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Perspectives – A Short Story

Clara woke to the sound of rain pounding on her window and grimaced at the pounding ache in her head – a painful reminder of the bottle of wine she’d finished the previous evening, her ‘treat’ to relax after a hard day. She reluctantly pulled back the curtains and sighed at the lashing rain, crashing thunder and flashing lightning – great, a gloomy wet day to suit my mood. She considered calling in sick, the thought of another day working on the supermarket checkout filling her with dread, but she needed the money, she was behind on her bills and credit card payments as usual.

Her phone signaled a text message and she reached for it with a sinking heart, knowing it would be from Adam, her boyfriend, and that it wouldn’t be good news. He’d been acting strange recently – distant and kind of secretive – she was sure he was going to dump her. Can we meet later, we need to talk, said the message, confirming her fears. Great, how could this day get any worse? She shoveled a bowl of sugary cereal into her mouth followed by two cups of strong coffee – she needed the energy to get through another tough day.

Whilst eating, she glanced at the front page of the morning paper, which announced Boy of 7 Loses Leg After Meningitis. Staring at his picture, his missing leg, her eyes welled with tears, poor little boy, what an awful life he had ahead, what an awful world it is, so full of disease, pain, and war.

Clara got through the day at work; somehow. It dragged in a blur of annoying customers, and her headache worsened as every hour crawled by. She was nearly in tears by the end of her shift. Her life was going nowhere. She’d been given a shitty deal, her parents hadn’t had enough money to send her to university and so she was stuck doing a job she hated. Forever.

As she left the supermarket and ducked through the still pouring raining, a car beeped, and a voice called her name: Adam. She walked to his car and he climbed out to meet her with a smile. Great, he’s not only going to dump me, he’s going to do it with a sympathetic smile and a lame excuse.

“Clara, I was going to wait ‘til we went out to dinner, but I don’t think I can wait…”

“Hold on,” she interrupted him, “I know what you’re going to say, but it’s peeing down with rain, I’m bloody drenched, and I have a pounding headache, so I’ll speed up the process and save you the breath. We’re not going anywhere, we’re not right for each other, we want different things, time to call it a day, fun while it lasted, and all of that.” Her anger rose with each word, “well screw you Adam. You’re not that wonderful anyway. You’re snoring is annoying, you wear bloody awful shirts, and you could do with losing a few pounds. Have a good life,” she added for good measure before turning and stomping through the puddles to her car, leaving a stunned Adam wondering what the hell just happened. How could he have got her so wrong?

Clara went home to drown her sorrows in another bottle of wine.

Clara woke to the sound of rain pounding on her window and sprung out of bed feeling vibrant and fresh – a reminder of the delicious green juice she’d enjoyed the previous evening, her ‘treat’ to relax after a wonderful day. She eagerly pulled back the curtains and grinned at the lashing rain, crashing thunder and flashing lightning – great, an exciting magical day to suit my mood. She loved this kind of weather, it looked so stunning when the raindrops on her window were lit up by the streaks of lightning. The thought of another day working on the supermarket checkout filled her with anticipation, it might not be the most exciting job but every day was a learning curve and one step closer to her vision of launching her own business doing what she loved.

Her phone signaled a text message and she reached for it with a little leap in her heart, knowing it would be from Adam, her boyfriend, and that it would be good news. He’d been acting strange recently – mysterious and kind of secretive – she was sure he was planning something exciting – maybe a holiday or, she grinned again, a proposal. Can we meet later, we need to talk, said the message, confirming her thoughts. Great, how could this day get any better? She enjoyed a green smoothie full of delicious fruit, veg, and seeds – she needed the energy to get through another fun day.

Whilst eating, she glanced at the front page of the morning paper, which announced Boy of 7 Loses Leg After Meningitis. Staring at his picture, his gorgeous smile that radiated hope and potential, her eyes welled with tears, brave little boy, what a wonderful life he has ahead, knowing he can overcome anything, he will inspire so many people, what a wonderful world it is, so full of hope, healing, and love.

The day sailed by in a blur of conversations with lovely customers and excited daydreams about what Adam might possibly want to talk about. At lunchtime her boss called her into his office and gave her the best news ever – he was so pleased with her attitude and her work and how well regarded she was by customers and colleagues that she was going to be promoted to supervisor. Wow! She was so grateful. Her life was going places. This would be just the managerial experience she needed when she launched her business. She’s worked hard since leaving school, and was so grateful for the opportunity her humble start had given her to discover that she could achieve anything. Through her work at the supermarket she’d funded a part time degree course in fashion and would soon be graduating, after which she would launch her own website selling her designs and eventually her own little boutique. The vision was so clear it filled her with delight.

As she left the supermarket and danced through the still pouring raining, a car beeped, and a voice called her name: Adam. She ran to his car and he climbed out to meet her with a smile. Oh My God, I was right.

“Clara, I was going to wait ‘til we went out to dinner, but I don’t think I can wait…”

She was almost bursting with excitement. She was drenched to the bone, her hair plastered against her face, but she didn’t care.

Adam went down to one knee in a puddle, and she gasped with glee. “Clara, you are the most radiant, supportive, wonderful person I have ever met and I would love to spend the rest of my life attempting to make you as happy as your presence makes me. I would love to support you in all that you do, to share your journey with you and grow together as we grow old together. If you would like to, that is. Clara, will you marry me?”

A flash of lightning lit the sky just then and she could see the love in his eyes even as she felt it reaching from him and encircling her. She dropped to her knees and wrapped her arms around him. “I would love nothing more, Adam,” she whispered and kissed him with all the passion that filled her heart.

Applause erupted around them from customers and staff leaving the store that they couple hadn’t even noticed. Clara went home to celebrate with her fiancé, having touched many hearts and imaginations.

Lynda Mangoro

Lynda Mangoro

Lynda is the Inspired World founder and Editor in Chief. Lynda is an author, artist and mentor whose guiding intention with everything she creates is to inspire others to connect to their authentic selves and awaken to their true nature, so they too live deeply enriched, fulfilled and purposeful lives. Lynda’s creative gifts were evident from her early childhood, when even her teachers paid testament to her outstanding skills in both art and writing. She has always had an inquisitive nature and an intuitive sense that there is deeper meaning to life on Earth and through her own life journey she has come to understand that her creative gifts and her imagination are a gateway to a much larger part of herself; her true authentic creator self, the source from which we all come.
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