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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Write something in the YOUNG ADULT or TEEN genre (06/07/07)

By Kathy Harder


Lexie lay on her bed staring at the ceiling. She slowly took a deep breath and let out a long sigh of despair. Warm tears slowly flowed down her face and fell onto her pillow. “If this really is love, why am I always feeling so anxious and unhappy? I didn’t imagine love to be like this.”

Lexie thought back to six months ago when she had been briefly introduced to Nick. He was a friend of a friend and lived in a different city than she did. They had started meeting online soon after that day. She remembered how crushed Nick had been after breaking up with his girlfriend and of all the hours she had spent on the telephone, consoling him and trying to cheer him up.

“He’s such a sweet guy, he’s really easy to talk to and we have so much in common. He needs someone good like me in his life,” Lexie remembered thinking. It wasn’t long after that when they began their long distance relationship.

Nick wasn’t the type of guy her parents would appreciate so she refrained from mentioning him. When her mom asked questions, Lexie sidestepped her way out of answering them and offered very little information. She knew her parents had been praying for a God loving, kind and thoughtful boyfriend to come into their daughter’s life, one that would truly love and treasure her. Nick wasn’t anything close to that. She thought of the many times he had called from his drinking parties using filthy language and inappropriate suggestions. In the last couple of months Nick had started to belittle her, insult her, treat her like trash, and make unreasonable demands of her. If she protested or refused his demands he would belittle her until she complied. Why did she allow herself to be treated this way and why didn’t she walk away? How could he have such power and control over her, even from a distance? In her heart she knew Nick would never make her happy.

Lexie glanced over to a list she had taped on her mirror several years ago. She remembered her mom asking her to make out a list of requirements she desired a future boyfriend and husband to exhibit. Her mom explained that if she made a check list before she started dating it would help keep her on track when lovesick emotions threatened to cloud her wisdom. Lexie quickly scanned the list and noted there were only two items on her list that Nick could qualify; good looking and athletic. The personality traits, attitudes, or quality characteristics she had placed on her list were barely visible in Nick.

She thought of her fragile emotions and how her daily outlook was totally dependent on how things stood with Nick. Lately her mom had been pleading with her to end this relationship. “You aren’t happy anymore, you keep to yourself, and you hardly talk or include anyone in your life. You used to be so fun, so happy, and bubbly. Something is stealing that from you and you’re allowing it. Why?”

Good question. Why? Was she really that desperate for love that she was willing to take it in any form and at any cost? When had she stopped loving herself and allowed negative influences to obtain such high ranking in her life. When had the negative thoughts invaded and convinced her to believe that she is unworthy of love and an unattractive, unintelligent nobody. She was allowing someone to destroy the precious life and spirit God had placed in her. Lexie knew she needed to make changes in her life but she wondered if she would have the strength.

Lexie hung her head and heard God’s voice speaking to her.
“Lexie, I love you so much. You’re so precious to me. You’ve strayed off my path but if you choose to walk it again with Me, I promise I will be your strength, your protector, and I’ll never leave you. I have great and amazing things planned for you, things you can’t even imagine. Please trust me.”

Unknown to Lexie, in the next room her mother was on her knees praying.
“Lord, Lexie is so precious to me. Please gently guide her back to You. Her heart is breaking, please protect it. Lord, I know You’ve told me to trust You and I am, but please give me patience and wisdom. Please show Lexie how much you love her.”

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Trevas Walker06/21/07
Congrats on placing Highly Commended... I really enjoyed this one, Great Job!
Misti Chancellor06/21/07
I like the way you have your MC think her way through her problem, and realize that what she is experiencing wasn't the way things should be. Good job writing this!
Pam Carlson-Hetland06/21/07
This is really good. I'm so sorry to have missed this earlier. You have described a situation so common among teens today and have done it very well. The ending was perfect. Good job. Congrats on the "Highly Commended". You'll be moving up soon.
Terry R A Eissfeldt 06/21/07
Congrats Kathy
As always a great job!
Yulanda Ridge06/21/07
Well done Kathy! This touches an important area in relationships. I'm sure it's going to help someone.

Congrads on your Highly Commended! Way to go! Y.
Catrina Bradley 06/24/07
Wow! I LOVE this introspective look by teen blessed by God with wisdom. Beautiful flow - you writing is natural and a pleasure to read. Congrats on you HC!!!!
Jacquelyn Horne06/27/07
Good pov article for teens. I hope it will be read by many.