Chapter 27: Moving On
Wesley Evans sat on a tree stump by the wagon, with his head buried in his face. It was time for supper, but it didn't matter to him. He didn't feel like eating. His heart too was heavy and full of sadness. He had left home, and in leaving Greensboro, he had left Laura.
Laura…his beautiful Laura, who would always belong to Eric. Many times, Wesley fought with every morsel of his being the jealousy that came up. He was jealous of the fact that Eric, even in his death had Laura's heart, and he, who had loved her and been there for her through everything, would not.
He had prayed many times for God to make her come to her senses. He prayed that she would somehow be able to move on.
Wesley tried hard not to be angry, but he knew very well that his heart was corrupt, and a corrupt heart, doesn't suit well to come before God.
Still, he was hurting inside, and the thing that pained him the most was Laura not even saying "good-bye" to him. He thought that she would at least owe him that. When he asked where she was that morning, they all told him that she was sleeping, and knowing that he shouldn't keep the other's on the train waiting, he left.
His heart ached, because he had thought he would at least get to see Laura's face one more time before he left. Apparently God was being cruel and doing everything he could to make him miserable.
Oh, Lord, why does it have to be this why. Why can't you let her realize that I'll always love her? Is it because she isn't' the one for me? God, that can't be…I know that we're meant for each other.
Wesley only lifted his head when a young man a few years older than himslef tapped him on the shoulder.
"Are you ok?" he asked.
No, Wesley thought.
"Yes, I'm…fine. I'm just tired."
"Well, you might as well get used to it. It's a tireing journey." The man answered with a small slap on the shoulder.
"Thanks for the advice."
The man nodded and left. Wesley sighed and resumed his former state. He let tears fall into his palm and he stayed there for a minute. What made his stop was the rustling in the back of the covered wagon. He wiped his eyes and turned over to where the noise was. It was in the wagon, and Wesley wondered what on earth was in his wagon.
It about gave Wesley a heart attack when he found Laura there.
"Laura! Wh…W…What are you doing here? Have you been there the whold time?"
Laura nodded, "Yeah, It was getting pretty uncomfortable.
"But why are you here? You're supposed to be back at Greensboro."
Laura smiled. "No. It's not where I belong."
"Then…where do you belong?"
Laura stood up know and sat down beside him. "I belong here…with you."
"I've been doing a lot of praying over the past week. The truth is that I've always loved you, even before Eric's death. I didn't want to show that though, because I felt guilty about it. I thought that by acting on my feelings, though has been dead for almost five months, I was betraying my oath of love to him. It was silly, but I've realized that that I can't let the past control me. Beatrice told me that remembering him would be enough. I don't have to feel obligated to him all my life. In Eric's last letter, he mentioned not to be saddened over his death. He wanted me to go on, and feel happy. He wanted me to enjoy life, and not spend it grieving over his death, or rejecting love because I made a pledge to him. It was hard to let go, oh so hard, but God gave me peace, and the strength to do it."
Wesley was absolutely stunned, and Laura could tell. He had no words to say, and Laura could have sworn that she saw tears in his eyes.
"I…thought that I would never see you again."
"Well, I guess things change."
"But, why are you here? What about your parents? Aren't they concerned about where you are now? They could have sent search parties out to find you!"
Laura shook her head. "No, they won't. I already talked to them, and I told them that I was going to follow you over to Boston. I would accompany you there."
"And they agreed to that?"
She nodded. "They didn't like it at first, but they agreed under one condition."
Wesley eyed her suspiciously. "What condition."
Laura gave him a look that told him everything. He smiled and gave a laugh out for joy.
"I suppose that I have my part to play then."
Wesley got up and stood in front of Laura. He kneeled know that gently caressed her hands.
"Laura, will you consent to be my wife, and make me the happiest man on earth?"
Laura couldn't help but laugh, and vigorously nodded, "Of course, do you think I'm a fool."
Wesleyn stood up and Laura jumped into his arms. He spun her around a few times and when he set her down, they stood there, speechless, gazing into each other's eyes. Slowly Wesley leaned in and Laura felt her heart beat. Butterflies were in her stomach, and as he reached closer to her lips she closed her eyes, and let her emotions take control. When their lips met it was as if bells were ringing loudly in the background proclaiming a grand moment, and for Laura, it was indeed, a grand moment. It was the most exhilaratig moment in her life.
"I love you." Wesley whispered in her ears
"And I love you too." Laura replied, moving in to kiss him again.
When their lips parted, Wesley gave a smiled but sat down and motioned for Laura to do the same.
"You have no idea how happy I am now." Wesley declared.
"I think I can say the same thing."
"But, I don't think it would be raveight, for me and you to trl together…unwed. It would be too much of a temptation. Greensboro is only a half a days travel, and we can go back."
"I understand your reasoning, but what about school? You can't just change your mind. I won't let you give up on your dream."
"This isn't the only wagon train coming through Greensboro. I'm sure I can go with the next one that comes by. Besides if we go home, we can get married, and you parents could be there. It would be a much better all around."
Laura couldn't help but smile.
"Are you hungry?" Wesley asked.
"Starving…I haven't had anything to eat since early morning."
He laughed, "well then let's cook something up and then head on back to Greensboro. I'm sure that they'll be quite surprised."
"I'm sure they will." Laura replied.
Everyone was indeed surprised by Wesley and Laura's return. When the wagon approached the house everyone ran out and asked immediately what happened.
No one was really surprised when they told their parents that they wished to be married right away. They immediately consented and preparations began for a double wedding.
It wasu within a week that the wedding of Lara and Wesley, andWalter and Elaine took place. It was a celebrated and joyous occasion for everyone in the town. There was not one female eye that was dry by the end of the ceremony.
For Laura nothing could have topped the experience that she felt when she walked down the aisle and beheld Wesley's adoring eyes. She couldn't help but smile. She couldn't help but beam with happiness.
A small room was set aside for Wesley and Laura as they enjoyed their time together. It was within a few days after the wedding that a wagon train stationed in the town, and preparations were made to pack their things.
When at last the day came, Harriet shed many tears.
"Promise you'll write to me…and promise you'll come back."
"I promise, mother." Laura replied.
Harriet nodded, and with that Laura stepped onto the covered wagon and took her place beside Wesley as his wife. They rode further into the east, with much promise ahead of them, with the promises they held as husband and wife. With their love, they could overcome any obstacle, and move on.
They were going on to another chapter of their lives, where they would need God even more, and where they would experience many blessings along with trials and tribulations, pain along with joy, but through that they would always have God right beside them…to lead them on.
I just want to begin by thanking God, and all my readers for encouraging me to continue this story. Now that the journey is over, I'm filled with some sadness. I will miss writing about Laura and Wesley, but as I have stated their story is now over, and though it makes me sad to leave them, I have no regrets. It is time to move on to pursue more stories and with a bigger ambition.
However, though I plan to do this, I have realized some things through my experience with Fictionpress, and it is with great regret to state that I will not be posting a new story for a while now. This is for two reasons. The first, is because I will be leaving America and going to Korea for two months during the summer, and I am not sure how I would be able to post. The other reason is because I feel lead, as an obligation to my readers and myself, to not post a story on Fictionpress until I have finished the whole story. Though I love the feedback as I see my story grow, I feel the pressure of obligation to my audience far outweighs my desire to write a well-developed chapter. I have noticed that some of my chapters are indeed decent, but not my best, and I believe that you all as readers would enjoy reading a well written story much more than one that is rushed.
I will be working hard on a new story in Korea, and I hope that I will be posting again some time in the fall. If I am lucky, maybe even in August. However, that is not a guarantee. I ask you to keep an eye out.
Now that I have officially completed my long drawn out letter of "resignation" (sort of. Lol.), I would now like to move on to thanking God. I would not have been able to write a single word without him, and it is truly a blessing that he gave me this story to write. It is truly a blessing to see God move and work through something like a piece of Fiction.
Next, I would like to thank Brittany Jackson, for always being there, and encouraging me to go on. It was she who inspired my passion for writing, and without her this story wouldn't have existed. I would like to thank all my dedicated readers: GreatAmericanAuthor, Waterdragon719, Great-Enchantress, Rosalina, R.M. Whitaker, and Leenaelle. You have encouraged me so much and it is you who have allowed me to continue this story, and not abandon it, like I have so many others before it.
I would also like to extend a thanks to my other readers who have dropped a few reviews here and there: C.A. Sangster, itse, pandasarecute, Mosaic stains, EmilyWest, Continuation, RisanF, Gabby, LeilaX, Mad For Figs, The Ferret, criti-sized, jekodama, angels and effects, ashlyn marie, GreyWindFalcon, wolf.in.flesh, frozen from mist, dreamforever16, enigmaticnightangel, Diamond in tha rough, chris, a tear behind every laugh, adaku-chan, marie silver, writierwithoutacause and zephyr-wings. (I believe that is all, but I apologize if I missed you)
Though you all didn't stick with this story, I am still glad that you have given me your insight. I greatly appreciate the time all my reviewers took to tell me what they thought.
Next I would like to thank two people who have helped me a lot. First I would like to thank S. Renee. I was hurt by what you said in the last review you made, but I understood what you meant, nevertheless. I am glad, though, that you were so kind to accept my proposal to edit this story. It was a blessing, and I thank you again. I only wish that you could hurry up! lol. J/k…take your time.
The other person I would like to thank, I will allow to remain anonymous, but she too has given me so much insight as to how to make the story better.
Wow, that went much longer than I thought, but it is worth it to thank all those people who have had a part in "Faith Will Lead You On"
So, now that I have finished thanking everyone, I would like to ask the readers, your opinion. I have had trouble deciding on which story to write next, and so, I kindly ask for your help. I have been debating between three stories actually. Two are on my profile. "For the Love of Luke" and "At First Glance". If you haven't read the summary, I guess I will give you a short summary. FTLOL takes place in the same time as FWLYO and is about two sisters, one pretty and pampered who has captured every man's heart, but has loved no one, and the other is plain and reserved. When a new man comes into town the pretty sister finds herself really falling in love with him, but the man ends up falling in love with the other sister. AFG is about three sisters during the civil war. One deals with her husbands death, and finds comfort and love from a man she soon believes to be married, the other goes to Atlanta and despite her resistance falls in love with a Rebel whose past, according to the town is quite scandalous, and the third is on the verge of marriage until a man from her past comes back turning everything upside down. The other is a Cinderella story with a big twist. I ask kindly for you preference, because I honestly can not chose.
Now, as a last note in returning to "Faith Will Lead You On", I hope that you have enjoyed it and that by reading it, your heart was touched. I pray that you have gone away with the realization that there is a reason for everything. I'm not going to preach to you all…I'll let the story speak to you…but I do hope that you will go away gaining a new perspective. I wish all of you the best and I pray God would bless you on all your writing endeavors.
Until my next story is finished,