“Teeny,” born with the name Tina, was born premature and is anything but small as she lies on her bed. She’s totally indulging in yet another paperback romance, and living vicariously through someone else’s imagination. The picture is vivid when she closes her eyes to see the handsome and daring young man eager to win her love. Ring. Ring. Ring.
The phone startles her back into reality as she pushes up with her thick arm to roll off the bed with a thud. Taking a deep breath, she exhales before she shuffles through her bedroom to the kitchen table where her cell phone is waiting, blinking, and nagging to get an answer.
“Hello?” she breathes heavily into the phone, wiping sweat from her forehead with the back of her hand. But there is no answer and the identification flashes a number with which she is unfamiliar. She sighs and sets it down, “Probably a wrong number anyways.”
The kitchen is clean and there is no sign of food, except for the cookie jar sitting back on the counter by the stove. Ignoring the jar with the little elves tauntingly hanging off the lid, she briskly waddles into the living room.
The remote, in the side pocket of her recliner, feels comfortable in her hand. It’s as if the manufacturing company had her in mind when they made it. All of the buttons are easy to press and brightly colored, just like jellybeans. Laughing, she turns the television on and sits down, wiggling her buttocks between the arms of the chair until she settles firmly in the seat.
Teeny likes to think of herself as an imaginative and resourceful dreamer, both in personality and action. But for each dream, Teeny knows there’s a price. Her price is undoubtedly her weight. No matter what she’s drawing, writing, or even thinking, her body’s pastime is eating. It’s no wonder she can’t get a real man of her own. Instead, she needs to borrow one from a cheesy novel.
Sighing yet again, she inhales and begins to choke. Choke? Coughing as hard as she can, until her face is a crimson red, a piece of chewed red licorice shoots out of her throat and lands in a lump on the linoleum. “Holy cheese,” she’s not in her living room with the remote in her hand anymore, but in the kitchen.
The elves are lying on the counter and the cookie jar that was full is now empty. The tell-tale signs of cookies sprinkled over the countertops, are the only clue. “Bad, Teeny,” she shouts, “Bad, bad, bad.” The disgust ravages her mind as she returns to the easy chair ready for the one-eyed monster to entertain her.
Pushing the buttons, the screen pops on displaying a sultry woman’s lips wrapping around a piece of chocolate from her fingertips. “Mm,” the woman is obviously under the spell of the smooth and silky candy as it melts in her mouth. Teeny wipes the spittle from her chin and picks up a handful of M&Ms from the oversized bowl in her lap before popping them in, handfuls at a time. Without removing her eyes from the screen, she takes a large swig of soda from an oversized cup. “Where did this come…?” Teeny’s puzzled voice drops off.
This is too much, she thinks, and something has to give because I don’t even notice until the food is gone. That’s compulsive, and she remembers that from the diet club she attended over a year ago. She worked her butt off, and worked out a lot too, dropping nearly a hundred pounds. What does she have to show for it? “This huge, repulsive body that no man would ever consider making love to,” she answers her own question aloud.
Forcing herself up from the chair to take the empty bowl into the kitchen, she stops in her tracks as her jaw drops open, but not for food this time. There are empty potato chip bags, microwave popcorn wrappers, candy bar packaging, and empty soda cans inundating the countertop.
Frantic and panicky, she trips, catching herself on the counter. Her head swoons as she changes direction trying to regain her steadiness. The restroom is at the end of the hall and she doesn’t feel like she’ll make it in time. Nevertheless, she lunges toward the sea-green carpet-covered toilet. Normally the bathroom is inviting, as it entices one to sit and stay for a while, but not right now. Now it’s inviting her to kneel pathetically onto its matching sea-green rug and beg for forgiveness.
Throwing the lid open, she’s barely able to lean before a bright pink liquid comes shooting from the back of her throat into the toilet. The pressure is so intense; her throat cannot possibly hold the pressure as her nasal cavity opens up to expel the excess. She feels like an infinite fountain, as the vomiting seems to have no end in sight.
“Teeny,” a woman shouts leaning over the bed, giving her a shake, “Teeny, wake up!”
Not hearing from her sister Teeny for nearly a month, Sara became more than curious. Despite calling at least ten times, she got no answer. Out of sheer terror, she brought herself to drive across three states to check on her sister herself. With the front door unlocked and Teeny’s car in the driveway, Sara became even more frantic. No one would answer when she knocked and rang the doorbell, so she finally let herself. The lights were off and there was no sign of anyone, but the feeling was uneasy.
Calling and searching, she found the house immaculately clean until she entered the bedroom where Teeny lay at 67 lbs. on top of the bedspread. Out of her gaping mouth she whispers, “No thanks, I couldn’t eat another bite.”