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A Reason to Live
by Saundra McFarland
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Anne was dreading to see the Christmas season come this year. She was so depressed, she had lost her husband Ben in a mining accident June 30. Just three months later her sister had died of a massive heart attack. Anne's heart was breaking, she was full of despair. She was so depressed it was all she could do to get out of bed in the mornings. Anne had to make herself go to work.
Anne worked at the high school as nurse. Many times she had talked with troubled teens. Now days she just wanted to get through the day and go home to sleep. She got her doctor to prescribe pills so she could sleep at night. Anne was beginning to abuse the pills. She would take two or three so that she could go to sleep and forget her pain.
One day a student named Legna came into Anne's office. She was crying uncontrollably. She told Anne she needed someone to talk to. She had just found out the night before, that her mom and dad were getting a divorce. She said it was all her fault. Legna had been dating a boy Josh her parents disliked. All her mom and dad did was fight because of this situation was fight. She went on to tell Anne that she was two months pregnant. She was now afraid to tell them about the baby. She was scared of what they might say and do. Anne's heart went out to this little girl, her whole world had been turned upside down. Anne thought how Legna's life was a lot like her own. Legna wanted Anne to help tell her parents about the baby. Legna made Anne promise not to set up the meeting until after Christmas was over.
Anne never promised Legna she would help tell her parents, because Anne was making her plans for Christmas which was a week away. She would not be returning to work or anywhere for that matter. Anne was planning on committing suicide on Christmas Day. She could no longer deal with her pain and grief. She felt so alone and had nothing to live for. She was tired of existing.
Christmas break came and Anne let Legna slip out of her mind. She had enough problems of her own getting thru the holidays. Christmas was fast approaching, Anne fell to her knees at her husband's grave site and begin to cry. It wouldn't be long before she would join him. This was the only thing Anne could think of. Her mind was made up, she would have her sleeping pills filled today.She would take the whole bottle and soon join Ben.
Anne had her plans well thought out, at 11:00 she would take the pills. Then she would drink a glass of vodka, that should do the job. Anne no longer wanted to deal with the pain of losing her husband, best friend, her whole life was gone. Losing her husband and sister had just been to much. Anne had made the decision to join them on Christmas Eve. At 8:00p.m. Christmas Eve Anne looked out her window and seen her neighbors Christmas decorations. She begin to remember how they would decorate their tree every year. Ben would go and buy one and then they would trim it and make it glow with beauty. The memories brought tears to her eyes, she just wanted joy to fill her heart once again. To experience happiness once again in her life. Anne prayed for God to forgive her for what she was about to do. She asked God to give her a reason to go on.
At 10:45 p.m. Anne prepared everything, she set all her items on her nightstand. She would take it and go to sleep and never know pain and grief anymore. At 10:55p.m. the phone rang, it was Legna. She begged Anne to come to her house, she needed help. Legna was frantic, Anne told her she was busy tonight. Legna begged Anne telling her that her dad had murdered her mom. He had then shot himself just the day before Christmas Eve. She was all alone, and Josh had dumped her. She had no one and was going to end it all. She couldn't live with not having her mom and dad, and Josh had thrown her away like an old show. At this point Anne got Legna address, she just lived about two miles away. She told Legna not to do anything , she was on her way. Anne rushed out the door and got to Legna's house in five minutes.When Anne arrived Legna was on the porch. She ran crying hysterically. Evidently, her mom had been having an affair, and her dad found out and killed her mom and then turned the gun on himself. Anne took Legna in her arms and told her ever thing would be alright. That she could come and live with her. That she would help raise the baby. Suddenly Anne felt joy in her heart, she knew what love truly meant. It meant giving of yourself.
That night Anne flushed the pills and prayed thanking God for giving her a reason to live. God answered her and said " I sent you an angel her name is Legna. When Anne thought about this the next morning she realized that Legna was angel spelled back wards. She finally realized bad things happen but God still had plans for her life. He gave her a reason to go on. Anne was given a purpose to carry on, her prayer was answered in the form of a Christmas miracle.
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Sara Harricharan  08 Apr 2008
This is very different! I sense a sort of double story here, (story within a story). It is very interesting how you showed the 'bad things' happening in two different lives, then brought them together. I did figure out the Legna-Angel name though, maybe you could make this a tad more mysterious? ^_^ It was pretty good and I was rooting for them both to come together and help each other. Nice job! ^_^


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