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Making Lifetime Choices - Fiction

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Sad Day

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.

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Confrontation Again

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.

Best Friends Forever

© 2019 Pamela Oglesby

Comments

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 13, 2020:

Hi Rajan,

I appreciate your very nice comments.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 13, 2020:

Lovely story.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 16, 2020:

Hi MG, I haven't thought about a book but maybe I will consider it. Thank you for reading and commenting.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on February 15, 2020:

Another fine story. Wonder if you thought of converting to a book.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on February 15, 2020:

hi Peggy, I think you are right. Thank you so much for your praise and I am glad you liked the story.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 15, 2020:

Oh, what a happy ending! Had Analisa stuck with Tom, only bad things would have been in her future. I am glad that she saw the light in time to make important changes in her life. Good job with this short story, Pamela!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 08, 2020:

Hi MG Singh, Thank you so much for your very nice comments.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on January 08, 2020:

A lovely tale about twins. So engrossing and captivating. Thank you

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 08, 2020:

Hi Umesh, I am glad you liked the story and I appreciate your comments.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on January 07, 2020:

Nice story. Good to see that you cover varied subjects for your writings. Thanks.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on December 14, 2019:

Hi Genna, Those lessons are so true. I do love a happy ending. I appreciate your nice comments.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on December 14, 2019:

Sisterly love in its truest form brings forth lessons we learn from each other, and lasts a lifetime. This well-written story with a happy ending is perfect.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on December 07, 2019:

Hi Maria, Thank you so much for the compliments. I don't write fiction too often, but I do enjoy it occasionally.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend and that you are getting in the holiday spirit. Love & hugs.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on December 07, 2019:

Sisters sure can fight and love at the same time. You did a great job of capturing this irony in this story, dear Pamela. I was missing some of your fiction - thank you!

Have a peaceful evening. Love, Maria

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on December 06, 2019:

Hi Liz, Thank you for your nice comments.

Liz Westwood from UK on December 06, 2019:

This is an interesting and heart warming tale of support and reconciliation.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on December 03, 2019:

Hi Ms Dora, It is nice to have someone looking out for you. I appreciate your comments.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on December 03, 2019:

I regret not having a sister. I think we would have had a caring, empowering relationship like this one. Great to have someone interested in seeing you make healthy choices. Good read.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on December 03, 2019:

Hi Lora, I am really glad you liked this story. I thought twin sisters should be close and really care about each other. Thank you so much for your comments.

Lora Hollings on December 02, 2019:

Excellent job on this story, Pamela! I really liked the way you portrayed the sisters in the story as showing such genuine concern for each other despite their differences at times. Bottom line, is that they really love each other and you really brought this out in the dialogue of your story. I love the happy ending too and I enjoyed reading it.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on December 02, 2019:

H Flourish, It could have gone either way, but I like happy endings. I appreciate your comments about the conversation as I am not very confident when writing short stories. Have a good week.

FlourishAnyway from USA on December 02, 2019:

Their lives definitely could have gone in different directions but you made it a positive ending. Your conversations flow well.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on December 02, 2019:

Hi Shauna, I very much appreciate your kind comments. I love happy endings. Have a great week, Shauna.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on December 02, 2019:

Nice response to the challenge, Pamela. I'm glad Analisa came to her senses and that she and her sister remain on good terms.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on December 01, 2019:

hi Sean, I am glad you enjoyed this short story. I appreciate your comments and hope you have a good day.

Thank you for prayers. God bless you.

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on December 01, 2019:

A lovely story with many allegories! Thank you for sharing! I enjoyed it!

Prayers for you and much Love!

Sean

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 29, 2019:

Hi Chris, It could have been much worse for Analisa, but I like a happy ending most of the time. You comments are appreciated.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on November 29, 2019:

This story could have gone either way. You took the route to a happy ending. Well done.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 29, 2019:

Hi Robert, It took me a while to come up with a different type of idea, but I guess it worked out. I appreciate your comments, Robert.

Robert Sacchi on November 28, 2019:

A lovely story about a sister's loyalty. A good and different angle. Nicely played.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 28, 2019:

Hi John, I love happy endings too. I appreciate your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 28, 2019:

Hi MG Singh, I am glad you loved this story. Thank you for your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 28, 2019:

Hi Clive, That is a good question and I am not sure. Thanks for commenting.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on November 27, 2019:

Nice Story...When is the Next?

MG Singh emge from Singapore on November 27, 2019:

What a sweet wonderful tale. I loved it and thank you.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on November 27, 2019:

A worthy response to the challenge, Pamela, and we all love happy endings.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 27, 2019:

Hi Linda, I am very happy about receiving your praise. It is much appreciated as I am not very confident when writing fiction. Thank you. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Linda Chechar from Arizona on November 27, 2019:

What a great storyline about twins. The fiction is a wonderful tale!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 27, 2019:

Hi Bill, You know how I like happy endings. Thanks for commenting. I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving too.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 27, 2019:

Hi Ruby, I am glad to hear from someone that is close to a set of twins. Your comments is appreciated.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 27, 2019:

Hi Devika, i appreciate your comment.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 27, 2019:

Hi Eric, Thanks for commenting.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 27, 2019:

Beautiful and I thank you.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 27, 2019:

I enjoyed the challenge you took on here. Your focus on the twins tells me you are a serious writer and have lots to offer to your readers.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on November 27, 2019:

This is a good story and lessons to be learned. My husband is an identical twin and their closeness is apparent. You met the challenge well.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 27, 2019:

Hooray for Analisa! Great decision and a Happy Ending!!!!

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving, Pamela!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 27, 2019:

Hi Tiyasha, I am glad you enjoyed this short story. Thank you for your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 27, 2019:

Hi Rosina, I am very glad you lked the story. I love happy endings too. I appreciate your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on November 27, 2019:

Hi Lorna, I certainly love the praise but I really don't think of myself as a writer of fiction too often. I will have to think what might be done as a sequel. I know twins are protective of each other, so I suppose there are endless possibilities, Thank you, Lorna.

Lorna Lamon on November 27, 2019:

This is such a good read Pamela - one to curl up in a chair with. I have cousins who are twins and I could see similar parallels within your story. That protectiveness of the younger sibling came through quite strongly. I hope you are planning a sequel - I loved it.

Rosina S Khan on November 27, 2019:

A fantastic fiction about twins, Pamela! I always love happy endings. I also loved the video at the end. Thank you for your contribution.

Tiyasha Maitra from Gurgaon on November 27, 2019:

Nice response to Liz's challenge. I enjoyed reading it.