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Runaway Girl - Part II


(Click here to read Part I)

No turning back now, Willa thought a few hours later, as the car she was riding in crossed into the neighboring state and travelled on in the darkness of night. Sitting in the back seat, wrapped in the comforting arms of the friend she had met just weeks ago, she said a silent goodbye to the life she had known, feeling that she had scored a victory but the prize was bittersweet. She wasn't sure what laid ahead, but Willa knew that she would be with people who believed in what she had come to embrace that Summer, a new religion, a way of looking at life that mirrored her own beliefs.

It wasn't just about escaping home, Willa had a purpose in going too, she was needed; the lady who had been instrumental in her conversion had been in a bad car accident and was dealing with shattered bones. With her husband working two jobs to support them and four young children at home, they needed help desperately, and Willa knew she could do that; she could take care of the children and the house and tend to her friend's physical needs as well.

When they arrived at the big city hospital parking lot the next day, the friends Willa had been travelling with went through their belongings and gave her what they could spare so she would at least have a change of clothes, then they said their goodbyes and were on their way, and before long Willa was headed to what would be her new home.

 (To be continued)
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 I'm joining Zoe at "Uncharted"
where the cue this week is "score" 
Come and read some great stories and share one of your own!

17 comments:

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    1. It is, Paul, it's important to feel that you can contribute something of value, and that you are appreciated.

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  2. Looking forward to the tale.

    Nicely engaging in a ...comfortable, accessible sort of way, which is, imo, the best kind of story. (As my wife Phyllis would say,(about certain fictional characters, 'You enjoy spending time with them.')

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    1. My intent is to do this one a little more smoothly than my previous serial efforts, Clark, not rushing the plot to develop a new piece each week, but rather moving in that direction more in line with real life. Hopefully it will still hold interest. It remains to be seen whether people will enjoy and support Willa, or take issue with her choices.

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  3. Wanting to help others is a noble thing, i just hope it doesn't land her in a stranglehold. That does happen sometimes.

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    1. Very true, Mimi, we don't always know what we are walking into and sometimes it isn't the answer.

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  4. I'm curious big time. Whenever the word "conversion" is used, can't help but wonder converted to what?!
    You've written a pleasant teaser tidbit that I hope will have a follow up.
    I can well relate to saying goodbye to an old life while headed toward a life unknown. It is both exciting and frightening at the same time. And most definitely "bittersweet".

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    1. This chapter of Willa's life is largely influenced by the group she has taken up with. More about that in the weeks to come. :-)

      I've moved from an old life to a new one several times over the years, and it always very freeing, yet also very scary and a little sad.

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  5. Yes, religion or cult? Nice to be able to help someone definitely in need. I will be watching this one!

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    1. That depends entirely on who you are asking, Janet, it's been called both. Will it be a good choice for Willa? Her intentions are pure, and she needed a place to go... sounds like a win/win situation... or is it?

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  6. Beautiful story , Josie . I got a glimpse of trust, and instinctive faith and helpfulness and compassion, all in six sentences. I really like the tone of your stories and how they talk about real struggles in a non judgmental way and there's always a speck of hope . Look forward to reading the next part.
    Love,
    Moon

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    1. You are so very perceptive, Moon! Yes, all of those things are there. I like to tell stories about real life, things that have happened or could happen. I also believe that even in the darkest times there will be a doorway out, we just have to hold on to hope and keep searching for it!

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  7. I'm wondering if her life is about to take an unexpected and unwelcome turn. An intriguing tale and I can't wait for part three!

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    1. Willa hasn't really thought this plan through long-term, so there will undoubtedly be things happening that she couldn't have anticipated. Glad you'll be following!

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  8. So interesting with so many possibilities. I'm hooked!

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  9. I have a bad feeling about this. Is Willa being taken for a ride?

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  10. It takes a certain amount of Bravery to walk into something you just don't know with all the conviction you have in the world but when that conviction is a new thing takes even more guts. I/z

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