So for the long overdue but here is June’s Faith Chapter 7. I hope you enjoy! 🙂 Here is a link to the previous chapters: https://messageinstanza.com/category/stories/
Chapter 7: Work Woes
June jolted from her bed and exclaimed, “Yes, I can!” In the midst of deep dreaming, June didn’t realize right away that she was back in reality.
After June composed herself she got ready for work. She thought about editing her important interview with Jeff Tweedy, from the popular indie rock band Wilco. And then her thoughts drifted to how Calvin has been a little testy lately and once again, trying to get away with another article supporting Trump. It was hard for June because she personally supported Trump: but most magazines were liberal and anti-trump and if she ever once agreed to publish an article supporting Trump she could completely run the risk of losing her job.
She arrived at work and reviewed her Jeff Tweedy interview. Jeff talked about addictions to drugs and alcohol, liberal views, solo career; all enriched with his dry sense of humor. He never took other’s burdens that weren’t his to carry. June thought he was a fascinating guy of pop culture to interview, esp. alterative country pop culture.
Then amidst the rhythm of the keyboard strokes June slowly closed her eyes. She talked faintly, “Father, I want to forgive You for taking Helen and Stacy from my life so early on. I see that they are in a better place now but why must I suffer without their presence, Papa?”
June heard a subtle but strong masculine voice in her spirit, “Because it was their time, my love. If you let them go now you will encounter them in your spirit and dreams from time to time. Because they are always there residing in your spirit, even from the other side. But you shouldn’t let them go just to see them again. Do you want to let the past keep you from living in the present? Also don’t you want to become a famous missionary and journalist someday? You won’t with unforgiveness. Unforgiveness is like a black plague in your heart, keeping you from the very things you desire.”
June was about to respond but then Calvin appeared next to her, completely oblivious of her Zen moment. “I finished the Trump and wall article. We will get the liberal media crumbling down.”
“Calvin, remember you have to be anti-trump, so you have to be anti-wall.”
“The liberal media will always make Trump look bad, even when it comes to the wall because that’s what they do best.”
“Calvin, listen clearly, if you don’t write me an anti-wall piece I will reconsider your position on news stories.”
June responded, “I will consider…”
Calvin interrupted her, “I want to be true to myself and I feel like I can’t in this environment.
Listen, “I will consider you doing a political humor section for the newspaper. There’s more flexibility there.”
“My political views aren’t a joke,” retorted Calvin. “Sorry I just can’t do this.”
Calvin hung his head as he walked past June and went to pack up his things. He said his goodbyes as he was walking to the door. June said to him, “I am sorry to see you leave on these terms.”
“It’s ok, June,” a sullen Calvin quietly spoke.
Then Calvin walked out the door and June went back to her desk to contemplate what just happened.
After a few long hours passed, the work day was over. She considered taking a trip to the grocery store after work and headed to the seafood department to clear her head. She thought that a future of dating Jimmy looked promising but she was going to play it cool. She had been hurt in the past. Hopefully, she thought, she wasn’t putting herself in another fishy situation.
Let me know what you think and stay tuned for more! 🙂
~Carly (Message In Stanza)~