Lauren Taylor has everything one may need to live their dream life. She has the perfect job, the perfect house in a new town, and the perfect roommate. Living in Oregon was her goal for many years. Oregon is known for its beautiful and diverse landscapes. It has mountains, forests, farms as well as beaches. Being an admirer of the mountains and sceneries, Lauren ensured to get a house near the woods overlooking the mountains.
Running away from her past was not easy and after years, Lauren felt her happiest self ever since she moved to Oregon. But they say all good things come to an end. One evening when Lauren returned home from work, she felt a presence in her house. At first, she brushed the feeling aside. However, on investigating, Lauren came face to face with her worst nightmare.
Lauren was born and brought up in Chicago. She was kind and clever, and that is what drew people to her. There was a steadiness to her demeanor, something that had the capability of making a storm whisper like a breeze. She has always been fiercely independent, always aware of what she wants from life.
But things have altered immensely over the past couple of months. The once super confident girl was now trying to survive the weight of self-doubt and hatred. Getting out of a toxic relationship will do that to anyone and Lauren was no exception.
It was time to leave behind the weight of her past, it was time to move on. She has been thinking about getting a fresh start for a while now. But she needed a new job in a place miles and miles away from Chicago. She had applied for a couple of different jobs but so far, she has not heard back from anyone.
It was a crisp winter morning in Chicago. The sun was peeking from behind the clouds. Lauren was sitting curled up on her couch sipping on her favorite cranberry tea. The early morning hours have always been her favorite time of the day. She is up and about while the rest of the world sleeps. She spends her time reading a book and making herself a healthy breakfast.
The Phone Call
Lauren’s attention was caught by her ringing phone resting on the kitchen counter. Her eyes went wide when she saw the caller id, it was from Southern Oregon University, one of the places she had applied for a job. Her anxiety kicked in as her heart started racing in her chest. She picked up the phone with shaky nerves and hesitation.
“Thank you so much! See ya!”, Lauren hung up the phone with a huge smile on her face. Her energy reached a whole new level when she realized it wasn’t a rejection call. She got it! She actually got the job. This means she gets to leave Chicago along with the painful memories behind her. This is her shot at a fresh start.