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Topic: Astonishment (02/02/12)
TITLE: A Tale of the Unexpected
By Rosamund Bunney
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I watched as she grew and blossomed into a lovely young woman, not positively beautiful perhaps, but certainly very pretty with her round, brown face framed by long black curls. I never supposed she would be exempt from the storms of life, but I thought that at least I had a fairly good idea of how she would tackle them when they came.
When he first came into her life I could see that he would be a force for good, he with his kindly wife, they were the sort of friends she could count on. And when trouble came her way, in the form of completely unfounded accusations that tarnished her reputation for a while, they were the only ones who stood by her, kept faith with her and eventually built a bridge between her and the community that had been so quick to believe the rumours and lies.
So I never could have imagined what happened next. I really never thought either of them capable of that. He, who seemed to have been such a stabilising influence, how could he have led her on – or let her lead him on, I was never quite sure which way round it was. I had foreseen trouble for her, but I had never thought it would be this particular trouble. Now only God could redeem this mess, and I had to find a way of introducing her to Him and letting Him take hold of her and undo this huge damage that had been done.
No, I never knew that she would turn out to be so unpredictable. I just didn’t realise that the characters I had created would take on such a life of their own and run away with my story.
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