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Topic: Before and After (05/14/09)
TITLE: Unlikely Savior
By Autumn Ten
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Of all the places for such an encounter to occur, the elementary school seem the last place to expect it. She was just doing a friend a favor, picking up her girls while she was laid up for a few weeks.
Was this the real reason she was asked?, she thought.
Morgan was both excited and perplexed. The man with the intense blue eyes was all she could think about, even when her husband was there. Morgan had been unhappy recently. She'd been thinking about leaving, so seriously that she'd already looked into a divorce.
This just clinches it, she thought.
Every day Morgan went to the school, her heart would start to pound like crazy in anticipation of seeing her mystery man. Every day they would exchange the same intense glance, until one day, he made his move. Instead of his usual spot down the hallway, he came and stood right next to her. But Morgan just kept watching the teachers and the little ones go by, her body paralyzed and her voice frozen. Her forehead started to bead up with sweat. It was now or never.
She watched him walk away that day with his two children, knowing she'd blown it. And even though her friend had healed and her favor was done, Morgan couldn't stop thinking how stupid she was to let him go.
Days passed, weeks, months. Almost two years later Morgan couldn't get the blue eyes out of her mind. She was still unhappy and still thinking that she and this other man were meant to be.
Then the unexpected reared its head again. This time, in the form of a blindside.
One six letter word shattered Morgan's world. Cancer.
There was a whirlwind of tests and doctors, and a "middle of the road" diagnosis.
On the day of her husband's first chemo, Morgan, drained from the long day at the hospital, stopped to pick up some food on the way home. The place was a local favorite. People were always posting things there, usually for stuff they were trying to sell. As she browsed the board, Morgan was taken aback by the intense blue eyes again, this time on a flyer for a benefit. The man's wife, had undergone a liver transplant, and friends were trying to help them offset some of the expenses that had piled up.
Morgan breathed the biggest sigh of relief of her life. Thank God I couldn't go through with it, she thought. There was enough pain coming, without adding to it. How can anybody will to live when they've been deserted?
Morgan took her food and her husband home that night, feeling a huge weight lifted from her shoulders. When she thought of the other man, it was only with gladness for the second chance his family had been given.
And that fork in the "middle of the road" went uphill instead of down. Odds are meant to be defied. They are just numbers, and they have nothing on God.
The other man would probably never know of her anguish, but Morgan hoped that he would think of her with the same gladness. That indirectly, she had saved his life too.
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