Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A VOW FULFILLED and great giveaway


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A VOW FULFILLED

 Chapter Seven

“Pistols?” The world tilted and spun around Celia, as though she stood on the deck of a shrimp boat in a hurricane. “No, Papa, you cannot duel with Mr. Cane over something this. . .frivolous as a little kiss.”
“I can, and I shall, if you don’t agree to wed him. What kind of father would I be if I didn’t defend your honor?”
“One who loves me enough to let me choose my own way. And that way isn’t to up and marry a man I scarcely know.” Even as she declared the words, Celia cringed at how childish they sounded. But they, like her vow in front of Mabel and God, hung in the humid air like that snake from the tree—poisonous, potentially deadly.
“I should have loved you enough to not give you your own way. But it’s not too late to make you suffer the consequences of your careless behavior.” Papa’s chin jutted, a familiar sight—
Because its feminine version faced her in the mirror every day.
She cupped her hand over the offending feature, pressing her forefinger to her lower lip to stop it from trembling. “But marriage is for a lifetime.”
“So might the pain be for all those men you hurt.” Turner’s voice, though quiet, rumbled through the clearing like distant thunder. “I love your spirit and your intelligence, and your pretty face, but you playing fast and loose with hearts is going to stop with me.”
“How dare. . .you.” She could scarcely breathe. “You won’t meet Papa if I refuse to wed you.” She turned to Papa. “Mr. Cane won’t meet you.”
“I will to preserve my honor, Miss Sheldon. My family depends on it.”
“Even if your honor gets you killed?” Celia shot him a glare over her shoulder and wished she were a dozen years younger so she could stamp her foot, though a leather slipper meeting marshy ground wouldn’t be particularly satisfying, not like a slam loud enough to make them all jump. “You men are so. . .frustrating with your honor.”
“Maybe if you had more honor,” Papa said, “you wouldn’t have gotten yourself in this fix. Now you’re forcing me to maybe kill this fine young man.”
“I’ll be your second,” William called. “Maybe you’ll get your brains blown out, and my troubles will be over.”
“I think,” Turner interjected, “your troubles are just beginning, Cousin. When our grandsire hears of this, you’ll be finished in Charleston and the family.”
“My Papa’s troubles won’t be,” Celia cried.
“You made the vow.” Mabel’s upper lip curled, then her mouth opened wide with a laugh.
“Laugh all you like.” Celia did some sneering of her own. “But you’re finished in Charleston, too. In fact, you might be in trouble with the law.”
“I won’t be.” Despite her protest, Mabel’s face paled, and she began to back into the trees, dragging William behind her. As she spun on her heel, clearly intending to bolt, she tossed over her shoulder, “You may be rid of William and me, but you’re not rid of God. I warned you not to do it, not to make a vow before God like that. You’ll pay, I’m sure.”
Celia crossed her arms over her middle and glared after Mabel, nearly obscured by trees, and William, still lingering in the shadow of the branches. . “I never meant it, that vow, I mean.”
“Just like you never meant you’d marry any of us you got yourself betrothed to?” William’s tone held a taunt.
“Or that you cared about me enough to kiss me?” Though gentler than William’s voice, Turner’s words stung like a jellyfish.
“I. . . Well, I. . .” Celia’s throat closed. She spun on her heel, picked up her skirt, and ran.
Tripping over vines and careening off of tree trunks, she didn’t stop until she slammed face-first into a low-hanging limb festooned with Spanish moss. She batted the vegetation aside, then leaned her crossed arms on the rough bark of a tree, heedless of insects.
“What have I done?” she wailed into her crossed arms.
If she married Turner, she would surrender her pride and will to others’ wishes, not to mention marrying a man she scarcely knew. But if she didn’t marry him, her Papa might kill him, or he might kill Papa. Either way, she would be responsible for a maiming at best, or death at the worst.
So what if she’d made a vow to Mabel and to God. She hadn’t kept any of her vows to marry the men who had asked her for her hand. Those were just words. They meant nothing. Nothing. Nothing.
Or perhaps that was the trouble. She spoke words to people and, worse, to God without meaning them. Her stomach twisted like hemp on the rope walk. If she didn’t mean the vows she spoke, then she must not have meant her decision to repent of her sins and follow Jesus.
That was all too obvious for comfort. She hadn’t repented of anything. She had asked forgiveness, then trotted right back to her old tricks and games.
Something hairy began to crawl on her arm, and she jerked away from the tree in time to meet Turner Cane face-to-face.
She jumped. “What are you doing here?”
“Your papa sent me after you to make sure you’re all right.” He didn’t smile at her, but his eyes held tenderness. “He’s occupied holding that gun of his on Mabel and William until the sheriff gets here and decides if they’ve broken the law.’”
“He should let them go. They can’t harm anyone here now. I’m the one Papa should be upset with.”
“He’s upset enough with you, never fear.” Turner let out a bark of mirthless laughter. “Or maybe you should fear his wrath.”
“Yes.” Celia stared at the muddy hem of her gown. “I’ve connived and cajoled and done everything but treat him with respect my father deserves. Yet he’s willing to fight a duel and risk his life to preserve my honor. For that alone, I should agree to wed you just to save your lives.” She raised her head and made herself meet Turner’s gaze. “But I’m not ready to marry anyone.”
His mouth compressed, and a streak of heat lightning flashed through his eyes. “If you’re not ready to marry anybody, you shouldn’t be going around getting yourself betrothed, let alone kissing—“
“No, no, that’s not what I mean. You see”—she laid one soiled gloved hand on Turner’s sleeve—“I can’t give my heart to any man until I have my heart right with Jesus. I made a vow to follow Him when I was a child, but kept on living my life as I pleased. Now it’s gotten us all into a deadly fix because I went my own way instead of His.” She worried her lower lip, trying to form the next words. “You are the only man to come after me, and back there in the clearing, you were honest with me. No one’s ever done that for me. And I think”—she pressed her hands to her hot cheeks—“I think one day I would like to marry you, even if you don’t inherit.”
“Thank you for that, and I expect I will inherit now that William’s been exposed as a blaggard.”
“It doesn’t matter how much money the man has when I care about him. But first I need to get my heart right with the Lord.”
“And that’s how I’d prefer my wife to be—with her heart right with the Lord.” Turner smiled.
Celia’s insides quivered like strawberry jelly, and she had to look away before she could continue. “If. . .if you’ll wait for me. . .” She tugged and twisted a glove button so hard it popped off. “And I promise it won’t be very long now that I know what I need right first, I-I promise I’ll marry you.”
“Are you making another vow?” His tone was lighter, but still somber. “Don’t say it if you don’t mean it.”
She raised her chin, though it quivered rather than set firm, and smiled. “I am making a vow I truly mean this time.”
“Then you make me a happy man.” He kissed her then, gently, tenderly, and Celia knew she would indeed fulfill her vow to marry him.
The End Contributed by Laurie Alice Eakes http://www.lauriealiceeakes.com/


70 comments:

  1. Oh Laurie you did a great job with your part of giving this a Happy Ever After ending! Don't think her dad would let her wait very long to marry. And, it shouldn't take long to make things right with GOD. He is always ready to forgive us if we only ask Him, and really mean it. I would sure love to win a prize out of this. But, either way, I've had a wonderful week with you girls entertaining us with your great story. And, each of you were so good at being able to just pick up and continue with the story. GOD bless you all. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com I am a follower. OWG

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  2. Thank you for writing the next chapter in the story. It was very good. Also thank you for the chance to win the giveaway.

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

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  3. Wonderful job:) wishing the story would continue tomorrow:)

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  4. Wow! Intriguing! Sounds great.

    bcrug(at)myfairpoint(dot)net

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  5. Awww so sad to see this end, but great job to all the authors!
    Callie
    genuinegagirl(AT)gmail(dot)com

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  6. Awww! Great jobs to everyone! I enjoyed reading it!

    booksandbeverages (at) wordpress.com

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  7. Thank you all for joining us on this journey. It was an enjoyable ride.

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  8. Thanks so much, Laurie, for sharing this with us. A Vow Fulfilled sounds wonderful, rich, and compelling. Nice job, Laurie! Joy Ross Davis

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  9. Loved this book, you all did such a wonderful job, if I hadn't known it I would have never guessed it was written by 8 different authors. It all flowed so well! Thank you everyone for working together and doing this for all of us, it has been greatly enjoyed!
    Michelle :)

    michelle-stockton@sbcglobal.net

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  10. I, too, am sad to see it end!
    thank you to all the contributors--what fun!

    Please enter me in the drawings.
    debraemarvin (at) yahooo0000


    happy sigh.

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  11. Great story and what a fun week...so glad they got together the right way. Another happy ending!!

    truckredford (at) gmail (dot} com

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  12. LAURIE job well done finishing up this exciting story. Wish it could be have been longer. :)

    avonmathews(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. What a fun week!! I sure will miss the expectation of a new chapter tomorrow but I like the resolution! Thank you for the excitement! I hope that you will all do this again soon. :)

    sarpenner(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. Tues March 19th ... Neat ending ... and still wished that this could have been an actual novel. Glad to hear that Celia is first going to get herself right with the Lord. (And very glad she will end up wedding Turner.) Thanks for these great 7 chapters, ladies .... well done !
    Take care, and, God Bless, In Him, Brenda Hurley
    brennie7@hotmail.com

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  15. Great ending, sad to see it's over already!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  16. Wonderful ending! I so much wish it would continue... Will there be an Epilogue!?!? That would be fun! Anyways, wonderful job to all the authors who wrote each chapter! If this was an actual novel, I'd buy it!

    In Christ,
    Tracy

    Blog: http://poetics-of-life.blogspot.com/

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  17. I'm happy you all like the ending. I took forever to write it because I couldn't figure out how to follow up all the great work of the others' Then Gina gave me an idea, I read through the other chapters a couple of times, and the Lord gave me the rest.

    I think we all need to get our hearts right with the Lord before we can get our hearts right with others.

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  18. Laurie Alice what a fabulous ending. Something we all should do. Examine our lives. So glad I was able to host you on this. It's been a fun week.

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  19. Aww! I'm sad it's over, but it was a great story!

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  20. I agree - I am sad it is over! Perhaps you ladies will have to get together and do a sequel - six months later or such :).
    I really like the ending. We all need to examine ourselves and our commitment to the Lord and His will in our lives!.
    This has been a fun week. Thanks so much for starting this. The giveaway is nice as well, but the story was super!!

    Betti
    bettimace(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. oooh I don't want it to end but ,proud Celia is getting her heart right with the Lord. This was a very good story but, would like for it to have been longer. I enjoyed every day they was so good. All of you authors out did your selves. It has been fun .
    Elizabeth
    lizd225(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. But they already said their vows ~ he was a preacher, right? And he has the legal papers to sign? I say, just sign those papers and ride off into the sunset! Yay! for Love.
    Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  23. I would love to win,Enter me!!!
    Thanks for the giveaway and God Bless!!!
    Sarah Richmond
    sarahrichmond[dot]12[at]gmail[dot]com
    N.C.

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  24. Wonderful ending to a wonderful story, but I agree, we need a sequel. I'm sure Celia would have some fun antics to follow as she learns to listen to God's inner voice to her...
    Vicki OWG
    vmarney(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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  25. Can you say GOOSEBUMPS? This was a wonderful ending to a wonderful story. Bravo to all of the ladies who contributed to this most generous gift! You should consider putting together a book of short stories....guaranteed to sell! Thank you again and God bless.

    debsbunch5[at]jesusanswers[dot]com

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  26. Wasn't that ending fantastic! Laurie Alice is always so wonderful to read!

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  27. I'm so sad it's over ALREADY! I loved this chapter to end it. I really enjoyed this!

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  28. I loved the story--so sweet was the end! Thank you all.
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  29. Great story ladies! Ya'll need to write the next chapters soon!!!! ;)
    southernbelle75@hotmail.com

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  30. I would imagine this was rather challenging, having seven different authors each write a chapter. However, it was well done. I enjoyed reading it and anticipating what would happen each day. Thanks for the story and the giveaways.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  31. An annointed author. I love her work. Would love to review it.
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com

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  32. Thank you for your kind words on this serial story. It's group of some of the finest authors in the Christian market.

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  33. I simply ADORE the way Laurie Alice finished this story up. Not an easy task to do. I had the easy part starting it off.. but Laurie Alice had to work out all the details and plots and bring it to a satisfying ending. Which I had every confidence she would do since she's so talented. One of my favorite authors, in fact.
    I'm so glad everyone enjoyed the story!! I've never done something like this and it was loads of fun!! Stay tuned.. we will have the drawing soon. :-)

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  34. This is the end...I can't believe it. I loved this story so much I can't believe its ending! Is this going to be published?

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  35. I love how this story ended!
    Lisa
    deiselbuffs@yahoo.ca

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  36. Thank you all for coming by this past week and following our serial. It has been so much fun and such an honor to work with these ladies. Marylu did a fabulous job starting us out and Laurie Alice did an outstanding job finishing us up. Good luck to all of you on the drawing!

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  37. Eek, I'm always ducking in a bit at the tailend, but I couldn't miss SMASH! because I fear its going to end with series 2, as they haven't announced yet if its renewed -- so I am following it until I hear further,... already I know its moved to Saturdays! :( Sighs.

    I loved the ending, even though the events played out a bit differently than I expected them too, I was satisfied in knowing that blood didn't have to be shed... Turner & Celia ended up in wedded bliss {wells, at least they will be!}, and all the loose ends were tied! :)

    Thanks for writing the serial and giving us something unexpected to greet us each day that they were posted for the first time! :) Blessings to each writer and congratulations to the winner of the grand prize!

    inkand-blogaways(at)usa.net
    //Florida

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    1. Hey Jorie! You are still in the running for the GP! We are running this through the weekend. :o) Thanks for stopping by. Oh! WE have Remington home. It was quite a fiasco though getting him here. 19 1/2 hours and 1 middle of the night vet visit later. *sigh* Haven't seen the bill on that yet. Yikes!

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  38. Another Wow. What a fabulous story! Thanks ladies, for doing your chapter. It's tremendous. And so fun. YOU ROCK!

    mitziUNDERSCOREwanhamATyahooDOTcom

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  40. I also would like to see an update six months down the road - Celia and Turner are finally ready to take their vows and this time everything conspires to keep them from making them.
    Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks, everyone!

    dsks88(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. What a fabulous idea, Sandy! Maybe we will just have to do that! Good luck!

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  41. Great way to end it Laurie! And the message! How many have said the words, yet not meant them. I love how she realizes it's God first she must be honest with and restore that relationship before anything else can take place!
    What a fun thing to write! And now the giveaway too!
    Nancycooks4u@gmail.com

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    1. Yes, wasn't that a fabulous ending? Laurie Alice did such a wonderful job. So proud to be part of this with her.

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  42. I can't wait to get this book in my collection!!
    Shirley Culpepper bluebell5071@yahoo.com

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  43. Could this really be the end? I really enjoyed the story! Hope there is some kind of sequel someday :)
    Jasmine A.
    montanamade(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it so much, Jasmine. A sequel does sound like fun!

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  44. I love happy endings! But I still want more! :)

    mandyerog(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  45. I'm so happy you all enjoyed this project. It won't be published, and all of us have books and/or novellas coming out or already published, that are very much written in the spirit of this story--adventure and romance.

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  46. That was great! I have to admit I was wondering how it would all end up, but you wrapped it up very skillfully. I hope y'all do something like this again in the near future!

    amberthereader@juno.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Amber. I hope we will all be able to find time to do this again too! It was way too much fun!

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  47. Such a good series with a fantastic ending. Each of the chapters was written well, driving the story forward, making me eager, but impatient :-), to read the next chapter. Hate to see it end. Good job, ladies.

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  48. Lady DragonKeeperMarch 20, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Aw, way to short! But a good ending --great job, everyone! I enjoyed it a lot.

    jafuchi7[at]hawaii[dot]edu

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  49. I loved the ending, it didn't leave you hanging on and wanting more.
    It ended just the way it should have.
    Thanks for entering me in the giveaway.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  50. Yes! I knew they would end up getting married. Lol :D Good, fun story!

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  51. Enjoyed this story! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    bonnieroof60@yahoo.com

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  52. Great ending! Thanks Laurie and all those who contributed to this wonderful story!! Like many, I wish there was more! Perhaps a sequel sometime everyone?? :)
    noela_63(at)live(dot)com(dot)au

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    1. Hey Noela. (BTW I love your name!) We may just have to do that. I'm sure MaryLu can start us out on another adventure in the continuing saga.

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  53. And they lived happily ever after!

    missionwife@hotmail.com

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  54. Great ending! This was such a fun serial:-)

    Please enter me in the giveaway.

    Blessings,
    Aizess@christianbookreviewblog.com

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  55. Wonderful! Thanks for a great story!

    mochawithlinda at gmail dot com

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  56. You ladies did a wonderful job on this serial story! I thoroughly enjoyed each installment. As others have stated, I will be anticipating another one in the future :)

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