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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: War and Peace (not about the book) (07/07/11)

TITLE: Fighting to Survive
By Allison Egley
07/13/11


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I know I made the right decision; but the war wages on. Everyone is telling me my decision will ruin my life. I'm too young. I don't know what I'm doing. I'll never be the same.

But what if I don't want to be the same? What if I'm tired of the old me? What if I'm tired of living for myself, doing only what I want, and always making life easy for me?

The one person I thought would support me is one of the strongest opponents. Who knew?

She says it will be an embarrassment.

An embarrassment? To whom? I'm certainly not embarrassed. I guess she's the one who will be embarrassed.

I know I made a bad choice and that's what got me into this whole mess. But two wrongs don't make a right... right? I know what I have to do. I know it won't be easy. I know I'm young. I know I'll never be the same. But I do know what I'm doing.

I'll never forget the night it happened. I was so caught up in the moment. I wasn't even thinking of potential consequences. Everyone tells me that I couldn't help it; that I was forced to do it, and that alleviates me of all responsibility. Some even think I need to press charges. But I know the truth. I did know what I was doing. I just didn't think about... well, I just didn't think.

Then there's the night I found out. I wanted to scream. Cry. Shout. Get away from it all. I wanted to do what everyone is telling me to do now. I almost did. I almost lost the war.

But then I thought about it some more; really thought about it. Agonized over it. And finally, I made the first truly rational decision of the night. I prayed. Then I knew.

Oh, I still have my doubts. Not about this decision, but about how everything's going to change. The war still rages on in my head, but truth is winning. I can't go back now. I have peace about my decision. I know it's the right one, despite what those around me are telling me.

After all this little guy in here is fighting a war of his own just to survive. Who am I to take away his only chance at life?

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This is a piece of fiction, though I hope it accurately describes the courageous decision many women make every day.

For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my motherís womb.
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
Psalm 139:13-14 (NASB)


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Lillian Rhoades 07/14/11
Your story helps to highlight the need to focus not solely on the baby of single, young women,but on the pregnant mother as well.

Just an opinion..."This is a fictional story," or "This story is based on fiction,"sounds a bit better than "a piece of fiction."
Thanks for sharing.
Carol Penhorwood 07/15/11
This is a battle too many are currently experiencing. Hopefully, this will be instrumental in helping someone with their decisive battle.
Glynis Becker 07/17/11
You've certainly given a voice to the struggle that so many young women face and you've done it beautifully.
Helen Curtis07/18/11
This really does show the battle that goes on, often between being 'sensible' or 'rational' and daring to believe that Jesus' love and power is enough for all situations. Well done
Patricia Turner07/18/11
This is a terrific narrative on this particular topic - one of my favorites to write about. I think you captured very well the mental war that must go on in the head of someone who finds themselves in this situation.
marcella franseen 07/18/11
Thank you for taking the time, and making the effort, to put this struggle on paper. The choice of abortion really is a war between life and death.
Catrina Bradley 07/18/11
I could feel your MC's emotional torment and the war raging in her heart. My favorite line: "And finally, I made the first truly rational decision of the night. I prayed."
Laury Hubrich 07/18/11
It's so sad how many times this war rages in young women's heart's around the world. Great writing.
Noel Mitaxa 07/18/11
Very insightful grasp of the inner conflict for so many women. If space allowed, it would be interesting to also include the internal struggles (if any) for the father of the little guy your MC is bearing.

Verna Cole Mitchell 07/19/11
You presented the inner conflict very well for such an important decision.
Sheila Bird07/21/11
This article depicts the emotional whirlwind that young women are thrown into when they must face the controversial choice of life vs. abortion. The individual battle is seldom put into written word so it can be shared. I appreciate your courage to choose life and to also write about it. May God provide your every need and use you as a beakon to others who are searching for hope and righteousness.