-The Decision-

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I was read a small portion of The Stand (By Stephen King) and had to expand on what was written. The 2 characters are Jesse and Fran. Fran has just told Jesse that she is pregnant,and Jesse isn't take it to well. I highly suggest you read The Stand before you read this.

The Decision

By Brendan Padellford

“STOP going on about whose fault it is, it doesn’t really matter at this point,” exploded an enraged Fran. “What’s happened has happened. There’s nothing you nor I can alter about the situation, expect by moving forward and doing something about it!”

“That’s what I’m trying to do, if you would just give me some time to think and make a rational decision,” retorted Jesse. “Do really think this is the kind of news I was expecting? You just dropped a huge bomb on me and I’m trying to recover.”

They both fell silent. Jesse stared extremely hard at the wall in front of him, as if willing it to move. His face exhibited a dangerous mix of anger and fear, two things whose sum is never a good outcome. As Fran looked closer at him, she noticed a slight tremble that had taken capture of his entire body. The man was struggling against the boy to take control, to act swiftly and decisively, and to come up with a solution to the problem set before him. The awkward silence continued for some time, and Fran started to hum the Jeopardy song.
“If we get married and keep the baby, we can have a nice life together,” thought Jesse. “But so many things could go wrong… I don’t know if I’m ready to father a child... There are too many variables on what could happen… too risky… what will happen if – STOP!” A voice in his head interrupted the endless strands of thought, thoughts of panic and confliction.

The man had defeated the boy. Jesse rose out of his chair, stared at Fran, and said “We should get married.” Fran looked surprised at the sudden movement and words. The way he was trembling and staring at the bleak white wall had made Fran wonder if he was about to have a seizure.

“Alright,” replied Fran, “that’s your opinion, and now I’ll enlighten you on mine. Put simply, I don’t want to have this baby.” The look that Jesse gave in return was of bewilderment and confusion.
“Why not? I always thought you wanted a child,” Jesse said.

“You’re a smart one, aren’t you Einstein,” taunted Fran. “If I wanted a child, do you think I would intend to take a birth control pill, like I meant to? Someday I may want to have a kid, but that day isn’t today.”

“Let me at least attempt to change your mind,” Jesse inquired. Fran nodded with a smirk, as if to say “You won’t be able to change my mind, but go ahead and give it a shot.”

“Think of it like this,” he began, “your child could very well be the person who discovers the cure for cancer. If you get an abortion, that discovery might not ever happen.”

“No, you think of it this way,” interrupted Fran. “The chances of that happening are as likely as my child becoming the world’s next evil dictator.”

“Touché,” muttered Jesse in response. “Getting an abortion is just another way of running away from the problem. I’m willing to rise up and not run away, but are you?”

Before Fran could respond, they both dropped dead. The plague had hit, chaos and death was unleashed, and it was unforgiving.

The End

Submitted: October 14, 2007

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this was creative, but the only problem i have is that in the book Jesse was meaker and more of a pushover. u made him more angry and confrontational. either way, nice job

Thu, May 20th, 2010 4:29pm

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