So… This week’s blog post will be of a short story/novel idea that I’ve been toying with. It stems from when my husband, one of my sisters and I created an escape room for our youth retreat/lock-in last October. It was very successful and everyone enjoyed it!! So much, that we had redone some things and offered it to the students that weren’t able to come as well as those who would like to go through it again. Anyway, my sister and I wrote this “Love letter” so to speak, and I’m thinking of taking it a bit further into either a short story or another novel (historical romance of sorts) when I’m finished with the one I’m currently working on.
Wednesday, October 14th, 1925
My Dearest Mark,
I regret to inform you that I am no longer able to run away with you once you come home from war. The Treaty of Friendship between Germany and the United States was put into effect today and President Coolidge says that he thinks this will be a good thing for us. I hear that Hitler is getting some troops together and I fear a new World War may be starting up again soon, taking you along with it. If it is anything like what he was involved with before he got caught and thrown into jail, it could become deadly. I can’t bear the thought of becoming a widow at such a young age. Having to live my life without you, if that was to happen, seems completely unbearable. So for now I have chosen to turn my thoughts towards my dream of becoming an actress. I made a trip up to St. Louis this last Friday to get my photograph taken in hopes that it will lead to an acting role in one of George Steven’s upcoming films. Don’t you worry about me, or bother to come around when you take your leave, because I don’t think my heart could take seeing your handsome face in person again after I send this letter. Please don’t worry my love, just know that you will always be my one true love and I will forever carry your photograph with me for good luck. I received my head shot today, and I have included a copy for you in this letter. I hope you carry mine around with you to give you good luck as well and know that my memories of you and my love for you will never die.
Your Forever Girl,
After reading the letter, you may be left wondering if Anne truly loved Mark. Well the answer to that would be YES! In my mind she truly does love him, but is putting up a wall so to speak for fear of losing him during the war. I haven’t thought much on the idea yet, but what I have thought about is they were set to run away and get married when Mark came back on leave, against her father’s wishes of her marrying for money. Thus the letter comes into play and she focuses on becoming an actress to keep her mind off of him. Mark comes back on leave and tries to contact her, but she has already gone to St. Louis, chasing her dreams of becoming an actress after she accepted a part in a film. Mark will then get sent back over to Germany for World War 2, and something happens to where he is presumed dead, but isn’t. Anne will find out about it, and is heartbroken over her love “deceased.” Anne will then move on with her life, landing roles in much bigger motion pictures, and is engaged to someone her father approves of. Mark comes back to the states and is supposedly a “John Doe” since his memory has been lost. The only thing he can remember is the name Anne. So with a mangled face and a loss of memory, he goes on searching for answers. With not being able to find anything and on the verge of giving up, he’ll see a poster somewhere while out walking with you guessed it, Anne as the main actress. He has a flashback and finally remembered who he is and his life with Anne. He goes to the opening night showing of her movie in hopes to confront her. He does but she doesn’t recognize him, even though something deep down in her heart she knows it’s him, but doesn’t want to believe it because he is presumed dead. Long story short, being the romantic that I am, they will most likely end up together in the end.
Can true love overcome the face of war?