1) Dreams

1) Dreams

A Chapter by Kelly M.

A serene peace blanketed the mountains of North Carolina that night.  April was perched on the Carter's porch swing outside, rocking in thoughtful silence.  Countless stars lit the dark blue sky, and the faint chirp of the crickets broke the brisk night air in a harmonic melody.
The screen door creaked open, and Jenny, who had now fully recovered, stepped out, a warm shawl about her.  She silently joined April on the rickety swing.
"And what do you think you're doing out of the house?  You'll catch a cold," April teased.
"I couldn't stand that stuffy house any longer.  I haven't been outside in days."
They both were silent as they stared up at the sky.
"It's a lovely night," Jenny whispered.
"Yes," April whispered into the soft darkness.  She turned slowly to Jenny, her face beaming with uncontainable joy.  "I feel so--" She paused.  "I-- I feel like the world is raining down its glorious sunshine, and all I can feel is happiness.  Each day I awaken, I think it was all just a wonderful dream.  I've longed of the moments, the very thought-- to be married, and, to think, my dreams are coming true!"
Jenny reached to squeeze her hand.  "Sooner than you know it, you'll be Mrs. Drew Carter."
April beamed. "Oh, if only there were someone for you, Jen-- to make you this happy."
Jenny looked away, her eyes falling to her lap.
"I always thought James was-- but, now-- I'm so unsure."
April jerked her head around to meet her friend's gaze, her eyes looking
inquiringly at her.
"He's gone, April," she whispered, her eyes filling with confusion and deep hurt, "and no one has any idea where he went."
"Left?" she asked, incredulous.  Didn't he tell anyone where he was going?"
She shook her head.  "Not a word to a soul-- even his mother is concerned.  And I'm-- terribly afraid.  It's not like him to leave, without even saying a good-bye.  He just... just vanished."
April reached to give Jenny a comforting embrace.  "I'm sure he'll be back soon.  There has to be a reason why he left so suddenly."
Though April tried to keep her tone hopeful, her heart began to mull over the mystery.  Why would he just leave-- no information, not a word of his whereabouts?  Where could he have gone...and why so quickly?  She had no answers to her swirling questions, but she prayed that wherever he was, he would not delay in returning.  Jenny certainly seemed confused-- hurt.  Did he not love her enough to assure her of his departure and return?  She pushed thoughts aside, and tried to change the subject.

"Did I tell you my parents are going to be arriving on the next train?" she asked her.  "I still can't believe they'll be coming.  It seems so long since I've seen them, and it'll be wonderful having them here for my wedding, won't it?  I was disappointed, though, that I had to miss Kanika's," she continued on sadly.  "She and Karver are so sweet.  They promised to visit soon, and then you'll be able to meet them."

Jenny merely nodded, managing a wobbly smile.  "I can hardly wait," she whispered.
April knew, though, that it would be James' arrival that she would be anticipating.

© 2012 Kelly M.

Author's Note

Kelly M.
What do you think? It was more of a prologue than a chapter.

Please give your honest, detailed opinions since it is the first chapter. :)

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Posted 7 Years Ago

yes it has more a of a proluge feel i enjoyed this a small quite piece just to get things started. as for james... didnt he try and see Jenny but was unable to do so or somthing?

Posted 9 Years Ago

This is a lovely piece:)

Posted 9 Years Ago

lovely piece, very intriguing! captivated me with wonderfully colorful characters with nice dialogue!:] great job

Posted 9 Years Ago

Dialogue definitely carries the story along well. Still confused about some things, but then again this seems to be just an intro. Will read on...

Posted 9 Years Ago

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Interesting opening. Just a quick review at present . If you want detailed review, I'll happily provide, but I'll need to read a couple of times first. Certainly well written with a good command of dialouge.

Posted 9 Years Ago

Jenny is okay! I'm so happy that the fever broke, and the TB is slowly leaving her body! But in the summary it said "tragedy strikes". Could it be Jenny passing away?! Reading on!!

Posted 9 Years Ago

Your characters are lovable. Your paragraphing is a little strange, but I'm not very good at it either (as you can tell in my chapters I have up haha) but I would read this story just for the sheer appeal your characters share.

Posted 9 Years Ago

Kelly M,

Very good length, it ran smoothly and more detailed... Glad you made the corrections that Erinne suggested, it does make your write more professional when it is flawless!

That would be my opinion on this chapter... it is flawless and clean, short enough to keep the readers attention and smooth enough to want another.

Enjoyed this Kelly!

Have a great day,


Posted 9 Years Ago

First I wanna apologize for taking so long to read this. I'm truly sorry:(

Now, to the chapter, it is really good!! I like how you don't really tell what she was sick from or why. It makes one want to read more:) Wonderful:)

Posted 10 Years Ago

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