by Wes Dodd
Genre: Romantic Thriller
Publisher: CreateSpace & Book Tango
Release Date: June 1, 2013
Fate rides on the wings of life, steering life along its unforeseen journey, thus fulfilling one’s destiny. Fate can also bring two paths to cross, though traveling in opposite directions, lives that had once ran parallel. So it was in the lives of Trevor Logan and Faith Thomas, two paths traveling parallel, destined to be one at a young age. Then came a sinister plan, painted with pictures of deception, sending their lives reeling in opposite directions. But after over twenty years, fate caused their paths to cross once again, by way of an unusual chain of events. Their paths crossed just when Faith’s life was in danger, leaving Trevor to risk his own to save hers, thus keeping a strange promise he had made to her father—over twenty years before.
It was a beautiful Saturday morning, Graduation Day, and blue skies stretched from one side of heaven to the other, with a few white clouds dotted here and there just to add a bit of color. A temporary stage sat on the football field, adorned in blue and white, the school colors. The banners waved gently in the warm tender breeze, as if waving farewell to the seniors seated before them. The principal, vice principal and guidance counselor all sat up on the stage, with Faith’s father as well, who was to give a prayer to begin the ceremony. The bright faces of seventy-six seniors sitting in folding chairs faced them, eagerly waiting to begin the next phase of their lives. They were seated in alphabetical order with the men wearing blue and the ladies in white. The bleachers adjacent the stage were filled with proud parents, including Trevor’s mom and dad.
On cue, Mr. Thomas rose and approached the microphone. He gave a short speech on how proud he was of each senior, and especially the one of his own. After embarrassing Faith, he proceeded with a very beautiful prayer for the graduating class. The principal then took over, giving a short dignified speech. The vice principal then added a speech of his own, pointing out some humorous events that happened this past year. The football field echoed with laughter, at the expense of certain humiliated seniors. The principal then came forward to begin handing out diplomas as the vice principal called out the names of each graduate.
All seventy-six seniors made their way across the stage and back to their seats, where they all stood eagerly waiting for the announcement, to then throw their caps high into the air in celebration. The principal gazed out over the graduates, as an unusual smirk grew upon his face. He then made a most unusual request, calling Faith Thomas back to the stage. All eyes fell curiously upon Faith as she made her way through her classmates and then slowly onto the stage. Faith wore a confused expression as she stared into her father’s smiling face. His glassy eyes then turned to her rear—causing hers to follow. To her surprise, Trevor was approaching, wearing a smirk of his own.
Trevor stepped close, placing her hands within his. “Faith,” he said with a twinkle in his eyes, “I pledge my whole heart and soul to you…today and for all the tomorrows that the Lord will bless me with.” He lowered to a knee, his sneakers and blue jeans peeking out from under his graduation gown. Faith’s mouth dropped and eyes watered, as all the girls in the crowd squealed. “Faith, will you marry me?” he asked as silence fell—all waiting for her reply.
With tears of joy streaming down her cheeks, Faith watched as Trevor opened a tiny black velvet box, revealing what she thought was the most beautiful ring she had ever laid eyes on. Everyone in the audience quietly waited for her response. Too choked up to speak, she nodded in agreement as Trevor slipped on the ring. The crowd erupted in celebration, as the graduating class yelled while throwing their caps high into the air.
But not everyone shared in the excitement. One particular senior still sat in her seat with her cap still on her head, glaring through tear-stained eyes at the happy couple on stage. All her hopes and dreams were laid to waste by a tiny diamond ring. With Faith away at college, and Trevor at home attending the nearby community college, Denise had planned on turning up the heat on her pursuit for Trevor. With Faith gone and not running interference, it would be only a matter of time before Trevor would give in to his desires. She was attractive enough to weaken the knees of any devout man, which left an eighteen-year-old hormonal machine without a prayer of surviving her seduction.