Making Lifetime Choices - Fiction
Analisa sat alone on the park bench, the scowl on her face as dark as the gathering thunderclouds. She had just turned 21 years old yesterday, and she broke up with her boyfriend, Tom. Plus, her identical twin sister had been missing for three days1. Well, she wasn't exactly missing, but they had talked almost every day since birth. Alalisa’s sister, Angela, had gotten mad at Analisa and she stormed out of their apartment a week ago.
Analisa and Angela are both petite, attractive blondes with sky blue eyes. They are both personable, and they had supportive parents when growing up. That is where their twin identities changed. Angela made excellent grades and was focused on her life goals.
Analisa was a sweet, unassuming girl but she was not as driven to succeed in life. She made friends easily, but she also let people take advantage of her sometimes. Angela was born four minutes before Analisa. So, Analisa often thought her sister was too bossy since she was born a bit earlier. Angela thought that was ridiculous, and she knew everyone ultimately had a choice to make in life.
Actually, Angela had always been protective of her twin sister. She was afraid for her sister. She knew Analisa’s boyfriend, Tom, had slapped Analisa across the face. It left a welt on the left side of her cheek. Analisa had refused to break up with Tom. She said she loved Tom and “He really didn’t mean it”.
Angela knew this guy was bad news. Angela heard Tom order Analisa around more than once, and she did not like him. If he slapped Analisa when they were dating, Angela knew he would only get worse if they decided to marry. She was so frustrated with Analisa because she was fear for her sister’s safety.
Analisa walked back to the apartment as she wanted to get back before the oncoming rain. The apartment was only a ten minute walk. To her surprise, Angela was sitting on the sofa when she arrived home. Analisa looked at her and said, “Where have you been? You didn’t even tell me you were going anywhere.”
Angela replied, “I just needed to get away for a couple of days.”
“You could have told me you were planning to go out of town.”
Angela replied, “I didn’t go out of town. I went to stay with mom and dad for a few days. I like to go back home to think sometimes.”
“Well, I think it was rude of you not to tell me,” Analisa replied as tears ran down her cheeks. “You act like I am not old enough to make decisions in my life.”
“I was only 15 miles away, and I did NOT want to see you ruin your life by sticking with Tom.”
“I called mom a couple of days ago, and she did not tell me you were there. I suppose you told them everything!” Analisa almost shouted.
“No, I didn’t tell them anything. I just said I missed them after being away at college so much in recent years. And, I told them you and I had a disagreement, but I didn’t tell them Tom slapped you in the face.”
“Well, I hope you are happy because I broke up with Tom Friday night,” Analisa stated. “I knew it was the right thing to do. We had so much fun most of the time, but sometimes he got mad over the stupidest little thing.”
“Really, I thought you were going to stick with him.”
“I guess I was a little jealous of you and Jim. He treats you so well. You are also getting a degree in medicine, so you seem to just know everything,” Analisa said with a sad voice.
“Analisa, that is not entirely true. Yes, Jim is a great guy but our relationship is new. I do not plan on having anything permanent while I am in college. And, I don’t know everything. I am just less impulsive I guess.”
“Angela, I really thought about what you said. I decided that it was in my best interest to break up with Tom. It was my decision after all. I decided I didn’t want to spend time with a man who would slap me. Anyway, I have also decided to go back to college for my master’s degree.”
Angela jumped up and ran over to hug her twin. “I am so happy for you. I want you to have the best future in the world. Getting your master’s degree is wonderful!” They hugged each other tight with happy tears at that point.
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