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If you enjoy the free read, order your personally signed paperback for only £9.99 (+ £2.99 p&p) then come and join in the discussion at my Book Launch on Sunday 6th November! It takes place at the Marcus Garvey Library in Tottenham from 2-6pm; pre-order your personally signed paperback today so it arrives in time!  Haven’t read it yet? Start from Year One FREE! (click on the link to open PDF). If you’ll be collecting your book at the Launch, I’ll refund your postage, or you can use it towards any of my other products, such as laminated prints of my Art!

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A Spiritual Union – Download Years 8 & 9 (Joint Chapter) FREE this weekend!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have such a deep spiritual connection with your partner, so deep, that you can even communicate without words?

That’s the type of relationship the two main characters in my novel cultivated over the years!  Most people give up before they achieve this level of connection (myself included), or they are in a relationship with someone who isn’t their soul mate and wouldn’t be able to achieve this no  matter how hard they tried.   But Charles and Suzanne were twin souls (see my previous blog), so it was relatively easy for them to ‘go deep’.

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Year 8 covers such topics as the sacredness of the ‘yoni’, the importance of raising your level of consciousness, and the benefits of Melanin.  In Year 9, Charles takes Suzanne on a surprise trip to Egypt, where she receives a ‘download’ (a message from her ancestors).

Read an extract from Year 9: Dance in Trance

…He knew Suzanne well enough by now to know that he was in for a treat. He thought perhaps she was going to re-appear in some sexy lingerie, so wasn’t mentally prepared for what he saw when she did finally emerge.
Suzanne seemed to have transformed her Self into some kind of Exotic Dancer/Sexual Healer/Temple-Priestess. She was wearing a white see-through flowy dress-thing which plunged into a V-shape at the neck-line right down to her navel. It was fitted at the waist, with long, flowing bell-sleeves that reached down to the hem of the dress. The skirting dropped in multiple folds down to her ankles. He could see right through it – and she wasn’t wearing anything underneath; her nipples jutted through the sheer material, begging for his attention. Around her forehead, she wore a gold chain with various symbols hanging from it – he’d never seen it before.
As she began moving her body to the rhythm of the drum beats still playing on the CD, the spirit of her ancestors seemed to take over. With arms swaying like leaves in the breeze, she twisted and twirled, gyrating her hips in a sensual, sexual manner, as she sent forth her Inner Womb Message. The whole atmosphere in the room changed.
Charles became aroused, moved almost to tears, and concerned all at the same time. The look on her face was unlike he’d ever seen before. She wasn’t focused on him; she looked as if she was in a trance, totally caught up in the moment. The elongated shadows on the walls behind her created by the candlelight looked like spirits dancing along with her. Perhaps she was calling on the spirits of her ancestors…or was it the Holy Spirit? He couldn’t tell – all he knew was that it was a force of Love. He felt at peace as he watched her; he’d never seen her move that way before. ‘Where did she learn to dance like that?’ He wondered.
“Is there no end to your talents?” he asked, awestruck.
“I can do whatever I put my MIND to!” she replied, smiling as she sat next to him on the bed….
That night when they made love, it was as if all the heavens, God, the angels and their ancestors were all watching and cheering them on. It felt like nothing they had ever experienced before. Suzanne cried from the bottom of her heart, and afterwards, Charles clung on to her for ages, remaining inside her long after he had ejaculated, as if not wanting to break the newly-created bond between them.

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New E-books: Nature’s Art & Seeds of Love

I’m pleased to announce that my new e-book ‘Nature’s Art’ is now published!

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In it, I’ve explained the Colour Therapy and Symbolism used in my paintings, and my inspiration behind painting each one.  All 11 paintings from my first exhibition ‘Nature’s Art’ are in this book, including ‘Moondance’, ‘Fruitful Mind (Male)’ and ‘Fruitful Mind (Female)’.  It costs only £2.07/$3.08 so download your copy TODAY!

You can also now get Prints & Framed Prints of my artwork from Imagekind!

I’ve also published the e-book version of my first collection of poems ‘Seeds of Love’

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UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00D6L9RWC

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If you haven’t already heard all 13 poems that feature in my Self-help novel ‘Single, Spiritual…AND Sexual!‘ you can listen to them at www.reverbnation.com/cezannepoetess 

Happy listening and reading!

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Download Year Two FREE!

Year Two of my Self-help novel ‘Single, Spiritual…AND Sexual!’ is FREE to download this weekend! (until Monday 15th July).  The only thing I ask in return is that you Leave a REVIEW! (link at end of book)

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You can also use the link above to download the full e-book (Years One to Eleven, text only) for £2.99! ($4.45)

Also, check out the July issue of the Conscious Vibes magazine, my book is featured on page 63!

Enjoy your weekend!

Cezanne

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P.S.  I’ll be performing at Uzima next Saturday 20th July, visit my Events Page for details!  (Buy the paperback online, bring it with you and I’ll not only sign it, but give you its complimentary poetry CD ‘Seeds of Love’ FREE!)

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In Years Five and Six of Suzanne’s 11-year transformational quest for ‘the Truth’, she learns how to ‘order’ things from the Universe, and is surprised at what turns up!  Be careful what you wish for!

She also learns to ‘Trust the Process’.

Extract from Year Five:

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Whilst out performing one night, one of the organizers of the event told Suzanne about a competition that was in progress.  They were looking for poets of African descent to include in an anthology, and the overall winner would get their poetry collection published for free.  Suzanne eagerly took down the website details, and the following day, went online to get more information about the competition.

It sounded too good to be true – this was just what she needed to get her book published; she was sure her collection would win – she could just feel it in her guts!

She called the number to speak to someone.  A baritone voice answered the phone.  “Hello, Black Independent Publishers, Solomon speaking, how can I help you?”

“Oh hi Solomon, my name’s Suzanne; I was just calling to get some more information about the competition you’re running”

“Ok…what would you like to know?”

“Well, I’ve been on the website and viewed the criteria, and I just wanted to get an idea of the type of response you’ve had so far really”

“The response has been great – are you trying to weigh up your chances of winning?” he asked in an amused tone.

“Well, yes” Suzanne confessed.

“Well you have just as good a chance of winning as anybody – but you’ve got to be in it to win it, so the sooner you get your poems in the better!  What type of poetry do you write?” he asked.

“Love poetry mainly, anything to do with relationships”

“That always goes down well – go for it!  Would you recite one for me now? I love poetry” Solomon requested.

“Really?  Well most of my poems are really long, so I’ll just give you a snippet of one, ok?”

“Ok, go ahead”

“This one’s called ‘Ode to My King Part 1’ and it’s written in the style of ancient Egyptian poetry, ok?”

“Ok…”

Suzanne began; “Beloved, what shall I compare you to?  Spiritually, you are like a tree standing tall and strong, with roots that go much deeper than our wrong; see you remember the richness of our history, before slavery, when we ruled as kings and queens, scientists and inventors, building empires!  And now, you bear the mark of our ancestors; you are strong both physically and mentally.  You have the Genius Gene; man, you don’t know how much you inspire me!

…Shall I stop there?”

“No, no, keep going”

“Ok… Let me study YOU and get my degree from Mother Nature’s university, for there is nothing more I’d like to achieve:  Your eyes are like two pools, sparkling and watery, and in them I see the perfect reflection of…me.  Your nose resembles the ones cut off the great statues in Egypt; too defined for the white man’s mind, but I like it!”  (Solomon laughs)

“Your lips are like two juicy mangoes, and your kisses, sweeter than honey.  Your voice is like a deep, dark river, carrying me away to ecstasy…I think I should stop there”

“Why, is it ex-rated?” Solomon asked “I was just getting into that!”

“No, it’s not ex-rated – that comes in ‘Ode to My King Part 2!”

“Well go on then, give me some more!” Solomon urged.

Suzanne sighed.  “Ok…Your neck is like a tower, strong and sturdy, and around it you wear a reminder of our history…”  Solomon interrupted her; “I’M wearing a reminder of our history!”

“Are you? What is it?”

“Some cowrie shells!”

“Oh! Well, you’ll like the next line then; “Your teeth are like a string of cowrie shells, and when you smile, you light up my world!” (Solomon laughs again)

“Listen, this poem is six pages long – I couldn’t possibly recite it to you all over the phone!” Suzanne concluded.

“Well I’d like to hear the rest of it – why don’t we meet up, then you can give me a personal performance?”

“When my first collection is published, then you’ll be able to read it all” Suzanne responded bluntly.

“Oh don’t be like that, you sound like just the type of sister I’d like to get to know.  In fact there’s an event going on this Saturday that I’d like you to come to – the African Market, we have books for sale, garments, jewellery, carvings, all sorts – they even do live performances, maybe I can even get you a slot to perform one of your poems”

“Mmmm…sounds interesting, what time?”

“It starts at 11am.  Give me your email address and I’ll forward you the details”

“Ok…”  Suzanne gave Solomon her email address and he ended the conversation; “Try and make it if you can, I’d really like to meet you”

“I’ll do my best” Suzanne promised.

He sent her the email straight away with the added message;

“I’ll look out for you!”

Listen to ‘Ode to My King Pt.1’:

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Year Two FREE DOWNLOAD – LAST DAY TODAY!

Year Two of my Self-help novel ‘Single, Spiritual…AND Sexual!’ is available to download FREE NOW – LAST DAY TODAY!  Go here

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If you missed the free download of Year One last week, you can read it FREE on my new website www.singlespiritualandsexual.com (under ‘Book Extracts’)

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Year Three will be available to download FREE next weekend – ‘follow’ my blog so you get an email reminder!

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Order the paperback from www.lulu.com for only £10.99 + p&p – bring it with you to one of my Book Signing events and get its 13-track complimentary poetry CD ‘Seeds of Love’ FREE!  (Get your book signed too!) You can listen to all 13 tracks on Myspace.  For information of events where I’ll be in February and March visit my Events Page: http://wp.me/P2oJPB-km

I look forward to reading your comments, and hopefully meeting you at one of my Book Signing events where you’ll get my poetry CD ‘Seeds of Love’ FREE when you order the paperback online and bring it with you!  I’m currently organising my Book Tour 2013; if you’ve bought the paperback and would like me to come to YOUR part of the world, email me at singlespiritualandsexual@gmail.com – if I get enough requests in the same area, I’ll come!

Cezanne ♥ (Black Love Promoter)

February Events I’m Taking Part In!

First of all, I’d just like to say a big “Thanks!” to those of you who downloaded, read and left your Customer Reviews on Amazon for Year One of my Self-help novel ‘Single, Spiritual…AND Sexual!’.   Actually, I can count on one hand how many of the 409 who downloaded last weekend have left reviews!  However I am still hopeful as I know that some of you would have downloaded it to read at a later date, but please remember to go back and leave your comments before the next free download!

If you missed it, you can still read Year One FREE on Scribd here: http://www.scribd.com/cezanne_poetess.

If you like what you’ve read so far, you don’t have to wait to find out what happens in the next 10 Years of Suzanne’s quest for ‘the Truth’, order the paperback!  It’s only £9.99 (+ £3.99 p&p) from Lulu: www.lulu.com

The rest of the e-books will be available FREE every weekend (Fri-Sun) for the next 7 weeks; ‘follow’ this blog so that you get an email when they are ready to download!

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As I mentioned in my last post, I would very much like your feedback on the book, and it would greatly help with sales if the books are RATED.  If you’ve read Year One and haven’t left a Customer Review on Amazon yet, please do so here:

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Starting this week, I will be answering any questions you may have relating to each ‘Year’ on my Facebook Page so if you haven’t already ‘LIKED’ it, please do so now: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cezanne-Poetess/194864583903441?ref=hl  This week we’re discussing Year One: the ‘Truth’ – post any questions relating to the topics raised in each chapter and I’ll answer them there!

I’m also holding monthly book signing events where you will again have the opportunity to discuss the topics raised in my Self-help novel.  If you purchase the paperback version online and bring it with you, you’ll also get its complimentary poetry CD FREE! (otherwise £5) – and of course, you can also get your book signed! Order yours from Lulu TODAY! www.lulu.com

The next book-signing event is on Friday 8th February at the Djed Bookshop in Shepherd’s Bush at 7pm:

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If you haven’t ordered your book yet but would like to attend, email me at artisanimpression@gmail.com and upon payment (£11.99 via Paypal) I’ll reserve a copy for you.  Hope to see you there!

If you are unable to attend, signed copies of the paperback are available to order from my website using secure Paypal: http://www.cezannesart.co.uk (they make great gifts too!)

February Events I’m taking part in:

I’ll be at the Talent Lounge this Wednesday (6th):

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This is a great night out, and DJ Elayne (Colourful Radio)  is a brilliant host!  If you are a perfomer and would like to get involved, call Tony on 07973 507 458.

This Thursday 7th Feb I’ll be on Genesis Radio with Debrose the Black Rose between 7-9pm talking about my book and ‘Sex Magic’ alongside Astrologer Israel Ajose – don’t miss it!  www.genesisradio.co.uk ‘information for the Black Nation’

Thursday 14th Feb:

Black Arts Production Theatre invites you to

Bring Back The Love!

This might be the only drama you want in your relationship…

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 (I’ll be performing some poetry) For full details and to purchase advanced £5 tickets  visit: www.baptheatre.com (LIMITED CAPACITY – BOOK EARLY!)

Thursday 21st Feb:

Rising Generations ‘Art of Tottenham’ exhibition

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My paintings ‘Black Butterfly’ (used on the front cover of my book), ‘Self Love’ (used on the front of the CD’)  ‘Black Orchid’ and ‘Blue Lotus’ will be on display on Thursday 21st February (one day only).  If you are interested in purchasing framed prints please email me at: artisanimpression@gmail.com.  To view my artwork visit: http://wp.me/P2oJPB-4n

Wednesday 27th Feb:

I’ll be on Station FM 89.8 with Kehinde at the ‘Book Corner’ between 9-11pm talking about my book – tune in!

Hope to see you at one of the events!

Cezanne  (Black Love Promoter)

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Paperback Now Available, Read the First Chapter FREE!

The hard copy of my sensational new Self-help novel ‘Single, Spiritual…AND Sexual!’ is now available to purchase at the reduced price of just £9.99 for a limited period only,  until 30th November 2012http://www.lulu.com/shop/cezanne-poetess/single-spiritualand-sexual/paperback/product-20496112.html

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Extract from Year One: First Date

While they were waiting for their food to arrive, Suzanne took the opportunity to pose the question she had been waiting to ask him face to face:

“So tell me Charles, why don’t you go to church?”

“Well…”  Charles paused to think before responding;

“I was brought up in a strong African-centred home; my father was my greatest influence.  He made sure I learnt about all the black hero’s who had dedicated their lives to liberating black people from oppression, like Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Kwame Nkruma, Olaudah Equiano and Nelson Mandela.  Having a strong black male figure in our home meant I didn’t have to look to a white man as my savior.”

“I don’t look to a white man as my savior either!” Suzanne butted in.

“Are you sure?  When you think of Jesus, what color is he?”

“I don’t see any color,” she responded flippantly.

Charles asked Suzanne to close her eyes, before saying the name ‘Jesus’.

“Now tell me, what do you see?”

Suzanne opened her eyes and stared at him blankly.

“Hey, I’m not saying I don’t believe in Jesus” Charles assured her; “It’s just that I have a problem with the white image they portray.”

“Does it really matter what color he was?” she asked.

“Of course it does, especially when you’re promoting a white savior to black people.”

“Why, what difference does it make if he was black or white?”

“Think about it; if all the people you’re supposed to admire and worship are white, you’ll eventually see all white people that way.  It’s not healthy for black people to look to a white man as our savior.  You have no idea of the damage this white Jesus image has done to us psychologically”

“How so?” Suzanne pressed the issue.

“Let me give you an example; if a white dude was to grow a beard, grow his hair shoulder length and say he’s the Messiah, black people would flock to him in the thousands.  But if a black man grew a beard and locks and said he was the Messiah, his own people would despise him and call him an imposter!”

“Yes but he obviously would be an imposter!”

“See what I mean?” Charles exasperated.

He looked for a way to bring an end to this topic;

“Suzanne, I believe God lives inside of me, that’s why I don’t feel I need to go to church to find him.  I serve God every day by serving my fellow human beings.  I see God in everything, every person I come into contact with, every animal, every plant, just being in nature brings me into communion with God.  I see God in you.

Suzanne blushed, but he didn’t notice.

“Really?”

“Of course…I used to go to church, but I grew out of it.  I hope that answers your question.”

“It does…to a point, but what about when you die?  Aren’t you afraid of going to hell?”

Charles laughed.

“See that’s the problem with religion; it’s fear-based.  Would you still be a Christian if you weren’t afraid of going to hell?”

Suzanne paused to think;

“Yes, I would. I’m a Christian because God loves me, and I love God.”

Charles put his hand over hers on the table and looking her straight in the eyes said “Well I love God too, so we both have something in common.”

Just then, the waitress returned with their food.  As she served, they sat smiling at each other from across the table.

When she left, Suzanne continued probing:

“Okay you don’t go to church, so how do you know you’re life is right with God?”

“Well, I do my best to live by the Laws God set out when He created the heavens and the earth; Universal Laws.  I reckon if everybody lived by these Laws, the world would be in peace and harmony.”

“What are ‘Universal Laws’?” she asked inquisitively. She’d never even heard of them before.

“Universal Laws are spiritual laws which apply to everybody – not just Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists or any one set of people.  When God created the universe, certain Laws were put in place to keep everything in order.  The universe isn’t ‘out there’ somewhere; we are in the universe, and therefore subject to its Laws.  Gravity is one of the ones most people understand.  They’re also called ‘Laws of Nature’.  When you know these Laws and live by them, you’ll be able to live the life you were put here to live; an abundant life.  If you look around at nature, abundance is everywhere.  The only time you see lack, is where man has interfered with what nature does naturally.”

“Hmmm…That’s really interesting; can you name some more of these Laws?” Suzanne’s thirst for knowledge grew.

“‘You Reap What You Sow’ is another one,” he replied;

“Scientifically they call it ‘Cause and Effect’; that means for every action you make, there must be a reaction.  Everything you do produces an outcome, or a harvest.  So if you do good deeds (or sow good seeds) you’ll reap a good harvest.  If you sow bad seeds, you’ll reap the results of your actions.”

Suzanne thought deeply about what he had just said before responding; “Wow, no wonder Jesus said to ‘love your neighbor as your Self’.  If everybody treated others as they would like to be treated, this world would be a better place!  Now I can see how these Laws would work if everybody was to put them into practice!”

She could also now see why Charles always seemed to be calculating his movements.

“Where can I learn more about these Laws?” she asked him.

“Just go online and do a search for ‘Universal Laws’ or something” he responded; “ – but don’t take everything you read as gospel, make sure you have at least two or three of the same answer before you take it as fact.”

Again, this reminded her of a scripture in the bible, where it said something like ‘in the mouth of two or three witnesses a matter would be established’.  She felt as if God was speaking to her through Charles; his words nourished her soul.

“I can lend you some books as well”, he added “You’re welcome to come over to my place sometime and pick a few if you like”

“I might just take you up on that!” she replied with a big smile.

Charles went on to explain that his father, who was Ghanaian, had made sure he was connected to his African ancestry.  His mother, who was from Barbados, brought him up to believe that he could achieve anything as long as he worked hard and got a good education.  She had often taken him and his two sisters to church with her, but religion had not played a key role in their household.  Charles shared an African proverb that his father used to say:

“THEY had the bible and WE had the land,

Now WE have the bible and THEY have the land!”

He told Suzanne that European missionaries arrived in Africa with thousands of bibles (and guns), and used religion to pacify the natives so that they would willingly hand over the wealth-creating resources of their land.  As a Christian, you’re not supposed to covet material things.  You’re supposed to live a meek, humble life on earth, and wait until you get to heaven to receive ‘riches untold’.  By tricking Africans into believing this, they were able to walk away laughing with their gold, diamonds, oil, and other natural resources.

He explained how the economies of the Dutch, Portugese, French, British and the United States of America were all built on the backs of enslaved Africans.  During the Transatlantic slave trade, Christianity was literally whipped into the slaves who didn’t accept it willingly.  Many died rather than give up their own spirituality.

He informed her that all West-Indians were in fact displaced Africans.  They had been stripped of their African names and given their slave master’s names (which many still have today).  They were stripped of their language, heritage, spirituality, culture, their very identity.  They weren’t people to the slave traders, they were ‘stock’ to be bought and sold, and were treated worse than animals.  Suzanne told Charles that she had seen the film ‘Roots’ but hadn’t identified with any of those people as being her ancestors.   Her mother had never talked about coming from Africa; she was a proud ‘West Indian’.  When she explained this to Charles, he asked her where exactly is ‘West India’?

They continued to discuss the concept of ‘God’, what it means to ‘have faith’, the bible, and why there were so many different religions.  Suzanne had a tendency to get on the defensive, especially as she had been indoctrinated to think a certain way, and anything outside of this belief created inner conflict for her.  But Charles had a way of diffusing her argumentative attitude whenever it arose.

Even though they were talking about church and God, they were both aware of the underlying current; they were inches away from each other across the table and the heat they both seemed to be generating was beginning to set sparks flying.

Charles was very wise and knowledgeable, and had standards, Suzanne thought.  He was a one-in-a-million kinda guy; good-looking, well-mannered, well-spoken, loving, spiritual, respectful, intelligent, financially stable, and…Black!   What more could she ask for?

“HE MUST BE BORN AGAIN!”

She could already hear the voice of her Pastor booming from the pulpit.

If the brother hadn’t accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of his life, she would be ‘unequally yoked to an unbeliever’. But Charles was perfect, she argued within herself; she was sure they had met by some kind of Divine Order – he was everything she had hoped and prayed for, God’s best promise; Faith, Hope and Love all rolled into one.  There was only one problem…he wasn’t a Christian.  Did it matter?  Her conscience wouldn’t allow her to say ‘no’. ‘If we’re going to carry on this relationship’ she thought, ‘he has to get saved, and we’re going to have to get married.

After their meal, Charles took her for a drive; they ended up on the Embankment where he showed her an original Sphinx which had been brought over from Egypt. It had been given to the British by the Head of State of ‘Egypt’ in the 1800’s.  He informed her that the original name for the Sphinx was Haram’Aket, and the correct name for Egypt was ‘Ancient Kemet’ which meant ‘Land of the Blacks’.   Suzanne was intrigued, and asked Charles if he knew what the significance was of the animal body and human head? Charles explained that it symbolized the ability to rise above the lower animal nature. They took photos of each other with the silhouetted Haram’Aket in the background.

As they crossed the bridge, he put a protective arm around her shoulder and asked “Will you go out with me?”

“We are out!” Suzanne joked with him.

“You know what I mean”

“We’ll see…”

Suzanne would have loved to have said “Yes!” but she was still thinking about being ‘unequally yoked to an unbeliever’.

The evening went even better than they had both anticipated; they were comfortable in each other’s company, and felt as if they could talk to each other about anything.  Because they had spent the past two weeks building up their relationship over the phone, they already felt like they knew each other intimately.  They both had a good feeling about this.

It was getting late, and cold.  Charles offered to drop her home, although neither of them wanted the evening to end.  They had waited nearly two weeks to see each other again, and weren’t in a hurry to part company again.

Although Suzanne was a practicing Christian, her weakness was strong Black men.  It had been nearly two years since she’d had sex, but she knew she didn’t want to sleep with Charles, especially not on the first date.

As they pulled up outside her house, she invited him in for a cup of tea.

They spent the next few hours talking, drinking herbal tea and listening to music in the living room.  As they sat on the sofa, Suzanne was still trying to think of a way to get him to go to church with her.

“Don’t you think going to church and having a belief in something is good?” she asked him.

“If you’re a spiritual baby, then yes, you might need to go to church for guidance.  But there comes a time when you must grow up and stand on your own two feet, you can’t always be drinking milk.

I think religion in its purest form was good.  The ancient manuscripts that the bible was compiled from did show you how to get the best out of your life. But when these people got their hands on it, they saw it as an opportunity to enslave the minds of the masses.  So they decided what information the masses should know, and what they would keep to themselves.  Anything that would really empower us seems to have been omitted.  I still read my bible though, I find the stories fascinating – I just don’t take everything I read as gospel because I know it’s been tampered with”

“By who?”

“Have you never heard of the Council of Nicea?”

“The Council of Who?”

“Oh, don’t worry I’ll email you some information from my own research.”

With that, he pulled her close to him in a warm embrace, changing the subject.  He didn’t want to fall out with her over religion.  They continued to talk as they sat huddled on the sofa.

By 1.30am it became apparent than he didn’t want to leave, and she didn’t want him to go either.  But she was determined not to fall into temptation.  Still, he managed to convince her that they could just lie on the bed together and cuddle; they didn’t have to take their clothes off, they could just lie on the top of the bed – after all, they both had will-power, didn’t they?  So they moved to her bedroom.  Lying on top of the bed, they talked and talked into the early hours of the morning, until finally falling asleep in each other’s arms, fully clothed.

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BUT WHAT HAPPENED THE FOLLOWING MORNING??

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