iAffection Part Five

PART FIVE (FRIDAY):

The next morning, Ethan woke up to his grandparents brewing a coffee and chicory blend.

He slowly opened his eyes and removed his blankets, then stepped off the convertible sofa.

His grandpa was cutting up French bread and spreading some butter on it.

His grandmother was frying eggs and slices of chopped ham.

Ethan walked to the table where he was soon handed a plate.

“This breakfast should hold you up!” Ethan’s grandmother said.

“Eat up, Ethan,” His grandpa added in.

The three ate and then his grandpa said, “Since our retirement pension benefits were deposited two days ago, and all the bills are paid, I’m taking us to eat out for lunch!”

“Where at?” Ethan asked.

“The cafe` at The Downtown Grocer.” His grandpa replied.

“Tessa’s mother eats there a lot!”

“Try to stay on her good side, Ethan whatever you do!”

“Hey, how well I know, but good advice!”

Ethan’s grandmother gave them both a dirty look.

Ethan finished eating then drank down his coffee, chicory, and milk blend then his grandparents placed the dishes and cookware in the dishwasher and started it.

Afterward, his grandparents went into the living room and watched the news.

Ethan went into the bathroom and activated the mail client app on his iPod Touch.

He began writing a message to Tessa, “Hey. My grandpa is taking me and my grandma to eat at The Downtown Grocer cafe` later today.”

“Awesome. My mom and I just arrived at the hospital clinic and we are about to check in,” Tessa replied.

“Okay. I hope and pray for you to have good results.”

“You and me both! Now I have to sign in at the desk.”

“Okay, I have to start getting ready anyway, but just know that I love you and I want you by my side forever!”

“I love you too and you know I will be!”

Ethan got dressed and then sat in the living room with his grandparents as they switched between the cable news channels, adding their colorful commentary.

A few hours later they were all getting hungry, so they decided it was time to leave.

All three used the bathroom one after the other and then got into the car and drove downtown to go eat.

Ethan’s grandpa parked in the handicapped spot of the parking garage then they walked into The Downtown Grocer.

All three ordered a plate lunch.

Ethan ordered white beans with fried catfish and drank a Cherry Coke.

His grandmother ordered a shrimp po’boy and unsweetened iced tea.

And his grandpa ordered a platter consisting of field peas over rice, tomatoes okra and corn, and grilled redfish as the main entree and he drank an Orange Fanta with that.

As they were about to eat, fate aligned even more to Ethan and Tessa’s side when Tessa and her mother also walked into The Downtown Grocer Cafe`.

Ethan told his grandparents with excitement, “Tessa and her mom are here; I’ll introduce them to y’all”

He then walked up to Tessa and her Mom and hugged both of them.

“I was hoping I would see you here, that’s why I picked it. My mom and I always eat out somewhere after a doctor’s appointment.”

“What did the doctor say?”

“Everything is normal, I just gained a couple of pounds, but my doctor wants me on birth control more than ever now.”

“Well you could get as big as this building and I would still love you and yes I would still want you by my side forever!”

Tessa grabbed Ethan and stole a kiss from him, then replied, “I know I’ve found someone wonderful and I love you too and you can count on it that I will be by your side forever!”

Ethan’s grandparents were watching the whole time.

He walked Tessa over to them and introduced them to her while her mother ordered.

“She sure is pretty, Ethan, you have good taste!” His grandpa said.

Tessa blushed and said, “Thank you!”

“How did you and Ethan meet?” His grandmother asked her.

“Well, I just started at this school. I was given a voucher because my grades were so good. I was even skipped ahead one year. I sat near Ethan in English class, he passed me a note and the rest is history.”

“Now, if you’re that smart continue with it. I know you love Ethan but your schooling is also important.”

“Yes ma’am, I sure will!”

Tessa’s mother then left the counter with no food and said, “I’m sorry Tessa, but we won’t be eating out today. My card was declined.”

Ethan’s grandpa introduced himself and his wife to Tessa’s mom then said, “I’ll pay for your meal. It’s the least I could do. I mean your daughter makes my grandson very happy and brings out the best in him.” He paused then said, “I also completely disagree with the way the school is handling their situation and I’ve decided not to give them any more contributions!”

“Oh, thank you, Mister. I must admit that your grandson is very good to my daughter and he also makes her very happy.”

Ethan’s grandpa told the cashier, “Fill the order, it’s on me.”

He then paid the order.

Tessa and her mom were then handed four pieces of fried chicken, with a large potato salad and a large coleslaw. They were also given each a cup of Dr. Pepper.

All of them put two tables together and dined in fellowship.

All seemed happy, except for Ethan’s grandmother who had a look of discontent on her face and didn’t say much.

After the meal was over, Tessa’s mom picked up her leftovers to bring home and said, “Well, I’ve got to bring you home then I have to get back to work, but it was nice meeting all of you. Ethan, maybe you can come by this weekend and meet the rest of the family.”

“Thank you. I’d like that a lot!” Ethan replied.

Tessa’s mother then looked at Ethan’s grandpa and said, “Thank you for everything you have truly been a big help!”

“Well, I try, but we need to get home too before this weather gets even colder.”

Ethan and Tessa shared a sweet but respectful kiss, then they all went their ways.

As they were riding back home, Ethan asked his grandparents, “Well, what did you think of Tessa?”

“I think she is pretty and sweet and smart. You’ve got yourself a good one, there!” His grandpa said.

Ethan said, “What do you think, grandma?”

“Well, I saw Tessa and her mother eating meat on a Friday, if they’re even Catholic, which I doubt, they’re certainly not good Catholics.”

“Honey, for Christ sakes don’t start that garbage!” Ethan’s grandpa interjected.

“Well, Ethan asked me what I thought and I’m being honest with him.”

“Well if the entire Catholic Church is as corrupt as my school, I don’t want anything to do with it anyway!” Ethan said.

Ethan’s grandmother turned to him with a look of extreme anger on her face, as she said, “If you give up on your faith, you will pay for it for eternity, Ethan!”

“He’s right though, honey. Our church is very corrupt.”

“I don’t care how corrupt y’all claim it is, it caused me to live my life right!”

“Yes, under constant fear of damnation though!” Ethan interjected.

“Shut your mouth, young man!” Ethan’s grandma shouted with anger.

Ethan quickly stifled.

Ethan’s grandpa said, “Honey. Ethan is right, you know. Us lay people are commanded to toe the line but those priests do God awful things to children.”

“Well, my catholic religion has caused me to do good. I certainly wasn’t fornicating at age seventeen like Ethan is doing.”

“Only because you hadn’t met me yet. After all, I was at war fighting for my country. And just so you know the Constitution of the country I fought for allows each person the right to choose their religion.”

“I bet Tessa’s family has no religion whatsoever, though.” She paused then continued, “And what if you got her pregnant, Ethan? You might have ruined your life now.”

“Not so. She takes birth control pills.”

Ethan’s grandma became even angrier then said, “Now I know for a fact that they have no religion. Every Pope has condemned anyone who uses birth control since it was invented.”

Ethan’s grandpa became very concerned, then asked, “Did you use protection? Because if she’s on birth control, who knows what other guys she has laid down with before you. She might have given you something that not even Ajax can clean off.”

“No, but we were both virgins.”

“This is going to be a blunt question, but did she bleed when you penetrated her?”

“Yes. Quite a bit.”

“Then you need to marry her and honor her for the rest of your life!”

Ethan’s grandma then added, “And you better try and make her become a catholic.”

“Whatever her choice, I’ll stand by her. I’m not so sure if even I want to be a catholic anymore, after the way my school has treated me.”

“I cannot believe what I am hearing out of my own flesh and blood.”

“It’s his Constitutional right.”

“Then I am also guaranteed freedom of speech which means I can tell his parents what he is doing behind their backs.”

“Would you really be that cruel?”

“It’s for his own good.”

“No, it’s not. You’re just prejudiced against anyone who is not a catholic. I see how happy they are together and you know his parents will keep them apart and then they will both be damaged goods to any future partners of theirs. Let them be together and marry as soon as they are legally able.”

“But they need to finish their education.”

“They still can. Many of my Army buddies went to college while supporting their families after the war. Furthermore, Ethan and Tessa have access to birth control pills that will prevent any unwanted pregnancies as well.”

“Now you too, honey? If my parents were alive to hear you talking in favor of birth control like you are, they would have deeply regretted letting you marry me.”

“I don’t think so, I lifted you out of poverty.”

“Of course, you would say that, but just know that money is the root of all evil. Furthermore, it is very hard for a rich person to go to Heaven.”

“Well, let me remind you then, that the roman catholic church is the richest organization in the world. But here’s the hypocrisy of it all Rome wants to keep the average catholic family in total poverty by commanding them to bear more children than they can support and then giving all their extra money to the church. They just want to promote human suffering if you ask me.”

“Suffering in this life will bring rewards in the next.”

“Then why did you even marry me? Because through my hard work, I spared you from a lot of suffering, at least financially. So, I guess God will take away your rewards somehow because I gave you a decent life?”

“You did give me a wonderful life and I am forever grateful to you for that. But I lived right all my life, so I will have a lot of rewards!”

“Then if you are grateful to me, I would like some peace and quiet. That means don’t tell Ethan’s parents about this either!”

“All right, honey, have it your way. I will comply with your request but I am not happy about it.”

With that, they pulled into the complex parking lot, parked the car, and walked into the building.

Soon they were in their unit and Ethan walked into the bathroom with his iPod Touch.

Ethan checked his email app and saw he had one message from Tessa. It read, “Hey. I’m so glad we were able to see each other today and my Mom is very thankful that your Grandpa bought us lunch. Do you, by any chance, know the names of those two boys that battered me? My Mom wants to call the police and press charges on them. Write me back as soon as you get this message. I love you!”

“Hey, sorry, I’m just getting back to my grandparents’ condo now. Those boys’ names are Micah Messer and Fisher Aycock. When I get back to my parents’ house I can look them up in the student directory and give you their addresses as well. And just so you know, I love you too!”

“Thank you. I will tell my Mom and she will shortly be calling the police.”

“I sincerely hope justice is served, but I’m very much aware of just how corrupt everything is.”

“I know. They probably have connections and will get just a slap on the wrist, if that even.”

“I know this: I want to marry you!”

“I want to marry you as well. Hopefully, you can meet my family this weekend.”

“I hope so too, but I would have to convince my parents to let me come.”

“Couldn’t you take the bus?”

“I would have to sneak out and then the cops would be called on me.”

“Your family seems very uptight.”

“Oh, if only you knew.”

“That bad?”

“Well, my grandma came unglued because she saw you and your mom eating meat today.”

“What’s wrong with that?”

“Oh, it’s some silly old catholic rule that says how it is a mortal sin to eat meat on Friday.”

“That’s why she was so quiet, then.”

“Bingo.”

“My grandpa likes you and your mom though.”

“I wasn’t raised catholic. My Dad was a Christian, but we stopped going to church after he passed away.”

“Well if you haven’t figured it out already, the catholic religion is very flawed.”

“I see how corrupt it is.”

“Speaking of that, we return to school Monday. We’re going to have to keep our relationship low key because they will be looking for reasons to write us up.”

“We can always meet up after school and on weekends, especially once you’re no longer grounded.”

“Yes. And hopefully, I can get my driver’s license, soon, but I have to convince my parents that I’m responsible enough.”

“I’m not old enough to get my license, yet, but even if I was, my Mom couldn’t afford to insure me.”

“Even though your grades are so good?”

“We don’t have the money, not even for a discounted rate. Speaking of good grades I have to catch up on my homework.”

“Yes. I have to do mine as well.”

“We will also need to do a lot of extra credit assignments to make up for the credit we lost while being suspended.”

“I know. I’m going to hate that, but it was worth it for you!”

“You’re so sweet. I love you so much!”

“I love you too and I want you by my side forever.”

“I will be!”

Both Ethan and Tessa began their homework assignments.

Ethan tried to work diligently, tuning out the cable news channels his grandma was watching.

His workload was very heavy, but little by little he eventually got it done.

Meanwhile, Tessa’s Mother called the police to report the battering that was done to her daughter.

In time an officer arrived at her house and she took down all the information. Tessa then gave a recorded statement.

Afterward, the officer said, “Those two boys will likely be booked, but I cannot promise that the charges will stick.”

Tessa then began her homework and studied diligently until dinner time.

She and her mother then each ate a Baquet frozen dinner together, which they heated in the gas oven, then they adjusted the antennas, then turned on the television set and converter box and watched some prime time dramas together.

Ethan’s Dad then came to pick him up from his grandparents’ condominium.

He drove Ethan back to the house in total silence.

Ethan continued the last of his homework, then ate a frozen pizza for dinner, late in the evening.

Finally, he went to his bedroom and locked the door.

He then connected through his next-door neighbor’s WiFi, logged into the email client, and then wrote a message to Tessa, “Hey. I’m back at my parents’ house. I don’t think that they know about our secret communications, but the door is locked, just in case.”

“That’s a very good thing because I miss you already. I’m getting ready for bed right now, but we could talk for a little while.”

“I’m getting ready for bed as well, but I wish you were in my arms.”

“You and me both.”

“I wonder if we will be able to be together at school, next Monday as long as we don’t show any physical affection.”

“Other couples get away with so much more, so maybe. If not, as you said, we can be together after school and on weekends.”

“Yes, money talks. So does athletic ability, unfortunately. The cop who came to my house said that those two boys will indeed be booked but she cannot promise that the charges will stick.”

“That is so unfair, but, even if they get away with it, we still have each other. Also what goes around comes around.”

“I hope we will always have each other. By the way, my mom still wants you to meet my family tomorrow if you’re parents are okay with you coming.”

“We will be together, as long as I can help it. And I would be honored to meet your family! It’s just I have to convince my parents to let me come!”

“My uncles might grill you, though.”

“Well, I will just have to make it crystal clear to them how much I am committed to you!”

“Oh, once they see that, they will take you in as one of their own!”

“I’m getting sleepy, but I’m going to mentally take you to bed with me!”

“And I’m going to imagine you next to me all night long!”

“Oh, how I long to be next to you, so close to you that I can hear your heart beating! I equally long to shower your whole body with kisses, until you fall asleep in my arms. And not only that, I desire to keep you in my arms throughout the night, both tonight and every night following, then wake up to your beautiful face right in front of mine. But until then, and I know I say it a lot but I love you and I want you by my side forever!”

“That was so beautiful, you really should pursue a career in writing! And just so you know, I love you too and I will be by your side forever!”

“I only pray that somehow we will see each other tomorrow.”

“Yes, I cannot wait.”

“Okay, until I will tell you good night and that I love you!”

“Good night and I love you too!”

Both Ethan and Tessa fell asleep soon after, longing to be in each others’ presence.

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iAffection Part Four

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.

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iAffection Part Three

PART THREE (WEDNESDAY):
The next morning Ethan woke up to the preparation of breakfast. He got up, fixed the convertible sofa, and walked to the table as a breakfast of grits and pork sizzlers were being set upon it.

Over the course of breakfast, Ethan asked his grandparents “Could I go on the grounds of the complex and get some exercise?”

His grandpa replied, “Sure, hey, you should be active.”

Ethan nodded, got dressed, and grabbed his hidden iPod Touch. He then walked out the door, through the corridor, and rode an elevator down to the lobby where he walked out to the grounds. Even outside, he could still pick up the WiFi signal.

He messaged Tessa, “I am waiting for you outside the grounds of the complex. I love you and I cannot wait to see you.”

Tessa replied, “I’m on my way and I love you too.”

A half-hour passed by when finally the city bus stopped in front of the complex and out stepped Tessa. Ethan’s eyes were fixated on her like they were the day he first met her. They simply walked up to each other and hugged in the raw January weather.

They held each other for a short while when Ethan said, “Best we go where no one tied with the school can see us.”

Tessa nodded in agreement.

They walked back to the grounds and sat on a bench holding hands as Tessa said, “I cannot believe they suspended us for something so innocent.”

Ethan replied, “Money talks.”

Tessa said, “I missed you so much, Ethan.”

He replied, “And I missed you too; but if all goes well, we’ll be able to be alone together without the school people bothering us for the next few days. We are beating those control freaks at their own game.”

Tessa smiled and nestled her face into Ethan’s chest.

Far into the day they laughed and talked to each other while sitting on the bench, until the hour of noon. Hunger pains were setting in for both of them, so Tessa reached into her backpack, and they ate Hot ‘N’ Spicy Cheeze It crackers from a sealed bag in Tessa’s backpack and drank tomato soup from a Thermos. Afterward, they each drank a can of Wild Cherry Pepsi.

After eating their lunch, Ethan asked Tessa, “Could I push you on the swing?”

She nodded with happiness.

Ethan continued to swing Tessa until the temperature began to drop. The cold was setting in and they had nowhere to go, but stand by the brick wall, which fenced in the complex for privacy and security purposes. They stood there shivering and laughing in the bleakness. Ethan leaned over to kiss Tessa, to which she responded with open arms.

She passionately kissed Ethan all over his face, then grabbed his coat and pulled him towards her as she said, “I don’t want this moment to ever end.”

Ethan replied, “Neither do I, Tessa.”

Tessa then said, “Take me into your arms, and don’t let go.”

They held each other and spun around in circles.

He held her in his arms by her waist and then wrapped his legs around hers as they sat down.

The temperature was now near freezing. Despite the bitter, biting cold, they stayed there until the alarm clock application on Tessa’s cell phone went off.

Sadly Tessa said, “I am so sorry Ethan but I have to catch the bus to go back home. Will you walk me to the bus stop?”

Calmly Ethan nodded and he escorted her to the bus stop. The city bus pulled up and stoped. Ethan and Tessa kissed each other a loving goodbye, then Tessa boarded the bus. As the bus took Tessa away, Ethan went inside and laid down on the convertible sofa. He covered up in a thick blanket. Meanwhile, Tessa was riding the bus back to her mother’s house. Upon arrival, she also went inside and covered up in a thick blanket on her bed and fell into a deep sleep, dreaming of Ethan.

The hour of seven pm was near and Ethan’s grandparents’ were putting dinner on the table. it consisted of baked chicken, shell pasta covered with cheddar, and steamed broccoli. The three ate in silence. Ethan tried his best to hide the smile on his face.

At the same time, Tessa’s mother walked into the bedroom where she was sleeping and began to talk to her, “How was your day today, Tessa?”

Tessa replied, “I had a great day.”

“What all happened today?” Her mother asked.

And then there was a silence, to which her mother asked “Is something wrong?”

Tessa then replied, “Nothing is wrong.”

“Then what is going on?” Her mother asked.

Tessa replied, “All right I will tell you, but don’t freak out.” She paused then continued, “I spent the day with Ethan. He keeps in touch with me through the Internet. He purchased an iPod Touch and uses the WiFi feature on it. He sends emails that are forwarded to my phone. Today we met at his grandparent’s condo.”

Her mother was momentarily shocked, but then asked, “And what did you two do?”

Tessa replied, “We ate the lunch I prepared. We swung on the swings, we danced around in circles, holding each other, then we cuddled in each others’ arms on the grounds.”

Her mother then said “Well, Ethan does seem sweet, but try not to be seen with him in public. You know that could get in more trouble with school officials.”

Tessa then asked, “So you are cool about Ethan?”

“I guess,” Her mother replied, and continued “From what you tell me about him, I guess he sounds like a good person and he makes you happier than I’ve seen you in years.”

“Could I see him again, tomorrow?”

“You may, but just remember what I said about being seen in public,” Her mom cautiously said, then continued, “Now I have some spaghetti, garlic bread, and a salad for us.”

“Yay!” Tessa said as she was quite hungry.

Tessa and her mother happily ate dinner together.

At the condo, there was an awkward silence as they continued eating. Fortunately, Ethan’s grandparents did not question him of what went on during the day. The meal was soon over and Ethan went hide in the bathroom to message Tessa, “I had a wonderful time with you today and I only hope for more days such as this. I long for the day when we can be together all the time!”

Her phone buzzed and beeped, which woke her up and she messaged him back, “I missed you after I had to board the bus today, and I still miss you. I would move stars and planets to be cuddling with you right now.”

Ethan replied, “I miss you too, and this is misery not having you here with me.”

Tessa replied, “Well I have some good news, my mom knows that we were together today and she was completely fine about it. She also said that we can hang out tomorrow as long as we’re not seen in public, that way the school officials won’t find out.” Tessa messaged Ethan again “Do you still have any money left over?”

Ethan replied, “Yes, why?”

Tessa messaged him back, “I was thinking you could come to my house. Could you take the bus there? I want to cuddle with you.”

Ethan then replied, “That sounds awesome, we can be out of the cold, and still be together.”

With anxiety, Tessa then texted, “Please don’t judge me because of the condition of the house. I’m very poor!”

Ethan replied, “Of course not Tessa, I love you too much to worry about stuff like that!”

A great relief came over her and she then replied, “Well I can’t wait for you to come then. I’ll see you tomorrow and I love you, Ethan.”

She also texted him her address.

Ethan messaged her, “I love you too and I want to you by my side forever!”

“I will be!” Tessa replied with much assurance.

Soon, both of them were asleep.

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iAffection Part Two

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.

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iAffection Part One

PART ONE (MONDAY):

January 2009.

On a cold and dreary winter morning, the second semester was beginning at Pope Innocent IV Roman Catholic High School. Junior Ethan Mays was sitting in complete boredom. He was covertly reading text messages on his cell phone, while the assignments and instructions were being handed out. The messages consisted of freeze warnings. Ethan was a tall and pale seventeen-year-old, with wavy blonde hair. Most of the time, he was a kind and genuine person. He came from a well off family and had almost everything he wanted-except the love of a girl. This was due to him not desiring one of those rich spoiled girls, as he wanted someone sweet and genuine. Yet, somehow, he did not attract the less fortunate either, because all of them assumed him to be “too privileged.”

Until now:

Suddenly the door to the classroom opened and in stepped a very beautiful girl. Ethan’s eyes were fixated on her immediately. As she walked into the room and was assigned the seat in front of Ethan. This seemed as if it was part of fate’s course, and Ethan was ready to take the opportunity.

The teacher spoke, very cut and dry, announced “Class, we have a new student.” The teacher paused, then continued “Her name is Tessa Behling.” The teacher paused, looked at the girl, and spoke “I expect there to be no problems from you, young lady.”

All was quiet, Ethan simply admired her. The teacher went back to instructions as Tessa took her seat. She stood medium height, had chestnut-colored hair with glasses, and was also pale, like Ethan. She was fifteen years old and very smart. She was so smart that she was skipped a grade ahead. For the most part like Ethan, Tessa was also a kind and genuine person but came from an unfortunate upbringing. She never knew her dad, because he was killed in a freak accident on the job when she was a newborn and her mother worked under the table as a cleaning lady to keep them fed, clothed and sheltered because the survivor’s benefits weren’t enough to live on. Tessa attended this roman catholic school because of a government voucher, as she was very poor. Unbeknownst to school officials, she was given birth control pills through Medicaid. Her mother knew very well that a teenage pregnancy would put a greater strain on their lives. Tessa took her pills faithfully, even though she was still a virgin. Those pills caused her to become pleasantly plump. Even though she was able to have sex without consequence, she still wanted to wait for someone special to come along. Tessa wanted someone kind and devoted to her. That was what she dreamed of. He also had to be someone who would give her much physical affection, but more importantly, someone who would make her feel happy and special.

Little did she realize how soon she would find him:

As the class went on; Ethan found himself strongly attracted to her. Purposely he dropped his ink pen on the floor next to her desk. Tessa picked it up, then handed it to him. When their eyes met face to face, there was an instant spark of mutual attraction.

Ethan simply said, “Thank you.” And then, he winked at her. She smiled back at him from ear to ear. Ethan then thought to himself “She is new here and she seems so sweet. If I try to win her affection, maybe she won’t think of me as a rich and naive spoiled brat.” He couldn’t concentrate. He decided to write a note to her. Carefully he selected the words “Hey, I think you are very beautiful. Please don’t think I am trying to get under your skirt or anything like that. I just would like to get to know you better and I don’t want to scare you off. If you give me a chance, it would make me so happy and I would try my utmost to make you happy as well. PS. My name is Ethan Mays.” He also wrote his phone number down on the paper and handed it to her.

After reading the note Tessa’s eyes lit up as she thought to herself, “Could he possibly be someone special I’ve been waiting for?” She covertly programmed his number into her phone and then decided to reply to his note with “That is very sweet of you. And, yes, I would most definitely like that. You don’t scare me off at all. No one has been so good to me in a long while. Most people harass me about my weight. If you are as sweet as I think you are, I will be more than willing to give you a chance to know me.” She then passed the note back to Ethan, enclosed with her name and her phone number.” Covertly Ethan also programmed her number into his phone. They both hid their phones but continued to exchange their notes. Tessa drew a heart on the paper and wrote “Ethan+Tessa” She handed it to him.

He then drew, “4EVER” in the heart underneath their names. Afterward, he wrote, “How do you feel about that?” Then handed it to her.

Tessa replied, “I am on cloud 9.” The teacher was walking around the classroom in their direction and they quickly hid the notes, but it was too late. They were caught. Immediately the teacher moved Tessa to sit by two jocks; Micah Messer and Fisher Aycock. Both were star athletes and both came from rich contributing families. Needless to say, they got away with anything and everything.

After the class was over, Ethan and Tessa met in the hall. “I am sorry I got us in trouble,” Ethan said, then continued “I did not want that to happen. Now you have to sit by those two jerks.”

Tessa replied, “It is more than worth it. If you would have never passed me that note, we would probably not be talking to each other right now.”

The tardy bell rang so they gently hugged each other and both headed off to class.

As they were walking their separate ways, Tessa said, “Call me tonight!”

Ethan nodded with a wink and a smile. The day went on with them having no other classes together. Both were sad because of being separated but remained cheerful that they had found each other. Slowly the school-day went by. Finally, the dismissal bell rang. They both rushed off the school campus and headed home to call each other. Upon arriving home; Ethan retrieved his cell phone, walked into the backyard, and placed a call to Tessa.

She recognized the number on her screen instantly and answered, “Hey Ethan, I am so happy you remembered to call me.”

Ethan replied, “How could I forget?”

Affectionately they began to flirt on the phone until Ethan finally said “You make me feel so alive and so happy. I just…”

“Go on,” Tessa replied with hopeful and anticipative anxiety.

Ethan continued “I hope that I am not repelling you but…”

Tessa said “No you’re not, keep going,”

Ethan then eventually worked up the courage and said “All right I will put it like this: I think you and I could and should be a couple!”

Tessa was very touched and her heart was fluttering as she said, “Well why don’t you ask me?”

Ethan replied “All right, Tessa Behling, please be mine. Let’s make it official. Will you be my girlfriend!”

Tessa then replied, with ecstasy, “Of course I will because I can tell you have a very good heart! I cannot wait to see you at school tomorrow.”

Both of their hearts were relieved as they finally got what they wanted; to be together. They talked into the night over the phone, with complete infatuation towards each other; until they both went to sleep happier than before.

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A Review of the Realistic (Radio Shack®) Pro-59 Programmable Scanner Radio

For the record, I do not own the featured image on this page.

I must give credit where credit is due and I cropped it out of the 1992 Radio Shack Catalog.

Since the age of fifteen going on sixteen (September 2002) I had been listening to scanners.

I didn’t know such a device existed until the Summer of 2001 when I first read about them on

https://howstuffworks.com

Specifically:

https://electronics.howstuffworks.com/radio-scanner.htm

I had wanted one ever since, but at the time I was a no income fourteen-year-old with fiscally conservative and technology ignorant parents.

There was no way I could own one, not even an entry-level model.

Without getting too political, I believe that the prices of firearms and scanners are deliberately jacked up in order to discourage ownership of them.

Governments likely demand this but it also represents pure profit for the manufacturers of these ever so controversial instruments.

I will stand by this belief until I am unequivocally proven otherwise.

And by the way, if I can be proven totally incorrect; I will be more than happy to recant this statement.

…Anyway, enough of that…

Scanners are expensive there is no doubt about that.

And since I am living on a disability pension, I cannot afford the latest and greatest scanner really not even an entry-level scanner.

Then why do I own so many of them?

Well, it’s simple, I either buy older models at a very significant discount or people who no longer use them due to their obsolescence or perceived obsolescence give them to me and I always find a use for them.

In the late Summer of 2019, a friend of mine, gave me a Realistic (Radio Shack®) Pro-59 and is what this piece will be a review of.

It is not the oldest scanner that I own.

However, it is indeed the oldest scanner that I use.

This particular unit came off the assembly line in July of 1991 and while it may not pick up what most scanner owners want to hear (police traffic) it still picks up almost everything I want to hear. I believe it is an aftermarket rebadged Uniden made for Radio Shack, but I’m not totally sure.

It may be totally obsolete for the overwhelming majority of scanner users.

While I don’t have a very detailed list of the technical specs, I know most of them right off the bat and will give them:

Frequency Range:
137-174 MHz FM
406-512 MHz FM

So, it does not Aircraft or 700/800/900 MHz and that’s understandable. But it doesn’t get VHF Low Band either and that seems like a mistake on the designers’ parts, especially since there were a lot more VHF Low Band users in the early 1990s then there are now. But I get it, this was a budget-friendly entry-level model that had a price tag of $99.95 in the 1992 Radio Shack Catalog. By the way that is $184.45 in 2019 Dollars! The only users on VHF Low Band in my immediate area anyway are some cheaper baby monitors and my local electric utility cooperative. I have other scanners to listen to those transmissions, anyway.

There are only eight memory channels and it does not have a full frequency display. However, it can recall the frequency assigned to any channel but will do it one digit at a time. But since there are only eight available channel memories, it shouldn’t be too hard to remember what frequency was programmed on each channel.

However, it has a dedicated Weather Band Search at the push of a button and it does indeed get all seven Weather frequencies. That is a pretty big deal since not all stand-alone weather radios made in 1991-1992 actually received all seven weather frequencies!

You, the reader, may think that this scanner is a piece of junk by today’s standards, but I am about to tell you why that is not the case.

It may indeed seem very limited both in 2020 as well as 1992 but the receiver sensitivity is where this model beats all of my other scanners. I have a ~12 Inch aftermarket telescoping antenna connected to the BNC terminal on the back, but it pulls in signals loud and clear that all of my newer scanners don’t even stop on. And some of my newer scanners have better antennas as well!

I cannot seem to get a listing of this receiver’s sensitivity as rated in microvolts, but it must be very sensitive.

And that makes this perfect for what I listen to most namely, railroad and marine traffic.

I keep this scanner on my kitchen counter and run it most of my waking hours.

It is running as I speak, but I am in my bedroom at the moment.

There are several navigable waterways within a few miles of my residence and this wonderful scanner pulls in all nearby transmissions on VHF Marine Inland Waterway Channel (156.650 MHz.) It also pulls in the Coast Guard transmissions on the International VHF Marine Distress Channel (156.800 MHz), some fifty miles away in New Orleans. There is a railroad line about ten miles away and it pulls in the dispatcher clear as day and sometimes the engineer’s side as well. I have a local amateur radio repeater that I listen to programmed in there and it works fine as usual. Finally, I have the Fire Dispatch Channel for all of Terrebonne Parish, the Fire Dispatch Channel for Lafourche Parish Fire District 1 (where a good bit of my family resides) and I have two Fire Tactical channels, one for my local fire department and the other for a neighboring fire department. Almost everything this radio picks up, comes in clear as day. And the other times, the signal is still intelligible. One advantage I have is that I live on the second floor. I specifically asked for a second-floor unit so I could get better television and scanner reception!

So, yes, to most this scanner would be a dust collector, given to a thrift store or perish the thought recycled for parts.

However, I have given it a new purpose and I use it daily.

Despite its age of almost twenty-nine years at the time of writing this, it still keeps me informed and entertained on a daily basis.

It even has helped me maintain my sanity during this quarantine!

Most people my age that have to stay home are likely watching various streaming services.

I, on the other hand, listen to scanners, which may have a considerable startup cost, but are free to use. Well aside from the electric bill and the cost of batteries.

My biggest question is:
Will any of the scanners made in 2020 still be operating without issue twenty-nine years in the future?

I guess this, therefore, concludes my review of The Realistic (Radio Shack®) Pro-59.

And yes, I give this product a rating of 5 out of 5 stars because it performs so well and does everything it is supposed to do!

Hopefully, you, the reader, have been informed and entertained.

May God richly bless you!

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A Review of the Radio Shack 12-248 Sports Weather Radio

Just for the record, I don’t own the featured image.  It is the property of Radio Shack.

I have been fascinated and intimidated by the weather since I was a toddler.

Likewise, I have been interested in electronics and gadgets since I was a toddler as well.

The overwhelming majority of my childhood took place in the 1990s, so I do have a fondness for certain electronic devices that were made during that time.

Now, the first time I ever set foot inside a Radio Shack was on December 26, 1994, and all I did was look at a few computers.

I wouldn’t shop at Radio Shack again until November of 2001 and I wouldn’t shop at Radio Shack on the regular until some point in 2002.

After that, I was in Radio Shack all the time, until most of them closed down in the mid to late 2010s.

When I was in my 20s, I discovered that there was a website that archived almost every Radio Shack Catalog ever printed.

That website is http://radioshackcatalogs.com/

I have since frequently used it as reference material in my research.

When I was in either my late 20s or early 30s, I was looking at the 1998 Radio Shack catalog on that aforementioned website and noticed a neat portable Weather Radio, The Radio Shack 12-248, of which this piece will be a review.

For the next few years, I had wanted one and frequently checked eBay for it.

However, either the price was too high or it was too beat up to be used.

Then in late April of 2020, there was one that appeared to be in very decent condition and selling only for $15 even.

I couldn’t pass this up.

So, on the evening of April 30, 2020, I made my purchase and it came in the mail on May 7, 2020.

The transit times with the Postal Service are agonizingly slow right now, but I think we can all chalk it up to this wretched Coronavirus.

…Anyway…

While I have only had this radio for a few hours, I am still thoroughly impressed.

Some of the features are:
Rugged, Water Resistant Design-This makes it ideal for outdoor use, especially boating in stormy weather.
Bright Yellow Cabinet-This allows it to be easily located.
Standby Alert Feature-Allows the radio to stay quiet until a Weather Alert is broadcast.
Alert Lock-Allows the end-user to know there was an Alert issued even if he/she wasn’t near the radio when it occurred.
Receives All 7 Channels-Will provide Weather Radio coverage almost anywhere in The United States but also parts of Canada and Mexico.

I read the instructions and learned that while it is water-resistant, it is not waterproof. This means that it would probably be ruined if it went overboard. However, it could probably stand up to light rainfall, which I mean it was designed for keeping track of severe weather while outside.

Speaking of that, the rod antenna is considerably long, so maybe that would be a lightning strike hazard if used outside during an electrical storm.

The price was a bit high, especially for 1998 ($49.99) but a lot of Radio Shack products in the 1990s were overpriced. However, they were built very well!

I’m not sure if the channel selector is a PLL tuner or if it’s crystal-controlled, but it pulls in station KIH23 loud and clear from about forty miles away. Even with the antenna retracted, the signal is still intelligible. Granted I am on the second floor, but most of my other weather radios don’t perform this well. The station even bleeds over into adjacent channels, even from about forty miles away.

I tested the alert feature and it is very oud and will get the end user’s attention.

All in all, it seems to be a good weather radio.

I cannot understand why Radio Shack only sold it for a year.

Maybe it was the high price?

One could go make a week or two worth of groceries in 1998 for that price.

As I stated on social media while talking about this weather radio:
“While I don’t think the Gorton’s Fisherman is a real person, however, if he was, I wouldn’t be surprised if he EDCed one of these [a Radio Shack 12-248] in his raincoat pocket while sailing in US or Canadian waters.”

Gorton’s Fish, especially the Beer Battered variety, has been on my mind a lot lately, and now I can eat it as I please. Both my ex-wife and my ex-girlfriend didn’t like to eat it. Now that I am single I can eat it all I want and not hear anything.

I could picture any fisherman carrying this radio though, and what would be cool is if another company would reboot this design but make it truly waterproof and maybe have a more compact rubber duck antenna tuned to the Weather Band. Another idea that I could change it to have a scan feature that automatically pulls in the strongest weather station, instead of a channel selector knob. Other than that it is a great radio and for its time it was excellent.

Nowadays one can get a portable and waterproof VHF Marine Radio with Weather Band and Standby Alert built it for around what this costed in 1998, maybe even cheaper if inflation is considered.

For those that can get one second hand and want to go fishing either inland or in the coastal waters, this seems to be great, if one can get it in decent condition. There have been quite a few Special Marine Warning issued in my area within days around the time of writing this piece.

I imagine that this radio would be great for those with a budget in mind, especially for other outdoor activities as well such as golfing, farming, or hunting.

I’m glad that God finally blessed me with one.

I give this product a 4.7 out of 5 stars because it isn’t truly waterproof and the antenna looks quite flimsy. Other than that, it’s awesome.

This, therefore, concludes my review of The Radio Shack 12-248 Sport Weather Radio.

I hope you, the reader, have been informed and entertained.

Thank you for reading and may God richly bless you!

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How God Stopped Me from Converting to Wicca

This piece is a testimony of a saving work that God my Savior did in my life.

He didn’t have to do it, but He did and today I am exceedingly thankful that He did.

In this piece, I will share the story of how God prevented me from forsaking Christianity and converting to Wicca.

At the time I was a severely backslidden Christian. I got saved not even two years before this so, therefore, I was an immature believer, and several people caused me to stumble in the months between getting saved and this event.

It was in late January of 2006.

I was nineteen years old and a senior in high school.

I slept on the sofa in my parents’ living room every night and this night was no different.

A few months before this I had decided to keep a flashlight on me at all times, to the point of even sleeping with one in my pants pocket.

During my late teen years, before and after getting saved, I had an increasing interest in Wicca.

It seemed like a fun, peaceful, romantic and tolerant way of life, whereas Christianity still appeared abusive and controlling to me.

The enemy of my soul put those delusions in my head with great craftiness and malice.

If that wasn’t enough, I also had the assumption that there were lots of ample-sized women and girls who were practitioners of Wicca and this was a chance for me to meet some. Everyone who knows anything about me knows how I strongly gravitate towards bigger females and back then was no different.

Earlier, that very day, I had announced to my immediate family about how I was considering becoming a Wiccan.

My Dad was the most upset, but the others didn’t have much reaction.

I went to sleep excited about my decision.

As I slept on that sofa, a severe thunderstorm developed during the night.

Lightning or wind had damaged some grid infrastructure and knocked off the current.

I was woken up by wind, lightning, and thunder.

The house was pitch black, I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face.

So, I reached in my pants pocket for my flashlight, but it wasn’t there.

I knew it had fallen into the sofa, so I began to feel for it in the total darkness.

At that exact moment, a freight train was passing on the outskirts of my community.

My location was 3-4 miles south of the railroad line and normally the only way to hear a train was to be outside.

However, a North wind was blowing which carried and amplified the rumbling sound of the freight train.

As much as I am obsessed with trains, I didn’t think it was a train.

I sincerely thought it was a tornado and headed straight for me.

Think about it, there was a severe thunderstorm going on which was powerful enough to knock out the electricity. I always knew that severe thunderstorms can spawn tornadoes and late January is a frequent time for tornadoes in Louisiana. And not only that, I was always told that a tornado sounds like a freight train.

I was utterly terrified, probably more than I had ever been in my life.

The thoughts of how just hours ago I was planning on abandoning my Christian faith for Wicca haunted my heart and mind.

In the pitch darkness, I tried in vain to get to my parents’ bedroom and warn them of what I thought was a tornado but bumped and tripped all over the furniture.

In complete desperation, I called on God.

A split second later, the engineer of that train sounded the whistle.

I still panicked at first, because I thought it was warning sirens, not realizing that the Parish I was living in doesn’t have warning sirens.

God then sternly told me it was just a train and afterward, He asked me if I still wanted to become a Wiccan.

About that time my Mom and Dad woke up and saw that I was up as well.

I don’t remember the words we all exchanged but we soon went back to sleep.

At daybreak, the electricity was back on.

I also located my flashlight that was deep in the sofa and even thanked God for helping me find it.

I then got ready for school.

I still would take me a few years to completely return to God, but I pretty much gave up on converting to Wicca after what had happened that night.

If you are running from God, stop this instant and do a total 180 Degree turn. He will lovingly take you back into His arms, no questions asked.

Please, don’t run from God as long as I did, because if you do, the enemy of your soul will rob you of everything good and pure…

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A Review of the Midland Weather Center App

For the record I do not own the featured image on this page, I give all credit to whom credit is due.

As I’ve stated many times before, I am fascinated by the weather. I have been since early childhood.

By the way, my area is under a Tornado Watch as I am writing this.

I didn’t own an Android device until I was twenty-eight years old and I’m thirty-three at the time of writing this. This means I have been using Android for almost five years. I was late in the game, but that’s because I was more interested in rugged flip phones and later quick messaging phones because I didn’t like touch screens. However, once I bought my first touch screen phone, I haven’t gone back.

In May of 2015, I bought my first Android device, an entry-level smartphone which was an LG Optimus Fuel. Ever since all phones and tablets which I use have been Android.

In June of 2015, I bought a pocket-sized weather radio, a Midland HH50B. It came bundled with some literature about the Midland Weather Center app, of which this piece will be a review. Other Midland Weather Radios I have purchased also came bundled with this literature. This is my first review of a software product, so I hope you, the reader, will bear with me.

After I installed the batteries in my new weather radio, I promptly downloaded the app from Google Play.

And I had been using it on almost every subsequent Android device I own ever since.

I never was a premium subscriber to get automatic weather alerts for my geographic location, but I don’t need to be as I almost always have a Weather Radio nearby.

However, when a weather alert comes in on my Weather Radio, the first thing I do is check the app and then share the information on social media. If there is a Warning issued, I text that information to all whom I know located in the warned area.

The app gives a seven-day forecast for any given area in the United States and automatically does so for the device’s current geographic location.

It also gives near real-time images of all locations covered by NOAA’s Weather Surveillance RADAR network. These images are continuously updated every five minutes.

There are also detailed outlooks and discussions given from scientists at The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

When an alert is listed, a textual transcript of all of that alert broadcast on NOAA Weather Radio, along with visual graphics and maps of the affected area, is included.

Just about all of this can be easily shared via MMS and/or social media as well as other apps with a few taps of the finger.

Other features include literary as well as audio/visual information about how to program a Midland Weather Radio and a list of Weather Radios made by Midland.

As mentioned before a premium feature is push notifications alerting the user to severe weather in his or her geographic location.

This is a very neat app and in my humble opinion, the best weather-related app out there.

Here’s the kick in the teeth: It is no longer available for download on Google Play. This is a terrible mistake on the part of all parties involved in that decision.

However, this wonderful app can still be manually downloaded and installed on an Android device, if the user knows what he or she is doing.

It was in May of 2018 that I realized this app was no longer available on Google Play. I was pretty ticked off about it and vented on social media. I was confronted about my venting at a Bible study even, because of my choice of words. I didn’t use any filthy language but I can see where it could be misconstrued if I said how it “irks my butt” that I can no longer download Midland Weather Center.

So for a little over a year, I went without Midland Weather Center, but one evening in 2019, I was doing some related research and found out that I could download and install it to my Android device without it being on The Play Store. I was thrilled!

Not only does it still fully work, but it also seems to be fully supported.

Now I keep a copy of it on several of my flash drives.

Still, it would be much more easy and convenient to have this app on Google Play. And not only that, more people would be able to use this wonderful app.

If any Midland or Google executives happen to be reading this piece, please heed my advice.

Midland Weather Center is a great app and I will not be a happy man when or if it is no longer supported.

I have been forwarding weather information to social media since about 2012.

When I started, I simply would transcribe what my Weather Radio picked up and I was using a flip phone.

It was quite difficult, but I somehow managed.

I now heavily rely on this app to forward severe weather information to social media.

This is one thing I do for my friends, family, and neighbors and I do it calmly and precisely.

This app helps me disseminate weather information so well to those who need it whereas, it was a pain in the rear end to do it before I had this app.

I know there are other apps out there, but I like Midland Weather Center the most and I think others also would.

I give this product a 5 out of 5 stars.

This, therefore, concludes my review of the Midland Weather Center app, but keep reading, there’s a little more I want to say:

Now, I’ve been saying how much I like Midland Weather Center and I did give it a rating of 5 stars, but let me be totally clear, that an app should not be the primary source of critical weather information. It should merely be a supplement. The primary source of critical weather information must needs be a Public Alert certified Weather Radio because it is fairly simple and very fail-safe. It must needs also be one that is well maintained. And the end-user should have adequate backup batteries installed and change them every Spring Forward and Fall Back, along with smoke detector batteries.

I apologize if I seem to be on my high horse, but this subject has always been of importance to me.

All in all, I am done now. I hope you, the reader, have been informed and maybe, just maybe, a little entertained.

Thank you for reading! My back is starting to hurt, but I’m glad I was able to say all I wanted to say.

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A Teenage Fantasy

I began writing this in 2017 and into 2018 then finished it. I cut off the end and won’t share it publicly because of the sinful situations it contains. However, I feel the rest of the story teaches a very good lesson so that I why I want to share it with the world. It takes place in 2001 and the narrator is loosely based on me, though this never happened to me. That is why it is called “A Teenage Fantasy!”

So, here it is, without further ado:

…Late Spring 2001…

*HOW WE MET*

It’s springtime and school is going to be letting out in just a few weeks.

It’s a bright Saturday afternoon in May and I’m forced to be having a picnic with my family.

What teenager in his right mind wants to do such a thing?

So I hurriedly eat my piece of fried chicken, then go explore the park.

I look around curiously, happy to have to time by myself; something I hardly get.

I walk up and down the sidewalks and ponder life to myself.

Suddenly, I see her. She is sitting on a bench and sobbing.

Despite tears flowing almost profusely from her eyes, I think she is very beautiful.

I have the urge to comfort her, but I don’t know what to say.

However, I know I’ll regret it if I just pass her by.

She’s pleasantly plump and my kind of pretty. I very attracted to her and, naturally, want to make her feel better.

Maybe I could be a friend to her, hopefully though, something more.

My, God, I’m starting to have feelings for her.

Speaking of God, ‘God please give me the courage to talk to her and the wisdom to say the right thing.’

I walk up to her bench and then say, “Hi.”

She looks up and then waves at me.

Awkwardly I stand there.

Finally, I ask her, “May I sit with you?”

She wipes her eyes and then says, “I guess if you want.”

“I think you’re very pretty,” I tell her.

She looks at me and humbly smiles, then says, “Thanks, but you obviously don’t see how fat I am.”

There’s a brief silence but then I continue, “I mean what I said; I think you’re very pretty.”

She smiles even more and says, “You’re so sweet to tell me that.”

“What do you think about me?”

“I think you’re cute, but you seem kind of young.”

“I’m about to be fifteen.”

“I knew you were young, I’m about to be seventeen.”

“I would still like to get to know you if you indeed give me a chance.” I pause then continue, “What are you upset about anyway?”

“My boyfriend dumped me because I started gaining weight.”

“Well, it’s his loss, not yours. I might have just met you, but I know for sure what he did was cruel and not to mention so foolish. You don’t know how I’d be overjoyed to be with someone like you.”

“It’s his fault I started gaining weight too. Since I’m about to turn seventeen, which would make it legal for him to sleep with me in this state, my mom put me on birth control. It was all so he wouldn’t get me pregnant, then I started gaining weight because of the shots and he dumped me.”

“If you give just me a chance, I wouldn’t ever dump you. I’d also be willing to wait however long for you.”

“You’re so sweet. In just a little while, all the girls are going to be after you.”

“But what if I want you instead?”

“Why me?”

“Because I think you’re pretty and, I know it’s quick, but I already have feelings for you. Please don’t hurt me and turn me down.” I pause, then continue, “Give me a chance and I will do my best to treat you like a princess.”

“Okay, I’ll give you a chance, now you give me a hug!”

“Gladly!”

We embrace and she pulls my body close to hers.

I hold her and gently rub her back and sides.

She smiles at me, but her eyes are still wet.

“There’s something I would like to do, but I need your permission first.”

“What is it?”

“I’d like to kiss those tears off your face.”

“You may!”

I begin to gently kiss her eyes and cheeks.

She runs her fingers through my curly hair.

“I’m glad you’re giving me a chance,” I tell her.

“Is there a way we can keep in touch?” She asks me.

“I can give you my parents’ house number, my AIM screen name, and my ICQ number.”

“Cool beans, I’ll give you mine as well, plus my cell number, but only call it after nine at night,” She says, then takes a Palm Pilot out of her purse and enters my information. Afterward, she writes her information on my arm.”

I then lay on the bench with my head in her lap, staring up at her beautiful face.

We stay there for a while completely lost in time and space.

Finally, I hear my dad shouting my name.

In distress, I tell her, “I have to go now, but I’ll call you or instant message you as soon as I can.”

“I’m looking forward to it.”

“Could I kiss you goodbye?” I humbly ask her.

“Of course. In fact, you better kiss me!”

Our lips meet, then passionately lock.

We kiss again and again until I hear my dad shout my name once more, then I know I have to leave.

“I’ll contact you as soon as I can.”

“I’ll be waiting,” she says with a smile and dry eyes.
…A FEW WEEKS PASS, THEN…
*A DREARY SUMMER AFTERNOON*

On a dreary summer afternoon, I find myself home alone. My parents and siblings went run errands and won’t be home for a few hours. So, with that, I get on the phone and call my girlfriend. Yes, she is seventeen and I am only fifteen, but I love her to the moon and back. I think she loves me too or at least that is what I hope. No one in my family knows about this relationship and I plan to keep it that way for as long as possible.

The phone rings only once and then I hear her beautiful voice.

“Hey, you!” She answers with excitement.

“I’m home alone if you want to come over, baby.”

“I would love to come and see you! Let me just get my things and I’ll be right over.”

“I can’t wait for you to hold me again!”

“And I can’t wait to see your cute face again!” She thinks I am cute. I feel like I am on cloud nine when she tells me that.

“It looks like it might rain, so please be careful driving here.”

“You know I will. Now let me hang up so I can come over.”

“All right, baby, I love you.”

“I love you too.”

We hang up and I anxiously await her arrival while standing on my parents’ driveway. I pace up and down like a madman until I finally see her hand me down Jetta Wagon approaching my parents’ house.

I begin to smile from ear to ear as she pulls up.

She parks her car then steps out dressed in a white blouse and a pink skirt. Seeing her dressed like this makes me attracted to her with a hot passion.

We lovingly embrace then kiss with ecstasy. She runs her fingers through my curly hair and I gently caress her porcelain face.

After greeting each other with much affection, she asks, “What would you like to do?”

“We could go walk in the back fields and find a place to lay down look up at the sky and talk.”

“That’s a good idea, it reminds me of a song I heard a while back.”

I give her my hand and say, “Let’s go then.”

We walk through the back fields, looking for a spot to be alone together. Finally, we find the perfect spot situated in the long green grass. She sits down, then cradles my head in her lap. I couldn’t be more content as I looked up into her beautiful brown eyes.

She wraps her legs around me, then says, “You’re mine all mine! I want you forever!”

So, I reply, “You don’t know how happy I am to hear that, but what do you see in me?”

“You’re cute as can be. You’re so sweet. And I love how you are such a noble person.” She pauses, then asks, “Do you want me forever as well?”

“Yes I most surely do, no one wanted me before I met you, but you did. I’ll always remember that and do everything I can to keep you!” I pause then continue, “It’s not only that though, but you are also so beautiful, more than I ever dreamed. You also give my life meaning. I know there are plenty of guys your age and older who would want to be yours, but you choose me. I feel so honored.”

“None of them would make me feel as special as you do.” She says as she kisses my face.

Suddenly there is a flash of lightning.

We both jump in fear, then rush to her car to wait out the storm…
…ANOTHER DAY OR TWO PASSES, THEN…

*DESIRING PRIVACY*

My parents found out about my girlfriend a few days ago and their reaction was better than I expected. They accepted her and they even like her. The fact that I am fifteen and she is seventeen didn’t phase my family at all. However, we rarely have any privacy now. It seems that my whole family watches our every move. We lay together on my bed and snuggle each other. The denim overalls and tight baby blue shirt she is wearing hug her body and show all of her curves and features. Seeing her dressed like this drives me wild.

We share a kiss when my brother walks in on us.

“Get out!” I tell him.

“My room too,” He replies.

“Just pretend he isn’t here,” My girlfriend whispers.

We continue to kiss and caress each other.

My brother turns on some vulgar rap music, full blast. My girlfriend and I are appalled at the atrocious lyrics.

We eventually leave the room and go outside.

It’s hot and sunny outside.

We both sit on the glider and talk.

“Your brother is so annoying,” She tells me.

“He definitely is, but I think he’s jealous of me. After all, I have you and you are so beautiful.”

“I don’t see how you think I am beautiful, I think I’m a bit too chubby. Those filthy rap lyrics about big butts really got to me.”

“Don’t be so hard on yourself. To me, you are the most beautiful girl I ever laid eyes on.”

“Oh, I love you so much!”

“And I love you just as much!”

We sweetly rub noses, then she pulls my face into her perky breasts. I feel great comfort in this position.

At that point, my sister walks onto the patio and says, “I’m going to tell mom and dad that y’all are acting lewd.”

“Get a life!” I tell her.

“I have a life but I don’t want to share my room with any baby you might make.”

My girlfriend is now irritated and asks with frustration, “Will we ever have any privacy?”

“We could if my parents would let you drive me to your house.”

“I wish they would.”

“You and I both. There’s so much I want to do with you!”

“And I want to do those things too!”

She then puts her arm around me and rubs my chest.

I look around for just a moment, then I see the empty house on my neighbor’s property, behind to their main one.

“I know where we can be alone.”

“Where?”

“See that little house back there? It’s empty and usually unlocked, we can go in there.”

“Let’s go there, then, but just know, I’d go anywhere if it meant we could be together.”

Hand in hand we cross the property line and enter the empty house.

It’s dark and dusty inside, but at least we now have privacy.

We go into the empty master bedroom and snuggle on the carpet.

She lays down on her back and I lay on top of her. We kiss wildly.

She pulls my face into her breasts once again and giggles saying, “No one can see us here!”

“You don’t know how happy I feel when my face is in your beautiful breasts!”

“You should feel happy because that is where it belongs!”

I then kiss her soft stomach.

“I feel so fat.” She says with a slight depression.

I kiss her stomach again and say, “That’s my fat and I think it is sexy!”

She wraps her arms and legs around me tightly and holds me close to her saying, “You make me feel so loved!”

We both get a very strong urge to become intimately known to each other but are equally afraid of the potential consequences…
…A FEW MOMENTS LATER…

*GETTING CAUGHT*

We are soon overpowered by our biological urges and quickly forget about the many potential consequences of underage intimacy. She pulls off my shirt and begins to unbutton my cargo pants. I unhook her overalls and pull them down, then I then take off her shirt.

We are now in our undergarments and staring at each other with gentle smiles. We embrace then begin to remove each others’undergarments as well.

Suddenly, we hear the front door unlocking.

My name is bellowed by my busybody neighbor from the other side of my parents’ house. He’s pretty tight with the owners of this house and apparently was watching our every move.

Both of us are extremely nervous now.

“Let’s hide in the closet, he used to beat me when I was younger,” I whisper to my girlfriend.

She nods nervously, then asks, “Do you think he will beat you again?”

“He might even beat you, I’m so sorry I put you in this position,” I reply, soberly.

“It would be worth it if it means we could still lose our virginity to each other,” She answers me softly.

We then grab our clothes and hide behind boxes in the closet.

Quickly we get dressed, by the light of my Garrity Mini Rugged Lite that I keep in my pocket.

We have our clothes on again as we hear my busybody neighbor walking through the house.

My girlfriend and I hold each other tightly, wondering whether we will get caught or not.

We share several kisses as we are somewhat turned on by the fear of getting caught.

We hear his footsteps approaching the bedroom.

Now the bedroom door is opening.

We both tremble, wondering if these containers will keep us concealed.

“I know you’re in here with that girl! And I am going to beat both of your a**es when I find y’all!” My neighbor bellows.

We hear the closet door open.

“Well, *blank* damn, where are they? I saw them come inside this house,” My busybody neighbor says angrily.

My girlfriend begins to tremble so much with fright that the boxes begin to fall and our hiding spot is revealed.

We see my neighbor is holding a thick leather belt in his hands as he says, “Now both of you are going to get it!”

We hold each other tightly with fear as he lashes us with that belt.

I flinch and nash my teeth. My girlfriend shrieks and cries in pain.

He then yanks us out of the closet and shoves us out of the house. He then escorts us to the property line where my parents are about to confront us…

…A WEEK OR TWO PASSES, THEN…
*ONLINE CONVERSATION*

My parents have now forbidden me from seeing her since we got caught in my neighbor’s vacant house.

Because of that cruel decision, my heart feels ripped to shreds and it feels there are a thousand knives in my back.

It’s late at night and I cannot sleep.

I walk to my family computer and log on.

After a few minutes of looking at Expage and ICQ, I hear that all too familiar “uh-oh” sound.

This means I have a private message.

It’s from the girl whom I am so deeply in love with but strictly forbidden to see.

It reads, “Hey. I miss you so much. You’re the sweetest boy I’ve ever met and my one true wish is that I was holding you in my arms right now. My mom is away on a business trip right now and I have the house to myself. I’m going crazy being in here all alone and being forbidden to see you makes it that much worse.”

“How did your mom react when she found out about us almost doing it?”

“She was okay with it, I mean that is why I am on birth control, to begin with.”

“You know, you are so worth the wait and as soon as I turn eighteen, I’ll run away and stay with you even if it means staying under a bridge.”

“You’re worth the wait too. You have such a sweet heart and you’re so cute.”

“I’m blushing, but it feels wonderful.”

“What are you doing up so late anyway?”

“To tell the truth; I’m thinking about you. I can’t stop thinking about you either. In fact, you’re all I think about these days. I wish my parents and extended family could see how happy you make me and that you’re actually good for me, despite what they think.”

“We’re separated by cruel people who just refuse to understand.”

“If only I could get away from them.”

“Maybe you can.”

“Well, maybe we could meet somewhere and I could take you to my mom’s house.”

“I don’t want to say where online, in case the government is watching.”

“Do you have any money on you?”

“Yes. Three ten-dollar bills. I’ve been saving them from doing odd jobs.”

“If you can sneak out, all you have to do it go to a truck stop, buy a phone card and call me from a pay-phone. Don’t say which one online, but I can come to pick you up when you tell me over the phone.”

“Sounds like a plan and a half.”

“That’s such a cute saying, of course, you’re cute already.”

“Okay let me pack my things and try to sneak out.”

“I’ll be waiting on my cell phone.”
…A FEW MOMENTS LATER…
*FORBIDDEN MEETING*

I then uninstall ICQ from the family computer to cover my tracks.

Then I grab my duffel bag and pack a few tee shirts underwear and pants, a box cutter and my 4 D cell Maglite for protection. Then I grab my wallet with the three ten-dollar bills and sneak out of the window.

I leave my parents’ yard and begin walking to the nearest truck stop.

I contemplate my life during this long walk, but finally, I’m there.

I go inside and purchase a phone card for a little less than $10.

Then I go to the payphone and place the call to my forbidden girlfriend.

It rings once and then she picks up.

“Hello,” She says in an unsure voice.

“It’s me,” I tell her.

“Hey, you!” She replies with affection.

I state the location of the truck stop over the phone.

“I’m coming right now.”

“I’ll hide so I cannot be seen, but I’ll signal you with my flashlight when I see your car. I blink the light at intervals of two blinks because we’re two years apart.”

“That’s so romantic in its own way. You’re so sweet and thoughtful.”

I hide in the bushes looking out for her Jetta Wagon.

Time crawls by at a snail’s pace.

I’m filled with both anxiety and anticipation.

Finally, I see that Jetta Wagon pulling up.

I remove myself from the bushes, then blink my flashlight while pointing at her windshield.

She slows down.

I blink my flashlight twice again.

She parks next to the bushes and I come to her car.

She rolls down the passenger window and says, “Hop in!”

I stand there and adore her for just a moment as she is dressed in a tight black shirt that hugs all of her beautiful curves and a knee-length black and white skirt that is sexy enough yet modest enough.

“Come on before someone sees us!” She says.

Most gladly I open the door, enter, place my bag and flashlight between my legs, buckle my seatbelt and she drives off into the night as we lovingly hold hands…

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