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Topic: Autumn/Fall (08/27/09)
TITLE: September Morning
By Tami LeClerc
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Five A.M. three times a week she would startle awake from a heavy sleep. She certainly didn’t need to but it was what she chose for herself. When she was at the gym she felt distant from life’s problems. The harder she worked the farther away they drifted. The season had changed and it had brought with it a soft darkness and a brisk air. The weather wasn’t too bad yet, not cold enough that she had to start her vehicle 30 minutes in advance, but cold enough that she didn’t want to get out of a warm bed.
Ryan’s warm, inviting body still laying there in restful sleep. Suddenly, she noticed the scar over his left arm and she felt that familiar range of emotion. She loved this man, she was committed to their marriage but she also hated him for what he had done to her. Tears sprung to her eyes and she relived the all too familiar conversation, “ I have been having an affair for the past 3 months”. Those words rested like a land mine ready to explode with out warning. There was more of course. A lot more. The part about it being the church secretary and the mother of a child in her daycare. The part about the husband (Frank) catching them in their bed and hitting him with the lamp. The words just jumbled. The tears started to flow again, they had become a permanent feature.
Mercy threw on her sweats and put her hair in a pony tail, “better fly or I won’t get a bike”, she thought.
On the way out the door Mercy peeked into her daughter’s room. She pursed her lips and threw up a prayer of thanks that her daughter had chosen to stay home last night. “Lord when will this season end” she questioned absentmindedly. The other kids were sleeping peacefully and she snuck out the door before the puppy could make a commotion.
Outside the air felt fantastic on her skin. It was like a washing off of the chaos of her life inside that house. The little bit of frost on the grass reminded her to be careful while she drove but all in all it was a beautiful September morning.
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