He had said he never met anyone with dwarfism before and I had never been to the beaches of the Carolinas. When I looked at myself naked in the mirror I could see nothing but the vestiges of my operations to correct my bowing bones. "Your skin is so soft," Eric said while he moved his fingers over the deep rivets left behind in my flesh from medal rods, staples and stitches. Then he moved my hair to one side and pulled my lips toward his. My truth may sound harsh, but to a woman who has spent her entire life fighting the "dwarf label," the suggestion to date "my kind" is far more discriminating. He called me just before he turned off service to his cell phone.
Whenever we were together, Eric liked to brag to his friends about the bone lengthening procedure I underwent as a teen and the struggles I had overcome. To Eric, it was also proof I could endure any obstacle the Marine Corps tosses our way. The weekend before my third trip to North Carolina, my girlfriends and I binge-watched movies with steamy romantic content and hot actors. They only seemed to rub in the fact I was physically incapable of loving a man — much less a Marine — the way society says a man should be loved. "I did some reconnaissance on the hotel we're staying at on Wrightsville Beach.
“I didn't really want to mirror my book after anyone else.
And I feel like the one thing I didn't want to do was make my book corny.
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Eric smelled like smoke and carbon — the aroma of being on the battlefield. I was my own worst enemy by allowing my disability to get in the way of something I wanted, something I deserved. What about me did he find so damn beautiful, anyway? To him it separated me from the others he had been with. If I couldn't appreciate my accomplishments and get over my insecurities, then how could I show empathy when he deployed?
I lengthened my limbs a total of 14 inches, the most anyone with diastrophic dysplasia has extended.
And the question that begets all others: Would I be good despite having dwarfism? A seemingly taboo discussion, I'll admit I never had an interest in other little men. On the bed, he slid his hand under my blouse, rubbed the small of my back and then thumbed the button of my jeans. They are universal to both men and women of every shape and size.
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