lower back, leaving him in debilitating pain. His girlfriend dumped him when she realized he would be permanently disabled. He had just bought a fixer-upper house in the suburb west of New Orleans known as Metairie. His company compensated him well and he was able to seamlessly transition from Workmen’s Compensation to Social Security Disability. He was twenty-three at the time of his injury and had been continuously employed since the age of eighteen. Therefore, he was able to meet his existing financial needs and live somewhat comfortably. So, for the next two years, he spent his days writing on his computer, watching broadcast television, befriending his neighbors as well as the employees at his local grocer, Melinda’s Massive Superstore, and doing whatever work he could on his home, which was an older wood-frame house. The woman he was dating was toned, tanned, and muscular. He grew to deeply resent her and instead prayed that he would meet a young lady who was the complete opposite of her.
Annabelle Jenkins had a very happy early childhood. Her mom Debbie Lou Jenkins and dad Rupert Jenkins had a very happy marriage. Rupert was a Born Again Christian. Sadly, he was killed on the job in an accident, leaving Annabelle and Debbie to collect Social Security Survivor’s Benefits and Welfare. Debbie Lou had become angry and bitter. They moved from a decent ranch-style house in the suburbs (Kenner) into a fictional public housing complex in Metairie. Annabelle extensively romanticized the way things used to be. Debbie Lou subsequently got into a relationship with a single dad, Oliver Hudson, but they didn’t marry because of financial reasons. Oliver spends his days drinking, taking pain pills, and watching sports. While in the Second Grade, Annabelle was talking about age-inappropriate affections, remembering how her parents loved and cherished each other openly and, as a result, sent to the principal’s office. The principal molested her, doing incalculable amounts of mental and physical damage. She gained enough weight to be considered clinically obese and remained that way when she met Johnny Joseph Elder. She also had mood swings and would frequently butt heads with her stepdad, Oliver Hudson, and stepbrother Maurice Hudson. Annabelle was afraid of her mom’s reaction to the principal molesting her, thinking she would get blamed for it, so she kept it to herself. Because of her weight, she is frequently harassed in school. She is very lonely and longs for a young man who would accept her, for her, treat her with kindness, and shower her with affection. She resented men like Oliver and the principal, plus all the jocks who would torment her. She knew good men existed, because her dad was good to her, hence the reason why she set her standards so high.
Fast forward to May of Annabelle’s senior year of high school. She has a part-time job cleaning houses for cash, but Oliver frequently takes her money to buy pills. She is shopping with her mom at Melinda’s and asks her to buy her a phone card to keep her service on and a flash drive so she can write her term paper, which she needs to complete to graduate. Her mom tells her to buy it herself. Annabelle replies her Oliver stole her money to buy pills. They end up in an argument and Debbie Lou abandons Annabelle in the parking lot.
If that weren’t enough Tropical Storm Alidore, there to my knowledge never was a Tropical Cyclone by that name, which I did on purpose, is threatening the Louisiana Coast and specifically the New Orleans Metro. It is also forecast to become a strong Category 1 or weak Category 2 hurricane before making landfall. So, Mrs. Angela Fulton is at Melinda’s purchasing a Weather Radio and walking out with her purchase when she witnesses the whole event between Annabelle and her mom. Angela drives Annabelle to her house. She then calls Johnny Joseph Elder (her next-door neighbor) to come over and set up the new Weather Radio for her.
Johnny promptly crosses over and knocks on her door and Angela lets him in. He and Annabelle briefly exchange a smile, then he goes into Angela’s master bedroom and unboxes then programs the new Weather Radio for Angela. In the process of doing so, he asks her about the beautiful girl in her living room. Angela explains that the girl’s mom abandoned her in the parking lot at Melinda’s. Johnny comments the mother getting charged with child abandonment. Angela explains how the girl is eighteen. She then says how Johnny should go talk to her. Johnny says how he is twenty-five and wouldn’t have anything in common with her. Angela corrects him and says that age is just a number and that her husband was seven years older than her, how they deeply loved each other, and that she misses him to this day. Johnny says how marriages like that are pretty much non-existent. Johnny is very much attracted to Annabelle but is more afraid of rejection. Angela encourages him all the more to talk to Annabelle and agrees to help him out.
After the weather radio is programmed they both come out of the bedroom and Angela introduces Johnny and Annabelle to each other. She then tells Annabelle to explain her situation to Johnny and how she needs to buy a flash drive to type her term paper to graduate and a phone card. Johnny offers to buy one for her at Melinda’s because he has a revolving account there. He goes on to say how he was going there anyway to purchase a Weather Radio from there since a hurricane is coming. Angela interjects how she should accept his offer because he is a good man and couldn’t stop saying how pretty she is. Annabelle asks Johnny if he really does think she is pretty, to which he nods with a bold blush and a wide grin. She asks if he really would buy those things for him and he tells her he would unless she had a boyfriend. She comments that she is fat and that is why she doesn’t have a boyfriend, because no one wants her. Johnny replies how he thinks her weight compliments her appearance. Annabelle smiles and blushes then say how everyone at school harasses her because of her weight. Johnny says how they are cruel but once she graduates none of them will ever matter again. Annabelle says how she won’t graduate if she cannot turn in that paper. Johnny then suggests they go to the store and he will buy it. Annabelle agrees to walk with Johnny to Melinda’s. Angela tells them to have a good time.
As they are walking, Annabelle asks Johnny what he does for a living.
Johnny explains how he is on disability but was an electrician’s helper on his way to becoming an electrician.
He goes on to explain how he injured his back on the job and that being on disability allows him to pursue his main passion-writing.
Annabelle states that she also is a writer.
They begin to discuss wanting to read each others’ work.
Johnny says how he wouldn’t want to show some of the more steamy pieces to a lady like her.
Annabelle says she might like the steamy pieces even more, though.
Johnny asks her if she’s eighteen, to which she replies that she is, then asks Johnny his age to which he says, twenty-five and that he hopes he’s not too old for her because he likes her.
Annabelle says how age is just a number and that she thinks he is cute and sweet, plus he is taking care of her and that a lot of guys she knows are either immature or total jerks but he seems different.
Johnny exclaims that he feels like he is on Cloud Nine, to which Annabelle says she does as well.
They then share a hug as they enter Melinda’s.
Johnny selects a Weather Radio, a flash drive, and a prepaid phone card.
The cashier, Mrs. Sally Smith Williams, checks them out and tells Annabelle how Johnny is a keeper and to treat him right.
Annabelle exclaims how Johnny is indeed a keeper and cute as can be, to which she then smacks his buttocks.
Johnny and Annabelle then sit in the food court and exchange phone numbers, after Annabelle adds the funds to her GoPhone account.
Afterward, they leave Melinda’s Annabelle says how she now needs to type her term paper. Johnny offers her his computer, to which she gladly accepts.
They walk to his house.
Upon entering, he shows her around, they awkwardly stare at his bed, then smile at each other, blushing. Annabelle says how she will get to work, to which Johnny logs her in. He offers her dinner; some oatmeal because it’s near payday for Johnny, and he is running low on food and cash. Annabelle agrees to stay.
They share a hug, then a kiss, to which Johnny apologizes, but Annabelle says it was sweet of him.
She then begins writing her paper.
Johnny sets up his new Weather Radio and places it on his kitchen gadgets rack. He then watches television and prepares dinner.
Annabelle finishes her paper, then they say grace and eat oatmeal. Afterward, they wash the dishes.
After the dishes are done, they agree to read their stories to each other but are interrupted by Johnny’s Weather Radio and Annabelle’s phone alerting them to a Hurricane Watch in effect.
Johnny offers to walk Annabelle to her mom’s apartment.
Annabelle states that she and Oliver will be on edge.
Johnny offers her his spare bedroom, to which Annabelle gladly accepts and instructs him to walk her to her bus stop in the morning.
They then begin to read to each other, especially the steamy parts, until Annabelle realizes she needs to bathe.
Johnny provides her with fresh towels and soap, and she goes to bathe.
Johnny watches television until she comes out, wrapped in a towel.
Annabelle then says how she will go to bed and asks Johnny to kiss her goodnight.
They exchange a kiss and Annabelle says she wants to do so much more, then goes into the spare bedroom and gets dressed.
Johnny also goes to bed in his bedroom, concluding the first piece.
The next morning, Johnny is woken up to Annabelle’s alarm on her phone.
He retrieves his flashlight which he usually EDCs and puts fresh batteries in it.
Annabelle becomes slightly annoyed because she is in a hurry.
They walk out the door to the bus stop and Annabelle apologizes for rushing him, stating that she is nervous as to what her mother and Oliver’s reaction will be when she walks in the door to get her backpack and a fresh change of clothes.
Johnny states how he wishes there was something he could do, to which Annabelle says to just be there for her.
Johnny assures her that he isn’t going anywhere, except to Melinda’s [Massive] Superstore.
They begin to share hugs and kisses under the glow of a streetlight until an uptight motorist sounds the horn.
Johnny then walks Annabelle up to her mom’s unit, then kisses her goodbye.
He then goes home, retrieves his personal shopping cart then walks to Melinda’s to buy some storm supplies and non-perishable groceries.
Sally checks him out again and says how her husband, Rodney Williams, is terminally ill and on Oxygen and states that she will be evacuating with him as soon as her shift is over.
Johnny offers to pray for them, to which she thanks them.
Johnny takes his loaded shopping cart and sits in the food court as he sips on a blend of coffee, chicory, and hot milk.
When the sun is finally up, Johnny walks home and secures his purchases.
As he is cutting across his front yard, Angela stands by the hurricane fence and asks about how it went with him and Annabelle.
Johnny picks up everything, then goes over to tell her about it.
He notices a local government truck is parked in front of her house and asks her about it.
She replies that her son, Roger Fulton, is there.
He comes out, introduces himself, and explains that he is a fleet mechanic for the fire departments.
Angela says how Johnny looks out for her and helps her out a lot.
She then asks Johnny how it went with him and Annabelle, to which Johnny says he is glad she set them up.
Roger shouts from outside that he is going to hook up the generator.
Johnny says how he has to board up his windows.
Angela says to have Roger help him, so his back doesn’t get further messed up and that he needs to be able to be a lover to Annabelle.
She goes on to say that Roger will especially help him if he can properly wire the generator.
Roger has the mechanical aspect of the generator figured out but is clueless as to the wiring.
Johnny explains how he was an electrician’s helper for five years and would have become a fine electrician had he not injured his back.
He then goes on to properly wire the generator albeit with terrible back pain as a result.
The generator is proven to work, then, Angela requests Roger to assist Johnny in boarding up his windows as well as hers, to which he agrees. After the tasks are complete, Roger heads to work and Johnny presents him with a high-quality ratchet and socket set that he no longer needs.
Johnny then prepares all of his appliances and electronics for the storm, then once finished he walks to the park and writes in a composition book. Annabelle is the source of his inspiration. He writes until she calls him and has him meet her at the bus stop. She says how she turned in her term paper and the deadline was extended because of the storm, but she is getting extra credit for turning it in early.
He meets her, then they exchange a kiss. She goes inside and packs her bags, then twelve minutes later she comes out.
Johnny attempts to carry her bags but collapses on the sidewalk.
Annabelle apologizes saying how she didn’t realize how badly damaged his back was and that she will carry the bags.
Johnny says how he is afraid she will leave him now that she knows.
Annabelle replies that even though his back is messed up, he has a good heart.
Johnny gets back up and Annabelle hugs and kisses him. Another uptight motorist sounds the car horn, to which Annabelle gives the “Metry Salute” (her middle finger.)
Hand in hand they walk to Johnny’s house.
Johnny shows Annabelle the storm supplies and groceries he purchased then hands Annabelle a personal-sized flashlight to keep in her purse.
She asks him to read to her, which he does until they are alerted via phone and Weather Radio of a Hurricane Warning now in effect.
Annabelle becomes nervous and tears fill her eyes.
Johnny tries his best to comfort her and promises to take care of her.
He then takes a sealed bag of frozen white beans from his freezer and warms them up.
As the beans are getting hot, they share kiss after kiss.
Then dinner is ready and Johnny pours pancake syrup on the white beans and they say grace and eat.
Afterward, they wash the dishes then go watch Breaking Dawns Parts 1 and 2 on DVD, then fall asleep in each others’ arms, thus concluding the second piece.
Annabelle and Johnny wake up to howling winds and driving rain as the feeder bands are passing through.
Johnny makes them an egg omelet for breakfast.
After they are finished eating, Annabelle begins to wash the dishes, until there is a flash of lightning.
Nervously, Johnny commands Annabelle to get away from the sink.
She questions him with irritation but he explains, that the lightning can hit her through the pipes and they will worry about the dishes later.
Johnny then listens to the radio and the reporters paint a grim picture.
He then apologizes for yelling at Annabelle, to which she rubs his chest hair and kisses him, accepting his apology, and then says that Oliver makes her do dishes no matter what the weather.
Annabelle then asks Johnny to change the radio to a music station because she wants to dance with him.
They find a music station and dance until they are sleepy from the physical activity and breakfast.
Annabelle cradles Johnny in her lap and they fall asleep.
Hours pass until they are woken up by even more howling winds and whipping rains and Annabelle needs to answer nature’s call.
As she attempts to turn on the bathroom light, she realizes there is no power. Johnny reminds her there is a flashlight in her purse.
Annabelle walks to the bathroom with her purse and shuts the door behind her.
In time Annabelle steps out, then Johnny goes to relieve himself as well.
After Johnny steps out, Annabelle rushes up to him stating that she is scared.
Johnny promises that he will try his best to comfort her, then suggests that they hunker down.
Annabelle says how usually she enjoys hurricanes because of all the junk food, then she says ‘look how fat I am.’
Johnny tells her that he thinks she is beautiful, body and soul.
Annabelle says there must be something wrong with him.
Johnny admits that he thinks he is a perv because he likes big beautiful women.
Annabelle grabs him and says that he is her perv.
They exchange kisses until her glasses fog up.
Annabelle then asks if they could cuddle in his bed.
After a moment of cuddling and increasing affections, Annabelle comments that she could so make love to Johnny.
Johnny replies that he would want her to.
She then asks if he was sure, then reveals what happened to her in the principal’s office.
Johnny then reveals what happened with his ex-girlfriend.
Annabelle then promises that if they do make love, she won’t throw him away as his ex did.
They then become intimate both climaxing as the eyewall passes over them.
The storm settles down, so they get dressed, step out and Johnny observes all the damage.
Angela also steps out of her house and greets them.
Johnny is nervous wondering if his house will stand the storm.
Angela says how her house stood all the previous storms and so did his and that the only damage is blown off siding and shingles and those are small potatoes. She goes on to say how he should take advantage of being alone with Annabelle.
Annabelle replies how they already have and it was wonderful.
Angela tells them to do it some more because there are a plethora of health benefits associated with coitus.
The storm starts picking up again and Angela tells them to go love each other.
Johnny and Annabelle agree and make love until they are too tired to move, falling asleep in each others’ arms until morning, thus concluding the third piece.
I must add that, while I would have written a story involving fornication in 2017, I definitely would not write something like that in 2022. I have since grown in The Lord and was heavily convicted for writing this and similar stories. I still think this series of stories communicate some ideas that I tremendously value, hence my reason for sharing.
There is an interlude that takes place, then it is the Fourth Wednesday of May and payday for Johnny Joseph Elder.
During the interlude, Annabelle graduates and moves in full-time with Johnny.
Johnny gets dressed and collects his EDC items after checking his bank account and confirming that his SSDI check was deposited. He then listens to the forecast on his Weather Radio, which tells of high heat and high humidity with a significant chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon (which is typical for Louisiana in the late spring and summer.)
He knows that he needs to run his monthly errands and get home before the thunderstorms are due.
Annabelle is slowly waking up and he asks her if she wants to come run errands with her.
She agrees and gets dressed.
They leave the house on foot and walk to the transit terminal. Johnny renews his transit pass and also purchases one for Annabelle.
They then board the bus and go to the bank.
After waiting in line for several minutes, they see a teller. Johnny pays his mortgage and takes the paperwork.
He and Annabelle then walk half of a mile to Melinda’s, to which Annabelle comments how she needs to lose weight.
Johnny replies for her not to lose too much weight because he thinks she is sexy just as she is. He then tells her that he would want her whether she was big as a house or tiny as a toothpick.
Annabelle blushes then they begin to exchange hugs and kisses publicly with hands in each other’s back pockets.
Several uptight motorists sound their horns at them as they make their way to Melinda’s on foot.
Finally, they arrive, out of breath.
They walk to the customer service desk where Johnny pays off his credit line in addition to his utilities.
After they are done, he and Annabelle go shopping, and he purchases Annabelle two romance novels and himself a multi-tool and a phone card.
They are once again checked out by Sally Smith Williams and she asks how did they fare for Alidore.
Johnny replies how there are just shingles and siding blown off, but the storm brought him and Annabelle closer together.
Annabelle then winks and she rubs her nose against Johnny.
Sally then said how she drove her husband two hundred miles inland and they stayed at a church.
Johnny said how he thanked God they excused her absence and that he wouldn’t shop at Melinda’s if he found out that they were cruel to the workers.
Sally replies not to worry and how they are like one big family.
Johnny pays for his items with his debit card and is approved.
He and Annabelle then go to the deli and order a fried chicken meal which they eat in the food court.
After they are finished eating, Johnny applies the phone card funds to his Go Phone account, then begins playing with his new multi-tool.
Annabelle giggles and comments that he is cute.
Johnny blushes slightly.
They refill their drinks and then walk back to their house.
They sit on the sofa and Annabelle reads from the books he bought her.
Johnny logs onto his computer and pays his wireless internet bill.
He then does a little research on his computer, until he gets a tap on the shoulder.
He looks away from the computer screen to see Annabelle standing in her undergarments.
Assertively she says, ‘you…me…the bed, right now Johnny Joseph Elder!’ As she kisses him with excitement.
Johnny replies, oh bae, your wish is my command!
She then pulls off his clothing and he removes her undergarments.
They become intimate as a thunderstorm unleashes its power.
After making love they eat a meal of boiled hot-dogs and canned chili, thus concluding the fourth piece.
There is then approximately a six-month interlude between this previous piece and Thanksgiving. It entails Johnny getting his house fixed, including a personal loan to cover what his insurance did not. Of course, he and Annabelle fall deeper in love during this time and their relationship grows more serious, as you, the reader, will see.
Johnny and Annabelle are slowly waking up on the morning of Thanksgiving.
The gas-powered floor furnace is on full blast despite it only being late November in Southeast, Louisiana.
Both step out of bed and Johnny throws his arms around Annabelle and rubs her buttocks.
She beams brightly and giggles then comments on how she almost wishes that they didn’t have to go to dinner so they could instead spend the day making love.
Johnny replies how he feels bliss when they make love, but they are at least getting a free meal.
Annabelle then says how it is free monetarily but they pay in other ways, to which Johnny says how they can just leave.
Johnny goes on to say that if they make her feel uncomfortable and distressed, how he will leave with her and he doesn’t care what they think.
Annabelle says how he is making her want to stay home even more.
Johnny said that if he didn’t have to cover that deductible, then he would have money for his own Thanksgiving meal.
Annabelle says that he is responsible and wise with his finances, unlike her mom or Oliver.
She then goes to relieve her bladder.
Johnny enters the bathroom after he hears the toilet flush, then they make love while showering together.
After they are clean, Johnny turns on the gas valve to his bathroom heater and strikes a match as they lovingly dry each other off.
Annabelle helps Johnny get dressed, then she dresses in front of him.
Johnny comments how Annabelle’s outfit drives him wild.
Annabelle replies how she loves him because he adores her including her weight. She goes on to say that she also loves him because he has a heart of gold, he takes care of her, and he’s level-headed and cute. She asks what made him fall in love with her.
Johnny states that it’s the fact that she still wanted him despite his disability and that she is still very sweet despite all those bad things happening to her and the fact that she takes care of him as well in her own way and he went on to say that since he first laid eyes on her he thought she was the most beautiful girl ever.
Annabelle then says how she guesses that they do have a lot to be thankful for no matter where they celebrate Thanksgiving.
Johnny announces that it is an hour until she is expected at her mother’s.
Annabelle suggests they go visit Angela.
They then cross over and she greets them but says how her son is coming over in about an hour to take her to his house for dinner.
She then asks Johnny to check and see why her Weather Radio isn’t charging.
He figures out that the fuse for her bedroom receptacles blew.
She comments how that must be why her portable space heater doesn’t work either.
He installs a new fuse and offers to run a dedicated line for her space heater tomorrow when the stores are open.
Angela says how she will pay him so they can go shopping for Black Friday.
She then goes to her kitchen and calls her son to see where he’s at.
After hanging up the phone, she says how Roger is only a few blocks away.
Minutes later, he arrives and Angela tells him how she needs him to take Johnny to the supply house so he can run an electric line for her heater.
He agrees and states that he’s glad Johnny watches out for his momma.
He then takes Angela to his house.
In the bleak biting cold, Johnny and Annabelle walk to her mom and stepdad’s apartment.
Oliver lets them in.
Debbie Lou states how they have takeout from KFC, and Annabelle angrily whispers to Johnny how they were too lazy to cook anything.
Debbie Lou asks Oliver when he wants to eat, to which he gruffly replies halftime.
Annabelle asks how long until then.
Oliver says how there are two minutes left on the clock but in real-time it could be five to seven minutes and that she will live and she’s not exactly starving.
Johnny whispers for Annabelle to ignore him and that she’s beautiful.
Annabelle places her face in Johnny’s chest then looks up at him and says thank you.
They begin to hold hands and exchange kisses. Johnny even kisses Annabelle’s stomach.
They both exchange those three little words, then go sit on the sofa and engage in even more affections, until Oliver bellows for them to cut it out.
Annabelle says how he’s not her dad, no not even close.
Oliver reminds them that it’s his apartment and it disgusts him to see them pawing at each other like randy cats.
Debbie Lou interjects and asks that they all eat.
Annabelle agrees and says that she is hungry.
Oliver remarks that she is always hungry.
Annabelle comments that he probably weighs as much as her.
Oliver then replies that he is a man and men can bet fat but fat women and fat girls, like her, are disgusting.
Johnny is now angry and tells Oliver that Annabelle is not disgusting by any means and that she is the most beautiful young lady he ever laid eyes upon, weight included.
Oliver calls Johnny a chubby chaser and that he stays with her because his back is messed up and no one else wants him.
Johnny said how he’s glad no one else wants him because that means there’s no temptation.
Annabelle tells Johnny that he’s so sweet and sexy as hell. She then calls Oliver a douche bag.
Oliver threatens to kick them out.
Debbie Lou asks Annabelle why is she disrespecting Oliver.
Annabelle replies that he called her fat.
Debbie Lou then says that she told Annabelle how she needed to lose weight for years.
Annabelle goes on to say the reason why she is obese. And that her grade school principal molested her in his office. She went on to say how she was talking about her daddy who recently died and about all the affection he showed both of them the teacher thought it was inappropriate so she was sent to the office where the principal molested her. She went on to say how she never told her because she was afraid of being whipped.
Oliver said that if he would have known, he would have flattened the principal like a bug.
Annabelle said how he harassed her about her weight more than anyone else.
Oliver apologized and said how she’s the closest to a daughter he ever had and even though they never got along, he wouldn’t have ever wanted her to be molested.
Debbie Lou stated that her appetite is ruined but they need to report this.
Annabelle said how the principal is now out of the country, having his way with countless other little girls.
Oliver wants to know how can he make amends.
Annabelle tells him to be more understanding in the future and not to say those horrible things he says about heavyset women and girls, to take care of her mom, and to stop taking those pills.
Oliver promised to seek treatment for his addiction and that he was a star football player in high school and college but an injury ended his career. The pain from his injury became unbearable and that is how he got hooked on pain pills.
Annabelle then asks if they can eat to which Debbie Lou serves the food.
Silently they eat dinner, thus concluding the piece.
The next day Johnny is up early and is making breakfast in bed for Annabelle.
He listens to his Weather Radio and learns about cloud cover all day with high in the upper forties and an eighty percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after dark.
He then serves Annabelle breakfast.
She is woken up by the dishes rattling, softly rubs her eyes, and puts her glasses on.
They eat together in bed.
Annabelle asks if they could cuddle until it’s time to go.
Johnny replies how he couldn’t think of a better way to spend the morning.
Annabelle wraps her arms and legs around Johnny and Johnny kisses her stomach, then says how she is the sexiest lady he’s ever seen.
The passion increases but is interrupted when Roger knocks at the door.
They exchange those three little words, then Johnny leaves.
Roger drives Johnny to the supply house and they order all the parts they need.
When the order is filled, they drive to Angela’s and Johnny installs the electric line for her portable heater.
The room is now very warm.
Angela sees the conduit and thinks Johnny laid a gas line.
Johnny shows Angela how it is an electric line but only for her heater.
He also lectures her not to put anything within three feet of that heater.
Angela then pays Johnny $200 and instructs him to go Christmas shopping.
Johnny places the bills in his wallet and walks home. Annabelle is dressed and ready to go shopping, thus concluding Black Friday Part 1.
Johnny and Annabelle then walk to the bus stop and take a bus to the shopping center.
Upon arrival, Johnny walks to the supply house and purchases a high-end screwdriver set for Roger. He and Annabelle then go to the adjacent Wal*Mart and that she will purchase the gifts for the females and he will purchase the gifts for the males, and they split up.
Johnny buys a Hyper Tough tool-set for Maurice, two sports almanacs one for his dad and one for Oliver, and a Bluetooth headset for his brother.
He and Annabelle later meet up in the food court and began their public displays of affection until reprimanded by a policewoman working on security detail.
Johnny tells her that he will purchase that at Melinda’s later in the evening after they pick up the other gifts.
They then take their purchases to the bus stop and ride back to their stop. As they are riding Annabelle shows Johnny the gifts she purchased, body wash and an Oldies CD for Angela, a Snuggie for Johnny’s sister, and “Law and Order” DVDs for Johnny’s mom and that is everything except a bottle of cherry wine for her mom. Johnny tells Annabelle that he will purchase the wine later in the evening at Melinda’s and offers Annabelle to go eat some turkey sausage gumbo sold in the deli. She gladly accepts, stating that she is hungry. The bus soon arrives at their stop, then takes them to their home stop. Johnny and Annabelle walk home and put away the gifts.
Promptly, they walk to Melinda’s and purchase the wine.
Sally cards Johnny, then checks him out, trying to keep a straight face.
They then walk to the deli and each purchase some gumbo and drinks, say grace then happily eat.
When finished their meal, they walk home. On the way, Annabelle asks if they should pick up where they left off this morning, to which Johnny replies, bae you wish is my command.
They then rush home and passionately become intimate, thus concluding Black Friday Part 2.
At some point, Johnny purchased train tickets for himself and Annabelle to take the train on Christmas Day to see his family.
There is then a three-to-four-week interlude, but then the next piece takes place on Christmas Eve Morning, with Johnny and Annabelle getting out of bed and lovingly exchanging affections, which ultimately leads to Johnny performing cunnilingus on Annabelle and then making love to her afterward.
Subsequently, they exchange gifts.
Johnny then gives Annabelle a promise ring, stating that he promises to be hers and hers only and that he wants no one else and that he hopes she feels the same way.
Annabelle says how the ring is beautiful and that indeed feels the same way, then gives Johnny a smartphone and explains that he is about to be twenty-six and therefore needs to upgrade from his rugged flip phone.
Johnny says how he is glad that he doesn’t have to be tied to his computer anymore for internet access and that he can combine his phone plan with a data plan and save money each month.
They exchange those three little words, then Johnny says how he wishes he bought Annabelle and an engagement ring instead but didn’t want to scare her. Annabelle says how it wouldn’t have scared her but would have been a dream come true.
Johnny offers to buy her an engagement ring once the deductible loan is paid off, to which Annabelle says for Johnny to give her his time, loyalty, and affections. To which he assures her that she has those forever.
After the lovemaking they are hungry and Johnny makes them some French Toast AKA Lost Bread.
They then get dressed together, then go bring Angela her gifts.
It is sunny and mild outside.
A moment later they arrive and Angela welcomes them in.
They hand her the Oldies CD and some body wash.
Angela gives Johnny as TSA compliant Leatherman Multi-Tool and Annabelle a $40 Target Gift Card.
She then gives them some Christmas punch which is spiked.
Johnny and Annabelle dance together to the music of the Oldies CD, then they all watch a Christmas movie together.
After the movie is over, Johnny and Annabelle walk to her mother’s apartment and they exchange gifts.
Johnny and Annabelle each get a $100 gift card to Melinda’s.
Maurice then watches gamers on YouTube, Oliver reads his sports almanac and Debbie Lou gradually gets drunk on the wine.
Johnny and Annabelle snuggle on the sofa until everyone goes to bed, then they walk home and fall asleep in each others’ arms, thus concluding the Christmas Eve piece.
Johnny and Annabelle wake up slowly in each other’s arms. It’s seven-thirty on Christmas Morning.
They exchange several kisses, then Annabelle relieves her bladder in the bathroom.
After she flushes and steps out, she tells Johnny that if she didn’t have to meet his family, she would want to spend the day making love to him.
Johnny states that he hopes her family accepts him and that he’s worried they will have the wrong assumptions because of their age difference.
Annabelle reassures him that she isn’t worried about that and she loves him for him and he just happens to be seven years her senior.
They mutually agree that they cannot picture themselves with anyone else.
Annabelle then pushes Johnny onto the bed and begins to sit on his face, when her phone rings.
It’s Maurice calling asking if she is ready to which she says she will be in ten minutes.
They then get dressed together with their bags already packed.
Johnny then turns off all the lights in addition to his floor furnace. Annabelle gets the gifts, then they deadbolt the door.
The weather is bleak, humid, and cold.
Maurice pulls up in his pickup truck.
They place the gifts in the truck bed.
Johnny opens the door for Annabelle and peeks under her dress, then climbs in.
Maurice drives them to the train station and asks Johnny what did he do before he went on disability.
Johnny explains that he was an electrician’s helper, but ruined his back on the job.
Annabelle then chimes in how Johnny would have made an awesome electrician, but he is very good at laying pipe.
Johnny corrects her and says that to an electrician it is known as conduit, not pipe.
Annabelle then says that whatever he calls it, it’s amazing.
Maurice comments TMI but admits he wishes he could find a relationship like that.
Then Johnny said that for Maurice to make himself more desirable Johnny could teach him how to be a handyman.
Then Maurice says he could teach Johnny how to fix computers.
Annabelle then says how they could both teach him how to write.
Maurice then says how they all need to get together soon as they arrive at the train station.
Johnny and Annabelle retrieve their gifts and bags, then wish Maurice a Merry Christmas. Annabelle then says how she will call him to pick them up when the train returns tomorrow evening.
Johnny and Annabelle wait until they hear their announcement that their train is ready, then board. After being seated, Johnny calls his mom and lets her know that he is on his way and that his girlfriend is with him.
The train begins to head west, thus concluding Christmas Day Part 1.
Annabelle falls asleep on Johnny until the train begins to cross the Huey Pierce Long Bridge.
Johnny wakes her up so she can enjoy the view.
I, myself, make an appearance in the story as I am also a passenger on that train and I am listening on a portable scanner radio.
I stare at Johnny and Annabelle for a moment then apologize to them, and explain how it’s always amazing when I see people in real life who resemble characters in the stories I write.
They say how they are writers as well.
Annabelle then asks what am I listening to.
I explain that it is a scanner and I am listening to the train crew’s communications but also marine communications on the Mississippi River.
Johnny tells me how he always wanted one, but could never afford it.
I tell him he can get one for cheap on eBay, assuming he just wants to listen to railroad and marine.
Johnny says how he lives near a railroad yard (KCS West Yard) and is a few blocks from The River.
I then say how I don’t like to turn my scanner on in front of ladies, because of the language some of those marine workers use over the radio.
Annabelle says how Johnny doesn’t curse in front of her either.
I then ask what they do for a living.
Johnny explains his disability and Annabelle says how she cleans houses for cash but how she wants to become a security guard at Melinda’s.
Johnny adds in how she could practice her defensive tactics on him and it would be a turn-on if she wrestled him down and sat on him.
Annabelle blushes and says how Johnny is such a perv but it is sexy as hell.
I tell them that they are a cute couple and they thank me.
I then ask where are they getting off and Johnny replies the very next one. I tell them how I am headed out west to meet up with other bloggers.
Annabelle asks if I can hear the workers at Melinda’s on my scanner, to which I tell her that I can.
She then tells Johnny that she could buy him a scanner for his birthday.
I tell her how I can only hear them when I am near the store.
Johnny replies that they’re only a block from Melinda’s.
I tell him then they could listen to all they want.
I then start reading on my phone.
Annabelle falls asleep on Johnny’s shoulder.
Johnny looks outside seeing ponds homes and forests.
Finally, an announcement is made that the next stop will be in ten minutes.
Johnny calls his mom and states his location to which she replies that they are on their way now.
I then tell Johnny and Annabelle that it was a privilege talking to them because they are so much like the characters I create and how I hope I can find love that is like the love expressed in the stories I write about.
Annabelle tells me not to give up and to keep writing and one day a young lady will come along and realize that she is the one for me.
Johnny gives me his email address and suggests that we exchange each other’s work.
I then program it into my phone and send him the link to my blog via email.
Annabelle says how she and Johnny will read it together.
The train comes to a stop with Johnny and Annabelle disembarking.
Johnny’s parents are waiting in their CUV.
Johnny and Annabelle load the bags and presents into the hatch, then Johnny opens the door for Annabelle and they ride to Johnny’s parents’ house, thus concluding Christmas Day
Johnny’s mom asks Annabelle what are her intentions with her son.
Annabelle replies that she loves him a lot and he loves her.
Johnny’s mom asks whether or not she will leave him suddenly as the last one did.
Annabelle confidently states that Johnny has her for good.
Johnny’s dad asks how they met.
Annabelle said that Johnny’s neighbor set them up and she is so thankful that she did.
Johnny’s dad asks Annabelle if she works anywhere to which she replies that she cleans houses for cash but is trying to get hired on as a security guard at Melinda’s. He then asks if he thinks she could handle a dangerous customer. Annabelle says how she could sit on him or her until the cops arrive. Johnny then adds in how he will let her practice on him so she can get good at it. Johnny’s mother tells him to watch it. She goes on to say how she thought his back was ruined or was he just making it up.
Johnny and Annabelle silently exchange those three little words.
Johnny’s dad then asks her if she is going to school anywhere. She says she is done with school for good and that she graduated high school this past May. Johnny’s mother asks why she doesn’t further her education. Annabelle states how she is sick of being mistreated because of her weight but Johnny is the only man that ever made her feel beautiful and that is one of the reasons why she fell in love with him but it’s definitely not the only one.
Johnny adds in how Annabelle makes him happier than he ever dared hope or dream and just about everyone around him can see it and how his ex ghosted him once she found out he would be disabled but Annabelle is right there by his side and so much
more beautiful inside and out.
Annabelle then says how she wants Johnny for his heart and his looks as well.
Johnny’s mom comments that Johnny is settling because Annabelle doesn’t mind him living off the government.
Johnny states how he was settling when he was with his ex and how Annabelle exceeds his standards and to him is wife material.
Johnny’s mother then turns around, looks at them, and sternly says how she wants them to be contributing members of society and not two lazy moochers who make babies they cannot feed.
Annabelle comments how she does indeed work and Johnny adds in how the income he gets is drawn from what he paid into the system when he worked.
Johnny’s dad says how they’re almost home and suggests letting it be peaceful.
Johnny’s mom says how they’ll discuss it later but she is very upset.
They then pull into the driveway.
Annabelle and Johnny step out of the vehicle and share a kiss.
They go inside and sit on the sofa.
Johnny apologizes to Annabelle about his mother.
Annabelle replies that her mother and his mother should go jogging together.
Johnny says how he hopes Annabelle still wants him.
Annabelle says more than ever that she felt so special when he told his mother how she exceeds his standards and is indeed wife material. And how when they get home she will practice her security guard tactics on him and see where it leads, then showers Johnny with kisses.
They then exchange those three words yet again.
Johnny’s siblings and their significant others arrive.
They all exchange gifts and Johnny introduces Annabelle to them.
They talk amongst themselves while the parents finish up the Christmas Dinner.
As Johnny’s dad is taking the ham out of the oven, he notices the heating element is on fire and panics.
Johnny cuts off the breaker to the oven, then takes a wet bath towel and puts out the fire.
He then uses the screwdriver element on his multi-tool and removes the damaged heating element.
Annabelle whispers to Johnny that he is so sexy when he fixes stuff.
Johnny suffers from multiple shooting pains in his back as he performs the task.
His mom offers him some Excedrin.
Johnny says he has to let the pain run its course and that he hopes she realizes that he isn’t making it up.
His mom says how she wishes he could make more money and not live off the government.
Annabelle interjects that money cannot buy happiness.
Johnny adds in how there are plenty of people with good-paying jobs, nice houses, and multiple vehicles yet they are still absolutely miserable.
His back pain then eases up and he finishes removing the broken element.
He then writes down the model and make of the oven and instructs his dad to take it to a supply house.
Johnny’s dad states how he will pay for Johnny and Annabelle’s train tickets back home since he will fix the oven.
Johnny’s parents each give their children and the partners a $100 check then they all watch television.
Hours, later, Johnny’s siblings and their partners leave.
Even more hours later, they all go to bed and Johnny’s mom instructs that he and Annabelle sleep in separate bedrooms.
Johnny says how the others are allowed to sleep in the same bed at her house, though.
His mom says that the others work and he doesn’t.
Johnny says he would if he could.
His mom says for him to get a job that doesn’t affect his back instead of living off the government.
Johnny says that he would then be at the mercy of employer-sponsored health insurance.
His mom says how that’s life and to get over it.
Johnny points out to his mother that she is angry that there are people who don’t achieve as much as she does yet they are still happier than her, including himself and Annabelle.
His mom rebuffs that those on disability have it way too easy and that she has to bust her butt so where’s her happiness.
Johnny further points out how perceived prosperity is not the key to happiness and that even the working poor have it worse than her, yet many of them are still happier than her. He then went on to say how when he was younger she told him that money makes a person comfortable not happy.
His mom states how she was more idealistic then but now deals in reality. She also says how if they want to make babies and with her tax dollars supporting them then she cannot stop them but she won’t let it happen in her house.
Annabelle soberly tells her that they wouldn’t have coitus in her house because she wouldn’t disrespect her like that but she would like Johnny to keep her warm because it is cold.
Johnny’s mom still refuses them.
Johnny and Annabelle attempt to share a good night kiss but his mom stops them.
They then go to separate bedrooms and text each other all night long, thus concluding Christmas Day Part 3.
There is another month and a half interlude and then the Pilot piece occurs.
That was the first piece I wrote and it takes place in February. I never covered the events of Johnny replacing the oven’s heating element, the train ride back home, or Johnny’s twenty-sixth birthday, all of which occur during this interlude.
Johnny introduces himself, his girlfriend, and his entire living situation to the reader.
The piece continues with Annabelle stepping out of the bathroom and saying, bae, let’s go make groceries, which is NOLASpeek for grocery shopping.
Johnny struggles to get his jacket and shoes on, then they walk out the door.
They walk the block to Melinda’s, then enter.
After walking the store for a bit, Johnny asks Annabelle what she would like for dinner.
She replies with homemade fried potatoes.
Johnny says, say no more, then selects a large bag of Russet potatoes, a gallon jug of Wesson cooking oil, and a canister to Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning.
They then ask an associate on skates to show them where the Remoulade sauce is located, which is a clear reference to my “Grocer and Writer” stories.
Finally, they select a two-liter bottle of R. C. Cola and some Moon Pies for dessert.
Annabelle reminds Johnny that she is going to gain even more weight, to which Johnny says he thinks she is sexy as hell and feels ecstatic holding her at night.
They begin exchanging their public displays of affection, then check out.
Sally comments how they always make such a cute couple.
Johnny thanks her and then says how they usually get harassed for showing PDA.
Sally says how the world needs more love and less hate and how anyone who harasses them is either jealous, uptight, or both.
Johnny charges the items to his revolving account, then they walk out with the items in his personal folding shopping cart.
They go home and become intimate, until the hunger pangs set in.
Johnny then prepares dinner and they eat.
Afterward, they watch some old DVDs, until Annabelle suggests that they go write.
They create romantic fantasies together until they are too sleepy to keep their eyes open.
They go to bed and hold each other all night long in a peaceful slumber, thus concluding the Pilot piece.
There is then a three-month interlude, in which Johnny comes out of his backsliding, pays off his deductible loan, and purchases an engagement ring for Annabelle.
He is walking home with the ring on a late afternoon, in May, the first anniversary of them being a couple.
Annabelle greets him, then he walks her to the park, saying he has a surprise for her.
She puts on her shoes and then heads to the park with him.
Johnny tells her that he is blessed to have her in his life and he wants her to know that for sure.
Annabelle says how that’s so sweet.
Johnny then says he wants her by his side for the rest of his life, to which Annabelle agrees.
They enter the park and Johnny says now for your surprise.
He gets on one knee pulls out the ring and proposes to her.
Annabelle covers her mouth and her eyes fill with tears and she happily says yes.
Johnny places the ring on her finger and they share a passionate kiss.
Johnny points out that today makes one year that they are together.
Annabelle states that she hopes for many more.
Everyone in the park cheers and claps, another reference to my “Grocer and Writer” stories.
Johnny then tells Annabelle that he has been a Child of God since the age of seventeen but had backslidden for years but now he is running back to God and knows in order to please Him they must marry.
Annabelle says that she wants to be a Child of God as well and what must she do.
Johnny suggests they go home and he will gladly explain all of it, thus concluding the piece.
Johnny and Annabelle walk home and then go sit on the sofa.
Annabelle says how her daddy always claimed he was a child of God and therefore will go to Heaven when he dies and she wants to be a child of God too.
Johnny replies that he will do his best to explain it and he wants her to be a child of God, more than anything else.
Johnny gently states that we are all sinners and deserve to go to a sinner’s hell.
He continues by saying that God does not want that to happen though, because He loves us immensely, but still our sins must be paid for and the payment required is very high. It is so high it requires us to spend eternity in hell paying for it. Someone paid that price for us in full. God was also satisfied with the payment. That Someone is Jesus Christ. He went to the cross and suffered terribly to pay for the sins of mankind because He loves us that much.
Johnny finally tells Annabelle that she must first off acknowledge that she is a sinner deserving of hell. Then she must realize that Jesus Christ loves her and took her punishment, but she has to be willing to invite Him into her life and let Him rule her life and accept Him as The Lord of her life and the Savior of her soul. And believe that His payment is sufficient.
Annabelle asks how to do that.
Johnny then tells her to talk to Him sincerely but to please do it as soon as possible because this is the most important thing she will ever do. Just pray to Him, and in that prayer, invite Him as your personal Lord and Savior and ask Him to save your soul and rule your life. If you truly mean it and you truly believe what I am telling you, then you will become a child of God.
Annabelle closed her eyes and bowed her head reverently.
Tears began to flow from her eyes and a smile came to her face.
She then exclaims, ‘I believe it all! And yes I have asked Jesus Christ to save me and rule my life. I am feeling very guilty about living with you and having coitus with you even though we’re not married, but I have nowhere else to go.’
Johnny explained how That was the Holy Ghost convicting her of sin and how he has felt guilty about it too, just he loves her so much and never wanted to lose her, so that is why he slept with her.
Annabelle admits that If she would have known exactly how wrong having sex with him was, she wouldn’t have done it, but what is done is done and she is glad they’re getting married now because she strongly feels the need to. And that because he’s so sweet to her, he would have never lost her.”
Johnny explains how they need to find a church to start going to and they need to marry as soon as possible.
Annabelle asks Johnny if he would be offended if she slept in his extra bedroom until they are married.
Johnny says that if she feels that is what God is telling her, then listen to Him by all means.
Annabelle tells Johnny that she loves him so much and thanks to him for being so understanding.
Johnny tells Annabelle that he loves her too and he is immensely joyous that she is saved and that he’s been wanting her to be saved ever since he met her, but he, himself, had been in a horrendously backslidden state.
Excitedly, Annabelle says that she will see her daddy again when she dies and that she was angry at God for years for taking him away from her, but now she knows that God has him safe and sound and she thanks Him for that.
Johnny then prepares them some white beans, thus concluding the series…
I had finished work on the series at some point in 2020.
I know there are some loose ends and I apologize for that, but I did pour my heart into this story series. Furthermore, the loose ends are probably since my writing of it spanned a period of a failing marriage, a divorce, a new blossoming and promising romance, and then sadly a breakup.
I hope this has been an entertaining and informative synopsis and thank you for taking the time to read it.