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 kbow rverywthing there is to kbow 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 ib 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 patents 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 thibga 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 waa 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. Ay 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 ibteligent 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 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.drige 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. “Yo 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 huggee her. “You don have to be strong. Not around me. You out 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 oftging you want to do or see,tell me. I kindw had this planed out. I want this to he something you wi 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 an sure you did. There is no such tging as myine and yours.its ours. I got this.”she said.”please 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.”alez 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 matied.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 afywr 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. 

Chesnut springs the conclusion 

Elikon was in a compound deep inside the area called sane dune ridge.  He knew that it was time to act. He looked froward to combating the marshal and to defeat him and those he represented. 

The marshal and his team advanced.they were fired on by a mage who flew on a dragon.a dragon hit the team. One of the team members was fried. He was killed instently. 

The marshal was not unfeeling. He was personaly affected by the loss they had already experienced.  He alao knew there would be more.  There was no time to mourn but later there would be. These were good people who had families.  They did not hesitate to join him.they would not be forgotten.  He would make sure that hapened. 

The marshal was a good schot.he had to be. He stood by and took a schot. He waited. He took the schot.the dragon fell to the ground.the marshal and the pose kept going.

The mage heard the sound of the assult. He was not happy. It was time to get involved. No longer would he sit on the side lines. He would get involved. Elikon was at his heart a narcissist.  He cared not for or about anyone but himself. He did not even realy give a lick about his fellow mages. He was in life for himself. He was an ardent elikonest.

He threw off his robe. He jumped off of his pedistal. He had the large wand in his hand. He headed near the marshal. He serounded durgens.he bilocated hinself. He blocked the marshal. 

“Marshal bryan durgens.face to face at last. Worior to warior!champion to champion!  One mans hero,one man’s villen. I have actually wanted to meet you. I dont like proxy wars. I see that they are necessary.  I perfer face to face.  Direct confrontation.  “Elikon said. 

“This area is a lawless district. This area is legally owned by the federated states of anglomer. Your bericades are in violation of the perchase agrement with red ember colition .”the marshal said.  

“I did not recognize the authority of red ember, or the authority of your so called federated states. This area is free soil. Owned by no one. I am a care taker. ” he said. 

“You are harboring a fugitive. A man who threatened my life. I want him to face juatice. Let me bring him back. He is entitled to a fair trial. He will have a barrister and will be judged by a jurry of common people.  ” he said.

“F.s.a justice! You have no true authority.  You never have. I do not recognize any government.  I do not beleve in human government or laws. ” he said. 

“Anarky foever?” bryan asked. ” marshal.  I dont like trespasing. I personaly do not beleve in land ownership.  It is antiqaited. I am a catetaker. I do not beleve i have the right to take a life but i will to care for this land.  Greyhorn is under my protection. I sugest you and your ilk leave now. ” he demanded. 

“I refuse. I am a child of the lord. I reject magic. I beleve in law the rule of law. I beleve in a created order. I must take a stand. I will!” durgens said. “Very well!” he said. 

They all took out the wand. Durgens had no idea if the other elikons could act independent of the maine one. Could they cause him harm. Were they solid or were they nearly projections?  He had no idea. 

One of the elikons hit him with the wand. He dodged it. He roled around he ground.he knew he could keep this up foever.  

While several bandits loyal to elikon fired with guns on the rest of the team. They held there own. 

Tim had not seen action like this sense his days in the army. He had faught manny batles. Conventional and guerilla wars. He erned citation for valor.  His old tactics came back to him. Unlike earlier battles he felt a connection to what he was fighting for. This was for law. This was for principles. This was for chestnut springs and this was for lizzy. He beleved that this was a battle that had to be fought.  He was determined to prevail. 

Choe could not beleve how much had changed in such short a time.she had been an outlaw.she had been in prison. Now she was fighting with the law. She felt good about doing this. She beleved that Elikon was wrong.  She beleved action had to be taken. 

Dr. Brenen had served in the army before. He had been an army doctor and had served in the infanty.  He was surpised to find himself hear. He knew that he had to do this. 

They fired on the bandts.right now they were  bandits with guns. They were not battling mages. At least not yet. That might come. They feared it would. 

Bryan durgens had no idea what being hit by a waund would feel like. He really did not want to find out. He fired on a mage. The mage was hit. He seemed unaffected by the bullet. He had no idea which one is the real elikon. Mayby it was a projection.  He had no idea. He was trying to just endure. 

Durgens tackled one of the mages. He went for the energy wand. He pushed it. The mage acidently burned himself. The mage vanished. He ran out of the circle.the mages vanished except for the maine one. They reorganized the bericade.

“You cant defeat me. You are are but a mere mortal!  I am stronger. ” elikon said. Durgens did not beleve that. He beleved the kund of power elikon sought was illegitimate, out of bounds. He could not beleve that elikon was invincible. Ekikon was flawed. He had to have a venerability.  Durgens just had to find it. 

“I give you another opotunity to leave . i will gurente your safty and those who folowed you and your unenlightened views. “He said. 

Durgens did not trust him. He beleved that he could bit be trusted evee. He was a lier,a ecosistical pragmatists.  He must always be viwed with this in mind. He did that. 

He fired on the mage. He fired again. He dodged another energy berage. He jumped over one of the mage. Choe fired. “You keep save saving my life chlo!” he told her. “You dont owe me yet. I will let you know when!” she said. 

The rest of the team tried to help out choe and the Marshall. The bandits made that dificult. 

“Why stop us elikon? You cant care about a petty thug?”he remarked.”the order of the mages has dwindled. Monothism has sweped the land. Magic is striking back. We wont go qietly a big fight is coming. An even bigger one.” he remarked. 

He went for one of the wound. He tried to wrestle it from the mage.the orther mages tried to shield him from the marshal.the rest of the team ran interference for durgens. Durgens threw the wand into the river. It fell to the bottom. 

The lead elikon threw his wand into the tower. The tower exploded. The fire spred. The team had to run for there lives. Elikon was forced to revert to one person.  He ran away. 

Durgens ran futher into the compound. He was going to get what he came for. He was going to aprehend greyhorn. No matter what it took. 

He figured he was in the maine house. He ran towards it. He saw a mage guarding the entrence.he had a large wand.”you shall not enter!”he said. 

Sudenly reverend luter went up and tore the wand form his hand. He broke it in two. The mage ran away in fear. “What are you doing hear.i never expected a minister to be hear. “He said.”this is not mearly a physical battle but a spritual one. ” i can hardly sit on the side lines on this one. I will not engage in war fare but i will not alow the mages to maintain there control of this reigion either. “Luter said. 

“Thank you reverend.”he said. “Of course.”he said. “I can handle it from hear. “He said. “You sure?”he asked. “Yes it is not safe form now on!”he said. 

He kept going. Greyhorn fired on him. He fired back. “Come on greyhorn! The mages have abandoned you. The f.s.a have this building surrounded.  “He said.

Buz fired on the marshal. The marshal dodged the bulet. It was not as dangerous as the energy from the wand but he did not want to get schot again. He fired back. 

“I am not giving up.”he said. “You dont need something as silly as this to take you down. It was a threat it is not that serious. “He said.

“The lawless dont want to be reformed. We want the chaos. We can sort out our own afairs. Figure out our own destiny. We dont need the f.s.a or your God or anything to do with you.”greyhorn said.  

The marshal fired on greyhorn. Greyhorn was hit in the knee. He fell. He got up. It was mearly a flesh wound. “Give up!”he asked. “Never !i wont give up!” he said.he fired. The scooter fired on the marshal. He dodged the fire. He fired back . “stand down greyhorn! “He said.”no not going to happen!”he declared. The marshall hit the schooter. 

The pose and reinforcement arived to take charge of the esate. Revetend luter and his fellow ministers tore down the magic paraphenelia.  The magic set up was torn down. 

“Thanks for your help!”the marshal told him. “Happy to help. Can i help more?”she said. “We will see. Lets take it one step at a time.”the marshal said. 

“Why do i think i have not seen the last of elikon?”he asked. “You have not. I am sure of that.  He will be angery. He will strike back. This was importent. “He told the reverend. “I will stay on my toes”the marshal said. “Good.”luter said. 

At the mane part of the town the mood was fastive. They were happy that the mage was gone for now. The marshal knew he would be back. Nicky came over to him. She was holding leah. He picked the baby up. 

“What if i stired up a hornet nest? What if i made things worse?”he asked. “There will always be push back. You had to take a stand. You started something. A schot heard around the outlands.”she said. “I hope so!”he said. 

He walked futher into town. There was a series of claps and chears. The people of the town stood up for there town. He was concerned but he was pleased. Perhaps this was a new beginning.  

The end

Chesnut spring will return. 

Chestnut springs part six.

Town criers walked all over the town announcing the swaring in of the new Marshall.  The ceremony was to be held in the center of town at noon.

While the swaring in was merely a formality. The Marshall was invested immediately upon commissioning. Durgans wanted to meet and greet the town.he wanted to make friends.  He wanted to maje connections.  If he could build relationship, perhaps they could build something together.  He did not want to be seen as an outsider,he knew he would at first. That was unavoidable.  He wanted to prove to them that he was not the enemy. He knew that that would be a tall order. He had to be patient.  He had to earn there trust. He knew that. 

People from all around the town flocked to the town square for this event. Some for curiosity, some out of boredom.  Some saw it as a civic duty. While some stayed away for various reason including opposition, averson to crowds etc. Manny did come. There was a huge crowd.  

People from all walks of life. From profesionals to comon people and everyone in between.  At noon the doctor got peoples attention.  “If i can have your attention!  Welcone to this historic event. Marshal!”dr. Brenen said.

“To f.s.a Marshall bryan j.durgens.you are hearby asssigned to take up residence within chesnut springs to fulfil the duties of the Marshall for and around chesnut springs. This is efective immediately signed clifton j weber attoney general ane robert j wheeler director Marshall service. ” he said.

“As pursuant to the order of attoney general and director of the mwrshal service i hearby announce that i am hear and fornally assume my duties. ” he said.

“On behath of the town i welcone you to chesnut springs!” dr.Brenen said. The people clapped. 

“As my first act as marshal i am naming dr. Jacob brenen as mayor for a two year term. At the end of the term will have a moyiral election. I have named timouthy hyde as my deputy.  I am issuing a full and unconditional pardon to choe wales. Order of relese is to take afect at once. I am your servent. I am hear to work with you and along side you. Chesnut spring can be a beacon to the outlands. I believe that with your help,that will happen. This can be a dawn of a new day but it will require hard work. The road ahead will not be easy but we can make it together.  “He said. 

There was a perade after ward. It was folowed by a chior and a marching band. 

“A full pardon. I expected to do some jail time !” choe said.”you did a couple of days. I promised you i would helo you if i could. ” he said.”i wont let you down. I feel like i have a new lease on life. ” she said.”you can start over. “He said. “I intend to. ” she said. “I could use your help from time to time if your interested.” he asked.  “Do i get to be one of your deputies? ” he asked. “Well we will see. ” he said. “Ok fair enough!” she said. Nicky saw them. She tried not to get jelous. 

“You ok ?” reverand luter asked. “Of course reverand. ” nicole said. “Your quite taken with our new marshal?”he asked. “He seams fine.”she said. 

He shock the hands of various people. He got to one man.”anarchy foever!” he said. The man was about to take out a granade. The marshal pushed people out of the way. The granade exploded but no one was hurt. The man got away. 

Doctor brenen checked everyone out. Luckily there were no casulties.  No one recognized the man. They saw him just before the attack. 

“Do you think this was a petty criminal or a member of a gang or mage?”tim asked. “I dont know. The mesege was clear. They dont want me hear. ” he said.”un civilization is striking back.”elizebeth said. “There will always be push back. The f.s.a could withdraw from the outlands. The gangs would fight it out. Eventually it will spil over to fsa.catilonia even cademer. We need to take a stand now. “He said.

Neither nicole,choe or bryan said much at dinner. Leah babled a bit. “This was very good. ” bryan said.”it was a collaborative effort “nicole said. 

Later on in the evening nicky was outside. She was looking at the moon. Bryan came out. “Lovely evening!”bryan said. “You know you could have died today you know?”she asked.

“I do. I am been though far more dangerous situation. This is my fith or six brush of death this week. I have lost count. I am aware of it. I am stil hear!”he said. “Dont you worry you wont be able to dodge every single bullet?  Dont you fear you will run out of nine lives?”nicole asked.  “It is a risky job nick. I had no illusions.  Someone has to take a stand. There has to be someone wiling to stand in the way of the lawless. ” bryan said. 

“I dont agre with elizebeth. We should not just ket this area fight it out. I thought you were a goner. “She said.  “So did i? I was fearful.  I am now. I believe in this. I treuly do. I feel this is inportent. “He said.

“It is importent.” she said. “Look i still respect you. The respect that i have for you cant be easily lost. Nothing has changed. ” he said. 

“I saw the way you looked at me. I could tell you respected me. I wish i had not seen that tatoo. I let my gaurd down. I want to believe you. I just want a chance to prove myself. ” nicole said. “You dont have to prove anything to me nick. I am not judgemental at all. I am wiling to give anyone a chance. ” he said. “Like i said i want to trust you. Its hard. ” she said. “I understand that.”he said 

“Marshal!”tim said. “What it is tim?”bryan asked. “I have good news and bad news. “Tim said.”ok! “Bryan said. “The good news is that we have located the bandit leader who attacked you at night. He saught refuge at sand dune ridge. “Tim said. “Elikon has declared it his private fiefdom. Not even the red ember challenged his claim to that teritory. “Nicky said.

“I am not allowing a figitive to get free. I will need a pose. “Bryan said.”your going to atempt to enter sand dune ridge?” tim asked. “I am.magic is ilegal in the federated states. It is ilegal to fortify areas to keep awat legitimate agents of the law. One way or another, buz greyhorn is myne. ” bryan said. 

Bryan, choe and tim rode off. They rode to town where they met up with the pose led by mayor doctor Brenen.  They rode out.

They rode just outside sand dune ridge. He motioned for them to stop. “What is going on?”dr. Brenen asked.  “Have everyone rest up. ” bryan ordered. The pose members were confused but complied.

 He put out a red ribon. He waited. Then felix larson arived. “Your not riding to the front door to elikon’s lair and demanding he turn over greyhorn? “Larson asked. “I give up on greyhorn,  i send a meaege to every two bit thug that all they have to do is run to elikon. I tell elikon that he is in charge.  If the red ember had chalenged him right away, it might have gone different for you. ” he told him. “Your playing a dangerous game bryan.” he said. 

“Dont you want us to solve your problem. I cant beleve red ember wants to see this area go down in flames.” he said. “I dont want that. Taking him directly might not be the best idea. ” felix said. 

“Look i was hoping you could help. ” he said. ” yes. I have information for you.  I have a map of this property. I hoped i could convince you not to do this but i have a feeling any atempt to do would be fruitless. ” he said. “Your right.  It would. ” he said. 

“Until next time. ” felix said. He walked away. He left the area.he returned to where the orthers were.”ok we are not going to thr front gate. ” he said. He put the map on the floor. 

“Where did you get that? ” dr. Brenen asked. “Non consequential. “Bryan said. They looked it over. “We can go hear. There is a look out tower.  We will have to go in weapons hot. ” tim said. “I am fine with that.  ” he said. 

They rode and went into an area. They rode in. They were fired on by a sniper.  They fired back. A bett came at them. “It is a holow image. “Choe said. Choe hit the image. It vanished. The sniper fired. 

Bryan climbed up the tree. He was fired on. He fired on the sniper. The sniper fell off of the stand. He then got down. 

“That was really risky? ” choe said.”no choice chlo.” he said. A mage crawled though the ear. He sent creatures that went after them. They tried to eat the pose. One was bit. The town person developed rashes all over his body. They fell back. 

“It is a crime to asult federal agents.”bryan declared.  “I do not recognize your authority.”a projected image of a gigentic ekikon said.

“I do not recognize your authority either elikon! “Bryan said. “I own this area. My authority is unchallenged. ” the chief magician said. ” not quite. You have a man who was is wanted for trespasing and threrining a federal agent. I want him!” bryan said.

“He is under my protection ” elikon said.  “You are not above the law!”he said. “I am my own law. I define law. ” elikon said.”not hardly !” he said. 

The mage attacked them with a wound. One of the townspeople was enveloped by the device. Bryan schot at the wand. The waund exploded. The mage was forced to withdraw. 

Bryan tackled the mage. The mage tackled the marshal. He knocked the mage out. Bryan ordered the team to keep going. The team went futher into the compound. Closer to danger as well. 

End of part six