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No shoes girl

Brett was the son of a pastor. He was a bible college graduate. He was working at the church as an assistant pastor and youth pastor. He worked a secular job during the week. He had a good reputation at the church. 

Today was the day of the church picnic. Brett and his dad and other men in the church were grilling. Everyone was enjoying themselves. He looked around and he saw someone he did not recognize.  

She was a young lady . she was in her early twenties. She was with amy. Amy was a college student. He did not recognize the young lady who was with her. The lady wore a pink and black skirt. She was barefoot. She had ling brownish hair that was braided into a poney tail. 

He was curious about her. He was not sure why but he knew that he was. He kept griling. After a while, someone else took over. He could go over to see her.  He was really nervous. He wanted to go see her. 

He usualy not self conscious or nervous. This time he was. He tried to remain calm. It was not easy.  He almost turn back. He really wanted to say hello. He decided not to turn back. He went over to her. 

“Hi amy. ” bret said. “Hi bret. ” she said.”bret this is my friend jamie. Jamie this is brett washburn. He is the pastor’s son and assistant pastor. ” amy said. 

“Do i have to call you pastor washburn? ” jamie asked. “Yes. You do!” he said in a jocking tone. Then he added that he was just kidding.  She laughed. 

“Are you a student at biblical university?” he asked. ” yes i am.” she said. “Do you like it there? ” he asked. “I do. ” she said. “I went to fundimental baptist university. ” he said. ” oh no our teams are football rivals. ” she said.  ” not much of a rivalry sense our teams always win. ” he said. She laughed. ” i am not so sure about that?” she said. He chuckled. 

Amy found it interesting that they had really hit it off. She was not expecting that. She was not expecting that she and him would take to eachother. 

After a while they got some hamburgers and hotdogs and other food. They then sat down. Amy found that her monopoly with Jamie seemed to be at an end. She wondered if this would leed to something between them. She suspected that it would. 

“So where did you grow up?” he asked.”i am from riverview. ” she said. “You are from a ways from b.u?” he asked. ” yea. It is a bit of a trek. I dont get home as much as i would like to. ” she said to him. “Why did you decide on b u?” she asked. “I go to belmont lake baptist church. ” she said.”pastor milles lindstrom. That explains it. ” he said. ” he highly recomended it. I am glad i went. ” she said. “I really liked f.b.u. i enjoyed my time there. I miss it. ” he said. 

After the dinner, they threw away there trash. He noticed that she was barefoot the whole time. He never saw her shoes. 

They talked most of the whole afternoon. Amy could not compete. She was ok with that. She would let them talk and get acquainted.  Amy smilled. She wondered if she was witnessing the beginning of a relationships between the two. 

“Look where are your shoes?” he asked. “I dont wear shoes. I go barefoot all the time. ” she said. “You dont wear shoes?” he asked. “No. I dont own shoes. It has four years sence i last owned a pair of shoes. ” she said. 

“You dont own shoes. How can you not own shoes?” he asked. “I hate wearing shoes even flip flops. I found my shoes never stayed on. I decided why do i brother to have shoes. I got rid of them. I have never regreted it. ” she told him. 

“Do they mind at school?” she asked. “No they dont. There was no policy that sated that students have to wear shoes. I talked it over with the faculty and they agreed to let me go barefoot. I work at a library over the sumer. They alow me to go barefoot. I love going barefoot.  I love the feeling of it. No shoes ever. ” she said.

“Your never going to wear shoes again?” he asked. “No. Never. ” she said.  ” i see. I am surprised. I did not know anyone went batefoot any more.” he said. “Yes i do. ” she said. 

He was surprised.  He liked her. It was not that odd he suposed.a wife that went barefoot was not that unusual. 

Bret and Jamie continued to stay in touch . they communicated on the phone or though email and social media. She came to see him on several occasions staying with amy. They hung out most of those weekends. Of course she was barefoot. 

He went to her graduation.  She moved to the same town as her church. She became a member. She was quite active in the church. They began a courtship . after a time he proposed and she agreed. 

They were marred at the church. She was barefoot of course.  She was a traditional kind of wife. He became a pastor of a church not to far from his patents.  She became pregnent with thete first child .she gave birth to a healthy baby boy. A couple years later she had a baby girl..they lived hapily ever after.

The end. 

 

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Zoey

Zoey had a great life. She was loved by her parents.  She was well provided for and cared for. She adored her parents and looked up to her as role models.

Zoey was very smart.  She was talented. She got goos grades in school. She received awards for being a young scholar. Her standardized test scores were very high. She was very athletic but she also liked art. She liked yo draw and paint.  

She was very funy. She liked to joke around. She never got onto trouble.  She stayed home except fot school activities. She enjoyed hanging out with her parents.  

They had always been close. Sense she was a little girl. For the longest time it was just her and her parents. Due to medical complications, her parents did not believe that they could have any more children. When zoey was 11, her mom got pregnant with her sister. When she was 14, she had another sister. 

What zoey did not know waa that she was adopted.  Those she beleved were her parents were not his birth parents. They did not want to keep this from her. They were reluctent to tell her. 

To them,zoey was just as much blood as there other kids. They loved her more then anything.  She loved them.

They were not sure when to tell her. They knew that they probably should have told her long before but they fid not.   

There were multiple reasons why they did not want to tell her. They did not agree with the reasons behind her birth parents decison to put her up for adoption. They did not want to tell her the truth. They were devisated each time they thought about it.  

They knew it would not get any easier.they knew that they had to just do it. She came home from school. They had her favorate cup cakes. She sat down. 

“Sit down hunnie.” her mom said. She sat down.  She had no idea what is going on. “Hunnie, you know that we love you very very much. ” her dad said.”of course i do. You guys are amazing.  ” she said. 

“We do love you more then we could ever say. ” her mom told her. She knew something was up. She had no idea what he was. She was afraid that it might be a health concern. Both her parents were fairly healthy.   There was always that fear. 

She could tell that her parents were fighting back the tears. She had no idea why. She was really spooked. Her parents were very happy people. They were almost never sad. 

She was really confused and now a little scared. “What is going on?” zoey asked. “Well. You see. You were adopted. We adopted you when you were a todler.” her dad said.

Zoey was totaly shocked.  She had no idea that this was what was going on. She never would have thought that this was the case. 

“Im adopted?” she asked.  “Yes. We adopted you. ” her mom said. “Oh my! I had no idea . ” zoey said. “I understand that this is quite a shock. We love you as if you were our own.to us you absolutly are. ” her dad assured her. 

“Do you know who my birth parents are? ” Zoey asked. ” yes we do. “Her dad said.  “They are still alive? ” she asked. “To the best of our knowledge,yes. “Her mom said.

“Do you know why they gave me up for adoption? ” she asked. Her mom took a big gulp. “We do.  ” her dad said.  “What was the reason? ” she asked.  ” well you see . They had a dog. It was your farthers prized dog. Aperently you were alergic to the dog. The doctor said that you and the dog could not co exist in the same time. ” her farther said. 

“They gave me up because i was alergic to the dog. They loved the dog more then me. They chose the dog over me?” she asked.

“I don’t want to speak ill of your parents.  You were well cared for during your early years. ” her mom said. 

Zoey was totaly shocked. She could not believe all of this. “Look we chose you. We love you. We are your parents.  That will never change. ” her dad said.

Zoey cried a lot that night. She recovered from the shock. She loved her adopted parents. They were her real parents as far as she was concerned.  

She wanted to meet her real parents.she just wanted to meet them. She did research. She found them. They still lived in the same house they lived in when she was a baby. 

The summer before she started colege,she drove to the house she spent the first year of her life there. She did not remeber any of it. 

She saw a younger girl . she was about ten. ” hello” she asked.” is your mom and dad home? ” zoey asked. She went inside and got her mom. Her mom came out. 

“Hello! Can i help you?” she asked. “Are you kendra Lester? ” she asked. “Yes i am kendra. Who are you?” she asked. “I am zoey. I wanted to meet you. ” she said. 

“Sarah why dont you go play in the play room with your brothers.keep the dog in the other room ” kendra said. She went to the other room. 

“Are you in colege?” kendra asked. “I huat graduated . i am going this fall. “Zoey said.  “What place did you graduate in?” she asked. ” fith. ” she said. “Good for you. ” kendra said.” are you still alergic to dogs?”she asked. “Yes i am. ” zoey said.

“When did you find out?” she asked.”recently. ” she said the door opened.  Greg entered. “Kend,is someone hear?” greig asked. ” yes . This is Zoey ” kendra said. 

“Who do you know my wife. Wait a minute that zoey?” greg asked.” yes. That Zoey. ” kendra said. “Were your step parents good to you?” he asked. “Yes they are. ” Zoey said. “I am glad to hear that. ” greg said .

She decided to go . she said her goidbyes. Greig walked her out. ” you probably  dont understand our decison to give you up. ” greg said. “It is a bit disconcerting. ” zoey said. ” duke was not just my dog. He was my budy. He has been with me a long time. I know you don’t understand. You seemed to have great step parents. ” Greg said. She did not want to argue with him. 

She could not wait to get back to her parents. They were her real parents as far as she was concerned.  That was all that mattered. 

The end. 

The allergy 

Greg had always been a dog lover. He had a dog sense he was a little. He got duke sense he was a puppy. They were best friends. When he got home from work, duke ran to the door waiting for him. 

On saterdays he and duke walked to a nearby park and then back home. It was there rituel. Saterday mornings, duke ran to the door as a hint hint. Grieg was happy to oblige. He looked froward to it himself. That was saterdays.  Neither one would have it any other way. 

Duke was super friendly.  He liked to go over to people and he let them pet him.he almost never barked. If he barked, he was a quick bark. It was a friendly and playfull bark not an angery one.  

It was Saturday morning when one such person petted duke. It was a young lady naimed kendra. While duke liked everyone for the most part, he seemed to take a special liking for kendra. Kebdra was quite smitten with him. 

“He is a friendly dog.” she said.  ” he is great. He has always been. Sense he was little. ” greg said.  “You certainty are. ” she told the dog as she petted him.  

While he liked meeting people.  He never forgot her. Her image stuck with him. It was a good size  city. He figured that he might never run into her again. He assumed that he would forget about her. She might become a foot note into his history. That was ok. It was how things happen. 

The next city, he saw her.he saw her for several mouths. They said hello. They became closer and closer. They started to talk quite a bit. At first they only talked smal talk. Over time they went deeper. 

After several mounths of runing into her, he asked her out to lunch.they went to an outdoor cafae that welcomed dogs.  There was no way that they were going to exclude duke sense he was the one that brought them together.  

The first date was amazing. Beside love of dogs, they had a lot in common. They decided to go on a second date. The second led to a third and a fouth and fifth  and so on and so forth.  

After a time they decided to become an actual couple. Then after a time of dating he perposed. He put the ring in duke’s coller. She did not see it at first. He waited for her to see it. 

She smiled.  “Whats this?” she asked.he chuckled.  “Thats kind of odd!” he said. She stoped. He got on one knee and proposed..she hugged him and said yes. They kissed. She hugged duke as well. 

At the weding, duke was the best man at the weding.  While some in the church were a bit skidish about having a dog in the church, duke was quite the charmer. He won everyone over. He was a big hit.

The wedding was a huge success.  It was everything they hoped it would be and more. 

Duke was almost like a child. Even a friend or roomate. Duke seemed to be a full fledged member of the family. Some in there iner circle of family and friends were happy for them. They thought it was amazing.  There were manny who were huge fans of it. 

While others thought it went too far. Many feared that the dog was going to be there kid.  Both sets of parents were concerned that the dog replacing a real child. They wanted human grand children. They began to suspect that they were not going to have children. 

Then kendra was late for her period. A pregnancy test revealed that she was indeed pregnant.  After super,she gave him the news.

“Hunnie i have to tell you something! ” she told him. “Ok. Whats up? ” he asked.  “We are having a child.  ” she said. “Really? Thats wonderful ” he said.

He hugged her. He hugged duke.he was really excited. She gave birth to a healthy baby girl. They naimed her zoey grace. 

Zoey was a sweet little girl. She brought a lot of joy to the family.  She and duke got along famously.  They taught her to be gentle. 

Things went great. Zoey seemed to sneze out a lot. She got sick a lot. The doctor did test and discovered that she had an alergic reaction to dogs. 

The doctor told them that zoey could not be around the dog all the time. There was no way that the child could be around the dog . a decision had to be made. 

“What are we going to do ? You heard the doctors. We cant keep both the dog and zo. ” kendra said.he sighed. ” i know.  This is so hard kend. “He told her.  

They gave it a lot of thought.  They considered what to do. They decided to give up zoey for adoption. Gregs brother watched duke while they looked for a suitable family to adopt her.  

As it turned out there was a husband and wife that were able to get pregnant. They were carefully screened by an adoption agentcy. They interviewed the family and decided to let them adopt. 

Kendra kissed zoey. Greg did as well.they were turned over to the Fredicson. They went to get duke. 

Duke got together with abother dog.he had pupies. Zoey thrived with her adopted parents. They loved her and she loved them. 

They would one day tell her the truth.they decided to wait a while. 

The end.

Notes 

My idea for this came from a post on facebook. Soneone sugested that why does the family get rid of a dog when the kid is alergic. Thus the story is born. 

To me literarure is a way to explore isues. That was the idea behind star trek, twilight zone,  ray Bradbury theater and outer limits etc. 

The perposal part two. 

Lilly could not beleve all that just happened.one minute she was getting out bed. Then she went for a walk.then she was maried and all her way to her honey moon. It was very sureel. She was happy with her decison. It felt crazy but she was content even excited by the future.

“We are off!”he said in an exciting tone.”cool!”she said. “I have a thousand questions! “Alex told her.”i have a thousand for you.”she answered.”i want to know everything there is to know about you?” he commented. “I want to know everything rverywthing there is to know about you. We have the time.”she said. 

“Look. I am sory i did not wait for you.i suspected my former fiancée was not the one but i tried to push it. I was afraid to be alone.”he said.”you could not have known. I apteciate the sentiment i really do. I have not dated in a while. I am a bit of a workaholic. I wanted to be maried. I figured i would get around to it eventually. “She said. They both laughed. 

“You have not dated in a while?” alex asked. “I think the last time was in colege. Between church and civic events i am really buisy.  It would be difficult to date a parishioner.  The only male under forty is a bit odd. I dont want to date anyone that i know is my civic work because they are unsaved.  It was not a prority. I wanted to be maried but i did not see an urgentcy. Perhaps i figured it would sort itself out. It has. I just did not think it will work itself out in this manor. ” she told him.

“Did you grow up hear?” he asked.”no i grew in pensivania. I went to a seminary not far hear. I was sent to pastor hear. I was glad it was close. I have become rather attached to this area. I was pleased to be assigned hear.i like this town. I love the church and the people. Did you grow up hear? “She asked.

“I did. I grew up in nearby deen. I went to bible colege in Connecticut then came back hear.  I am attending the same church i attended as a kid. I have wanted to be in full time ministry sense i was young. Did you want to be a pastor at a young age?”he asked. 

“Hardly. I grew up in a strict independent fundamental baptist church. I wanted nothing to do with it. I went to colege first as a english major.  One of the teacher was a Methodist minister as well. I went to her church. She took me under her wing.  She encouged me to persue the ministry.  The rest i gues is history. “She said. 

” i see.” he said.  “My parents were a bit detresed that i was training to be a minister and that i was attending a united Methodist church. They were glad i was involved in the church. I never really stoped believing. I was stuborn. I was rebelous. I have finaly put away those childish things.took a while.  My parents say they dont totaly agree with my decison but they see a change in me. We have become a lot closer. ” she said.

“Even if you agree on everything, it is not always easy between parents and children. ” he said. “Are you and your parents close?” she asked. “We are. We are very sinilar in beliefs and how we do things. Sometimes things just seam off. It might just be me. My siblings seem closer. Maybe everyone feel that way ” he said. 

She saw a deference in him as he spoke of his relationship with his family.  She came to realize that he felt isolated from his family. She never quite understood it or why or how the chasism came to be. She was determined to make him always feel like he mattered to her. She wanted him to know he was her family. He was invalible to her. The sadness in his eyes afected her.she never wanted him to feel that way in this new family.  She wanted him to never question his significance with  her. 

“So did you parents help him you though the aftermath of your stabing?”he asked. “They were great. I could not have goten though it without them. I gues i should tell you the story. “She said.

“If you dont want to ,its ok.” he said. “No its fine. A guy who was drunk was trying to attack his x girlfriend. He got the wrong house.  Lukily my neighbor heard ne screming. He was a vet. He schot the man and probably saved my life. I was pro gun control. Not so much now. It was a hard recovery.  The physical and emotional scars renain” she said. He squeezed her hand. 

“Were you a good student?” he asked. “4.0” she said. “I was not a particuly good student in high school.At bible colege i was an A, b student.never got a single c. My school is probably not as hard as you went. I had to work hard but i was pleased.  “He told her. 

“You seem like a very inteligent person. “She said.  “Thank you thats meens alot. I like to learn.  ” he said. “That is evident. ” she answered.  

“So where is that third tatoo?”he asked.she chuckled. “Your stil on that? It is on my thigh. It is a dolphin.  I like dolphin.  I have a stufed dolphin i had as a kid.yes i packed it. “She said.

She showed him one of one shoulder. It was winie the poo.the other was in greek. “I love theology?”he said. “You read greek?”she asked. “A little. I took biblical greek in bible colege. Your a thology nerd?” he asked. She chuckled.”a little! I know about the old testament baning of tatoos.” she said. “I was not going to bring it up” he assured her. ” it was a bit of a contradiction i gues. I dont tell a lot of people i have it. I put it there so i could conceil it. ” she said.  “Your something else! ” he said lauthing.

She loved the way he looked at her. She feared that that would change. Hia fascination with her would wein abait.he would lose that wounder. Onw day she would become mundane to him. She accepted the fact that it would.  It never did. She took notice of that. She was thankfull for that.

After a time they had made it from new hanpshire to Massachusetts.  Then they made it into new york. “Are you ready to stop for something to eat?”he asked. “Yea i am getting kind of hunger!”she answered. “Great!”he said.

They stoped at a resturant off the interstate.  He parked. His phone went off. “Its my mom,i should probably take this!”he told her. “Go for it!”she said. He presed the button. “Hi mom!”he said.

“Dad and i stoped by your house but you were not there. “She said. “I decided to go to Ohio any ways. I am in new york right now.”he said. She smirked but tried to stay silent.. She was enjoying seing him swet. 

“You ok?we are woried about you. “She said. “I am fine mom. “He tried to assure her. “Ok drive carefully. Drink plenty of cofee. Take break if you need to. No land speed records.”she said. “Driking cofee has never been a problem for me. I will. Be carefull. “He said. She said her i love you. He echoed it. He hung up.

She smirked. “Seing you skirm is prety cute. “She said. “She is concerned. I am her oldest. “He said.”dont do anything rash like mary a complete stranger. “She said. “You have never been a stranger. ” he told her. She kissed him. 

They excited the car and went to the resturant. She felt pain.from time to time she experienced pain. The doctor said it would continue. “You ok hunnie?”he asked. “Im fine.just mild discomfort.i have grown used to it.”she said. 

He huggef her. “You don have to be strong. Not around me. You done have to put up a brave front. No fear. I do it too. I understand.its ok. I have got you”he said. She embraced him. Her last boyfriend resented that she had no interest in physical contact. She recisted him at every turn.  With alex she found she craved afection. After a while she was ok. 

“So is there a pool at the hotel?”he asked.”yes.”he said.  He was skidish about the answer. “You dont like swiming?”she asked.”i akmost drowned when i was seven. Ever sence then i have been very skidish about it.”he said.”im sory. We. Can stay towards the shalow end. Please swim with me.”she pleaded.”alright. I will give it a chance.”he said. “We can get get though it together. “She said. 

“It was my fault.  I lost a trinket,a neclace i made in sunday school. I got above my head. I could not get out . i was rescued.  It left an lasting fear.” he said. “Understandible. We can face this fear together. “She said. “Ok!”he said.

“So what is around where we will be?”she said. “There is the bigest ball of yarn excibit 20 minutes from the hotel. “He said.”no! You planed on seing a ball of yarn on your honey moon?”she asked. “”We can skip it if you like?”he asked. “Oh no.i have to see this.i will get our picture taken with it. “She said.”i was just curious. It may not have been the finest decision. “He said.”i am excited to see it. I am going to tease you about it insesently but i am excited about it.”she said.

“There is plenty of tourest stuf around hear. More interesting then the ball of yarn. “He said. “I an sure it will be fine. ” she said.”if you have ideas or things you want to do or see,tell me. I kinow had this planed out. I want this to he something you wil both enjoy and cherish.  “He told her. 

“I know it will be. “She said. This was already something she would always tresue. It was almost magical.  She was astonished by it. 

The meal was great. “Do you want desert?”he asked.”i don want to blow the budget! “She said. He showed her his first meal budet on his phone.”we are good.”he said “i an impresed and terified all at the same time. ” he said.they decided to have chese cake.she thanked him. He paid then they left. 

They stopped at a gass station. “Hey i go this!”she said.”i budgited gass mony!”he said.”i am sure you did. There is no such thing as myine and yours.its ours. I got this.”she said.”please tell me thats a debit card!”he said.”yes i dont believe in credit cards! “She said.”few!” he said. She paid for the gass at the pump. “You are really cute. Odd but cute!”she said.”thank you,i think! “He said.

“Hey can i drive for a bit?”she asked. ,of course! “He said as he gave her the keys.”can i put the radio on?after several hours of the same hym cd i am ready for something different! “She said. “Oh ok!” he said 

She found a station that played contemporary christian music.she sang along. “Your not a fan of ccm are you?” she asked.  “No im not. I perfer the old hymms. “He said. “Are you strict?”she asked.

“Some would see some are my stances as strict i supose. I try to base my views on biblical principles. I believe the bible is the word of God.where the bible is rigid i have to be. Its how you go about it. I try to hold the truth in love. I try to be happy about it. On music i will try to keep an open mind. Where on bible versons i have to hold to king james.on salvation i have to hold to salvation by grace though faith alone. On other things i dont have to be as rigid on. ” he said 

“I do believe in salvation by grace though faith alone. I believe jesus is the only way to salvation. ” she declared. “I was prety sure you did. ” he said. 

“I do enjoy klove and the music on it.i would like to continue to listen to it.” she said. “We will work on this. I think that we can work this out. It will require some ajustment on both of us. We will make it work. ” he said.”i know we will. ” she said. 

They switched off driving. Eventualy they arived at the hotel. They went inside to check in. 

To be continued. 

The proposal part one 

The last post was an intro.  A prologue.  I am calling this one part one.

Saterday morning ,alex got up early.he had trouble sleeping. He knew he had to get some sleep. Lord wiling he would be on the road most of the day. He did finally get to sleep. He got up.

He called his best friend bryan. “Hey bri what are you up to?”he asked. “I was going to a wedding. .”he said. “Want to go for a drive with me? “He asked. 

He picked up bryan. He came into the pasinger side. “Ok you do realize this is the nutiest thing i have ever heard of.”he said.”i know. I have a peace about not marying april. I dont have a peace about being single. ” he said. 

“I cant beleve i am going along with this. “He said. “Thank you by the way. If this works i will need a witness. “Alex said. ” your welcome. I think.  “He said. He started the car and headed out. 

That morning,lilly got up. She had cofee then read in the bible. After that she decided to go for a walk. She commonly went for walks .she like to clear her head.  

“So how does this work. Are you just going to drive around until you find her?”bryan asked. “Yea. “He said.”how will you know the right one?”he asked.”she will say yes.”alex answered. “What if no one says yes?”bryan asked. “I beleve the right one will.” alex said.”what if she does not?”bryan asked. ” i dont know!” he said.

They did some drivng. He pointed out one.”no thats not her!”he said. He saw another. He said no. He came upon several. He did not feel free to ask them. 

Lily was listening to conptempary christian music station on her phone. She liked to have music on while she walked. 

Alex saw her walking. “Oh my! Thats her!” alex said. “Your sure?”bryan asked.”yea im sure. “He said.he stoped. He roled down the window. Bryan was really nervous.  This could end badly. 

“Hi. ” alex said. Lilly gave a nervous  hello back to her. “Will you mary me?”alex asked. Bryan tried not to visibly cringe. “Excuse me?” she asked.

“Will you mary me?” he asked again. She thought it over. “Is this a real perposal? This is not some radio station prank or something?” she remarked. “No its a real perposal. ” he said.

“Are you a christian?” she asked. “Yes i am a graduate of a bible colege. I am baptist. I am born again. ” he said “oh! I am a united Methodist minister. ” she said. “Oh!” he said. “You still want to mary me?” she asked.”i do. “He answered. 

“I have tatoos. Only three. ” she said. “Thats fine. ” he said. “I was stabed a few years ago. I have some scars. ” she said. “Im so sory to hear that. That is not going to brother me. ” he told her. 

“You realy want to do this?” she asked.”yes i do!” he said. “Yes. The answer is yes. “She said. “Excellent! ” He said.  “Do you want to get maried today?” she asked. “No time like the pressent. ” he said. 

Bryan opened the car door. “I will let you take my seat. ” he said. She wore a green shirt ,gray pants and shoes that revealed that her feet were otherwise bare. Both there heart were racing. 

She got in. “I’m lilly by the way. ” she said. “Im alex. It is so good to meet you. ” he said. “Likewise. ” she said. He huged her. “I assume your thinking justice of the peace?” she asked. “We can hold a church wedding later on. “He suggested.  “Of course. “She said. She ofered him her hand and she took it. 

He started the car. “I should probly tell you that i was engaged. My then fiancée broke off the engagement.  This is not a rebound thing. This has a biblical precedent.  When eliazer found rebecca. ” he said. “Actualy we are not sure that eliazer was the servent who found rebecca. It could have been. I am glad you told me. That does not brother me. “She said. 

“I have a ring from the engagement. If you want a different one later,thats fine. “He said. He showed her the ring.”no. I like this one. “She said. “Ok.”he said. 

“I had a hotel booked in ohio. I stil have the reservations.  ” he said. “Let me call my lay leader. I will have her cover my servives for the next ten days.  ” she said. “Sounds good. Will she mind?”he asked. “No i never take time off. ” she said 

“Hi terry its lilly. Can you cover the next two Sundays and the Tuesday.  I will be out of town. You can. thanks.  No everythings fine. I will explane when i get back.  Thanks. God bless.” she said. 

 “We all set?” he asked. “We are. Lets go get maried!”she said. “Ok!”she said Bryan was shocked by all this. Was this realy hapening? Was his best friend really marying a complete stranger? 

They started to head for the town hall. “You have three tatoos?” he asked. “Yea. One on each arm. T shirt cover it. The third well i will tell you later. ” she said.he chuckled. “I dont have tatoos!” he told her. “Why am i not surprised? ” she said.  

They arived at the town hall. They paid for the mariege lisence. Then they went to see the town clerk who could oficiate marieges. 

“Do you Alex take lilly to be your lawfully wedded wife ?”the clerk asked. “I do.” he answered.”do you lilly take akex to be your lawfully wedded husbend?” the clerk said. “I do”she said. 

“Do you akex promise to love honor and cherish her, ritcher or for pooerer in sickness or in heath till death you part?”he asked. He answered in the afirmitive. 

“Do you promise to love honor and obey in suckness and in health,for richer or poorer till death do you part?” she said yes. 

After the rings were presented. They said there vows. The clerk prononcef them husband and wife.  He told them they could kiss.  He kissed her. 

It felt so sureel. He was shocked. He could not believe that he was really hear. Yet he was. She could hardly beleve all this. One minute she was alone. Then she was maried. She was happy. She knew that she would no longer be alone. 

After they left hand in hand. They walked to the car.  “Congrats mr and mrs granger. ” bryan said. “Lilly granger that has a nice ring to it.”she said ” it definently does.  Are you going to hytginate your name?”he asked. “No i just want to be lilly granger”she said.”dont you meen reverend lilly granger?”he asked.”that too!”she answered. 

They got in. “I have a house. I got land from my grand farther.  ” he said. “I have an apartments. I like it but i would like to move to your place. I have a piano whitch wont be fun to move!  “She said. “We will find a way to move it! ” he assured her. “Ok! Thabks hunie. You play?”he asked. “I do. Mom is a nusic teacher so did not have much of a choice. ” he said. “I know that feeling w. My gram was a music teacher. “She said. 

“I am going to drop off bryan. Then we can go to your house and you can pack!”he said.”i will try to paxk light! “She said.”i have plenty of room. “He said.”do we have time to drop by your place. I want to start making place to change everything!”she remarkes.”yea. Sure. I would love to show it to you.”he told her. “Great!”she said.

“You really going to change everything? “Bryan asked.  “I wont know till i have seen it.”she answered.  They all laughed.”i am very flexible!”he said. “You may not regret saying that al!”bryan said.

They arived at byans house. Bryan said a prayer for them. “Look you two are heading into what may be the most difucult but wonderful days. Dont ever lose the wounder of the lord.”bryan said. Alex and byan hugged.  

Alex got back in. ” want to stop at your place first?”he asked. “Sure sounds good.”she answered. They drove to her apartment.

They went inside.  She took a picture of them at her house. She looked at it. He put his arm around her. “We are going to have quite the stories to tell our kids. “She told him. “Indeed we are.”he said.”you want kids right?”she asked.”i do at least two of each.”he said.”sounds good to me.”she said. 

She went into her bedroom. She took off het shoes and put on flip flops. She packed quickly. She hoped she had everything.  She and him louded the car. “I think i have everything. I never really packed on the fly before.”she said. 

“Ready?”he asked.”hold on. I just want to take all this in for a munute.”she said.”ok sure!”he said.she wraped her arms around him.he reciprocated. He extended his arms around her. Neither one wanted to let go.  “Welcome to my family my love!” he told her. “Welcome to my heart! ” she answered. They kept on embracing each orther. 

“Ok now i am ready.”she said.”ok. Off to my house. Our house.”he said.she smiled. They got inside. The car drove off.  

Theyy drove to his house. “Can i put a garden hear?”she asked. “Of course. This is your place too now. “He said.”i know just where i want to put it. “She said. He showed her inside.she loved it.she already had a milion idears of what she wanted to change. Thrn after a while they got ready to leave.  

He prayed for there drive. Then the car left. “Our jouney begins!”he said.”yes indeed. ” she said. They drone off. 

To be continued.  

Stuffed animal

When katie was four she was given a stufed animal.  It was a bunny.she named him eddy . eddy the rabit. Edie was her best friend. She took him everywhere. 

Katie’s family kept a low profile. Most of there social life if you wanted to call it that centered on there church.  Except for church activities a lot of time was spent at home or doing family activities.  

Katie incisted on taking edie everywhere.  Any pictures of katie as a young child included the stufed bunny  If there was a picture without the bunny ,it was because her parents or grandparents insisted that the animal not be in the picture. Otherwise he was there. 

Katie kept to herself.  She was not withdrawn but not overly outgoung.she started to go more and more inward. Edie started to take up bigger parts of her life.he seamed to take on a life of his own.she talked about him and she liked to have him talk.

At first her parents indulged her.  Then they became a bit concern by her obseson with the toy rabit. They would not let her take edie out of  the house. 

Then they hid the rabit.she was really sad. Eventualy she moved on.she forgot about the stuffed animal.  She moved on. Her perents put him in a box. 

One summer in between her freshman and sophmore years at colege ,her parents found the box. They chuckled when they saw edie the rabit.

“Hunnie look what we found?”her mom said. Katie had no idea what it was. She came to her mom. She lit right up. “Edie! ” she said. She hugged him. Her whole childhood flooded back. She had totally forgotten about him. Sudenly she felt like she was six again. It al came back. 

She was so glad to see her old friend.her mom was a bit taken aback. By her reaction. After all these years edie was still her prized poseson. 

Her mom did not seam too impresed. She decided that she would tone it down. She put him in her room.

She was carefull not to mention the animal to her parrents. She slept with him that night. She brought him with her to colege. She hid him knowing that her parents probably would not aprove. For whatever reason her love of edie got on her parrents nurves.

She had no idea why her love for the stuffef animal waa so repugnent. Perhaps they thought she was acting imature. It seemed a bit over the top. She decided to keep it low key. 

Once again he was a good friend. She made sure her parents did not know that she brought him with her to colege.  They had forgotten about him again. Over the sumer she worked at a sumer camp. She brought edie with her. She hid him in one of her bags. 

Edie was a constent companion. She took him everywhere.on her honeymoon at first she decided that she should not bring edie. She waa now totaly an adult. It was time to put away childish things.she almost kept him at her parents house. Shw decided to take him with her on her honeymoon. 

 “What is this dear?” her new huabend ben asked. “Oh thats eddie!”she answered.  “You have a stufed animal?” he asked. “Its not that weird.”she remarked. “No i guess its not. ” he said in response.

She was a lirtle embarrassed.  He did not really think that much about it. Edie took up a prominent place in there bed room when they got home. He sugested moving it. She was not keen on that. 

He toletated the animal. When they had a daughter. He wanted to give it to the baby. She would not have that. She feared for edie’s safty. 

Brad felt like he had to compete with Edie. He wanted to let thete daughtet have edie. She said no. After the birth of there son, brad decided to talk to her.

“We have been maried for three years now. I have had to compete with edie. Forshaking all other that includes inanimate object. “He said. “Are you jellous of the rabit?”she asked.  “Look its either me or Edie. “He said. 

He wanted her to donate him to goodwill. She convinced him to let her put him up in the living room.Edie was banned from there room. 

Brad never understood her love for the rabit. No one did but they worked out a conpromise. She wanred to get a stufed rabit for there daughter zoey but brad decided not to. Despite therw dusagrement katie and brad were in love.  They were happy together.  

The end. 

Free ellie 

David and karren parker were a young couple. David was a gradute of an independent baptist college.  He met his wife there. He started a small church in a smal area. They just had a daughter named ellie.

The birth went very well. Mom and baby were released from the hospital. 

One night, a group of people creaped into the smal house. They had cassed the property while the parkers were gone. They knew that they did not have any kind of secuity syistom. They picked the lock. They got inside the house. 

The intruders wore all black. They tip toed to the nursery.  They knew where the bed room was. They went inside.  A short person picked up the baby.they moved out. 

Karen could not sleep. She went into the nursery.  She screamed. Dave ran in to the room.”ellie is gone! “She said. 

David called 911. A police cruser arived within a short time. The officer came in.”we put ellie back in the crib at 1:00 or around them. Then karen came in a short time ago and she was gone. The blankets were disheveled.  “Dave told the officer. 

“How old is the child?” the officer asked. “Four days. “Karren said. A detective arived. Karen and david were questioned separately.  

“David is an ordaned minister with an independent baptsist denomination.  He pastors grace baptist church.  He is 23 years old. Moved hear from new burn north Carolina.  Karen 21 is from sallem orwgon. She moved to new bern then folowed him hear. No criminal records.  No call from the police pryor. ” detective wheeler said. 

They went back to dave. “Dave do you have any enimies?”the detective asked. “Not that i know off. “He said. “You involved in political issues? “Detective horsby asked. “Not really. We dont engage in protests or anything like that. I dont shy awsy from isues that may come up in scripture.  “He said. 

They intervued neighbors.  The neighbors reported that the oarkers were qiet. One neihhbor reported hearing rustling of the trees. A dog barked . 

The police tried to rule out the parkers as suspects. They searched the two cars they owned. They searched the house. They searched under the house and the property. 

The police talked to the hospital staf that delivered the baby. None of the nurses saw any red flags. There were no signs of post pardom dipresson. 

The church members were intervued. They had almost nothing to go on. 

“What do we think?” the captain asked. “I think the parents killed the child. ” detective hornsby said. “That makes no sense. “Wheller said.”neither does anything else. Lets go with the most sensible conclusion . that is they killed there own kid. “Hornsby said. 

“No way. There is no evidence of that. ” wheeler said. “It is the nist plausible? “Hornsby said. “We are arguing from silence.  ” whealer said. 

Later on

“I got something. The parkers are on a list of potentily abusive parrents. ” officer daigle said. “Give me more detail. “The captain said. “A website ran by former mayor wilson rudgeway colects list of potentialy abusive husbends or parrents.  The site includes contributors who are former law enforcement including criminal profilers. “The officer said.  

“What do they have?”whealer asked.”they are a member of a non afiliated baptist church. They refer to themselves as independent fundamental Baptist.  He came form a baptist church in north carolina known for its rigid interpretation of the bible. The church is on the radar of the southern poverty law center. Aperently they have abusive tendentcies. ” the officer said. 

“Are we going back to the parkers as suapects? I just dont see it. These people are pillers of the ccommunity . ” whealer said. 

“I hardly call them pillers. How have they contributed to society? They are a cult.  “Hornsby said. “Hold on. We are complaining about the young people these days. No ambition no goals. They keep there noise cleen. Fundamental Christianity may not be your cup of tea but they are hardly a cult. “Whealer said. 

“Well lets talk to those behind the registry.  Maybe they have insight. Wilson ridgeway is a legend and a friend of this department.  “The captain said.

“David parker is on our radar. Fundies target smal town. Especially ones with high crime . places where industry once thruves but moved out. High population of white fokes. In my estimation patker is a tiking time bomb. ” ridgeway said.

“Your group beleves that indoctrination in child abuse.”whealer said.”Fundies have babies for the express perpose of mantaning there strain of Christianity. It is religious eugenics.  “Ridgeway said. 

“Wanting to pass down your views is hardly abuse. I passed down my love of fishing to my kids. Is that not a kind of indoctrination ?”he asked. “This country is founded on fredom. Children should be able to chart there own course without interference. “Ridgeway said. 

“Every parent has expectations. Using your philosophy, every patent enploys indoctrinatination. a ‘fundy’ argue that you inationoctrinating your children by pasing on your philosophy.  “Whealer said. “I give my children the chance to acept or reject my views. I present my views as my opinion. I dont claim my views ate devine. “He said. 

The cops got a break. A tip came in.a neighbor of a young lady reported her sudenly having a child. There is no evidence she had been pregnent or had a boyfriend.

 “Mrs ames is mistaken.” annie ross posner said. ” other neighbors corroborate her story. They verify seing a baby. ” whealer said. ” she is a friends baby. I was baby siting.” she said.”where is yhe baby now?”hornsby asked. 

“She is back with her mom. “Annie answered. ” we will need to speak to her mom. “Whealer said. The detectives went to the home. The lady in question was gone.  It seams she had moved out. 

“We are looking for laurie mceverit cassey. She is 20 years old. Sosiology majer. She has ties to Oregon and Nevada. “The captain said.

Laurie was picked up in a nearby sate. The baby was not with her.she was extradited. The cops went to intervue her. She was clad in an orange jump suit. ” i am a political prisoner.”she said.

“How so?”whealer asked. ” i did what i did to stop child abuse. “She said. “Look the parkers are fine people. ” whealer said.” if his name was Mohammed not David would you feel that way. How is david Parker any different then jim jones or david koresh? “She said.

“Did you kidnap baby elie?”hornsby asked.  “I was not involved in tje liberation. I provided a safe house for those who did.”she said.

They discovered a group that called themselves free Genevieve.  The group was started to stop indoctrination of children of religious families . Genevieve was a baby caught up in a child custody case. Her mom was converted to Christianity her farther was a vehement atheist and tried to stop her from taking his child to church The case has developed internet groupies who call themselves free Genevieve or free jeny. 

The police was able to get acess to members of this group. They found elie alive and well in Missouri at the home of a member of the group. There were mass arest.

Wilson ridgeway tried to get the courts to block elie’s return to her patents. The courts refused.  The parkers were herased. They decided to close down the church. They moved to the east coast and avoided social media. 

The end.