A Beautiful Soul

Chapter 1

I don’t want to move to Indiana,” shouted Shelly. “It’s not fair! This is the worst birthday I have ever had “she said, as tears rolled down her face.

Michelle Patricia Collins, known to family and friends as Shelly had just turned 11 that day and her parents informed her that they were moving to Harrison, Indiana. Shelly’s mother was a manager at a Wal-Mart store in Santa Barbara, California. She had been promoted to Vice President of Human Resources for the entire Midwest Region for Wal-Mart. The job meant more money and stock options, but more important, it was a big step up on the corporate ladder.

Abby Collins had been with Wal-Mart for 20 years and her work ethics and dedication to the company had been recognized. Shelly’s father, John Collins raised horses, gave riding lessons and leased horses for trail rides. He also taught piano lessons out of a small studio in their home. When he heard Abby’s news, he was happy for her and he knew that he could move the horses to Indiana and continue teaching riding lessons as well as piano lessons in Harrison.

John and Abby Collins had located a house with enough land for the horses on the outskirts of Harrison. It was June 5th, and school just ended that week. Shelly had completed the fifth grade. For Shelly, this news of the move was terrible. This was the only home she had ever known. All of her friends were here. “How could she leave her entire life behind and start over somewhere else?” thought Shelly. Shelly locked herself in her room and cried for more than two hours, before she came out. “It isn’t fair!” Shelly told her parents. “Don’t I have a say in this?” Her parents told her that this opportunity was too good to pass up.

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