By: Jennifer Cook
Only a few weeks had passed since the 4th of July picnic. Margaret remembered how excited she had been. Everything in her life seemed to be falling into place. Of course, that was before David entered her life again.
It was obvious to William that Margaret and David knew each other. After spilling the hot coffee all over herself, both men quickly rushed to her rescue. As soon as David touched her arm she felt a stirring in her stomach. Nothing quite compared to the feeling David gave her on the inside. She yelled at them to stop. She quickly tried to clean up, but George Collins protested. She couldn’t look David in the eye. All she could do was stand up and tell William she was ready to go home.
William had taken her home, and she told him she didn’t want to talk about it that night. He respected her wishes, which made her feel even more fondness towards him. Margaret needed to be by herself and have some time to think. She loved William, and he was so good to her. However, what she had with David surfaced immediately as soon as he touched her.
She got in bed, and tossed and turned. She didn’t get much sleep. She woke at 7:00 am the next morning to find David at her door. He apologized for surprising her the evening before.
“Margaret!” Margaret looked up from the couch. Marilyn Collins was looking down at her and offering her a drink.
“Oh, no thank you,” Margaret responded to her new friend.
“The guests are starting to arrive. Aren’t you excited to start your engagement party?” Marilyn beamed. They both walked around the room, admiring all of the new furniture and inventions that George and Marilyn Collins had always been able to afford. “Let’s go find your groom. George has him around here somewhere.”
As soon as she saw him across the hallway, Margaret knew she had made the right decision. He turned and looked at her. He gave her the sweetest smile, and her heart melted.
David and she had talked for hours the day after his arrival back into town. They talked easily, yet, as the day went on, she realized that all they spoke of was the past. She missed William terribly that day. No matter what feelings she had for David, they were feelings from another life; a life before William.
She had kissed David on the cheek, and told him goodbye forever. She knew they would see each other at work, but all that she had held on to for twelve years disappeared as she closed the door behind him.
She had immediately rushed to William, and begged him to forgive her for being such a fool. He proposed that day, and they started their wedding plans immediately. As soon as they announced it at work, Marilyn Collins insisted she would throw them an engagement party. As William walked slowly over to her, Margaret knew that her present and future would now dictate her life; not her past.