Chapter 9 – I Choose Freedom

Welcome to “Life and Random Thinking!”

This post is a continuation of the Call Me Skywalker category/series – if you go to the category on the right hand margin of my blog, you find it close to the top– if you go there, you can see the list by clicking on that choice.

Click HERE to go to the beginning to meet the characters, and learn why Luke is called Skywalker, and how he met Sophie.

In the chapter #8 Luke was intercepted by a man who had intended to assault him, but when he realized who Luke was he didn’t, instead the thug made a new choice.


Photo by Dom J on

Luke lay face down in the shadows, in the cold damp beside his bike. Simon had told him to hide face down and wait. So he did.

After a short while, he heard steps and pieces of a conversation. Most of it seemed to be swearing, and he heard his name a few times. He took deep breathes to try slow down his heart.

Then the steps retreated, he heard a car door open, and then slam. An engine started and he thought he heard a car peal away.

When he heard his name again, he raised his eyes to look out where Simon stood by the building entrance. Simon beckoned with his hands to Luke – come out.

Luke, my partner will be back soon so you gotta go. Take your bike upstairs and hideout, or go somewhere else for the next four days.

Whatever, make sure you don’t go home, and don’t be alone at night. Same for your girlfriend, Sophie has to stay home or if she goes out for some emergency then do it during the day and in a group, never be alone.

I’m done with this job and my fricking life is starting over. Luke, you knew my Dad worried about me, right?

My Dad wanted me to change work, and I wasn’t sure if I could. Well I can hear him telling me that again. I swear I heard him say me name when I was standing here.

So I am doing what he said. He said I would soon find myself at a crossroad. I would have to make a choice, and stop doing what I have out of fear of change, being a paid thug for hire.

He told me to have faith in myself. My Dad had faith in me, ya know? My Dad said I have a choice, and he told me to choose freedom from fear, and no regrets. He was always having trying to watch out for me….

Now I have to change the end of my life, my story, like he would have wanted. He told me “You can’t rewrite the past chapters in your life, but you can write the story ending the way you really want.”

I am going to do what my Dad said, the next time you see me you not gonna have to hide in the dirt. ha!

You take care of Sophie cuz these guys could be back. You better go now, grab your bike !

Luke hugged him, and then did as he was told, his mind racing.


Upstairs in Sophie’s apartment Luke had stashed his bike. He would not leave her alone, and now they would hunker down. They would stay put and be safe and heed Simon’s warnings.

He silently thanked God for Simon, and Alexander, his Dad. He always felt the right people came into his life, but it was still stunning to absorb.

Photo by Sanaan Mazhar on


Thanks for joining me for this ongoing story, they are brief so I hope you read them all and comment. ♥ – David

Today I will end this post with some lyrics (no surprise!) from a Guess Who song – and a link HERE so you watch it on Youtube if you are unfamiliar. I love this song ” Laughing” by the Guess Who. ♥♥

I should laugh, but I cry
Because your love has passed me by
You took me by surprise
You didn’t realize but I was waiting

Time goes slowly, but carries on
And now the best years have come and gone
You took me by surprise
I didn’t realize that you were laughing’cause you’re doin’ it to me
(Laughing) it ain’t the way it should be
You took away everything I had, you put the hurt on me


The first song I ever heard of theirs was “These Eyes” – also an amazing song. If you have a romantic heart, and ever had your heart broken then this is one you will enjoy. LINK HERE

These eyes cry every night for you
These arms long to hold you again

The hurtin’s on me, yeah
And I will never be free, no, my baby, no no
You gave a promise to me, yeah
An’ you broke it, an’ you broke it, oh no

These eyes watched you bring my world to an end
This heart could not accept and pretend

About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and and am able to thank readers for their encouragement on what they liked and suggestions on what they would like to see me try in order to improve.
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9 Responses to Chapter 9 – I Choose Freedom

  1. You are a creative writer David!


  2. lghiggins says:

    I like Simon’s change of direction and the obvious influence that his dad had in his life.


  3. Looking forward to what happens next in your story!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Hi David,
    Just to wish you a beautiful and blessed 2022!!
    May you grace us with many more beautiful pictures and creative and inspiring writing!


    • dfolstad58 says:

      My encouraging friend. At just the right time I heard you. I am getting ready to begin cancer radiation treatments. All set to begin next Friday for a month until Feb 10. Thanks for sending me warm thoughts. – David


      • Hi David,
        I am so sorry to hear about you having to go through another series of treatments.
        You are resilient and with so much yet to do, to photograph and write about. I am betting on you!!
        I will be thinking of you and sending healing vibes and prayers!!
        Many blessings!! ❤❤

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