The proposal part three

Lilly’s  day did not go as planned. She never thought she would be maried today. Now she found she was in another sate. She was a maried women. In the car she stared at her ring a bit. She took it all in. It was so sureel. 

The car parked. They got out of the car. They walked hand in hand to the hotel. “So! Does this all end at midnight? Do i go back to scrubing floors and dodging insults by my step sisters. ” she asked.

“So if your Cinderella, does that i am prince charming? ” he asked.  “You wish! I am thinking one of the mice.” she said. “Really? One of the mice?” he asked. “Just kidding!” she said. He chuckled. 

She was so funy. She had an infectious laugh. She was very playfull. She liked to tease and joke around.  

He held the door for her. They walked in. They walked in. They went to the front desk.  “Reservation for Granger.”he said. “Yes. I have you right hear. ” he said. He gave her the room key.

They walked to the car. “I did not not get the honey moon suite  . i just got a rugular room. ” he said. “I dont care about that.  A room is a room. ” she said.

She was not materialistic at all. She wanted to be provided for but that was it. That was all she cared about . he soon learn that she loved suprises but she did not have elaborate taste. She liked to be noticed appreciated and thought of. Mony was not the issue, time was. She discovered early on that alex knew that. They learned early on how to relate to eachother. 

“I am a bit of a cheap scape. I do want this to be special though. ” he said. “I am a main line church minister. My car runs on prayer and chicken wire. I am used to austerity. I am a cheap scape too. I am fine with that.  This is special.  ” she told her. 

They opened up the trunk. They pulled up the suit cases. They brought stuff inside the hotel. They went into the elevator.  

She observed that he was usually calm. He was reserve. He was easy going. He was often at ease.  When they entered the elavator his whole body langrege changed as did his continence.  He was tense. She came to suspect that he did not like elevators.  

She squeezed his hand. “You ok hunnie? ” she asked. “I hate elavators!” he said. She held on to him. 

The door opened.  Almost imidietly he calmed down.  He went back to the alex she had gotten use to. He was calm and surene again. 

They walked to the room. He slid the key card in. The door opened.  “Woa woa. Hold on!” he said. “What? ” she asked. “I got to carry you over the threshold!” he said. She chuckled. 

“Procede!” she declared. He picked her her and caried her inside. He gently laid her on the bed inside.  He then picked up the bags and brought them inside.  He closed the door.

“Hello mrs. Granger!  Excuse me pastor granger. Paster lilly!” he said. She laughed.  “Lilly granger i love it. “She said.  “It has a nice ring to it. ” he said. “It really does.  ” she said.  

She kicked off her flip flops and sat on the bed. “So how are you going to explain this to your parents? “She asked. “I have no idea. I will think of something.  ” he said.

She chuckled. “I am sure you will. It will be fun to watch. ” she said. “I am sure it will be. ” he answered.  They both laughed. 

“They probably wont understand.  I think in time they will accept it. I think they will like you. “He said. “They wont think i am trying to turn there little alex into a liberal? “She asked.

“They might at first. Give them time. I know you will become an important part of the extended family. ” he said.”i will give them time. My dad is going to love you. Mom grew up i.f.b but she is little more moderate then he is. My being a united Methodist empowers her. He feels outnumbered at family dinners. He will be happy to have an ally. He will be thrilled that i maried a fundy. Your personalities are very similar. You two are going to get along famously.  ” she said. 

“I look forward to meeting him and your mom too. ” he told her. ” they are great people. Word of warning when we visit dont eat for a week trust me. You canot leave there house without gwning weight or feeling bloated. They tend to go overbored if they have people over for dinner. They make there guest eat every bite. ” she said. “I will keep that in mind. ” he told her. 

“If you miss a detail of there stories, dont worry you will hear it again and  again.  “She said ” oh ok! I know how that is. I can relate. ” he said. 

He sat down on the bed.  She hugged him. He held on to her. She cried a bit. He held on to her. “Im sory. I dont know why i am weepy all of a suden. I am a floodbof emotions right now.  I think body,  mind, sprit, sub conscious is trying to sort this out. “She said.

“Thats fine.  I want to help you in any way i can. ” he said. “I know that. I hold back alot. I dont wear my heart on my sleve. I supress alot. You cwn only supress so much. Eventualy the dam burst i gues.  ” she said.

“You dont have to supress around me.i want to get to know you. ” he said. “Ok. I am glad to hear that. ” she said. “I meen it.” he said. “I know that. I go though phases. Hot, cold happy sad and everywhere in between in a matter of secconds. ” she said 

“I will figure it out. I will ajust accordingly.  ” he told her. ” i gues figuring eachother out is part of being a couple.  “She remarked. ” it is. I know we will figure it out and develop a rhythm.  ” he told her. “I am sure we will. ” she said. 

They were both tried.  It had been a long drive. They just rested in the bed room. They got acquainted as well. 

“Are you hungery?”he asked. “I am kind of hungry. ” she said.”the resturant is oppen 24-7. Do you want to eat in or out?” he asked. ” i would perfer in. I dont want to get dressed again and go out. ” she said. 

“Thats fine. What do you want?” he asked. ” what are you having?” she asked.  “Beckon cheseburger and fries and chips. ” he said. “I will do chiken tenders with a smal salid. “She said.”sure!” he said. 

He picked up the phone and called the kitchen.  ” yes i would like room service. I am in room 110.” he said.  She asked him what he wanted.  “Yes ittem 117 and 114. On 114 a smal salid as well. ” he said.

“The order is in. ” he said. “Thank you hunnie.” she said.  “Of course. No problem.  ” he said. ”

“I stil cant beleve i am in ohio. Im maried. On my honey moon. I am in shock.  ” she said. “I know exactly what you meen?”he said. “I might need you to pinch me. Make sure im not dreaming. I dont meen that literily.” she told her. He laughed. “Oh man! Thats no fun!” he said. She laughed.  

After a while the food arived. The waiter brought in the tray. He paid the man. He gave him a recipt. Then he left. The door closed.

She wore a tank top and shorts. He wore a t shirt and pajama pants. They sat down at a table. He asked her to pray for the meal. She did. They held hands during the prayer. 

He devored his hamburger. “You know if he eat slower,you will feel more full” she said in a teasing tone.”my mom and sisters tell me that all the time.” he admitted. ” i am sure they do.” she told him. 

“How are the tenders?”he asked.”excellent. Your going to have to tell me what you like and dont like. I know you like meat. You like lasagna?”she asked. “I love it!” he said.”you will love myine. We will have left overs for years but you will love it. “She told him.

“I cant wait to try it. ” she said. “I will make you te meat one. I make a vegiterian one but i am thiking i wl stear clear of that in your case.” he said. “That might be wise. “He said.

“I usualy make both for church functions.  ” she said. “I cant wait to try it.”he said. “I will need a list of what you like. I will need to know what you dislike with a passion. ” she said. 

“There is a lot of food that is not my favorate but i will eat it. ” he said. “Thats good to know.  I will warn you if i know you tolerate it,i might make it more often.” she said. “Thanks for the warning.”he said.”consider yourself warned.”he said. They laughed. “I take it your a picky eater.”she remarked.”a bit. Are you going to try to make me less so.”he asked.”oh there is no try. I will succeed. ” she said. They laughed. 

She finished most of her salid. “Wants some of it?” she asked. “Sure! ” he said. He eat some of hers. He ended up finishing hers. They threw away the trash afterwards. 

“I am now officially full. ” she said. “I know exactly what you mean. ” he said. She hugged him. She held on to him for a minute.  He held her tightly. He squeezed her tightly. 

The pain from the stabing came back .”you ok?”he asked.”yea im ok. It comes and goes.”she said. He held on to her. He held her tightly.

They decided to get into bed. He held her. She placed her head near his shoulders.  “So there is a smal baptist church. They meet at 9:00 for Sunday school with the morning service at 10:45. “He said. “Yea thats fine. I am used to being up fairly early on sunday. ” she said. 

“I am too. “He said. “I will be up in plenty of time.” she said. “Oh ok!” he said. 

They talked for a bit then decided to turn in for the night. He turned the light off. She kinda went though the days events.  When she went to bed the night before,she did not anticipate aanything much of consequence happening.  She wrote in her journal that she expected a quet and boring day.  Of course that is not what happened.  

She was glad that the day went the way he did. She eventually fell asleep. She slept until norning. 

End of part three.

Next up.

Lilly and kent go to church.  

The return of jimmy carter

George w bush narowly defeated vice president al gore. His first year was tumultuous.  Following attacks on the twin towers, the pentagon and a thawted third attack, the us waged a war on terror. He invaded Afghanistan.  Using the war on terror as a pretext he invaded iraq and overthrew sadem housane.  The war in iraq although scesfull at first went sour and so did the popurity of the president. 

With the unpopularity of the war, the democraric party hopped to capitalize on it. The problem was manny of the up and comers voted for the use of force against iraq. Many wanted someone who had stood against the war in iraq from the beginning. 

In his book,”dude wheres my country”,micheal more sugested running oprah winfrey against w. Winfrey had no interest in runing.  While more kept trying to get Oprah to run. He qietly looked for an alternative.  A friend of his sugested a name that blew his mind.  More lived the idea.  He seemed to be someone who fit the bill. 

More started a movement to draft a man who once had served as president. Jimmy carter served as president from 1977 to 1981. Carter lost to ronald reagen. Carter had focused his post presidency on humiterian and diplomatic work.he had been called a great x president.  

Carter was reluctant to run. Draft carter movement grew in populerity. Former national secuity advisor zivignew brasinski joined the bandwagon. Even henry kissenger joined the fray. Al gore said he should run.

Carter feared it might hurt his legacy. A legacy he worked so hard to build up folowering the defeat in 1980. If he lost he would lose his effectiveness as a global satesman and demicratic party elder. The dnc started urging him to run. 

On april 17, 2003, jimmy carter declared that he was indeed runing for president.  Former vermont governor Howard deen droped out. He endorsed carter. Bill clinton endorsed carter. Clinton pledged the clinton machine to his disposal. 

Dnc chair terry mcalife tried to clear the field . senator john kery wanted to run. He was angery at carter. The demicratic party did not want a masive primary fight.  Kery tried to get the number two slot but the president did not want to tie his hands.

In his book, the triumphent return,  carter said that he had already decided on a short list of vp before he entered.  He wanted either new mexico governor bill richardson, x indiana rep lee hamilton, new Hampshire senator jeen shaheen or wasington senator marea cantwell. He was leening towards richardson.

Kerry who considered by gore in 2000. Manny democrats were mad that kerry voted for the Iraq war. Carter did not want to pick someone who voted for iraq war. He did not want to alienate thr howard deen wing of the party. He feared deen or someone like him might go third party and bush might win by default.

Kerry suspected that carter might just be toying with a run. Kerry thought if he pushed carter, he might drop out.the party tried to qietly convince kerry not to enter the race. Kerry tried to hoped for sec of sate. Carter said that he would consider him for sec of sate. 

In a private meeting, kerry assured kerry that he was running. He asdured him that he was in it to win it. Kerry decided to anounce that he was not running. Kerry knew that he was probably never going to be president.   

Kerry went into a slump. He felt like the legs were kicked out from under him. Kerry beleved he could have gotten the nomination. He believed that even with iraq hqnging around his neck, he could still have won. Kerry knew he was not going to be vp.  The best he could hope for was posibly a cabinent post . 

Senator john Edwards was called bi clinton number two. He had been considered a serious contender. Carter got the endirsement of former governor jim hunt and curent governor mike easly. Edwards hoped for runing mate but he had been eliminated from consideration. Edwards decided to not run for president. Carter promised to do everything he could to get Edwards relected to thr senate.

Dick gaphardt,former house minority leader wanted to run. He had formed an exploratory comitee. He moved closer to runing even as carter got in. Gaphardt decided not to run against carter. He droped out. 

Joe Lieberman had unseated moderate to liberal republican lowel weiker in 1988. He had been an obscure senator. He comdemed bill clinton for his actions but denonced inoeachment. Gore chose him as a runing mate hoping to distence himself from the clinton scandle. Liberman refused to denounce the war in iraq. His platform was fightibg the war on terror better. On April 29th he formerly anounced hid canadacy.

Carter opponents for the nomination were liberman, former congreswomen and ambassador to new zealand carole mosley braun congressman dennis kucinich, and former alasca senator mikr graval. Liberman was careful in his attacks on carter.  He confined it to policy. Carter pushed Liberman to the right. Carter looked like a responsible centrist. A pro carter pac ran an add comparing Liberman with w. The add labeled liberman diet bush. 

While carter feared opposition within the democratic party, the nostly token opposition banefited him. The debates made him look presidential. He looked like a centrist.  President bush apearently told carl rove that “his goose was cooked.” 

Carter won iowa, new Hampshire and was able to wrap up the nomination in record time. By April he had enough deligates to sicure the nomination. He could focus on the general election. 

Carter worked to gain control of the democratic party apparatus.  Carter assembled an elete campagn staff. His v.p canidates tried out on sunday shows and cable tv.

Pols in may of 2004 showed carter with a 60-40 lead over president bush.  No one thought that would hold. Carter aides said that pold would tighten. The war in Iraq continued to sour.  Republican started to fear a landslide defeat for the president.  They also feared it could adversly affect the downticket.  

Some in the republican party qietly looked at replqcing bush on the ticket. There was some presue for him to bow out. Some hoped w might sack dick chaney. Many urged him to offer the vice presidential slot to colin powel. Powel was considering endorsing carter. He had made it clear he would probably not serve as secretary of sate in the second term. Bush made it clear that chaney would be his ruining mate not matter what. 

Brent  scowcroft the former national secuity advisor to george h.w bush endorsed carter. Henry kisinger endorsed carter and along with zibignew brasinki chared the foregn policy arm of the campagn. X new jersy governor tom keen who chared the 911 commission endorsed carter. Christine tod Whitman who had served as e.p.a admibistrator to president george w bush endorsed carter. She headed up carter’s efort to attract miderate and disaffected republican and independents. 

Republican party elders and doners looked into a replacement for the president.  Names like senate mojority leader bill frist, newt gungrich, dan qayle,rudy gulianie, condiliza rice or john Mccain.  Someonr even sugested revruting the elder george bush to run. It was decifed to let bush run. A carter victory would only be a minor setback.  Carter would not be eligible to run in 2008. If bush lost the party could go though a rebuild process.

Senator linkon chafe of road island switched parties to independent.  The republican mojority of 52 seats was ruduced to 51. Senator chuck hagel of nebrasca endorsed carter but continued to caucuses with the republicsns. Ohio governor bob taft endorsed carter.  Taft pledged to do all he could to deliver ohio for carter.

Bush saw his grasp on power sliping away. He was desprate for a way to change the naririve. He made a suprise visit to bagdad. He met with the interem government.  On the same day Iranian president hotamie made a suprise visit to  pyongyang .he met with kim jong ill in what was dubed the kiss seen round the world. Bush”s visit was not even an after thought.  While the visit between the two leaders was a photo op with no agrements it looked bad. New york times front page headline said the axis strikes back. 

During the summer, former president ronald reagen died. This brought attention to the reagen carter election of 1980. While bush was catefull not to politicize the funeral the contrast between the carter and Reagan presidentcy were made. Bush was benefiting indirectly from all of the attention made to the 40th president.

A plane was flying in restricted airspace. The capital and surpreme court building was put on lock down. F-15 were dispatched.  The plane refused to turn back and did not respond. The plane was schot down. There were no survors. As it turns out the plane was transporting kyintucky governor eaenie fkecher to dc for the reagen furneral.  The plane malfunctioned.  The bush administration looked like they had an itchy trigger finger. 

Of course conspiracy theories abounded.  An imqury chared by mitch mcconnel and paul e patten determined that because there was no radio contact while ill advised it was a resonible response. It was publicity president bush did not want.

Carter had rulled out Washington senator marea cantwell. He wanted to consider a female canidate. Jeen shaheen of new hampshire was elected to the senate after the use of force resolution against Iraq was passed. She defeated republican senator bob smith in the 02 midterms.  

He added denis kukinich to hos list of vp nominies and dick gaphardt. Top ades urged him not to pick either. Both were eliminated from considerations. Marcy kaptur of Ohio was vetted but eliminated from consideration.  The short list was whittled down to four.  

This was lee Hamilton of indiana, tenisee governor phil bredeson, Jeen shaheen or bill richardson. Sources have said that richardson was his dream canidate from day one of his decision to run.  

Richardson was hispanic. He had been a congresman. As a congresman he worked as a back chanel and an as hawk representative for president clinton. He had been nominated three times for a nobel peace prize.  He served as un ambassador and then served as energy secretary.  Despite a black mark on his record during an enugy crises, he had redemed himself by becoming a popular governor in new mecico.

If carter won the presidentcy in 04, and was viewed as sucesfull richardson would be a shoe in for the democraric nominstion. This could be a demicratic readuregence not seen sense the time of franklin roosivelt. 

richardson was not void of controversy.  There had been scandals over the years. Nothing too savere.  As enurgy secretary, vermont demictatic senator pat lahy said in a hearing that richardson would never get confirmed to any opounted posistion. There was fears that lahy words might become an add. 

Bredeson was risky. He was not well known outside of tenisee. He was new as governor. It seemed like a regonal ticket. Bredeson did not bring much to the ticket. 

Shaheen might help him in the northeast.  He was leeding in new england except for maine first congressional district and new hampshire. Most believed carter would dominate the north east if not sweep it especialy new england. 

Lee Hamilton looked like a satesman. A catter hamilton ticket would look like adults in the room contrasting the two cowboys in bush and chaney. He was pushed to pick hamilton. Carter incisted on richardson. 

Richardson was reluctent to accept. He was in hie first term as governor. He was pushed by democraric party insiders. He accepted. His pic created buzz. 

The 2004 democratic platform was to work with alies and made the world safe and us respected.  The slogin was safe at home,respected around the world. Carter advocated focusing on targering terorist commandand control and curbing there capibilities.he wanted to focis on terorist groups. He would work tp streghen iraqi home government as he called it.

The convention included democrats and republicans who endorsed carter. Dr. Kisinger gave a key note explaning why we need jimmy carter in the white house. Richardson spoke of minority building the future of the us. It was a hopefull convention. 

Carter curbed much talk of the stolen 2000 election. He said ,that is sosteptember 10th. Carter much to chagrin of some let liberman adress the convention.  Liberman gave a passionate defense of carter and democratic party view of foregn policy. 

Carter led bush after the convention 70 percent to his twenty.  The republican convention was held in September.  The republican attempted a morning again in America convention. It was heldin new york city.  They tried to lunk reagen to bush. This led to an angry response from ron Reagan jr. Aganst the wishes of nancy reagen, ron jr went on any network that would have him advocating for carter.

Bush got the bump he hoped for. After the convention bush and carter were tied . bush tried to look presidential.

The relect bush team try a no drama w strategy.  Bush was photographed being president. Bush tried to potrsy hinself as hard working for the American people.

Carter tried to look like a satesman.he also focused in on his work for habitat for humanity. He reached out to younger voters who were babies or not aluve during his administration.  

Adds criticizing his administration failed. Bush looked meen. He looked petty. Bush changed his strategy. He tried to look calm and resonible. Carter advocated a patcent bill of rights.  Bush convinced speaker livingston and leader frist to pass it. He signed it neutralizing it as a campagn issue. 

The first debate carter was calm, cool and collected.  Bush was on the defensive. Most agree carter won. Richardson performance against fick chany was viwed as lackluster.  Carter is considered to have won the second debate. Bush canceled the third debate and did forums with just him and perspective voters.

On election day, most believed carter had it in the bag. Early in the night carter swept new england and the nottheast. He won georgia, tenisee Alabama.  

Bush took florida, Texas, Oklahoma,  lousiana, Virginia, west va, Indiana. Carter took north Carolina.  Carter swept the west coast.  He took won predictable west coast states like Washington,  oregon and California.  He also wom Nevada,  and Colorado. Bush won the plane states. Carter took michigan, Wisconsin,  pensivania and Iowa with little difficulty.  He won ohio. 

In the end he swept the west and east coast. He made inroads in the south. He did well in the mid west.  He was declared the 44th president at one am.  It was prery clear erlier that he had won.

President bush promised a smouth transistion. He dispatched vp chaney, defense sectratery rumsfeld and condaleza rice to brief carter personaly the next day. Bush asked president elect carter to apount a liasion who would be an emded with bush whitehouse who would act as his reprsentive. He chose former senator chuck robb for that job.

Bush and carter worked closely on the transistion. Bush wrote in his post presidential book that he despiritly wanted a second term but once he lost he was eager to return to private life. 

Could carter have a sucesfull second term? Time would tell.

Notes

I know i will take flack for Ohio gov taft endorsement.taft barly wo. Relection and was unpopular.  His endorsement would stil be a huge deal.

Creating alternative 2014 election.

Alternative history also known as speculative fiction is taking actual events and coming up with a different outcome.  A what if syinerio. Popular one are what if america lost the revolutionary war or what if the south won the cival war. Other syinerios are what if the south won the battle of getysburg or what if normandy invasion failed? Elections are interesting esprcialy congressional.  

The 2014 election was a major event in modern u.s history. It was the last election of the berak obama presidentcy. It was the first election sence the 2013 government shitdown and the 2012 sequester.  There was the rise of isis and an ebola oitbreak and fear. The tea party was heading into its third election. The establishment in the republican party had tried to reassert itself and had succeeded.  

In the real world the republicans gained nine seats. There was three more then they needed to take power. The republican did not lose a single seat. They held on to open seats.  The denocrats only got one new member. That of gary peaters who replaced longtime senator Carl levin of Michigan.  Mitch mconel servived a primary and general election challenge.  Pat roberts of kanas who seemed to be vanerable ended up not being in jeopardy.  Republican kept control of Georgia.  

In alternative history election results are tricky. It is irational to flip every results.  It is unlikly for democrat neils mitchel to upset jim risch in idaho. Probably cam cavaso was not going to win in hawaie. It is best to find probible divation in results. 

Some are very easy to alter.  The easiest is in alasca. In the real time line, dan sulivan beat mqrk begitch 48 to 45. It took recounts begore begitch conceded.  It is quite reasonable that behitch could have won. It would mostlikly be close. Without altering other events begitch wining is concevible. A land slide would not unless Obama had been popular,won Alaska in 12 or mit romney won and was unpopular. I perfer to stick closer to the real events. 

Another easy race to alter is north caeolina. Tom tilis beat kay hegen 48 to 47. Her wining by the same margin is quite conceivable.  Tilis was speaker of the sate house. Even though nc was a purple satw that slightly leened gop, the house acted like it was a deep red sate. Tilis won a close primary chalenge by dr. Grieg branon. Tilis was establishment anf disliked by tea party and glen beck who for the most part endorsed brenon. Had brenon won might have changed the race.  I am keeping things bascaly the same for this template. 

Although Arkansas was real close,mark pryor could have beat tom cotten. Cotten was an architect of the 2013 shutdown along witg ted cruz and mike lee. Arkansas is the hone of bill Clinton and once a democratic stronhold.  In 2008 pryor won unopposed even as arkanas was the bigest win for john mccain. 

It is not hard to imagine mark udal holding on to his srat against Gardner.  In my post i put udal against ken buck. In the real time line the gop holding to stop buck from runing recruted gardner. Buck ran for gardners house seat. Buck ran unsuccessfuly against Michael bannet in 2010. 

While mitch mconel loss to allison lundegrin grimes is possible.  While the sate goes republican in presidential elections, democrats do well in sate wide races. Although mconel pulled though well,it could have gone the orther way. 

Kanas is an interesting one.  Orignally it was a theee eay race between roberts fred duvaul and independent grieg orman. Duval droped out. Orman was the opposition candidate. Orman lost. There are a milion places you could take this. I chose to keep the situation the same up until the results. Moatlikly he would side with the democrats. One canot be totaly sure. 

Montana was a bit of a odd series of occurrences. Long time democratic senator conrad burns accrpted a post ad ambassador to china. There was talk of x governor bryan switzer challenging him. Burns took the job probably conident that it would stay in democratic hands. Swizler decided not to run. Lt governor john walsh was appointed to the seat.  Walsh was implicated in a plagerism scandle. Republican congresman Steve danes ran. The denocrats picked amanda carpenter.

Danes won with little dificulty. I decided to keep burns in the race.instead of danes i picked denny rheburg as a kind of sacrificial canidate. There are manny angles you could persue. 

In gerogia saxby chamblis decided not to run. Multiple republicans ran. Into the end david perdue got the nod. He run with 50 percent of the vote avoiding a runoff with michelle nun daughter of x senator sam nun. I had Michele nun wining with filthy percent of the vote. This seams the most likly alternate to the real time line.  

There are mutiple others. Nun and perdue go to runoff.  Nun and another runing.  Her in a runoff with someone else etc. One i find interesting but did not explore was what if the losiana runoff produced a 51-50 split then nun won georgia ruboff. That would create a 50-50 split .joe biden would break the tie and democrats would rule the senate.  

Loisiana is another intetesting race. In the real race, mary landru was forced into a runof with bill casidy. Casidy won. I chose to keep close to the real events. I had landru win the runoff. 

One could go in orther directions. Lundru could have got 51 percent. She could have faced rob mandes. Mandes was tea party guy but had little suport in lousiana or with republican establishment. 

Iowa could have gone difetently. Senator tom harken could have stayed in the race.  Bruce braily could have won. He was viwed as a favorite until high profile gaffs. In a wave election ernst though impressive would have faced a tough road. Ernst might not have gotten the nomination. 

In the south Carolina special election,tim scot easily won. Had jim demint not left the senate there would be no special election. Had the democrats mounted a serious opisition it could have gone differently. In a wave election, if denocrat vincent sheheen had won the governors race, a canidate could have riden on his coatales. I chose to leave this race as it was in the real timeline. 

Texas,i left the same. I could have had steve stockman beating cornine but i did not. I decided not to have the democrats mount a serious chalenge to him. If wendy davis beat abot in the governors race, there could have been a coat tale. 

Tenisee was a ho hum race in the real universe. Lamer alexander easily won a third term. I saw no reason to alter it. 

In va, mark warnet eaked out a win against ed gilaspe. In this tine line i had Warner win another landslide.  I considered having someone other then gilaspe but decided to keep it as is. I could have had gilaspe win but in a dem wave year it made little sense that blue va would go red. 

In west va ,jay Rockefeller decided not to run. He did it almost imidietly after the 2012 election. This gave republican shelly more capitato time to prepare. The dems chose netali tennet. This could have been competitive but was not reallt. 

Given that west va is a denocratic machine sate ,she could have won.i decided to have tennet win. 

Wyoming,  mike enzi beat liz chaney for the nomination then went on to win the election. I could have chaney won. I decided not to. I decided to keep it as is. 

In a paralel sitution,the results would be fliped. In Minnesota having all franken lose to mike mcfeddon in a dem year made no sense. Having tom udal lose im new hanpshire in my universe made little sense. I considered an upset in oregon. Have monica whitby win in oregon. It seemed ilogical for whitby to win. 

I am not totaly happy with my decision to have scot brown beat shaheen. I kind of wanted to have one surprise. Mayby if someone else chalenged shaheen i might be more happy. 

South decota was a fascinating race. It was an open seat. Former governor mike rounds apeared to be a shoe in to replace democrat tim jonson. Then lary presser steped in as an independent.  Rick weylan a throw away canidate got traction. In my template,  rick wrhland pullef off a victory.  I could have had presser win. Presler said he would join the democrats if elected. 

Oklihoma special election i kept the same. Had coburn not decided to quit there would be no race. I decided not to change it. Had dan borren or x gov brad henry ran it might have turned diffferently. That is too speculative for me. 

I realy think Nebraska  could have gone difetently.  In the real time line ben suess got 60 percent or so. If the democrats were having a good year. Nebraska could have been in play. Sues was a problimetic canidate. Sues could have lost to shane osborn. Osborn could have facef domina. I think that is a resonable flip in an alternative time line. 

I believe jef seasons would win in probly other alternative time line. I just dont see him losing. Jim risch is another one i just dont see losing in 2014.  Chris coons,cory booker, ed marky are senators that i just dont see losing. 

Alternative or specutive history is not an exact science. We are speculating.  This is a guess. There is no way to test these theories.  I dont have acess to a timet from sliders. I love alternative history. It is fun to engage in this kind of speculation.  At least i find it fun. 

The perposal part two. 

Lilly could not beleve all that just happened.one minute she was getting out bed. Then she went for a walk.then she was maried and all her way to her honey moon. It was very sureel. She was happy with her decison. It felt crazy but she was content even excited by the future.

“We are off!”he said in an exciting tone.”cool!”she said. “I have a thousand questions! “Alex told her.”i have a thousand for you.”she answered.”i want to know everything there is to know about you?” he commented. “I want to know everything rverywthing there is to know about you. We have the time.”she said. 

“Look. I am sory i did not wait for you.i suspected my former fiancée was not the one but i tried to push it. I was afraid to be alone.”he said.”you could not have known. I apteciate the sentiment i really do. I have not dated in a while. I am a bit of a workaholic. I wanted to be maried. I figured i would get around to it eventually. “She said. They both laughed. 

“You have not dated in a while?” alex asked. “I think the last time was in colege. Between church and civic events i am really buisy.  It would be difficult to date a parishioner.  The only male under forty is a bit odd. I dont want to date anyone that i know is my civic work because they are unsaved.  It was not a prority. I wanted to be maried but i did not see an urgentcy. Perhaps i figured it would sort itself out. It has. I just did not think it will work itself out in this manor. ” she told him.

“Did you grow up hear?” he asked.”no i grew in pensivania. I went to a seminary not far hear. I was sent to pastor hear. I was glad it was close. I have become rather attached to this area. I was pleased to be assigned hear.i like this town. I love the church and the people. Did you grow up hear? “She asked.

“I did. I grew up in nearby deen. I went to bible colege in Connecticut then came back hear.  I am attending the same church i attended as a kid. I have wanted to be in full time ministry sense i was young. Did you want to be a pastor at a young age?”he asked. 

“Hardly. I grew up in a strict independent fundamental baptist church. I wanted nothing to do with it. I went to colege first as a english major.  One of the teacher was a Methodist minister as well. I went to her church. She took me under her wing.  She encouged me to persue the ministry.  The rest i gues is history. “She said. 

” i see.” he said.  “My parents were a bit detresed that i was training to be a minister and that i was attending a united Methodist church. They were glad i was involved in the church. I never really stoped believing. I was stuborn. I was rebelous. I have finaly put away those childish things.took a while.  My parents say they dont totaly agree with my decison but they see a change in me. We have become a lot closer. ” she said.

“Even if you agree on everything, it is not always easy between parents and children. ” he said. “Are you and your parents close?” she asked. “We are. We are very sinilar in beliefs and how we do things. Sometimes things just seam off. It might just be me. My siblings seem closer. Maybe everyone feel that way ” he said. 

She saw a deference in him as he spoke of his relationship with his family.  She came to realize that he felt isolated from his family. She never quite understood it or why or how the chasism came to be. She was determined to make him always feel like he mattered to her. She wanted him to know he was her family. He was invalible to her. The sadness in his eyes afected her.she never wanted him to feel that way in this new family.  She wanted him to never question his significance with  her. 

“So did you parents help him you though the aftermath of your stabing?”he asked. “They were great. I could not have goten though it without them. I gues i should tell you the story. “She said.

“If you dont want to ,its ok.” he said. “No its fine. A guy who was drunk was trying to attack his x girlfriend. He got the wrong house.  Lukily my neighbor heard ne screming. He was a vet. He schot the man and probably saved my life. I was pro gun control. Not so much now. It was a hard recovery.  The physical and emotional scars renain” she said. He squeezed her hand. 

“Were you a good student?” he asked. “4.0” she said. “I was not a particuly good student in high school.At bible colege i was an A, b student.never got a single c. My school is probably not as hard as you went. I had to work hard but i was pleased.  “He told her. 

“You seem like a very inteligent person. “She said.  “Thank you thats meens alot. I like to learn.  ” he said. “That is evident. ” she answered.  

“So where is that third tatoo?”he asked.she chuckled. “Your stil on that? It is on my thigh. It is a dolphin.  I like dolphin.  I have a stufed dolphin i had as a kid.yes i packed it. “She said.

She showed him one of one shoulder. It was winie the poo.the other was in greek. “I love theology?”he said. “You read greek?”she asked. “A little. I took biblical greek in bible colege. Your a thology nerd?” he asked. She chuckled.”a little! I know about the old testament baning of tatoos.” she said. “I was not going to bring it up” he assured her. ” it was a bit of a contradiction i gues. I dont tell a lot of people i have it. I put it there so i could conceil it. ” she said.  “Your something else! ” he said lauthing.

She loved the way he looked at her. She feared that that would change. Hia fascination with her would wein abait.he would lose that wounder. Onw day she would become mundane to him. She accepted the fact that it would.  It never did. She took notice of that. She was thankfull for that.

After a time they had made it from new hanpshire to Massachusetts.  Then they made it into new york. “Are you ready to stop for something to eat?”he asked. “Yea i am getting kind of hunger!”she answered. “Great!”he said.

They stoped at a resturant off the interstate.  He parked. His phone went off. “Its my mom,i should probably take this!”he told her. “Go for it!”she said. He presed the button. “Hi mom!”he said.

“Dad and i stoped by your house but you were not there. “She said. “I decided to go to Ohio any ways. I am in new york right now.”he said. She smirked but tried to stay silent.. She was enjoying seing him swet. 

“You ok?we are woried about you. “She said. “I am fine mom. “He tried to assure her. “Ok drive carefully. Drink plenty of cofee. Take break if you need to. No land speed records.”she said. “Driking cofee has never been a problem for me. I will. Be carefull. “He said. She said her i love you. He echoed it. He hung up.

She smirked. “Seing you skirm is prety cute. “She said. “She is concerned. I am her oldest. “He said.”dont do anything rash like mary a complete stranger. “She said. “You have never been a stranger. ” he told her. She kissed him. 

They excited the car and went to the resturant. She felt pain.from time to time she experienced pain. The doctor said it would continue. “You ok hunnie?”he asked. “Im fine.just mild discomfort.i have grown used to it.”she said. 

He huggef her. “You don have to be strong. Not around me. You done have to put up a brave front. No fear. I do it too. I understand.its ok. I have got you”he said. She embraced him. Her last boyfriend resented that she had no interest in physical contact. She recisted him at every turn.  With alex she found she craved afection. After a while she was ok. 

“So is there a pool at the hotel?”he asked.”yes.”he said.  He was skidish about the answer. “You dont like swiming?”she asked.”i akmost drowned when i was seven. Ever sence then i have been very skidish about it.”he said.”im sory. We. Can stay towards the shalow end. Please swim with me.”she pleaded.”alright. I will give it a chance.”he said. “We can get get though it together. “She said. 

“It was my fault.  I lost a trinket,a neclace i made in sunday school. I got above my head. I could not get out . i was rescued.  It left an lasting fear.” he said. “Understandible. We can face this fear together. “She said. “Ok!”he said.

“So what is around where we will be?”she said. “There is the bigest ball of yarn excibit 20 minutes from the hotel. “He said.”no! You planed on seing a ball of yarn on your honey moon?”she asked. “”We can skip it if you like?”he asked. “Oh no.i have to see this.i will get our picture taken with it. “She said.”i was just curious. It may not have been the finest decision. “He said.”i am excited to see it. I am going to tease you about it insesently but i am excited about it.”she said.

“There is plenty of tourest stuf around hear. More interesting then the ball of yarn. “He said. “I an sure it will be fine. ” she said.”if you have ideas or things you want to do or see,tell me. I kinow had this planed out. I want this to he something you wil both enjoy and cherish.  “He told her. 

“I know it will be. “She said. This was already something she would always tresue. It was almost magical.  She was astonished by it. 

The meal was great. “Do you want desert?”he asked.”i don want to blow the budget! “She said. He showed her his first meal budet on his phone.”we are good.”he said “i an impresed and terified all at the same time. ” he said.they decided to have chese cake.she thanked him. He paid then they left. 

They stopped at a gass station. “Hey i go this!”she said.”i budgited gass mony!”he said.”i am sure you did. There is no such thing as myine and yours.its ours. I got this.”she said.”please tell me thats a debit card!”he said.”yes i dont believe in credit cards! “She said.”few!” he said. She paid for the gass at the pump. “You are really cute. Odd but cute!”she said.”thank you,i think! “He said.

“Hey can i drive for a bit?”she asked. ,of course! “He said as he gave her the keys.”can i put the radio on?after several hours of the same hym cd i am ready for something different! “She said. “Oh ok!” he said 

She found a station that played contemporary christian music.she sang along. “Your not a fan of ccm are you?” she asked.  “No im not. I perfer the old hymms. “He said. “Are you strict?”she asked.

“Some would see some are my stances as strict i supose. I try to base my views on biblical principles. I believe the bible is the word of God.where the bible is rigid i have to be. Its how you go about it. I try to hold the truth in love. I try to be happy about it. On music i will try to keep an open mind. Where on bible versons i have to hold to king james.on salvation i have to hold to salvation by grace though faith alone. On other things i dont have to be as rigid on. ” he said 

“I do believe in salvation by grace though faith alone. I believe jesus is the only way to salvation. ” she declared. “I was prety sure you did. ” he said. 

“I do enjoy klove and the music on it.i would like to continue to listen to it.” she said. “We will work on this. I think that we can work this out. It will require some ajustment on both of us. We will make it work. ” he said.”i know we will. ” she said. 

They switched off driving. Eventualy they arived at the hotel. They went inside to check in. 

To be continued. 

The proposal part one 

The last post was an intro.  A prologue.  I am calling this one part one.

Saterday morning ,alex got up early.he had trouble sleeping. He knew he had to get some sleep. Lord wiling he would be on the road most of the day. He did finally get to sleep. He got up.

He called his best friend bryan. “Hwy bri what are you up to?”he asked. “I was going to a wedding. .”he said. “Want to go for a drive with me? “He asked. 

He picked up bryan. He came into the pasinger side. “Ok you do realize this is the nutiest thing i have ever heard of.”he said.”i know. I have a peace about not marying april. I dont have a peace about being single. ” he said. 

“I cant beleve i am going along with this. “He said. “Thank you by the way. If this works i will need a witness. “Alex said. ” your welcome. I think.  “He said. He started the car and headed out. 

That morning,lilly got up. She had cofee then read in the bible. After that she decided to go for a walk. She commonly went for walks .she like to clear her head.  

“So how does this work. Are you just going to drive around until you find her?”bryan asked. “Yea. “He said.”how will you know the right one?”he asked.”she will say yes.”alex answered. “What if no one says yes?”bryan asked. “I beleve the right one will.” alex said.”what if she does not?”bryan asked. ” i dont know!” he said.

They did some drivng. He pointed out one.”no thats not her!”he said. He saw another. He said no. He came upon several. He did not feel free to ask them. 

Lily was listening to conptempary christian music station on her phone. She liked to have music on while she walked. 

Alex saw her walking. “Oh my! Thats her!” alex said. “Your sure?”bryan asked.”yea im sure. “He said.he stoped. He roled down the window. Bryan was really nervous.  This could end badly. 

“Hi. ” alex said. Lilly gave a nervous  hello back to her. “Will you mary me?”alex asked. Bryan tried not to visibly cringe. “Excuse me?” she asked.

“Will you mary me?” he asked again. She thought it over. “Is this a real perposal? This is not some radio station prank or something?” she remarked. “No its a real perposal. ” he said.

“Are you a christian?” she asked. “Yes i am a graduate of a bible colege. I am baptist. I am born again. ” he said “oh! I am a united Methodist minister. ” she said. “Oh!” he said. “You still want to mary me?” she asked.”i do. “He answered. 

“I have tatoos. Only three. ” she said. “Thats fine. ” he said. “I was stabed a few years ago. I have some scars. ” she said. “Im so sory to hear that. That is not going to brother me. ” he told her. 

“You realy want to do this?” she asked.”yes i do!” he said. “Yes. The answer is yes. “She said. “Excellent! ” He said.  “Do you want to get maried today?” she asked. “No time like the pressent. ” he said. 

Bryan opened the car door. “I will let you take my seat. ” he said. She wore a green shirt ,gray pants and shoes that revealed that her feet were otherwise bare. Both there heart were racing. 

She got in. “I’m lilly by the way. ” she said. “Im alex. It is so good to meet you. ” he said. “Likewise. ” she said. He huged her. “I assume your thinking justice of the peace?” she asked. “We can hold a church wedding later on. “He suggested.  “Of course. “She said. She ofered him her hand and she took it. 

He started the car. “I should probly tell you that i was engaged. My then fiancée broke off the engagement.  This is not a rebound thing. This has a biblical precedent.  When eliazer found rebecca. ” he said. “Actualy we are not sure that eliazer was the servent who found rebecca. It could have been. I am glad you told me. That does not brother me. “She said. 

“I have a ring from the engagement. If you want a different one later,thats fine. “He said. He showed her the ring.”no. I like this one. “She said. “Ok.”he said. 

“I had a hotel booked in ohio. I stil have the reservations.  ” he said. “Let me call my lay leader. I will have her cover my servives for the next ten days.  ” she said. “Sounds good. Will she mind?”he asked. “No i never take time off. ” she said 

“Hi terry its lilly. Can you cover the next two Sundays and the Tuesday.  I will be out of town. You can. thanks.  No everythings fine. I will explane when i get back.  Thanks. God bless.” she said. 

 “We all set?” he asked. “We are. Lets go get maried!”she said. “Ok!”she said Bryan was shocked by all this. Was this realy hapening? Was his best friend really marying a complete stranger? 

They started to head for the town hall. “You have three tatoos?” he asked. “Yea. One on each arm. T shirt cover it. The third well i will tell you later. ” she said.he chuckled. “I dont have tatoos!” he told her. “Why am i not surprised? ” she said.  

They arived at the town hall. They paid for the mariege lisence. Then they went to see the town clerk who could oficiate marieges. 

“Do you Alex take lilly to be your lawfully wedded wife ?”the clerk asked. “I do.” he answered.”do you lilly take akex to be your lawfully wedded husbend?” the clerk said. “I do”she said. 

“Do you akex promise to love honor and cherish her, ritcher or for pooerer in sickness or in heath till death you part?”he asked. He answered in the afirmitive. 

“Do you promise to love honor and obey in suckness and in health,for richer or poorer till death do you part?” she said yes. 

After the rings were presented. They said there vows. The clerk prononcef them husband and wife.  He told them they could kiss.  He kissed her. 

It felt so sureel. He was shocked. He could not believe that he was really hear. Yet he was. She could hardly beleve all this. One minute she was alone. Then she was maried. She was happy. She knew that she would no longer be alone. 

After they left hand in hand. They walked to the car.  “Congrats mr and mrs granger. ” bryan said. “Lilly granger that has a nice ring to it.”she said ” it definently does.  Are you going to hytginate your name?”he asked. “No i just want to be lilly granger”she said.”dont you meen reverend lilly granger?”he asked.”that too!”she answered. 

They got in. “I have a house. I got land from my grand farther.  ” he said. “I have an apartments. I like it but i would like to move to your place. I have a piano whitch wont be fun to move!  “She said. “We will find a way to move it! ” he assured her. “Ok! Thabks hunie. You play?”he asked. “I do. Mom is a nusic teacher so did not have much of a choice. ” he said. “I know that feeling w. My gram was a music teacher. “She said. 

“I am going to drop off bryan. Then we can go to your house and you can pack!”he said.”i will try to paxk light! “She said.”i have plenty of room. “He said.”do we have time to drop by your place. I want to start making place to change everything!”she remarkes.”yea. Sure. I would love to show it to you.”he told her. “Great!”she said.

“You really going to change everything? “Bryan asked.  “I wont know till i have seen it.”she answered.  They all laughed.”i am very flexible!”he said. “You may not regret saying that al!”bryan said.

They arived at byans house. Bryan said a prayer for them. “Look you two are heading into what may be the most difucult but wonderful days. Dont ever lose the wounder of the lord.”bryan said. Alex and byan hugged.  

Alex got back in. ” want to stop at your place first?”he asked. “Sure sounds good.”she answered. They drove to her apartment.

They went inside.  She took a picture of them at her house. She looked at it. He put his arm around her. “We are going to have quite the stories to tell our kids. “She told him. “Indeed we are.”he said.”you want kids right?”she asked.”i do at least two of each.”he said.”sounds good to me.”she said. 

She went into her bedroom. She took off het shoes and put on flip flops. She packed quickly. She hoped she had everything.  She and him louded the car. “I think i have everything. I never really packed on the fly before.”she said. 

“Ready?”he asked.”hold on. I just want to take all this in for a munute.”she said.”ok sure!”he said.she wraped her arms around him.he reciprocated. He extended his arms around her. Neither one wanted to let go.  “Welcome to my family my love!” he told her. “Welcome to my heart! ” she answered. They kept on embracing each orther. 

“Ok now i am ready.”she said.”ok. Off to my house. Our house.”he said.she smiled. They got inside. The car drove off.  

Theyy drove to his house. “Can i put a garden hear?”she asked. “Of course. This is your place too now. “He said.”i know just where i want to put it. “She said. He showed her inside.she loved it.she already had a milion idears of what she wanted to change. Thrn after a while they got ready to leave.  

He prayed for there drive. Then the car left. “Our jouney begins!”he said.”yes indeed. ” she said. They drone off. 

To be continued.  

The proposal 

Alex beleved from a young age that God wanted him to be in full time christian service.  He wanted to be married. He beleved that the Lord wanted him to be maried. 

He had met who he beleved was perfect. April’s farther had been friends with his father when they were at bible college. Both sets of pattents had pushed for the relationship.  

After they grauduated,he purposed marriege and she accepted. Both families were beyound excited. He had brought a house from mony from his great grandfarthers inheritance. He was still open to whatever the lord had for them to do.he was busy at his local church.  It was an independent fundimental baptist church. 

The time had come. The wedding was sheduled a week later. He noticed something was off. April became more dispondent,more reserve. He asked her about it. She incisted that she was fine. He was not sure. He stil thought that something was up.

All atempts to talk to her failed. He tried to be playful with her but he got nothing back. He was convinced that something was up. He hoped that it could all be worked out. He was not sure. 

He was starting to have doubts about her. He wanted to be maried.he did not want to leave her. He did not want to break up the engagement. 

The Saturday before the weading was to take place, his phone went off.it was april. He answered it. “Hi april.”he said.”um we need to talk. Can i drop by. “She asked. “Yea of course.  ” he answered.  

She pulled in. He went outside to meet her. They had a rule against being alone together inside. He went outside.she excited her car. 

“Whats up? “He asked. “I cant go though with the wedding.  I just cant do it. ” she said.

He was shocked. “What’s going on?”he asked. “I like you. I felt presured by my parents.  This was my dad and your dad’s dream ,not myne. I cannot go though with this.  I am sory to put you though this.  I dont want to be maried to you.”she said.

“Your sure about this? “He asked. “Yes i am totaly sure. I am at peace with my decison. “She said.

“I wish you told me a week before the event. I wish you had talked to me about this. I respect you and your decison. I wish you well. ” he said. 

He shock her hand. She headed to the car.  He did not watch her leave.he went back inside. He closed the door. 

He spent time in prayer. It made no sense. He was sure he was suposed to be married. It was not going to happen. He had no idea why. He did not know what to do now. He was confused and directionless. Everything he had been doing was in preparation for something that was now not going to happen. 

He prayed and read scripture.  He tried to stay stil and calm. He was composed enough to inform his parents.  He dialed the number. “Hello!” his dad said. 

“Dad. Hi. ” he said. “You ok son? You dont sound so good. ” his farther remarked. “Dad. April has called off the wedding.  ” he said. “Well have you tried to change her mind. Perhaps this is just pre wedding jitters. It hapends. ” his dad commented. 

“I feel this is for the best. I am not sure that this union was part of the lord’s perfect will. I believe that this break up might be part of his plan. ” he said.

“You should at least try. Talk to her.things might change. ” his farther said. “I am at peace with this. I am ok with the wedding not happening. ” alex said.

“You can stil save this. You might be able to change her mind. ” he said “a double minded man or women in this case is unstable in all there ways. There ie more going on.i firmly believe that this is not suposed to happen.  I believe i could convince her to resume the wedding preparation.  I am not sure this is what should happen. I do not want to get ahead of the lord. It is unwise to try to open a door that HE had locked.  ” alex told his farther.

“Well. I trust you. I am sad he happened like this. “He said.”yea. I am too. “He admited. After a while he hung up.

Alex went for a walk. He tried to gather his thoughts. He camr home and flew a drone he helped build with his younger brother. He tried to keep busy. 

The next day he did not want to go to church. He knew he should.  He did end up going.hr taught sunday school. He kept to the lesson her had prepared.  He could tell word had gotten out. 

At the sumer service the pastor made an anouncement. “As you know next week we were going to have a wedding.  Surfice it to say the weading has been postponed indefinently. The familes have requested that we keep this private. It was not for reason of sin . please give these families privicy on this “the pastor said. 

Alex wanted to dart out immediately after the service. Once the pastor gave his may the lord bless ,he interpreted this as permission to leave. He got up.

He got the “we are praying for you”and the “if you need anything “.je thanked them. He wanted to just move on. He tried to be cordial even though he did not want to be. He felt like a periah. He felt isolated alone.  He was alone serounded by freinds and family. Although it was not due to sin,he feared people would stil think it was.  

In another church just a few streets away was a young lady. She was the pastor. She had been stabeda few years elier and stil had pain form it.she tried to ignore it. She got though the service.she was well liked by her congregation. She liked them.she felt like something was missing but did not quite know what.

That week, alex tried to focus on work.he worked at a grocery store. He was a front end shift leader. He decided to take the week off as planed. 

That week he tried to stay grounded.going to mid week service was hard. He wanted to be there and knew that he should attend. He felt awkward there. He felt out of place. 

He stil had the reservations for the motel out of sate. He decided to go anyways. He had the moby saved up. It would be good to get away. That friday morning. He was reading in thw bible thw story of Gods rejection of saul. Samuel told saul that he woukd find a man after Gods own heart to replace him. It hit him like a ton of bricks. 

“Oh my! This is the nutiest idea i have ever heard”he thought.  Yet he was really considering it. He decided that he would be maried this saterday. Now he just had to find a wife. 

To be continued. 

Alternative 2014 midterm

Alaska mark bagitch democrat vrs joe miller republican

 In 2009,democrat bagitch took advantage of scandal that led to the conviction of long time senator ted stevens. Begitch had to stradle the fench between pleasing red sate alaka voters and president Obama. Joe miller a sarah palin aly did not get the full suport of republican establishment in the sate.senator lisa murkulski declined to endorse anyone.  As a result Begitch waa able to keep his seat. 

Winner democrat hold.

Alabama senator jeff seasons wins reelection.  

Republican hold

Arkansas senator mark pryor democrat vrs tom cotten republican

On paper cotten looked like a dream canidate. He was a veterin. He was young.  He was handsome. Arkanas once a democratic stringhold was trending gop.  Cotten was an architect of the shutdown of 2013. Pryor was able to potray him as an obstructionist.  Pryor won.

Winner dem hold

Colorado senator mark udal d vrs ken buck

Republican atempts to recruit congresman corry gardner or any one else led to the nomination of 2010 canidate ken buck.mark udal crushed to a victory.

Dem hold

Delaware 

Chris coons is relected. Coons defeated republican business man kevin wade. 

Georgia republican david perdue v michelle nun

Once a democratic stronghold, the republucan had gotten a foot hold in the sate in first decade of the new cenrury. With the reritenent of republucan senator chamblis the seat was oppen. Michele nun daughter of x senator dam nun jumped in.  Nun who ran as non partison and bi partisen was able to get 52 percent of the vote and avoid a runoff. 

Dem gain.

Hawaie

Bryan shatz the democratic incumbent apointed to replace the late daniel inoye won this special election. He defeated republican cam cavasso. 

Idaho 

Senator jim risch wins reelection. He defeated democrat neils mitchel. 

Ilonois  senator dick durban democrat vrs jim oerweis republican 

Senator durban easily thought off a chalenge by perennial republican candidate.  

Iowa

Congresman bruce braly democrat vrs republican sate senator joni ernst. 

With the help of outgoing senator tom harken, brally won the open seat. This was seen as a defeat for sarah palin who was a big suporter of ernst. 

Kansas 

Pat Roberts republican incumbent vrs grieg orman.

Pat roberts was seaking a foutg term. Roberts was seen as too moderate for the tea party. While the democratic canidate droped out and endorsed orman. While orman did not pledge to caucis with rhe democrats many assumed he would. In kannas wich had not sent a democrat to the senate sence the middle 2oth century,this seemed like a long shot.  With the unpopulerity of governor brownback,and the meurging of moderate republican and te democrats orman won. He anounced that he would suport harty reid and the democrats two days after the election.  

Democrat gain. 

Kyintucky

Senator mitxh mcconel r vrs alisson lindegrun grimes

In a major upset, aliison lundegrin grimes was able to unseat mcconel. Pols showed that she had an egde. She was heavily suported by incumbent governor bashir and democratic establishment in the sate. This guarantied that the republican would not retake the senate. 

Democrat gain. 

Louisiana 

Mary laundru democratic incumbent vrs bill caysidy(r)

Laundru was elected in 1996 in a close race. Again she was forced into a runoff in 02 but won. She won relection without much trouble in 08. She was targarted in 2014 and was believed to be extremly venerable.  She was forced into a runoff but with bo chances of regaing the senate there was little interest. Laundru ended uo wining the runoff. 

Dem hold.  

Maine

Susan coliins(r)vrs democrat shan belows

Activist shana belows hoped to pull off a suprise upset but that did not happen. 

Republican hold. 

Massachusetts 

Senator ed marky wins election to a full term. He defeated republican bryan herr. 

Michigan

 In an open seat congresman garry peaters a demoxratefaces republican terrh lyin land.

Garry peaters won this seat with little trouble. Land had a slight edge at first but with the unpopulerity of republican due to the government shutdown governor snyders polical ptoblems peaters was able to win reelection. 

Dem hold.

Minnesota

Al franken democratix incumdent vrs mike Mcfadden 

Franken a former Saturday night live producer and talk show host won a contested race in 2009. Republicans hoped to oust him. In a dempcratic wave year,it did not happen. 

Dem hold

Mississippi 

Chris mcdaniels (r) vrs travis childers(d)

Mcdaniels defeated senator thad cocren. The race looked competitive but mcdaniels won it easily..

Republican hold 

Montana 

Max baukus (d) vrs denny reburg(r)

Max buckis was relected. While republican hoped to take this seat,buckis was stil popular. He was still reelected. 

Dem hold

Nebrasca 

Ben sasse republican vrs dave domina democrat

In a surprising upset,democratic trial lawer defeated ben sasse. Sase who won the repuclican nomination with outside suport angered thr gop establihment in nebrasca and nationaly. The pols coming in to the election had sasr winning but domina won with 55 percent of the vote. Many in yhe republican establishment breathed a sigh of relief as to not have another ted cruz or mike lee in the senate.

Dem gain.

New hampshire

Jeen shaheen (d) vrs scot brown

In 22009,republican scot brown won a special election in Massachusetts. He lost in 2012 to elizabeth warren. Brown decided to change residentcy to new hampshire and chalenege shaheen. He was able to win a close race mostly on local poltics. 

Republican gain.

New jersy

Cory booker vrs jeff ball

Cory booker won a special election in 2013. He was relected without much trouble. 

Democrat hold.

New mexico tom udal democratic incumbent vrs alen weh 

Tom udal seemed like he might be venerable.  That did not happen.he was able to win relection quite comfortibly. 

Dem hold. 

North Carolina 

Kay hagen democratic imcumbent vrs republican tom tillis

Kay hagen defeated senator Elizabeth dole in 2008.  She rode the obama wave as well as capitize on gafs that dole made. She implied that hagen was athiest. Hagen is an elder at her presbiterian church. She came into 2014 ubpopular. Tillis was speaker of the north Carolina house. The house was known for passing far right bill in a sate that slughtly leen gop but was a purple sate.  Tilis faced a difficult primary.many high profile talk show host and tea party suported his gop rivak grieg branen. Hagen eeked out a victory. It was enough.  

Dem hold. 

Oklahoma 

Due to health concerns ,senator tom coburn decided to resign early folowing a special election. Congresman James lankford a former youth pastor won the seat. 

Gop hold. 

Oregon

Jeff merkly d vrs dr. Monica whitby(r)

Merkly defeated then republican senator gorden smith. The result was close. Defeating merkly in deep blue oregon was a ling schot. Nerosurgen dr. Monica whitby appeared to be someone who could it. As the election became a democraric wave it was just not in the cards. Whitby had an early lead but she never came back. 

Dem hold. 

South Carolina 

In 2012,ed fulmer long time head of the heritage fondation anounced that he was leaving. Jim demint would replace him. He steped down from the senate. Governor haily appointed tim Scot to replace him.scot was the first African American senator from the sate sense reconstruction.  Tim scot was elected without much trouble.

Republican hold.

South decota 

Mike rounds republican vrs democrat rick wehland and independent lary pressor.

Senator tim johnson a democrat decided not to run. Rounds a former governor from a prominent family in the sate seemed to be a shoe in. With the rise of independent pressor. Wehland presented himself as an outsider. He attacked big money in politics. Wehland pols grew. Wehland won a suprise election. 

Dem hold. 

Texas

John cornine survived a primary chalenge. Cornine who had a bit of a climb in 2008.  He was relected this time without much trouble. Cornine curently the republican minority leader will probably seak to become leader but not mojority leader.

Gop hold 

Tenisee

Republican lamer alexander wins reelection.  

Va 

Senator mark warner democrat vrs ed gilespe

It was a lonh schot but gilespe had nothing better to do. Why not be a sacrificial lamb in a sate where republican used to be competitive.  Warner lost some ground but stil won in basically  landslide. 

Dem hold. 
West va

Shelly more capito(r) vrs netali tennet(d)

Jay rockifeller chose not to run for relection.  Shelly npre capito has been gerring up for higher office.she was ahead most of the time.despite the dismal performece by the g.o.p,she was able to win the seat. This was one of the few bright spots. 

Gop gain.

Wyimong

Mike enzi beat liz chaney for the nomination. He was relected with bo dificulty. 

Results 

Democrats did better then expected.  The republican were left in shambles. Mitch mconel was without a seat. Ron jonson of Wisconsin challenged john cornine for leader of the republicans in the senate. Cornine won. Senator ded fisher of nebrasca became number two. 

Stuffed animal

When katie was four she was given a stufed animal.  It was a bunny.she named him eddy . eddy the rabit. Edie was her best friend. She took him everywhere. 

Katie’s family kept a low profile. Most of there social life if you wanted to call it that centered on there church.  Except for church activities a lot of time was spent at home or doing family activities.  

Katie incisted on taking edie everywhere.  Any pictures of katie as a young child included the stufed bunny  If there was a picture without the bunny ,it was because her parents or grandparents insisted that the animal not be in the picture. Otherwise he was there. 

Katie kept to herself.  She was not withdrawn but not overly outgoung.she started to go more and more inward. Edie started to take up bigger parts of her life.he seamed to take on a life of his own.she talked about him and she liked to have him talk.

At first her parents indulged her.  Then they became a bit concern by her obseson with the toy rabit. They would not let her take edie out of  the house. 

Then they hid the rabit.she was really sad. Eventualy she moved on.she forgot about the stuffed animal.  She moved on. Her perents put him in a box. 

One summer in between her freshman and sophmore years at colege ,her parents found the box. They chuckled when they saw edie the rabit.

“Hunnie look what we found?”her mom said. Katie had no idea what it was. She came to her mom. She lit right up. “Edie! ” she said. She hugged him. Her whole childhood flooded back. She had totally forgotten about him. Sudenly she felt like she was six again. It al came back. 

She was so glad to see her old friend.her mom was a bit taken aback. By her reaction. After all these years edie was still her prized poseson. 

Her mom did not seam too impresed. She decided that she would tone it down. She put him in her room.

She was carefull not to mention the animal to her parrents. She slept with him that night. She brought him with her to colege. She hid him knowing that her parents probably would not aprove. For whatever reason her love of edie got on her parrents nurves.

She had no idea why her love for the stuffef animal waa so repugnent. Perhaps they thought she was acting imature. It seemed a bit over the top. She decided to keep it low key. 

Once again he was a good friend. She made sure her parents did not know that she brought him with her to colege.  They had forgotten about him again. Over the sumer she worked at a sumer camp. She brought edie with her. She hid him in one of her bags. 

Edie was a constent companion. She took him everywhere.on her honeymoon at first she decided that she should not bring edie. She waa now totaly an adult. It was time to put away childish things.she almost kept him at her parents house. Shw decided to take him with her on her honeymoon. 

 “What is this dear?” her new huabend ben asked. “Oh thats eddie!”she answered.  “You have a stufed animal?” he asked. “Its not that weird.”she remarked. “No i guess its not. ” he said in response.

She was a lirtle embarrassed.  He did not really think that much about it. Edie took up a prominent place in there bed room when they got home. He sugested moving it. She was not keen on that. 

He toletated the animal. When they had a daughter. He wanted to give it to the baby. She would not have that. She feared for edie’s safty. 

Brad felt like he had to compete with Edie. He wanted to let thete daughtet have edie. She said no. After the birth of there son, brad decided to talk to her.

“We have been maried for three years now. I have had to compete with edie. Forshaking all other that includes inanimate object. “He said. “Are you jellous of the rabit?”she asked.  “Look its either me or Edie. “He said. 

He wanted her to donate him to goodwill. She convinced him to let her put him up in the living room.Edie was banned from there room. 

Brad never understood her love for the rabit. No one did but they worked out a conpromise. She wanred to get a stufed rabit for there daughter zoey but brad decided not to. Despite therw dusagrement katie and brad were in love.  They were happy together.  

The end. 

Free ellie 

David and karren parker were a young couple. David was a gradute of an independent baptist college.  He met his wife there. He started a small church in a smal area. They just had a daughter named ellie.

The birth went very well. Mom and baby were released from the hospital. 

One night, a group of people creaped into the smal house. They had cassed the property while the parkers were gone. They knew that they did not have any kind of secuity syistom. They picked the lock. They got inside the house. 

The intruders wore all black. They tip toed to the nursery.  They knew where the bed room was. They went inside.  A short person picked up the baby.they moved out. 

Karen could not sleep. She went into the nursery.  She screamed. Dave ran in to the room.”ellie is gone! “She said. 

David called 911. A police cruser arived within a short time. The officer came in.”we put ellie back in the crib at 1:00 or around them. Then karen came in a short time ago and she was gone. The blankets were disheveled.  “Dave told the officer. 

“How old is the child?” the officer asked. “Four days. “Karren said. A detective arived. Karen and david were questioned separately.  

“David is an ordaned minister with an independent baptsist denomination.  He pastors grace baptist church.  He is 23 years old. Moved hear from new burn north Carolina.  Karen 21 is from sallem orwgon. She moved to new bern then folowed him hear. No criminal records.  No call from the police pryor. ” detective wheeler said. 

They went back to dave. “Dave do you have any enimies?”the detective asked. “Not that i know off. “He said. “You involved in political issues? “Detective horsby asked. “Not really. We dont engage in protests or anything like that. I dont shy awsy from isues that may come up in scripture.  “He said. 

They intervued neighbors.  The neighbors reported that the oarkers were qiet. One neihhbor reported hearing rustling of the trees. A dog barked . 

The police tried to rule out the parkers as suspects. They searched the two cars they owned. They searched the house. They searched under the house and the property. 

The police talked to the hospital staf that delivered the baby. None of the nurses saw any red flags. There were no signs of post pardom dipresson. 

The church members were intervued. They had almost nothing to go on. 

“What do we think?” the captain asked. “I think the parents killed the child. ” detective hornsby said. “That makes no sense. “Wheller said.”neither does anything else. Lets go with the most sensible conclusion . that is they killed there own kid. “Hornsby said. 

“No way. There is no evidence of that. ” wheeler said. “It is the nist plausible? “Hornsby said. “We are arguing from silence.  ” whealer said. 

Later on

“I got something. The parkers are on a list of potentily abusive parrents. ” officer daigle said. “Give me more detail. “The captain said. “A website ran by former mayor wilson rudgeway colects list of potentialy abusive husbends or parrents.  The site includes contributors who are former law enforcement including criminal profilers. “The officer said.  

“What do they have?”whealer asked.”they are a member of a non afiliated baptist church. They refer to themselves as independent fundamental Baptist.  He came form a baptist church in north carolina known for its rigid interpretation of the bible. The church is on the radar of the southern poverty law center. Aperently they have abusive tendentcies. ” the officer said. 

“Are we going back to the parkers as suapects? I just dont see it. These people are pillers of the ccommunity . ” whealer said. 

“I hardly call them pillers. How have they contributed to society? They are a cult.  “Hornsby said. “Hold on. We are complaining about the young people these days. No ambition no goals. They keep there noise cleen. Fundamental Christianity may not be your cup of tea but they are hardly a cult. “Whealer said. 

“Well lets talk to those behind the registry.  Maybe they have insight. Wilson ridgeway is a legend and a friend of this department.  “The captain said.

“David parker is on our radar. Fundies target smal town. Especially ones with high crime . places where industry once thruves but moved out. High population of white fokes. In my estimation patker is a tiking time bomb. ” ridgeway said.

“Your group beleves that indoctrination in child abuse.”whealer said.”Fundies have babies for the express perpose of mantaning there strain of Christianity. It is religious eugenics.  “Ridgeway said. 

“Wanting to pass down your views is hardly abuse. I passed down my love of fishing to my kids. Is that not a kind of indoctrination ?”he asked. “This country is founded on fredom. Children should be able to chart there own course without interference. “Ridgeway said. 

“Every parent has expectations. Using your philosophy, every patent enploys indoctrinatination. a ‘fundy’ argue that you inationoctrinating your children by pasing on your philosophy.  “Whealer said. “I give my children the chance to acept or reject my views. I present my views as my opinion. I dont claim my views ate devine. “He said. 

The cops got a break. A tip came in.a neighbor of a young lady reported her sudenly having a child. There is no evidence she had been pregnent or had a boyfriend.

 “Mrs ames is mistaken.” annie ross posner said. ” other neighbors corroborate her story. They verify seing a baby. ” whealer said. ” she is a friends baby. I was baby siting.” she said.”where is yhe baby now?”hornsby asked. 

“She is back with her mom. “Annie answered. ” we will need to speak to her mom. “Whealer said. The detectives went to the home. The lady in question was gone.  It seams she had moved out. 

“We are looking for laurie mceverit cassey. She is 20 years old. Sosiology majer. She has ties to Oregon and Nevada. “The captain said.

Laurie was picked up in a nearby sate. The baby was not with her.she was extradited. The cops went to intervue her. She was clad in an orange jump suit. ” i am a political prisoner.”she said.

“How so?”whealer asked. ” i did what i did to stop child abuse. “She said. “Look the parkers are fine people. ” whealer said.” if his name was Mohammed not David would you feel that way. How is david Parker any different then jim jones or david koresh? “She said.

“Did you kidnap baby elie?”hornsby asked.  “I was not involved in tje liberation. I provided a safe house for those who did.”she said.

They discovered a group that called themselves free Genevieve.  The group was started to stop indoctrination of children of religious families . Genevieve was a baby caught up in a child custody case. Her mom was converted to Christianity her farther was a vehement atheist and tried to stop her from taking his child to church The case has developed internet groupies who call themselves free Genevieve or free jeny. 

The police was able to get acess to members of this group. They found elie alive and well in Missouri at the home of a member of the group. There were mass arest.

Wilson ridgeway tried to get the courts to block elie’s return to her patents. The courts refused.  The parkers were herased. They decided to close down the church. They moved to the east coast and avoided social media. 

The end. 

 

Words of faith part three

Brad and elizebeth parents had aranged for them to be maried. They had got off to a rocky start.could they made it work?

They fell asleep on Saturday night. Brad woke up. He found that he was beyond the point of falling back to sleep. He tried to get out of bed without waking her up. It failed.

“Hey! Where are you going?” she asked. “I was going to go for a walk. I used to go hear often in vacation as a kid. I gues i want to relive my childhood a bit. “He told her.

“Can i come with you?”she asked. ” of course. “He said.they got up. They got dressed. He beleved that ladies should wear skirts or dresses.she rarely wore dresses ir skirt.she brought one dress.she wore a green t shirt and jeens and flip flops. 

They started to walk outside the cabin. Neither one was sure was sure who took whose hand.they both looked at eachother. They smiled.  

” so you used to come hear as a child”she asked.  “I am prety sure i came hear while i was still in the womb.  It was a favorate place of everyone in my family.”he said.

“It is a beautiful spot.”she said ” it really is. Do you like going in a canoe? “He asked. “I love going out in the  watter. “She said.”want to rent a canoe tomorrow?  He asked. “Sounds great.”she said.

“I though we could play paint ball as well.  “He said. She chuckled.” i get to schoot you with paint?”she asked. “Well you have to get to me first. My evasive tactics are legendary.  ” he said. “We will see about that. “She said. He laughed. ” oh ok!”he said.

“I figured today would be a low key day.  With church in the morning and night i figured that we not do too much.”he said. 

“Yea thats fine.  I assume that we are going to a baptist church?”she asked. “There is a Baptist church not to far from hear. Yes it is independent fundamental Baptist.  “He said. “I assumed as much.”she said.

They walked back to the cabin. “I figured that we would have a light breakfast. Toast and cofee. Tomorrow we can have a bigger breakfast. “He said. “Yea thats fine i understand that we are on a bit of a tight schedule. “She said. “I promise that today will not be indicative of the rest of the week. I do want this to be relaxing week. “He said 

“You dont have a clipboard with a idomized itinerary of what we are doing?”she asked in a playfull tone.”no i dont have a clipboard. Please dont look in the blue bag.no i dobt have a clio bored!”he answered.  She laughed.

” you probably think i am extremly dul!” he said. ” it is not a deal breaker.  “She reaplied. ” ok. ” he said. They both laughed. 

He made the cofee. She made toast. They got ready for church. She put on the only dress she packed with her. It was a black dress with pink and white flowers on it. He wore a suit . 

He took her hand.  They walked to the car. The church was a about 15 minutes away from the campground. The church was a newer church. It had only been around for 15 years. The car parked in the parking lot. 

They walked to the church. “Hello brad. Come without your family? “A man in his thirties asked. “I am my honey moon.”brad said.  “Oh wow.congratulations.  this must be your bride?” he asked. “It is.this is my wife libby elzebeth. “He said. “Im jim noris it is good to meat you”he said. 

They talked to several of the church members before they went to there seats. Some he remembered was from earlier visits,others were new to him.

Libby was laughing. “What?”he asked. “You! You know how many times you introduced me as libby then changed it to elizebeth.  ” she said. 

“I kinda gave you that name. I dont know. You could hate it. “He said. “I like that you came up with a pet naime for me. Its fine. I like it. You can introduce me as libby. ” she said. “Ok!” he said.

“You do know your really silly.  ” she told her.  “Oh ok ” he said. They both laughed. .

The church was not quite what she was used to. Her church had a worship team with a band.they used power point. The church had high tech equipment.  This church did not. They used a piano and organ. The church sang from hymbooks. They did record the messages. She was not use to it. 

She perfered newer music not the old hyims. She found the music time a bit boring. It was quick. The preaching was prety good. 

Afterward they went back to the cabin. He helped her make lunch.  “What did you think of church? “He asked.  “Interesting.  A bit different.  “She said. “I suspected it was. ” he said. “I gues i will have to adjust.  ” she said. ” i know it will be an adjustment.  ” he said. 

They had steak potatoes and vegetables for lunch.after the meal,they decided to take a nap.  

“Your not ashamed of me?” she asked. “No not at all. “He said. “I dont embarrass you?”she asked. “No you dont.do i embariss you?”he asked. “No you are a bit uptight!  “She said. “Me upright no not me! He said. She laughed. He huged her.  She held on to him. 

They went to the same church they did in the morning.  She got used to it a little more. After church they went to the cabin. They roasted marshmellows.

“Ok what are you doing?”she asked.”roasting marshmallow! “He said “you do know your marshmellows is on fire?”she asked.”i love my marshmellows burnt to a crisp. ” he said. “Are you going to put that in a smore?”she asked.  “Of course.  Smores with charred marshmellows are the best.” he said. “I will take your word for it. ” she told her. 

After the marshmellows were roasted, she got out her guitar. “You play the guitar?” he asked. “I do. “She said.

She staetted playing a song he bad never heard before.  She played a song called “mighty to save. “He liked her signing voice.  She had a soft sothing vioce.he found himself transfixed. 

“Your realy a good singer. “He told her. “Thank you.”she said. She played several ccm songs.then she played a cover of street with no naime. Then she played the theme from star trek. “You would know that one! ” he said. “Yes i would.  ” she said. 

“Do you know any hyms?”he asked.she played “i come to the garden alone.  ” he liked just sitting with her. He was quite taken witb her. She caught him smiling. She smiled back. 

They then got ready for bed. “I had a good day today.  ” she told him.”i did too. ” he said.then they went to sleep.  

End of part three.