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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 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. 

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. “Hwy 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.”alez 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.  

The proposal 

Alex beleved from a young age that God wanted him to be in full time christian service.  He wanted to be married. He beleved that the Lord wanted him to be maried. 

He had met who he beleved was perfect. April’s farther had been friends with his father when they were at bible college. Both sets of pattents had pushed for the relationship.  

After they grauduated,he purposed marriege and she accepted. Both families were beyound excited. He had brought a house from mony from his great grandfarthers inheritance. He was still open to whatever the lord had for them to do.he was busy at his local church.  It was an independent fundimental baptist church. 

The time had come. The wedding was sheduled a week later. He noticed something was off. April became more dispondent,more reserve. He asked her about it. She incisted that she was fine. He was not sure. He stil thought that something was up.

All atempts to talk to her failed. He tried to be playful with her but he got nothing back. He was convinced that something was up. He hoped that it could all be worked out. He was not sure. 

He was starting to have doubts about her. He wanted to be matied.he did not want to leave her. He did not want to break up the engagement. 

The Saturday before the weading was to take place, his phone went off.it was april. He answered it. “Hi april.”he said.”um we need to talk. Can i drop by. “She asked. “Yea of course.  ” he answered.  

She pulled in. He went outside to meet her. They had a rule against being alone together inside. He went outside.she excited her car. 

“Whats up? “He asked. “I cant go though with the wedding.  I just cant do it. ” she said.

He was shocked. “What’s going on?”he asked. “I like you. I felt presured by my parents.  This was my dad and your dad’s dream ,not myne. I cannot go though with this.  I am sory to put you though this.  I dont want to be maried to you.”she said.

“Your sure about this? “He asked. “Yes i am totaly sure. I am at peace with my decison. “She said.

“I wish you told me a week before the event. I wish you had talked to me about this. I respect you and your decison. I wish you well. ” he said. 

He shock her hand. She headed to the car.  He did not watch her leave.he went back inside. He closed the door. 

He spent time in prayer. It made no sense. He was sure he was suposed to be married. It was not going to happen. He had no idea why. He did not know what to do now. He was confused and directionless. Everything he had been doing was in preparation for something that was now not going to happen. 

He prayed and read scripture.  He tried to stay stil and calm. He was composed enough to inform his parents.  He dialed the number. “Hello!” his dad said. 

“Dad. Hi. ” he said. “You ok son? You dont sound so good. ” his farther remarked. “Dad. April has called off the wedding.  ” he said. “Well have you tried to change her mind. Perhaps this is just pre wedding jitters. It hapends. ” his dad commented. 

“I feel this is for the best. I am not sure that this union was part of the lord’s perfect will. I believe that this break up might be part of his plan. ” he said.

“You should at least try. Talk to her.things might change. ” his farther said. “I am at peace with this. I am ok with the wedding not happening. ” alex said.

“You can stil save this. You might be able to change her mind. ” he said “a double minded man or women in this case is unstable in all there ways. There ie more going on.i firmly believe that this is not suposed to happen.  I believe i could convince her to resume the wedding preparation.  I am not sure this is what should happen. I do not want to get ahead of the lord. It is unwise to try to open a door that HE had locked.  ” alex told his farther.

“Well. I trust you. I am sad he happened like this. “He said.”yea. I am too. “He admited. After a while he hung up.

Alex went for a walk. He tried to gather his thoughts. He camr home and flew a drone he helped build with his younger brother. He tried to keep busy. 

The next day he did not want to go to church. He knew he should.  He did end up going.hr taught sunday school. He kept to the lesson her had prepared.  He could tell word had gotten out. 

At the sumer service the pastor made an anouncement. “As you know next week we were going to have a wedding.  Surfice it to say the weading has been postponed indefinently. The familes have requested that we keep this private. It was not for reason of sin . please give these families privicy on this “the pastor said. 

Alex wanted to dart out immediately after the service. Once the pastor gave his may the lord bless ,he interpreted this as permission to leave. He got up.

He got the “we are praying for you”and the “if you need anything “.je thanked them. He wanted to just move on. He tried to be cordial even though he did not want to be. He felt like a periah. He felt isolated alone.  He was alone serounded by freinds and family. Although it was not due to sin,he feared people would stil think it was.  

In another church just a few streets away was a young lady. She was the pastor. She had been stabeda few years elier and stil had pain form it.she tried to ignore it. She got though the service.she was well liked by her congregation. She liked them.she felt like something was missing but did not quite know what.

That week, alex tried to focus on work.he worked at a grocery store. He was a front end shift leader. He decided to take the week off as planed. 

That week he tried to stay grounded.going to mid week service was hard. He wanted to be there and knew that he should attend. He felt awkward there. He felt out of place. 

He stil had the reservations for the motel out of sate. He decided to go anyways. He had the moby saved up. It would be good to get away. That friday morning. He was reading in thw bible thw story of Gods rejection of saul. Samuel told saul that he woukd find a man afywr Gods own heart to replace him. It hit him like a ton of bricks. 

“Oh my! This is the nutiest idea i have ever heard”he thought.  Yet he was really considering it. He decided that he would be maried this saterday. Now he just had to find a wife. 

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. 

 

Words of faith part three

Brad and elizebeth parents had aranged for them to be maried. They had got off to a rocky start.could they made it work?

They fell asleep on Saturday night. Brad woke up. He found that he was beyond the point of falling back to sleep. He tried to get out of bed without waking her up. It failed.

“Hey! Where are you going?” she asked. “I was going to go for a walk. I used to go hear often in vacation as a kid. I gues i want to relive my childhood a bit. “He told her.

“Can i come with you?”she asked. ” of course. “He said.they got up. They got dressed. He beleved that ladies should wear skirts or dresses.she rarely wore dresses ir skirt.she brought one dress.she wore a green t shirt and jeens and flip flops. 

They started to walk outside the cabin. Neither one was sure was sure who took whose hand.they both looked at eachother. They smiled.  

” so you used to come hear as a child”she asked.  “I am prety sure i came hear while i was still in the womb.  It was a favorate place of everyone in my family.”he said.

“It is a beautiful spot.”she said ” it really is. Do you like going in a canoe? “He asked. “I love going out in the  watter. “She said.”want to rent a canoe tomorrow?  He asked. “Sounds great.”she said.

“I though we could play paint ball as well.  “He said. She chuckled.” i get to schoot you with paint?”she asked. “Well you have to get to me first. My evasive tactics are legendary.  ” he said. “We will see about that. “She said. He laughed. ” oh ok!”he said.

“I figured today would be a low key day.  With church in the morning and night i figured that we not do too much.”he said. 

“Yea thats fine.  I assume that we are going to a baptist church?”she asked. “There is a Baptist church not to far from hear. Yes it is independent fundamental Baptist.  “He said. “I assumed as much.”she said.

They walked back to the cabin. “I figured that we would have a light breakfast. Toast and cofee. Tomorrow we can have a bigger breakfast. “He said. “Yea thats fine i understand that we are on a bit of a tight schedule. “She said. “I promise that today will not be indicative of the rest of the week. I do want this to be relaxing week. “He said 

“You dont have a clipboard with a idomized itinerary of what we are doing?”she asked in a playfull tone.”no i dont have a clipboard. Please dont look in the blue bag.no i dobt have a clio bored!”he answered.  She laughed.

” you probably think i am extremly dul!” he said. ” it is not a deal breaker.  “She reaplied. ” ok. ” he said. They both laughed. 

He made the cofee. She made toast. They got ready for church. She put on the only dress she packed with her. It was a black dress with pink and white flowers on it. He wore a suit . 

He took her hand.  They walked to the car. The church was a about 15 minutes away from the campground. The church was a newer church. It had only been around for 15 years. The car parked in the parking lot. 

They walked to the church. “Hello brad. Come without your family? “A man in his thirties asked. “I am my honey moon.”brad said.  “Oh wow.congratulations.  this must be your bride?” he asked. “It is.this is my wife libby elzebeth. “He said. “Im jim noris it is good to meat you”he said. 

They talked to several of the church members before they went to there seats. Some he remembered was from earlier visits,others were new to him.

Libby was laughing. “What?”he asked. “You! You know how many times you introduced me as libby then changed it to elizebeth.  ” she said. 

“I kinda gave you that name. I dont know. You could hate it. “He said. “I like that you came up with a pet naime for me. Its fine. I like it. You can introduce me as libby. ” she said. “Ok!” he said.

“You do know your really silly.  ” she told her.  “Oh ok ” he said. They both laughed. .

The church was not quite what she was used to. Her church had a worship team with a band.they used power point. The church had high tech equipment.  This church did not. They used a piano and organ. The church sang from hymbooks. They did record the messages. She was not use to it. 

She perfered newer music not the old hyims. She found the music time a bit boring. It was quick. The preaching was prety good. 

Afterward they went back to the cabin. He helped her make lunch.  “What did you think of church? “He asked.  “Interesting.  A bit different.  “She said. “I suspected it was. ” he said. “I gues i will have to adjust.  ” she said. ” i know it will be an adjustment.  ” he said. 

They had steak potatoes and vegetables for lunch.after the meal,they decided to take a nap.  

“Your not ashamed of me?” she asked. “No not at all. “He said. “I dont embarrass you?”she asked. “No you dont.do i embariss you?”he asked. “No you are a bit uptight!  “She said. “Me upright no not me! He said. She laughed. He huged her.  She held on to him. 

They went to the same church they did in the morning.  She got used to it a little more. After church they went to the cabin. They roasted marshmellows.

“Ok what are you doing?”she asked.”roasting marshmallow! “He said “you do know your marshmellows is on fire?”she asked.”i love my marshmellows burnt to a crisp. ” he said. “Are you going to put that in a smore?”she asked.  “Of course.  Smores with charred marshmellows are the best.” he said. “I will take your word for it. ” she told her. 

After the marshmellows were roasted, she got out her guitar. “You play the guitar?” he asked. “I do. “She said.

She staetted playing a song he bad never heard before.  She played a song called “mighty to save. “He liked her signing voice.  She had a soft sothing vioce.he found himself transfixed. 

“Your realy a good singer. “He told her. “Thank you.”she said. She played several ccm songs.then she played a cover of street with no naime. Then she played the theme from star trek. “You would know that one! ” he said. “Yes i would.  ” she said. 

“Do you know any hyms?”he asked.she played “i come to the garden alone.  ” he liked just sitting with her. He was quite taken witb her. She caught him smiling. She smiled back. 

They then got ready for bed. “I had a good day today.  ” she told him.”i did too. ” he said.then they went to sleep.  

End of part three. 

Chesnut springs the conclusion 

Elikon was in a compound deep inside the area called sane dune ridge.  He knew that it was time to act. He looked froward to combating the marshal and to defeat him and those he represented. 

The marshal and his team advanced.they were fired on by a mage who flew on a dragon.a dragon hit the team. One of the team members was fried. He was killed instently. 

The marshal was not unfeeling. He was personaly affected by the loss they had already experienced.  He alao knew there would be more.  There was no time to mourn but later there would be. These were good people who had families.  They did not hesitate to join him.they would not be forgotten.  He would make sure that hapened. 

The marshal was a good schot.he had to be. He stood by and took a schot. He waited. He took the schot.the dragon fell to the ground.the marshal and the pose kept going.

The mage heard the sound of the assult. He was not happy. It was time to get involved. No longer would he sit on the side lines. He would get involved. Elikon was at his heart a narcissist.  He cared not for or about anyone but himself. He did not even realy give a lick about his fellow mages. He was in life for himself. He was an ardent elikonest.

He threw off his robe. He jumped off of his pedistal. He had the large wand in his hand. He headed near the marshal. He serounded durgens.he bilocated hinself. He blocked the marshal. 

“Marshal bryan durgens.face to face at last. Worior to warior!champion to champion!  One mans hero,one man’s villen. I have actually wanted to meet you. I dont like proxy wars. I see that they are necessary.  I perfer face to face.  Direct confrontation.  “Elikon said. 

“This area is a lawless district. This area is legally owned by the federated states of anglomer. Your bericades are in violation of the perchase agrement with red ember colition .”the marshal said.  

“I did not recognize the authority of red ember, or the authority of your so called federated states. This area is free soil. Owned by no one. I am a care taker. ” he said. 

“You are harboring a fugitive. A man who threatened my life. I want him to face juatice. Let me bring him back. He is entitled to a fair trial. He will have a barrister and will be judged by a jurry of common people.  ” he said.

“F.s.a justice! You have no true authority.  You never have. I do not recognize any government.  I do not beleve in human government or laws. ” he said. 

“Anarky foever?” bryan asked. ” marshal.  I dont like trespasing. I personaly do not beleve in land ownership.  It is antiqaited. I am a catetaker. I do not beleve i have the right to take a life but i will to care for this land.  Greyhorn is under my protection. I sugest you and your ilk leave now. ” he demanded. 

“I refuse. I am a child of the lord. I reject magic. I beleve in law the rule of law. I beleve in a created order. I must take a stand. I will!” durgens said. “Very well!” he said. 

They all took out the wand. Durgens had no idea if the other elikons could act independent of the maine one. Could they cause him harm. Were they solid or were they nearly projections?  He had no idea. 

One of the elikons hit him with the wand. He dodged it. He roled around he ground.he knew he could keep this up foever.  

While several bandits loyal to elikon fired with guns on the rest of the team. They held there own. 

Tim had not seen action like this sense his days in the army. He had faught manny batles. Conventional and guerilla wars. He erned citation for valor.  His old tactics came back to him. Unlike earlier battles he felt a connection to what he was fighting for. This was for law. This was for principles. This was for chestnut springs and this was for lizzy. He beleved that this was a battle that had to be fought.  He was determined to prevail. 

Choe could not beleve how much had changed in such short a time.she had been an outlaw.she had been in prison. Now she was fighting with the law. She felt good about doing this. She beleved that Elikon was wrong.  She beleved action had to be taken. 

Dr. Brenen had served in the army before. He had been an army doctor and had served in the infanty.  He was surpised to find himself hear. He knew that he had to do this. 

They fired on the bandts.right now they were  bandits with guns. They were not battling mages. At least not yet. That might come. They feared it would. 

Bryan durgens had no idea what being hit by a waund would feel like. He really did not want to find out. He fired on a mage. The mage was hit. He seemed unaffected by the bullet. He had no idea which one is the real elikon. Mayby it was a projection.  He had no idea. He was trying to just endure. 

Durgens tackled one of the mages. He went for the energy wand. He pushed it. The mage acidently burned himself. The mage vanished. He ran out of the circle.the mages vanished except for the maine one. They reorganized the bericade.

“You cant defeat me. You are are but a mere mortal!  I am stronger. ” elikon said. Durgens did not beleve that. He beleved the kund of power elikon sought was illegitimate, out of bounds. He could not beleve that elikon was invincible. Ekikon was flawed. He had to have a venerability.  Durgens just had to find it. 

“I give you another opotunity to leave . i will gurente your safty and those who folowed you and your unenlightened views. “He said. 

Durgens did not trust him. He beleved that he could bit be trusted evee. He was a lier,a ecosistical pragmatists.  He must always be viwed with this in mind. He did that. 

He fired on the mage. He fired again. He dodged another energy berage. He jumped over one of the mage. Choe fired. “You keep save saving my life chlo!” he told her. “You dont owe me yet. I will let you know when!” she said. 

The rest of the team tried to help out choe and the Marshall. The bandits made that dificult. 

“Why stop us elikon? You cant care about a petty thug?”he remarked.”the order of the mages has dwindled. Monothism has sweped the land. Magic is striking back. We wont go qietly a big fight is coming. An even bigger one.” he remarked. 

He went for one of the wound. He tried to wrestle it from the mage.the orther mages tried to shield him from the marshal.the rest of the team ran interference for durgens. Durgens threw the wand into the river. It fell to the bottom. 

The lead elikon threw his wand into the tower. The tower exploded. The fire spred. The team had to run for there lives. Elikon was forced to revert to one person.  He ran away. 

Durgens ran futher into the compound. He was going to get what he came for. He was going to aprehend greyhorn. No matter what it took. 

He figured he was in the maine house. He ran towards it. He saw a mage guarding the entrence.he had a large wand.”you shall not enter!”he said. 

Sudenly reverend luter went up and tore the wand form his hand. He broke it in two. The mage ran away in fear. “What are you doing hear.i never expected a minister to be hear. “He said.”this is not mearly a physical battle but a spritual one. ” i can hardly sit on the side lines on this one. I will not engage in war fare but i will not alow the mages to maintain there control of this reigion either. “Luter said. 

“Thank you reverend.”he said. “Of course.”he said. “I can handle it from hear. “He said. “You sure?”he asked. “Yes it is not safe form now on!”he said. 

He kept going. Greyhorn fired on him. He fired back. “Come on greyhorn! The mages have abandoned you. The f.s.a have this building surrounded.  “He said.

Buz fired on the marshal. The marshal dodged the bulet. It was not as dangerous as the energy from the wand but he did not want to get schot again. He fired back. 

“I am not giving up.”he said. “You dont need something as silly as this to take you down. It was a threat it is not that serious. “He said.

“The lawless dont want to be reformed. We want the chaos. We can sort out our own afairs. Figure out our own destiny. We dont need the f.s.a or your God or anything to do with you.”greyhorn said.  

The marshal fired on greyhorn. Greyhorn was hit in the knee. He fell. He got up. It was mearly a flesh wound. “Give up!”he asked. “Never !i wont give up!” he said.he fired. The scooter fired on the marshal. He dodged the fire. He fired back . “stand down greyhorn! “He said.”no not going to happen!”he declared. The marshall hit the schooter. 

The pose and reinforcement arived to take charge of the esate. Revetend luter and his fellow ministers tore down the magic paraphenelia.  The magic set up was torn down. 

“Thanks for your help!”the marshal told him. “Happy to help. Can i help more?”she said. “We will see. Lets take it one step at a time.”the marshal said. 

“Why do i think i have not seen the last of elikon?”he asked. “You have not. I am sure of that.  He will be angery. He will strike back. This was importent. “He told the reverend. “I will stay on my toes”the marshal said. “Good.”luter said. 

At the mane part of the town the mood was fastive. They were happy that the mage was gone for now. The marshal knew he would be back. Nicky came over to him. She was holding leah. He picked the baby up. 

“What if i stired up a hornet nest? What if i made things worse?”he asked. “There will always be push back. You had to take a stand. You started something. A schot heard around the outlands.”she said. “I hope so!”he said. 

He walked futher into town. There was a series of claps and chears. The people of the town stood up for there town. He was concerned but he was pleased. Perhaps this was a new beginning.  

The end

Chesnut spring will return. 

Chestnut springs part five 

The town of chestnut springs was a buz. Everyone was asking about the mysterious new marshal. Everyone was curious about him. Would he bring law and order or would he fade to dust like all the orthers that tried to restore order to this ungovernable reigon. 

Tim was now deputized.  He was now a lawman. He wated for the announcement before flashing his badge. He went to the library. 

Sense leaving the army,he found himself to be listless.  He had no direction.  Could he find a life out hear? Could he find a life ananywhere?  

He went inside. He tried to be qiet but he did not always seceed. ” i dont have any more johny bray comics books. You have read them all!” mis Liz the school teacher and librarian said. 

Elizebeth Perkins was 19 years old. She become the school teacher by accident.  She had been the star pupil of mrs. Weber. Mrs weber had taught school for 48 years. She saw it all in those years. She endured foreign invasions, bandits etc. What she could eneure was old age. She was found dewd at her desk.she was 88 years old. Without any replacement.,the job fell to her. 

Tim took to her almost imidiatly. She was attractive ,intelligent, and interesting.tim liked her.he was afraid that he had too much against him. He was poor. He was uneducated.  He did not graduate high school. He was not refined. He was from the f.s.a the inland.  Many feared he was a carpet bagger.

With the annexation by the f.sa, there was fear that the inlanders as they were called would try to federalist the outland. Every bussines man,religious leaders orthodox and ortherwise,and wanders came to this new fronteer. There was talk of railroads conecting the inland to the fronteer.  There was talk of hotels coming in. This made poeple nervous. 

 “I am not hear for comics! ” he said. ” oh ok. ” she said.  ” i have met the new marshal!” he said. “He is hear? I was wondering what all the buz was about. ” she said. “Let me gues your reeding life and times by edwin karr noedwin for the 15th time. ” he said. ” it is a fasinating read. “She said. “I could not get pass page one. How can you have sub prologue b?” he asked. ” you have to at least read it once!”she said. “I will try perhaps! ” he said. 

“Gues what? I met the new marshal! ” tim said.”is he attractive looking?”she asked.  “I dont know.  ” he said. “Sory. I had to ask!”she said. “I am sure you did. Any ways. The marshal asked me to be his deputy.  “Tim said.  “Your are a good choice.  If i was a marshal i woukd deputize you! “She said. “Thnks for the vote of confidence.  “Tim said. “I gues this meens you will be stiking around hear for a while. ” she said. “Lizzy your struck with me!” she said. ” i am ok with that.  ” she said. Neither one added anything to that satement. 

“What do you think of the new marshal? “She asked. “He seams good so far. “She said. “Good. I look forward to merting him!”she said. “Are you trying to make me jellous?”he asked. “No im not. If you become jellous thats not my fault! “She said. “Alright!”he said. 

The lock up was in the outskirts of the town. Chole was processed. She was changed into a black abd white striped unifrom. She was in a cell by herself. She was barefoot. She laid down on hrr bunk.  Odd at least she did not have to look over her shoulder.  It had been a while.

She hoped that she would not be hear foever. She had idea how long she would be hear. She did not know much about the legal system. She would wait. 

At the hone of the marshall. Nicole made dinner for him and her daughter.”this is really good.”he said.”has it been a while sense you had a home cooked  dinner ?”nicky asked. “It has. I forgot i missed it. “He said. ” “i figured your riding into town tomorow?”she asked. “Yes oficily i was the marshal the minute i got my commission form the attorney general.  I would like to hold an oficial ceremony.  Say a few words. “He said. “Thats a good idea.”she said. ” i wish the town had a functional government.  “She said. “Cant you set up one?”she asked.  “I can. If i do it will be seen as a pupet for the f.s.a.”he said. “The doc is a leader. He does not like to be think so he really is. I would start there. ” she said. “I had a thought about that. I am thinking about that. ” he told her.

 That night, bryan tried to sleep. His mind went in a thousand different directions. His adult life had been spent with little sleep. Sometimes getting barly a couple houers sleep.that was usualy on the ground or in a pup tent. 

He was about to desend into sleep when he heard a noise. He looked out the window. He saw a horse. He suspected that it was not just one horse. He grabed a rifle. He trued to not to wake up nick or the baby. He tip toed down the steps. He made it to the door.   

He saw a group of horses and men. He guesed that it was bandits.  Was it an organized gang or unorganized, he had no idea. He did not know what there intent was.  

He went outside. He fired off a schot into the air. “Your on my property. I believe trespassing is against the law even in the outlands.” he said.

“I dont really keep up on what the law says!” the head bandit said.” why are you hear . I suspect this is not a freindly greeting. “Bryan said.

“We dont recognize your authority or the authority of the f.s.a . this is our land. ” the leader of the bandit proclaimed.  

“The authority of the federated states over the out lands is not disputed. I have controling ligal authority hear. ” he declared. 

“I am a firm belever that might makes right. ” the leader said. “You kill me, the army wil be called you. The military governor will be appointed.  He wil declare a sate of emergency and All of you will be rooted out very quickly!”he declared. 

The leader took out his rifle as did the other bandits. “your  f.s.a wont stomach a guerilla war hear. They wull pull out. The gangs will run this town!”the leader said.

“Dont count on it. “Durgans said.”you will die now. Either head out or leave! “The leader said.”its late. I would perfer not to traval this late!”he said. “You dont have a choice. “The leader said.  “Your not going to let me live either way. You cant. You have the might. So shoot me. Do it!” he said. 

The bandit bandit was about to fire.durgens rammed the horse and dodged the gun fire. The horse was spooked. Durgens fired near anothrr horse. He fired several shots into the air. 

The bandits decided to leave the area. He gused this gang had little or no real influence.they were a gang of petty thugs. The real crime sindicates would be wating. They would qietly build up against him. 

Durgens stayed awake. He watched just in case the thugs started to retrurn. He felt he was ok tonight. Tomrow might be a different story. 

The next day bryan called a meeting of influential towns people.doctor, lawyers, bussinesman and school teacher. 

“Bryan !”tim said. He turnes around.”this is Elizabeth perkins. She is our school teacher and librarian. “He said. “It is good to meet you!”durgens said. “Likewise!”she said.  “I am glad you could come! “He said. 

“I admire what you want to do. What if this area is hopeless.  Not everyone wants to be civilized.  ” Elizabeth said. “Ian sanders said that ‘even the most savage person when exposed to civilization come to love it. ” durgens said. “Many have called sanders views nieve including edna braden” she said. “I never liked braden. “He said.”you are quite well read? “Elizabeth asked.”i attended santon university.  I majored in art ,literature and humanities of the post eruption age. Please dont tell any one. I wanted to become an officer in the military. Any degree would work to get me into officer canidate school. That and that major had more ladies then men.i hoped to get a date. It worked. I got engaged. It did not work out. ” he said.

The orther came in and sat down.”ok! I would like to call a town assambly tomorrow where i will be fomerly sworn in. “He said.”that can be arranged. ” the doctor said.

“The mane reason i called you all hear is this. We need order. I can only do so much. I have deputized tim and will add aditional deputies as needed. We need a functional government.  Any government i apoint will be viewed as a pupet of the f.s.a. i perpose this ,the doctor will act as mayor for a year. You will act as the town council for two years. A moyoral election will take place in a year,council in two. ” he said.

“What if the gangs try to dominate the council? “Reverend luter asked.”its posible. It is a risk. I do not want an oligarchy runing the town. If i have to i wont hesitate to call in the army. I dont want to do that. If people feel like they have a voice.  That we can create a better future. It wil take time. I want this council to be a cross section of society.  ” he said. 

“I am open to this. Will i have actual authority?”the doctor asked.”you will. I dont want to be a pupet master. Any matter not directly related to f.s.a policy is your terf. ” he said. 

They all agreed to participate.  He thanked them. “One more thing.it was tradition when a new military governor took over to pardon a prisoner.  “Elizabeth said. “I see. I can pardon any one?”he asked. “That is the tradition. ” the doctor said. “I see. ” he said. 

Nicky was holding the baby. ” why did you put me on the council?” she asked. “You cane uo with the idea.” he said. “I am not the type!”she said. “I need you to do something for me. ” durgens asked. “Ok!” she said. 

At the prison, a door opened,a gaurd enteted with nicole. “This is deputy f.s.a marshal nicole winter. “The gaurd said. “You dont look like a deputy?” choe said. “You are receving a full and unconditional pardon. You will stil be in custody before the marshal investure ceremony.  You will be alowed to leave the prison. ” choe said. “He came though. I cant beleve it. I figured he was just blustering. He ment it. He realy ment it!”choe said. “He is a good man. ” nicole said. “I supose he is. ” she said. 

Later on ,Bryan returned to his residence.  It was a warm day.Nicole had removed her sweter. She wore a tank top. Chole was playing with the baby.  He saw nicole. She did not realize that he was there. She turned around. On her arm was a tatoo. It had the leter u. It ment unwed. “No!” she said.

“Nicky its none of my business! ” he said. “People hear never asked. I know they talker. I came hear hoping i could start a new. Maybe they would think i was a widow. I knew people suspected.  I am an outcast. I had your respect i know i did. “She said.  “You still do! This changes nothing. ” he said.she took the baby and walked off.

He was about to folow her. He saw tim. “We identitied the men who attacked you. They are led by a man named buzz greyhorn. He is a pety thug. We are atempting to locate him. We know a few of his hang out spots. “Tim said.” ok good work!”he said. “You ok?” tim asked. “I think so. ” he told him. 

The sub section of chestnut sorings was called duality. The area was under the corect control of elikon. Elikon ruled it with an iron fist. 

“This man came to the gate. He is requesting sanctuary.  ” a mage said “buz greyhorn! ” elikon said. “The marshal wants to arrest me. I need your protection. ” greyhorn said. “This man is wanted for thretning the marshal. If we grant him sanctuary, the Marshall will come with a pose. ” the mage said.  “Im aware of that!” elikon said. 

End of part five. 

Chestnut springs part four 

Newly minted federal states of anglomer marshal Bryan durgens was on his way to take up his post In  the town of chestnut springs. He had been acoasted by a mage. He has been targeted by bandits.he had even made an arrest. He and his prisoner was on there way with the captive. They were nearing the area. 

” You know your crazy to think you can tame this land. This land is made to be wild. Wild canions,wild animals wild people. It is crazy to think that you can civilize this vast reigon. Your dream of making this reigon part of the federal state and is crazy. “Choe said.

“All of the great nations had to start somewhere. Tori g tribes,small city states,families. It can happen. Maybe it won’t. Something has to happen. I can’t believe the outlands will remane as it is now. It can’t. Something has to happen. ” Durgens said. 

“The red ember just wanted to get rid of it. They needed a slump to but it. They tried to sell it to Carolina.they passed on it. Cadamer passed on it. The nation of Ferdinand passed on it. Ruso passed on it. It is too hard to manage . The area is unmanigible . Why not just leave it alone. Let the bandits fight it out. “She said. 

“It did not work that way. Eventually it would spread into the federal states or catilona or into cadamer. The termoil in the outlands won’t be confined to the outlands forever. It will spread. “,Durgens said.”you are going to have to fully mobilize.an all out military occupation. The factions will have to put down. The money ,the blood that will have to be spent.”she said.”fight it now or fight it later. We chose to do it now”he said. 

“Your government is crazy to come up with this plan. Your crazy to go along with it.”she said. “Your not the first person to question my sanity. “He said.”the life of a lawman is solitary. You resigned to bring a belchor. “She asked. “Many in my profession chose to be belchors. It is a hard job,a hard life. I want to be maried! I hope I am not doomed to perpetual singleness. “He said. She smiled. 

They kept riding. All of a suden he started to feel weird. He had a massive headache. He fell to the ground. She dismounted. She ran to him. “Bryan! Brain!”she said. He started to be OK. “I felt light headed. I think I am OK!”he said. ” Rest for a second!”she insisted”this has never happened before. I was fun and then it hit me. It was a genetic Strom cloud schot a massive lightning bolt on my head.”he said. “I don’t think this was a fluke event . I think it is a mind qake device. “Choe said.

“What is a mind  quake device?”durgens asked. “It is a device used by mages. The device is able to cause head aches. There are rumors that it could kill. No one knows if it is true. The mages claim that these devices are mythical.part of anti mage propaganda. Everyone knows it is true. No one would admit it. ” She said. “I would say this was the opening salvo. They already attacked me once”he said. “The mages won’t quit. There strategy is keep attacking. They go small and escilate” she said. “This is going to get worse?”he asked.”yes. The mages are letting you know that they know about you. Your on there racer. You are on there crappy list. It get worse then hear!”she said.

He rested for a while. Then they rode again. They continued on the way to the town of chestnut springs. They neared the town. 

The mages alied with elikon reported back to elikon.”we sent the message to the devil law man. He got it!  A mage said.”is he trying back?”elikon asked.”no he is still on his way to chestnut springs. “,Another mage reported. Elikon smiled with a devilish smile.”good. I had hoped he would be brave.i want to have a competitor. A bemused. It seams I have one. I look froward to being able to challenge this man!”elikon said.he laughed. 

The law man and his prisoner rode closer to chestnut springs . They saw a sign for the town. ” Vani have a minute? ,” ,She asked.”yes. “He said.they got off the horse.she took food and eat it. She sat down. She looked around. She took everything in. She looked at the sun. The sky. “You going to try to escape?”he asked. “No. I am tired of running. I don’t have it in me. “She said. ” I could over look this! “He said. “No you can’t. You would hate yourself and you would hate me. Work within the syistom. “She said. 

“I wish I had not caught you. I don’t want to turn you over to the authorities. “He said. “You will fight for me?”she asked.”it may take time. I will do what I can. You have my word on that. The law is a bit merky out hear. Yes I will. “He told her. 

 He heard a noise. “What is it?”she asked. “Wait hear.”,he said. He got his gun out if the holster. He moved slowly but in a determined fasshon.he moved further out. He saw a red ribbon! He kept going. He went into a cave. He saw a tall man. He was six feet. He had a well trained mustache. He had brownish hair. He apeered to be his mid thirties perhaps a bit older. He looked seasoned but work has vigor. He looked disciplined. He had a stager. He  guessed that he had served in a military and was probably a unit commander. Either a sergeant or an officer. He had his gun out. 

“You have guts. Putting that red ribbon. If bandits or gangs or mages came in you,they would shoot you on sight or worse ! I hear mages have impalled people with those magic wand of there’s. That is just a rumor. I hear the outlands is full of them. “Durgens said.

“,Well you cannot believe everything you hear! ” The other man declared. “Perhaps not. Let me guess red ember external affairs directorate. “Durgens said. “At your service! Felix Larson. “He said. ” Red ember has no jurisdiction hear. The deal to buy the outlands stipulated that the red ember would fully withdraw form the area including clandestine operations. “Durgens said. ” I am no longer part of the read. I resigned form the agency. I have a personal steak. I fear that if you fail to govern this area, it could spread like wild fire. Eventually it could soil over into catilona,and giveldi and even into cedomer. Someone needs to keep an eye of things.besides I did not want to take a desk job back in red city.”Felix said! 

” Understand or. I was offered verious posistions in the f.s.a  bureaucracy. I ran. Form it as fast as I possibly could. “He said. “I wanted to introduce myself. I try to keep a low profile. I could be an ally. At some point you might need me. I will be there. ” Felix said. ” I am surprised . Red ember people tend to be full of themselves. Out for own.”durgens said. ” I have spent most of my adult life in the atune. This is more of my home then the mother country. “Felix said. 

” How did in contact with you?”he asked. “Put out a red ribbon. Do it outside city limits. I will come.”Felix said. “I see. This was just an introductory meating?”durgens asked. “I felt it was important. Every petty theef to bandit to gang to mage is tuning for you. You will be the most distent marshal in the outlands. They want you gone. If they can behead you and send the head to the Congress in federal city,they will do it. ” Felix said. ” Great! I am really not that unlovible. ” Durgens said. ” It’s not personal. It who you represent well what. This is chaos vrs order. ” Felix said. 

“I will see you around?”durgens Said. “You got it.”he tiped his hat and walked off. He got on to his horse and rode off. He left the cave . “You were gone for quite a while. “Choe said. “We are fine? We better get going. I would like to get to town before it gets dark. ” He said. 

They rode to town. They entered. “I’m doctor brenen. I am chestnut springs doctor. I am the closest thing to an authority. We have not had a mayor of town council in a few years. People come to me. “He said.”Cornelius Bryan durgens f.s.a Marshall. “He said. He showed his badge and have his papers.the doctor looked them over. ” Everything seams in order. I have aranged an official sharing in cerimony. The whole town will attend.”the doctor said. “,Of course. “He said. “The old beraks have been reserved as your home. You can live in the commander’s residence. “The physician said. “Excellent.”he said. 

“Who is this?” The doctor asked. “This is choe walles. She is under arrest. “Durgens said. “She will be taken to the jail at once. “The doctor said. He told her he would help her. A man named Tim offered totwke him to his home. 

“You a veterin?” Bryan asked. ” Yes I am.” Tim Hyde said. ” I need deputies.i will have to reconsisiton funds . I won’t be able to pay you much until the paper work. Are you interested?”he asked. “Yes I am. I was decorated with the star of alpha, rings of two. I left as a warrented sergeant. “He said.” Iam not surprised. You look like a veterin “he said. “I grew up near federal city. I was a farm boy. I was conscripted during the war. I never planned to stay in. I had nothing else to do. I tried to go home. It was not me any more.i left and somehow I ended up hear.”he said.” I understand. It is a common thing. I went to the war college.i ment it to be a carer. My dad intended me to be in Congress,a senator or may y even president. “He said. “Do you want that?” Tim asked. “One day at a time.” He said. 

They  came across the property. It was large house with our buildings. They was place for a farm. They parked the houses. They got off. They saw a young mom with a young child.” Someone is living hear?”he asked.”the building was unused. We had no news on a marshal. We began to think that no one as coming. She is a squatter. The doctor told her she should stay until the marhsla came. “Tim said. “Where will she go?”Bryan said. “I don’t know. She will have to find another abandoned buildings I suppose.,”Tim said. 

Tim and Bryan said Good byes. He went inside. “Your the marhall? ” The young mom. Said. “Yes . Bryan durgens. F.s.a marshal. ,”He said. She picked up he baby. She got her things. “What are you doing ?”Bryan asked. They headed out. “We are leaving?” She asked. “That’s not nesisary. I don’t need this much space. Six of me did not need this much space. I see no reason can’t stay. I will square it away with the local clergy so that there is not an issue.” He said. ” I cook. I can earn my keep.”she said. “We can discuss the later. What is your name?”he asked. “I’m Nicole this is my daughter Leah.”he sais. “It is good to meet you. “He said. 

” Welcome to chestnut springs Marshall.,”she said.”,call me Bryan !,,”he said.  “OK!”she said. 

Elikon was informed that he was hear. Elikon was preparing a porter eleco me for the law man. 

End of part four. 

 

Words of faith part two

The two checked into the cabin.they started to bring in there bags. They had not really spoken to each other for a while. They really did not have anything to say. After they finished bringing stuff In.she went to the  bathroom. She locked the door. She just sat and thought for a little bit. She had no idea what to do. She wondered why her Perents would set her up with this man. What they thinking ? Was this kind of a joke. Would she get a call or a text saying just kidding. Of course she did not. She did not know what to do. How could this possibly work out? 

He was upset at first. He was a bit angery with her. Then he realized that he was in the wrong. He had been harsh and self absorbed. As he began to have a pity party ,he felt the holy Spirit lovingly rebuke him. It was as if he was being told he was saying to him,I have given her to you. Why are you rejecting her. You have not even given her a chance. He felt rally bad. He decided to humble himself. He recommitted himself to her. He wanted to see her. He wanted to go to her.he figures he should give her a few minutes. Let he sort all this out. He has really been a yutzah. He knew it.he wanted to make it right even though he really did not know how. 

She was so confused. She had no idea what to do. She cried. She struggled to regain her composure. She ended up being in the bathroom for an hour.finaky she came out. “Libby hunnie are you OK?”he asked.”yea I think so!”she said. 

“I was afraid you jumped out the window!”he said.”to be honest the thought had accured to me!”she said. “I am glad you did not.”he said.”really?”she said.”yes. We did not really get off to a great start did we?”he remarked.”no we did not!”she answered. “Your not upset with me?”she asked.”no not all all. Come hear!”he said.

He put his arms around her. They hugged. He held her as tight as he could. They went to a couch.she sat next to him.he out her arms around her.she rested her head on his shoulders.”do you think we can make this work?”she asked.”I would like to try.”he said.”I would too”she said.

They say in silence for a while. Nether one said anything. They just held each other. They both tried to calm down for a bit. ” I guess I a! Not what you expected?”she said.”no but I suppose I am not what you expected either!”he answered.”to be honest not really.no offense !”she said.he chuckled.”none taken.!”he said.

“Are you strict?”she asked.”depends on who you ask. Some see independent fundimental Baptist as very strict. Some see me personally as strict.i guess I hold some view that could be interpreted as strict even by I.f.b standards. I take holiness serious. I hope that my strictness is not out of mallice.i want to speak the truth in love. That is not always easy. It should be but it is not always I’m afraid.”he said. 

” I am new all this. Can you patient with me?”she pleaded with him.”absolutely!”he said.he patted her back. “I have heard that your brand of Baptist don’t like my church !”she commented. “Well I disagree with the view that if your not materialy or physically prosperous,your not right with God. That view is contrary to scripture.”he said.

“God does what Christians to be prosperous.”she said.”yes but how do you define prosperous? Prosperity is doing what God wants you to do. Our best life is later not now. Someday we will be with the Lord. We will have a mansion just over the hilltop but that is not for now. Later we have the sweet bye and bye but now we have to deal with the nasty now and now.”he said. 

“When Jesus died on the cross he went to hell and got the keys.he overcame the power of death and hell. This includes sickness and wealth. He had power over it and so do we.”she said.”I don’t believe Jesus went to. Hell to get the keys. I am familiar with that view but I don’t agree with it.setting that aside,Jesus made it clear that his kingdom is not of this world. While the kindgom excist in a mystery form it will not be set up on earth until after the tribulation. I believe that although death is defeated,oh death where is thy sting,the full effect will not be felt until the milenial kingdom.”he said. 

He realized he went into lecture mode a lot. This was his wife not a debate opponent.He felt like he was patronizing. That was not what he wanted to do. “What is the banefit of a believer now? If your right it all future?”she remarked.”not quite.as a Christian we are looking forward to the blessed hope. There is much to be hopefully for. Right now we have the promise of the presence of the holy sprit. We have the help we need to live daily for the Lord. We have his presence ,his encouragement. Health wealth and wisdom could be a hunderence to our walk with the Lord. Paul asked three times for the thorn in the flesh to be taken away. The Lord told him my grace is sufficient. Some people,God does give health and wealth and they use it for the Lord. There is no formula . He does what is best. I don’t like the enthises on material wealth and physical health over sprituel prosperity”he said. 

“So what are your expectations for me?”she asked.”well I figured your would be I.f.b. my expectations are I want a partner a helper,encoreger. Being a pastor there is a detachment between myself and those I’m thinking congregation. While I am not sure that is bibilical ,it happeneds. I get lonely.it would be nice to have someone to talk to.” He told her. 

She learned early on that whenever she asked a question,she would get a story.at first she was taken a back. Later she got used to it.shecame to expect it even found it to be a bit endering. Rather he intended to or not,he had really opened up. 

“I can see that.i am a good listener not quite an elorien but I will do.”she said.”a what?”he asked. “Never mind.”she said.”what are your expectations for me?”he asked. “Please be patient with me. I am all new to this. I can be v verry sensitive. Please keep that in mind. That did not come out quite as I wanted it to !”he said.”no I understand. I will try to be sensitive.i am glad you told me that. “He said.

She noticed he seemed to genuinely care about her. She could see compassion in him. ” You are?”she asked. “I want to respond to your needs.” He said. Your not a Klingon?” She remarked. “A what??” He asked. ” Never mind! “She said.

“I have a feeling that we have almost nothing in common!”she commented. “It’s possible.”he said. “If there is to be a brave new world our generation will have the hardest time Living in it. We will have to work on that I guess. “She said.”yes we will.,”he said.

“What are your interest?”she asked.”church history. theology. History.i like snowmobiling. I like playing sports not really good at it but enjoy it. I like hyims as you know. I enjoyed joy himnology. I like airplanes.you? “He asked. 

I like to read . I like fiction and nonfiction fiction. I read books by word of Faith writers. I like reading and writing poetry. I like contemporary Christian music. I like Star trek and sci Fi.i play the guter. I play the piano but prefer the guter. I like playing volleyball ball. ” She said. 

“We do both like sports and to read. We just read different thing.”he said.”I noticed. Like you said we will work at it.” She said. After a while they decided to call it a night. They had stayed up pretty late. They turned off the lights. They said goodnight. 

End of part two.