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Topic: Write CONTEMPORARY FICTION (10/30/14)
TITLE: Hot and Cold
By Gloria Pierre Dean
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Multiple daily telephone calls and loving text messages one day and nothing the next.
I thought to myself “So that’s what being in love with a teenage boy was like?”
After weeping buckets of secret tears, I decided to ignore him from too.
We met at the High School Christian Youth club last year. He seemed to make a beeline for me. “Hello Miss Fields”, he said in his fine accent.”My name is Henry Trueman”.
He was dark and handsome. His profile etched sharply against the background of the pale blue walls of the room. His father was well known around town. He was a successful business man and had made success in Frozen Foods. His mother was the sweet faced soprano in our church choir.
Henry was an only child whereas I was the third daughter in a family of eight. I was wary of him. He had everything that we did not have, except a lot of family love. His interest in me made me very aware of my femininity and I could hear my Father’s voice warning me against “these modern youths”. After he greeted me I smiled quickly and moved away to talk to my girlfriends. I felt safe with them.
Over the next few weeks Henry persisted in singling me out and eventually he wore me down. We exchanged phone numbers and started to communicate. That was six months ago.
Last week he went cold on me. No calls. No text messages.
I was very upset. My mother noticed and I explained about Henry. “Mum” I said, “why is Harry treating me like this? He says he really likes me but recently he’s backed away like a lobster.”
“Give him space” said Father with his usual wisdom. “Only fools rush in where angels fear to tread."
Mum said "Men are often afraid of commitment or of getting in too deep in a relationship. It scares them."
So I decided to placate myself. I thought that I would place a higher value on myself; God’s value. I chose to love myself as God loves me and see myself out of His Eyes. In that way Henry’s coolness towards me would not deflate me so utterly. The Lord Jesus said that I am His and He is mine and He lives in me*.
Well, today around four pm the doorbell rang. There stood Harry, clutching a bunch of white roses. Father opened the door and Harry said to Father ” Hello Mr. Fields, may I speak to you and Mrs. Fields about Samantha.
Later Harry said to me “The intensity of my feelings scared me. I ran away but never stopped thinking of you. I prayed about it and now here I am. Can you forgive me?” So I forgave Harry.
I found his humility irresistible. Now we are getting to know each other and each other’s families. I do not know what the future holds.
*John 14: 19 -21
Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”
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