What is love? Baby, don’t hurt me.
We all know the lyric. But what does it mean to search for love without pain? Are we even worthy of such a thing? That is the story of Dakota Son.
Sean Foster and Jenessa ‘Jen’ Quinto are young lovers who find strength in each other, to overcome past hardships and abuse. He saw the beauty in her confident, rebel-princess style; the way she arose like a phoenix from the ashes to take back her life. Her ex may have gang raped her and put it on the internet for the entire world to see, but Jen, she was a fighter. She survived that night because of the love of her father. And went back to school with a new persona; “I’m just Jen.”
And Jen saw in Sean, an inner strength like no other; maybe one other. Sean was born with Cystic Fibrosis, forced to endure a life of challenges; illness, pain. Jen lost her brother to cancer, so experiencing Sean’s laid back surfer personality supplied a sense of calmness and hope, she so desperately needed.
And together their love will work miracles.
I kissed Jen’s forehead, down the bridge of her nose, to her lips. “I want you to touch my dick while you say something about me that will make me feel brave. Something more than what all of the other girls said to me.”
Jen bit her lip as she paused to think. “I know,” she said with a sweet smile. “You’re funny and kind. You’re going to make a great dad one day. When I look into your eyes, I don’t see your beauty. I see the man who saved my soul.”
“What?” she asked.
“You were supposed to be touching my dick while you said all that.”
“My bad,” she said, grazing her fingernails down my thigh. “Does that feel good? God, you are so sexy.”
We started on our sides, facing each other. I struggled to find my rhythm, but luckily Jen found hers quite easily. She rolled me on to my back as she straddled my hips. She rocked her hips against mine in a slow deliberate motion.
I leaned my head back, taking deep breaths.
Jen paused. “Are you okay, Sean? If you need your inhaler—”
“All I know is… you look like an angel,” I whispered. A gust of wind blew a small stick to my shoulder. I ignored it as I moved my hands to explore down her beautiful skin.
I couldn’t believe it—we were finally having sex. No, this was more than sex: this was one perfect moment. The wind was blowing dirt on my body and Jen really could’ve chosen a thicker blanket. But as she kissed me, her face framed by the light of the full moon, I knew this was where I was meant to be. Jen was the love of my life.
We woke the next day naked in each other’s arms. I opened my eyes, gazing upon her beauty. “Good morning, my love.”
“Good morning baby, did you sleep okay?”
I smiled. I wanted to wake up to those eyes for the rest of my life. “I slept great. I got to make love to the girl of my dreams and we managed to survive the night without being murdered by a disfigured cannibal.”
“Hurray for us,” Jen said with a laugh.
We moved to the porch to watch the sunrise. I wrapped her naked body in the blanket as I held her. For the first time in years, I didn’t feel sick or weak. This was heaven.
Sean Foster has lived with cystic fibrosis his entire life. He falls in love with Jen, a girl with a dark, emotionally painful past. Living with chronic illness, Sean knows a little something about overcoming pain. But when he meets her family, his courage will be put to the test.
Jen’s father, Diego, is a disabled military veteran. He is being mentally and physically abused by his wife, due to his role in the death of Jen’s brother.
Sean must find a way to save Diego, to help him see that there are people who truly care. From Sean’s sister Sara, who views Diego as a heroic father figure. To Remy, Sean’s holistic nurse with a talent for healing wounded souls.
Accompanied by a mysterious, supernatural, presence, it will fall to Sean to play the hero. All while navigating a life with chronic illness and chasing his dreams in California.
Mary Ramsey is a blogger, artist, and writer. She served in the United States Air Force and has a BA degree in Cinema. Although she was born in California, her work in the military took her all over the world including the diverse Midwest, from the beautiful landscapes of the Dakotas to the small towns of Wisconsin.
She has always had a fondness for unique superheroes; underrepresented minorities, LGBTQ, abuse victims, and so on. She loves an inspiring story that will make her cry. Her favorite movie will always be 13th Warrior.
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