So its official I have completed the 30 day NaNoWriMo challenge! Here is the certificate to prove it. I’m really proud of my accomplishment. I’m proud that I finally, however, incompetently put pen to paper and wrote my story. I have thought of those experiences from 2007 over and over again and now they have been written down. I look forward to editing, changing things around and making it as good as it get can be. Then I am going to bind it and keep it as a prized possession.
In the meantime I am already thinking about what to write next year. It is a lot harder because this was my one big idea. I had practically written the book in my head a million times and had practiced many of the events on this blog. I may not have that luxury the next time around. I could do a sequel but that would’ t really be my life at all as the character gets married at the end and I clearly am not married. I think I will just have to find another way to write about God and the Workforce but in another set of characters. Hmmm…
Well, I thought since I am ‘finished’ meaning initial output done I’d give you one more snip-it of the book. My friend Polly read it and she enjoyed it. I hope you do as well. This is a closing scene when the character has just had her last day at the job she is quitting.
Thank you in advance for your feedback. It’s still in a rough state so please bare with me. Just enjoy some early, exciting, writing in its raw form. Plus this is a pretty romantic section, so enjoy that! I enjoyed writing it and can’t wait for it to happen to me in real life! 🙂
As I descend the stairs I feel like an astronaut who is about to take the big step onto a new planet. Each one feels important like a plaque should be put in that honor stating ‘Rachel took the leap of faith here”.
Sometimes I still wondered why God was asking me to do something so strange? Quit my job with nothing to fall back into? Who does that especially in this economy? Evidently I do. I finally reach the bottom of the stairs and open the door. With the fresh air my brain is flooded with thoughts but I am drawn back to the scripture Jamie read to me the other day:
“That you may love the LORD your God, and that you may obey his voice, and that you may cleave unto him: for he is your life, and the length of your days: that you may dwell in the land which the LORD swore unto your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them..”
“He is my life” I am putting it in His hands. A rush adrenalin crawls up my spine and I feel ticklish all over. It’s like happiness is bursting out of me from every pore. Setting the box down for a minute I raise my hands high into the air and let out the loudest ‘Yes! I did it” I possibly can. For a moment I am dancing and I’m a terrible dancer! The smile on my face is wide and a million pop ballads embracing freedom and adventure pop in my head. That person they are singing about is me. I’d done it.
In the middle of my revelries I feel a tap on my shoulder. Looking around I see that it is Oliver and he gives me a huge hug. “Congratulations. I’m so proud of you for taking this big step”.
“I’ve never felt so great in all my life. I did it! The thing I didn’t think I could do for three years, I did!” I raise my arms to the sky one more time and let out a little ‘Hurray!’
“So what do you think you want to do with all your free time?” he asks
“Well, I’ll be looking for a job mostly but I have lots of projects like my college scrapbook to work on. I would love to volunteer maybe go and tutor for Dr. Thomas for free. That would be the best! We will just see what life throws at me and where God wants me to be”.
All of the sudden his voice sounds a little nervous and I wonder why. “What about doing some wedding planning?”
“Oh that could be a fun career” but before I can go on Oliver is on his knees in front of me with a ring. It’s a princess cut ring small stoned ring with a the most beautiful platinum band” I look at it and him with amazement.
“Will you marry me?” he asks
“Yes, of course, I will marry you!” I quickly reply and put the ring on my finger. It seems to have always been there along with my necklace around my neck.
“Yes, yes, she said yes!” he says to nobody and we kiss but this is a kiss like never before. Long (way past our 20 seconds), soft and tender and then rough and passionate. I never want it to end. Without helping it I start to cry a little bit and put my head on his shoulder.
“What’s wrong he asks” hoping I haven’t had a change of heart.
“Now this is the BEST day of my life!” As I stood there with my head on Oliver’s shoulder I knew I would always look back on this moment as perfect. Life would get hard again, I’d feel anxious and stressed, maybe even panic, but I would always have in my pocked that I had gotten through these 3 years. I had learned to pay attention when God tells you to ‘make a change’ and that the more you fight Him the unhappier you will be. I’ve learned that God has patience and he gives us far more blessings than we deserve, especially when we aren’t listening to him. I’ve learned that diving into nothing is the greatest feeling a girl can have. Most importantly I learned that my happiness matters to God, and that He really does love me.
Life is going to be good for Rachel Wagner former employee of Marshall Plastics.
“ka,ka,ka” I hear and look around me on the top of the patio ledge is a crow getting ready to fly off into the distance. “ka,ka,ka”. It rings in my head and I look at Oliver and smile. He has work to do but I give him a sweet and simple kiss and then it gets longer and harder. Perfect.
“Have a great day at work” I say with a wink and I hold onto his hand until it is just fingers and we finally let go. “See you later tonight”.
As I get into my car, I let out a large long sigh. “It is done. Thank you God. We did it!” Just as pull out of the parking lot the Clocktower ticks loudly and I push the gas pedal. “Done and on my way to a new adventure”.