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The Consequence Part One
By Michelle R Kidwell Power In The Pen
Saturday, April 24, 2010

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It will take a tragedy for Cassie to realize what kind of person she had become...

She was making horrible decisions and no one could tell her otherwise, getting behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol, risking her lives and the lives of others.  It didn’t seem to matter to her who she hurt or destroyed, little did she realize that her poor decisions her lack of care, was going to affect others in very real ways, and it was going to affect her. Maybe she just did not care, but her decisions were destroying those who cared about her.  Lately all that mattered was downing those who cared about her, and worrying about when she was going to get her next drink.  Drinking had become her life, she tried to hide it, but everyone knew, and when she drank she made stupid decisions, like driving…

It wasn’t surprising when she was drinking one Friday night, with some guy she barely knew.  Before she knew it she would find herself in his apartment, not remembering a thing, after words, but that was not even the worst of it, it was the driving.  She made the stupid decision once again to get behind the wheel drunk, and in the process she was about to destroy her life.

She didn’t see the car coming, soon enough, instead she found herself swerving, plowing right into a tree, in an instant her world went back, and she found herself waking up in a hospital bed, unable to feel anything below her shoulders. 

I should have listened to what they were telling me, I knew getting behind the wheel drunk was the wrong thing to do.  Even though I tried to tell myself I wasn’t drunk, I knew I was, now I am laying here, unable to do anything for myself.  I wouldn’t be surprised if others treated me the way I treated them.  I wouldn’t be surprised if suddenly I did not matter.

The people she cared about did not do that though, despite her stupid decisions, despite the horrible way she had treated others they were there for her.  It made Cassie feel bad, it made her feel horrible, because she did not deserve this, but it also showed her that those who really cared about her would not abandon her in the time of need.  The way she had them.

It was a rude awakening, but Cassie saw what the consequences of her decisions and she realized that she was in fact being a horrible friend.  No matter how she had tried to convince herself otherwise before,  she had to see now that her decisions were wrong, that she had hurt innocent people in the process and the fact was she had nearly killed herself.



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Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/24/2010
Sometimes it takes something huge like becoming paralyzed or losing a loved one to make someone "wake up" and face the music of their actions. Sad, but true. Excellent and sobering reminder, Michelle; very well and powerfully penned!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :(
Reviewed by Paul Berube 4/24/2010
Great lesson in this story, Michelle. Well done.

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