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Before and After
by Holly Westefeld 
03/21/08
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Megan stared at the stain, horrified. It was too soon--ten weeks too soon. The soft light from the lamp on the night stand not having aroused her soundly sleeping husband, she shook him urgently.

"Mark, we have to get to the hospital!"

Grabbing the phone, Megan dialed the number committed to memory over the past seven months. "This is Megan Jonson. I am going to the hospital, premature labor."

"Dr. Wells will meet you there."

After

Megan stared at the stain, horrified at first, but chuckled with her next breath. "Sara, that's certainly one way to tell me you didn't want to wear that dress for your dedication. Fortunately, the abundance of blessings from the baby shower means there are lots of other possibilities."

After changing Sara's diaper, Megan wrapped her carefully in a warm blanket, selected another outfit to dress Sara in at church, and joined Mark in the car.

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K. J. Cash 22 Mar 2008
You just made me realize how many stains a mother will face in the bearing and rearing years. Each one is an opportunity. What deep thoughts you've inspired with just two very short stories!
Kristen Hester 22 Mar 2008
Very nice. I liked both these stories. I enjoyed learning the outcome of the first was happy! Excellent writing!
jodie banner 21 Mar 2008
These are great, I always like a follow-up happy ending.
Jan Ackerson  21 Mar 2008
Holly, I love these! From dire urgency to maternal love, and an entire implied "in between" story. Excellent!
Lyn Churchyard 21 Mar 2008
Nicely linked but so different. Great job Holly :-)
Tim Pickl 21 Mar 2008
Perfectly matched maternal moments in time.
Lollie Hofer 21 Mar 2008
You did an excellent job connecting the two stories. I liked how my emotions changed from concern to joy in a matter of a few seconds.
Mo 21 Mar 2008
Great job!




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