Angela was your typical teenager. As such, she often didn’t eat right , get enough sleep, etc. Many teens, including as when we were younger, act and talk as though they are invincible. Not enough sleep? No problem! Just catch up on some Zs later on. Eat healthy! Forget about it!
Well, even teen bodies wear down after a time of abuse, and so Angela came down with a nasty cold. So, she took some Nyquil and decided to get some rest for a change. She felt chilled, so she got out her space heater, unplugged something from the overloaded power strip and plugged in the heater. Finally warm and with the medicine taking effect, she finally dozed off.
Even though her mother nagged her a lot, Angela’s room was a bit of a mess. She had some cola cans in various places, and sometimes she would get chewed out in the summer time because that drew ants. However, it was cold weather now, and the vigilant oversight of her mother softened with no ants in the house. In the middle of the night, Angela unknowingly kicked over one of the cola cans that still had liquid in it, and it poured into the power strip. Due to the medication, Angela never woke up when this happened.
Instead, Angela woke up in the hospital. She was confused about where she was and how she got there. The nurse tried to calm her down and kept reassuring her she was alright, her mother was alright and her brother was alright.
“What happened?” she asked.
The nurse began to explain that 911 received a phone call about a house fire, and that it turned out to be her house. Her mother and brother had made it outside, but Angela was apparently still inside. The firemen arrived along with the paramedics, and one of the firemen gained entrance through the back of the house and found Angela still asleep in her room. He carried her outside, where she was immediately treated for smoke inhalation and carted off to the hospital.
Later that day, Angela is released. While her narrow escape from death left her still emotionally troubled, she really was OK physically and released. As she walked out, she meets a handsome young man named Richard. It turns out that Richard is the firefighter that saved her life. “Oh, thank you so much! You are my rescuer! You are my savior!” she weeps as she hugs him. Angela’s mom gets Richard’s address and phone number so they could invite him over once their lives are back together.
Thus, Angela was saved from a very tragic ending.
You have seen those books where you can pick alternative endings? Well, this is just such a story as well. Please read these alternate endings and see which one makes sense to you:
1. Angela is forever grateful. She realizes how close of a brush with death she had, and so she dedicates her life to fire safety and prevention.
2. Angela thinks she has already been rescued once, and so now she believes she is immune to fire. She goes out and takes risks by entering burning buildings whenever she sees them. After all, once you’ve been saved, you’re always saved.
3. Angela throws herself at Richard, and they marry. However, she never really changes. She still plugs in all sorts of devices into cheap power strips, which causes arguments between her and Richard. She doesn’t understand why he is so uptight. Eventually, she accidently starts another fire, which results in the loss of most of what they had built up.
38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (Acts 2:38, King James Version)