Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Pros and Cons (08/14/14)
TITLE: Taking the plunge
By Ken Grant
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“This is pointless,” She muttered to herself as she crumpled up the paper and threw it against the door.
Veronica stared at the sad, crumpled up piece of paper, but it gave her no relief. She needed release or she would burst.
“Enough!” She screamed as she picked up the pen and cast it at the door with all her strength.
This time the pen made enough of an impact to give her the smallest amount of pleasure and momentarily she forgot the pressure that seemed as though it would crush her.
“What’s going on?” Denise burst into the room. Her face indicated both fright and confusion.
Veronica gave Denise a bemused smile. The action had released enough pressure that she felt like she could breathe. Denise looked around and spotted the wadded up piece of paper and the pen. She picked up the paper, unfolded it, looked it over, and tossed it aside disgustedly.
“No wonder you’re so wound up. Whose ridiculous idea was that?”
Denise walked over to Veronica, knelt down, and gave her a warm hug. She held on to Veronica and said, “You’ll know if it’s right. Have you prayed?”
“Of course I have.”
Veronica tried to get away from Denise’s grip, but Denise held on doggedly.
“I mean have you really prayed.”
“I’m afraid to.”
“I’m not sure I’ll like the answer.”
“I don’t understand.”
“I think you do.”
“He is a very good man.”
“But is he good enough. My father was a good man once.”
Denise released her grip and stood to her feet. She prayed silently for the right words. Her friend needed support, but she also needed truth.
“What’s wrong, Denise?”
Denise turned and walked slowly back toward Veronica. She knelt back down next to her and said softly, “Your father had some issues, Veronica.”
“No!” Veronica cried out not wanting it to be true.
“I’m sorry, Veronica, but he did. He didn’t treat you or your mom right. Jerrod isn’t like your dad. Jerrod truly loves you.”
“You think so?”
“I know so.”
“But what if you are wrong?”
“I’m not wrong.”
Denise’s body shook with emotion. She was fighting for her friend’s life and the feelings were become harder and harder to control.
“My mom was sure.”
“And she was wrong. You are not wrong. Jerrod is a good man. Make the right decision.”
Veronica looked in Denise’s eyes and saw something that she had never seen before. Veronica found the confidence to make the right decision.
“I will,” Veronica said as she picked up her cell phone and called her favorite number.
“This is Jerrod.”
Veronica’s heart almost burst within her. The sound of Jerrod’s voice removed any lingering doubts.
“Can I see you tonight? I have something important to tell you.”
“Will I like it?”
“See you at seven?”
“I’ll be there.”
Veronica clicked off the phone, looked at her friend, and smiled. She was jumping in and it felt good.”
“Thank you,” Veronica said gleefully.
“You bet,” Denise said as she walked out of the room.
Veronica’s heart was full and the weight of decision was gratefully gone. The lightness was wonderful and she prayed it would never go away again.
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