Authors Note: There may be a lot of spelling and grammatical errors in the
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you think. I have some ideas for the next few chapters, and I'm still
inventing characters, but feel free to e-mail me your thoughts. I tried
to make it easy to read, and I hope to make frequent updates. I hope that
you enjoy it !!!
Sean and Marita are at the Peter's home on the porch kissing. Marita is
trying to pull away from Sean.
"Please, don't go," Sean tells Marita with the saddest look on his
Marita hates when Sean gives her that look, but she gives him on last
kiss and opens the door to her home. Isaac looks up from his reading. He
can't deny how happy his daughter has become even though he doesn't totally
agree with what or with whom she is making herself happy.
Marita walks into the house, "Pa, Sean needs me to look over his
books, so we'll be in the kitchen okay?"
"That's fine Marita, but before you start working there is a letter
here for you," Isaac tells Marita.
Marita picks up the letter from the table and sees that it's from
Boston, and she wonders aloud, "Why would I get a letter from Bos." Just
then she remembers where the letter is from. "The scholarship. I totally
forgot about it."
"What scholarship?" Sean asks
"A scholarship I applied for almost a year ago," Marita responds as
she holds the letter and stares at it with a girlish grin. She wants to
open it, but if it's a denial then she'll feel rejected, but if it's an
acceptance. She takes a loud, deep breath. Isaac and Sean are staring at
"Well baby girl, open it," Isaac says.
Marita tears open the letter and reads:
"Dear Miss Peters, after reviewing over 350 applications and over
1000 recommendations we are pleased to inform you that you are among the 45
students selected to receive a full tuition and fee scholarship to attend
"Oh my God," Marita gasps.
"Thank you Jesus! Hallelujah! Glory!" Isaac said and jumped up
hugged and kissed Marita while she was still holding the letter in her
hands. "I'm so happy for you honey," Isaac said holding Marita by the
arms. Isaac finally calmed down enough and looked into Marita's eyes.
"What's wrong honey? Aren't you happy?"
"Yes, of course. It's been almost a year, I had no idea that they
would accept me," Marita says.
"I told you that you could do it," Isaac said and hugged her again.
Marita looks over Isaac's shoulder and sees the forced smile on Sean's
face. Isaac speaks to Sean, "So Sean, you haven't said anything. What do
you think of my little Marita?"
Sean is still forcing a smile, "Oh I'm thrilled for Marita. I guess
I'd be even more thrilled if Marita had told me about it." Sean is now
looking at Marita.
"Like I said, it was almost a year ago. You were otherwise occupied
a year ago, hinting to his pending engagement to Vivian," Marita defends
"But when things changed you could have told me," Sean says.
Seeing that Marita and Sean needed to talk said Isaac says, "Hmm, who
would have ever thought, a Peters going to college. Well, I've got to go
and write some letters and tell the family." You can hear his voice fading
as he walks down the hall to his room. "Don't be too late Marita, and
Marita continues to look down the hall trying to avoid the upcoming
"Boston," Sean says.
"Wow, I just can't believe it. I mean, one of the best colleges
wants me," Marita says
"Boston," Sean says again.
"Sean, will you please say something else. I haven't even said that
I'm accepting the scholarship," Marita says
"You're not going?" Sean asks.
"I didn't say that either," Marita responds.
"Look Marita, this is a good opportunity, and I think that you should
go," Sean says adamantly.
"You want me to leave?" Marita asks.
Sean defends his response, "Just like I said when Henry was here, 'I
want what's best for you.'"
Marita fires back at him, "So, that's it? After Vivian and Henry,
that's it?" Tears are now forming in her eyes. He walks over to her and
hugs her so tightly while she weeps.
After a few minutes, Sean whispers in her ear, "Marita, I really do
want what's best for you, but"
Interrupting Sean, "But, you are what's best for me," Marita says.
"But I will always be here for you, I'm not going anywhere. You
deserve this Marita. You are the smartest and most beautiful woman in the
world and there is nothing that you should be denied firstly, my undying
love for you and secondly, this job," Sean says. He holds her face and
wipes her tears with his thumb and kisses her cheek, her forehead, her
other cheek, her chin, her nose, and finally he plants sweet kisses on her
mouth saying "I love you" between kisses. His kisses become more longer,
and he tries to slide his tongue in her mouth.
Marita backs away, "Sean, my Pa."
"Yeah I'm sorry, but I just want to get as much as I can before you
leave. They look at each other wistfully. "So when are you leaving?" Sean
Marita picks up the letter and reads, "In two weeks."
"Two weeks, that's so.....so quick. Well, I don't want to get any
lip from you because I plan on spending every possible minute with you for
the next two weeks." Sean says, and he is now trying to kiss her.
Letting his kiss land on her cheek, Marita says, "But we'll have to
start tomorrow. I've got some things to do in town but I'll be back."
"Good then we can have lunch," Sean says
"Well one of those things is meeting Alice, and I'm sure it's going
to take a while," Marita says.
"Then you can come out to the house for dinner," Sean says.
Accepting his offer, Marita says, "Sounds good."
"Then I'll come here to get you at 6:00. I love you so much, and I
am so happy for you." He hugs her and swings her around. "You are the
smartest and most beautiful woman in the world. I hope that they know who
they're getting. I can't imagine being without you for a year, I'm really
going to miss you." He looks at her and smiles, "So tell me about this
college. How'd you get in and WHO will be there?"
Sean and Marita are now sitting on the couch
"Well just after your engagement to Vivian, I applied and got a
letter of recommendation from your Pa, Ms. Williams, and Doctor
"Why didn't you tell me, I thought that we talked about everything,"
"Like I said before, you were too busy, and besides I just didn't
want to tell everyone, especially if I didn't get accepted."
"So, is this an all-girls college."
"Sean, it is college. It is for coloreds," Marita says giggling.
"Where will you be staying?"
"All of that will be arranged. I get a full scholarship for my
tuition and fees, but I will work part-time at one of the restaurants for
room and board," Marita says.
"Are you really ready for this Marita. I mean, to be alone."
"Sean, there will be other students there."
"Yeah, that's exactly the problem. Other students...other male
students. I can see them now."
"Sean there is no need for you to be jealous. In eight months, I'll
come back as a fully trained teacher, and I'll be all yours."
"Marita, that is what I want more than anything in the world, but I
know that in eight months you can get lonely, and there will be guys there
that will be lonely. I'm just scared, that I'll loose you."
Marita now raising her voice a little, "Scared, you think that you're
the only one that's scared. Sean, every unmarried woman age 18-35 is
laying dead waiting for you to look their way."
Interrupting , "But, I don't want them, I only want you," Sean says
"And I only want you," Marita says.
"So then it's agreed. I just wish that there was a way that we could
guarantee that. Marita I want you to be my wife."
Marita raises her voice again, "Sean stop! That's not going to
happen." Marita doesn't want to get upset, but she knows that there is no
way for her and Sean to be married, and it is hard enough dealing her own
frustration but dealing with his is way too much. "Sean, let's just be
"Marita I love you so much, I just want..."
Marita quieted his words by placing her finger over his mouth, "Shhhh. I
love you too. Now you better get going before my Pa comes here and throws
you out. Goodnight and sweet dreams." The two give each other sweet
kisses. Sean walks out of the door and suddenly turns around and looks
back at Marita. "I'm so happy for you," he said with a genuine smile.