Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: CROOKED (04/30/20)
- TITLE: The Winding Road
By Francie Snell
Notice: Undefined variable: place_icon in /var/www/vhosts/faithwriters.com/subdomains/transition/httpdocs/wc-article-level4-previous.php on line 142
LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE
SEND A PRIVATE COMMENT
ADD TO MY FAVORITES
A crisp spring morning would normally cheer her, but this day was different. This day she awoke to the still fresh sting of betrayal and a knot in her stomach.
How could they …people she considered close friends?
Pain weighed heavy on her heart as she turned a sharp right on the gravel road. She had the perfect job, or so she thought, working in a place that gave her a sense of purpose, friendships, and a generous wage. Five years she dedicated her life to an organization she now realized was steeped in lies and deceit. She lamented. How naïve I am.
But now she knew the truth.
A sharp left, then she continued farther up the canyon. The road went straight for only a short distance then turned in a hairpin curve. There seemed no hope as she looked over the edge remembering her boss’s biting remarks. “If you say anything, no one will believe you, and you’ll be blacklisted if you do.” He gave a chilling smile. “There’ll be no place in this town who’ll hire you if you try to work against us.”
Where could she go … another town, another state?
The people at the Lab always seemed a tight-knit group, trustworthy and caring. Like family. But reality hit hard when she discovered the lies and corruption of people she once trusted and admired so deeply. She no longer fit in, nor did she want to. Fearfully she’d check over her shoulder as she mixed the caustic chemicals to see who was watching her.
No longer was she safe.
Fear turned to anger as she revved the engine and pulled hard on the wheel, fishtailing around a curve, spraying gravel over the edge. Again, she hit the gas. Maybe… if I just go straight at the next turn, I’ll just sail over the edge and not have to worry about tomorrow. The truck growled through its gears as it picked up speed on the straightaway, her fists tight around the wheel. She wrestled in her mind. No, no, I can’t end it this way. Then slowed the truck back to the center of the road. Steady on course, she pulled her emotions back in check and safely made the turn.
She screamed in her heart. Why, God, why this?
She had strived so hard to prove her dedication and faithfulness. And for what? Only to find she worked amongst a group of sophisticated criminals. Either keep their dirty secrets or say good-by to a future in biochemical engineering, her lifelong dream.
Focused on the road, she lumbered up the last mile of steep, windy road. Her heart ached as faces flashed through her mind, friends she never would have imagined as enemies.
What would she do now?
At the top of the mountain, she let out a sigh of relief, then gasped at the raw beauty around her. Remnants of snow clung in the crevices of boulders high up in the gorge. A hawk glided through the canyon, hanging effortlessly in the wind. White waters below crashed around and in between huge boulders.
Taking it all in, she pondered the rough road she had just endured with its’ many twists and turns. But as she considered the beauty before her, and the treachery she left behind, she saw hope as a still small voice echoed in her heart.
‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10
The opinions expressed by authors may not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.
Accept Jesus as Your Lord and Savior Right Now - CLICK HERE
JOIN US at FaithWriters for Free. Grow as a Writer and Spread the Gospel.