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After An Agonizing Night, Her Path Became Clear

Updated on May 1, 2019
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This was written to make a smile instead of frown, worrying about the C virus and lockdown in our homes.

They both felt alone and somewhat uneasy after arrival at the college where they planned to meet their goals

skyler stood alone watching the girl he'd grown to love board the train that would take her back home.

He wondered if she would ever forgive him?

It all started when they met in the college cafeteria, It was the first time either had left the little town they grew up in.

They both felt alone and somewhat uneasy.

Emma was a beautiful girl with short curly blond hair. with a petite figure. Skyler was strikingly handsome with dark wavy hair and a physique that he'd kept toned since grade school.

They grew up in a small town in Missouri but had never dated, both were focused on going to college and reaching their goals.

Skyler asked her if he could sit at her table and she quickly replied " yes "

Neither had a sibling. Their parents were highly respected. Her father a minister, her mother an RN who worked at the only hospital in town. His father owned a law firm, Skyler was in college to earn a degree in law, planning to join the firm after graduation. His mother ran a day care center for children. Both had lived a safe, carefree and somewhat sheltered life,

Missouri Regional Collage

They lived on campus, Emma and Skyler both had only one roommate. At first they were super busy learning their way in a large university, soon it settled down enough to take a deep breath.

They were invited to a party that was to be held in the male dormitory. They arrived at the same time and quickly became friends.

If either had an inkling of what was to come down, they certainly would have refused.

The student hosting the party, Bill was in his senior year of college and everyone seemed to go along with his idea's. When he left the room and returned with a keg of beer, yelling " Let's party " everyone laughed and joined in. Emma and Skyler had tasted beer before and didn't like it, but they didn't want to appear like nerds so they joined in too. Soon they all were laughing and having a ball. After awhile Bill pulled a bag from his pocket and said " Let's party big time " Skyler and Emma had never smoked pot, but both felt giddy saying " Why not, it's a party " After a few hours of drinking and smoking Bill asked " Is anyone sleepy? The crowd laughed and said " no way," but Skyler and Emma were really tired and needed to lay down, so they went with Bill into his bedroom.

Skyler sprawled out on a bunk bed and was fast asleep. Bill took Emma's hand and led her into his bedroom, soon he started kissing her passionately. Emma responded. The mixture of alcohol and pot was enough to stimulate her, All defenses were gone. She had intercourse for the first time.

Skyler woke to the sound of her softly crying. He realized what had occurred and grabbed Bill, punching him in the face. Emma quickly dressed and left the building.

skyler and Emma barely spoke after that night, soon they were busy with classes and rarely saw each other, but Skyler's heart was breaking, he knew he was in love with her.

Three months passed, Emma was gaining weight and she stopped having periods. She went to the drug store and bought a pregnancy kit, sure enough, she was three months pregnant. She knew her college day's were over, she packed her belongings and asked Skyler to help her with a taxi to take her to the train station to go back home. He felt so very badly about what had happened to her and felt guilty. He wanted to ask her for forgiveness and to tell her that he loved her but was too ashamed to ask.

He knew he had to finish college. He went back to his room, knelt, tears falling and asked God for forgiveness. He knew his savior Jesus would forgive any sin, but could he forgive himself?

Emma had contemplated abortion, how could she possibly bring up a child?

Her mother and father stood by her, hoping and praying she wouldn't choose abortion.

Emma was in agony. She knew taking the life of an unborn baby was wrong. She was up all night, praying and asking for forgiveness. Early in the morning a calmness entered her soul, she knew that she would have the baby, and she felt a love for the child she was carrying like never before.

She lived with her parents. When she started labor her mother and father took her to the hospital, holding her hand until she was ready to deliver. She had a six lb. baby boy that touched her heart completely.

Skyler finished college and returned home to join his father's law firm. He knew that Emma helped his mother in the day care center, throwing all caution aside, he went to see her.

Emma's face lit up like a Christmas tree when he walked in. She introduced him to her son Dillan. He picked him up and all three embraced. He knew he was forgiven and the past forgotten.

He knew a new beginning was on the horizon.


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    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      17 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Peggy and thank you again. You are bringing my older stories back to life, and I appreciate you. Namaste...

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      Peggy Woods 

      17 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ruby,

      You write so beautifully about realistic situations that could easily occur. Your endings are typically happy ones. I am pleased that in this story, Skyler and Emma and baby Dillan will end up being a happy family.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you Devika, so happy you enjoyed my story. Thank you so much.

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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great writing and had me going till the end.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Lisa, so happy you enjoyed my story. Thank you much..

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      Lisa Chronister 

      2 years ago from Florida

      This story is beautiful! I was captivated, the whole time!

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Genna, so nice to see you. I guess losing my son has heightened my feelings for a child. I think if it were not for him, I wouldn't have the beautiful grandchildren I have today. Of course many women have a hard life, and we should not make a judgement for them. Thank you so much for reading and leaving a positive comment.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mar, your bundle of hugs feels good. Thank you so much. I can remember a time when a woman found out she was going to have a baby, the first thought was " I wonder if it's a boy or girl? Now it's I wonder if I will keep it or abort it " There's something wrong with that thinking. I'm happy to see you. Thank you..Hugs

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      Genna East 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      It was such a joy reading this story of a happy ending...full of truth and the miracles of love and courage that are at the core of the human spirit. Thank you for this gift, Ruby! Hugs, dear friend. :-)

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      Maria Jordan 

      2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Ruby,

      Your writing is always reality based and relatable. I enjoy how your positive personality and decency shines through by the story's end.

      Love you and a special bundle of hugs to you this weekend, mar

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello William. I agree with your comment. So many beautiful babies aborted, who knows, one could have been another prodigy. Do you believe aborted babies are in heaven? Thanks for reading and leaving a thoughtful comment.

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      William Kovacic 

      2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Good for Emma Skylar. The truly sad thing is that this happens over and over again on a daily basis. Lives are either ruined or strengthened, depending on the response of the many Emmas and Skylars out there. There is hope for sure.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Verlie. I was hoping my story would have an impact. It has become so easy to abort a baby and I was thinking of my son Jackie who passed away in Jan. I would have missed knowing him if I had chosen abortion. I am not telling other women what to do, it is their choice and I will not judge them. Thank you for coming to read my story. Hugs.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      2 years ago from Canada

      A beautifully written little story Ruby, with big impact.

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Clive. Your encouragement means a lot to me. Thank you.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shy, always happy to see you. Thank you for a lovely comment. Hugs.

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      Clive Williams 

      2 years ago from Jamaica

      Nice Write Ruby. Go ahead with the flash anthology.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      2 years ago from Texas

      Ruby! I love happy endings also and happy that this beautiful story ended on a happy note.

      Blessings and hugs.

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shauna. Your comment is true. A preacher's child sometimes has a harder time because they're expected to be perfect, and we all know no one is perfect. Thanks for coming to read my story...

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Dana. Happy you thought it was a beautiful story. It all turned out ok, not always the case. Thank you much.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm glad Emma's parents were supportive. That's not always the case when the child of a preacher does something "immoral".

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      Dana Tate 

      2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      I'm glad Emma took responsibility for her actions and kept her baby. People do make mistakes and we grow wiser if we learn from them. This was a beautiful story " And they all lived happily ever after."

      The end.

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bill. I do like happy endings. So glad you thought it was a feel good story. Thank you much..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Pamela, I think we all have made some bad choices in life. I know I have, but hopefully we learn not to repeat that choice again. Happy you enjoyed my story. Thank you.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Manatita, so happy you liked my story, and yes I'm sure this event has happened in real life. Glad you are recuperating well from your eye surgery. Thank you.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mike, your comment is very true. The story has ben hanging around for days, so my muse said, " Let's write " Thank you for reading and leaving a nice comment. Hugs.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      One thing I know about your stories, Ruby: they will always have a happy ending. Thanks for the feel good story.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This story could and probably is real for some young peope who make bad choices. I was glad there was a happy ending, and happy there was no abortion. I enjoyed the story Ruby.

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      2 years ago from london

      Yes, my Sweet. Human life is filled with such stories. You told it well ... a mixture of sadness, love and ultimate rejoicing. Excellent piece!

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      2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ruby - You packed a lot of love into this short story. Life has a way of teaching us lessons, sometimes before we are ready. Nice to see a story from you this evening.


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