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 kbow rverywthing there is to kbow 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 ib 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 patents 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 thibga 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 waa 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. Ay 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 ibteligent 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 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.drige 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. “Yo 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 huggee her. “You don have to be strong. Not around me. You out 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 oftging you want to do or see,tell me. I kindw had this planed out. I want this to he something you wi 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 an sure you did. There is no such tging as myine and yours.its ours. I got this.”she said.”please 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.