As she walked in the moonlight, her blond hair glistened. She could see the water rippling toward the shore. What a beautiful night, she thought. The town of Sandy Oaks had some magnificent sights. This was one of them.
It was calm and quiet by the lake. Elizabeth loved coming here, even as a child. When something was bothering her she always took a walk in the late evening hours. She seemed lured to Lake Menaha. It was beautiful here all year long.
This particular Spring night, the moon was full and the stars seemed to be throbbing with life. The air was cool and comfortable. She could feel the breeze flowing through her thin cotton dress. Elizabeth needed this tranquility to make a very important decision.
Will I marry Jeff in June? What will I do about the baby if I don’t marry Jeff? I’m only 17. How can I keep the baby? Father won’t allow it, she thought. Mother will become instantly ill. What am I going to do? She stopped at the edge of the lake and sat on a large rock. I don’t love Jeff. I care for him, but how can I marry someone I don’t love? Why didn’t I protect myself? God, I know about birth control. What is wrong with me? I should just leave town, she thought. With the kind of money Father has given me over the years, I should have enough to go away and start over. Father must never know about the baby. I need to tell Jeff, though. It’s his baby. He has the right to know. He’ll want to know, won’t he? Well, the only thing I can do is leave town and have my baby. It’ll be nice, she thought, trying to convince herself that everything was going to be great. She stood up and looked at the sky. She smiled. She was proud of herself for making such an important decision on her own, without her father’s influence.
To be Continued…..