Derek and Katie ‘s relationship had grown by leaps and bounds. Both had become more relient on each other. They grew closer and closer to each other. They began to try to figure out work school and church activities in addition to there relationship.
The fall was becoming winter. Thankgiving was soon approaching . the Carlson were beginning to plan For the thanksgiving holiday.
” ok grandpa and Grammy Carlson is a go. Rob and Nancy are also a go. ” Anna the mom said. “Rob and Nancy a red coming?”Derek asked.”yes. I heard from to. Directly. “His dad said. With or without cardigans?” derrek asked.”I did not ask. ” his dad answered. “The cardigans make him look distinguished. ” Anna said. Everyone knew not to contradict there mom. They all knew that he was faithfully serving the Lord.
“Tom and Denise are coming.” Rebecca said. “I am working on searing arrangements. It would be easier if I could seperate Derek and “kaetels” I assume that this is not a possibility ” his 15 year old sister Sarah remarked.
“Wait! You invited kaetels?”Derek asked. ” she told me that she is not going home for thanksgiving. I figured that you would have invited her. ” his mom said. “I did not want to invite her without permission . I thought maybe you wanted to keep this in the family. ” Derek said.
“Do you not want to invite her? ” Anna asked. “I had not really thought about it. I don’t have an opinion on it either way. “Derrek said.”go invite her!” his dad said.”now?”derrek asked. “Call her before she makes other plans. ” his dad said.
” ok!” Derek said . he took out his phone. He found her name on His call list and pressed the call number. After a few seconds she answered. “Hey kaetels mom wanted me to invite you to thanksgiving with us. Can you come?” he asked.
“Yes!”she Said in a very excited tone. “Great!” Derek said. “Tell her thank you for me. I am feeling kind I of home sick . I am really gratefull. ” Katie said. “Great. I will let mom know. She Sarah and rebbeca are putting together seating arrangements. I hope that we will be seated next to each other but no promises.” he said. “Be extra nice to Sarah until then. ” Katie said. ” I am ways nice. ” Derek said . “would s he agree if I asked her?”Katie asked. ” please don’t!” he said.
After he hung up with her,he gave everyone the news. “Kaetels is in. She was really excited. She was really appreciated. I think she is prety bummed about not being able to go see her y during thanksgiving .” Derek said.
Katie lived five states away from her parents and siblings. It was impractical to go home for thanksgiving only to travail again a month later. She decided to stay hear during thanksgiving and then would go home for Christmast. She felt that it was the right decision but it was still hard. She felt uncharacteristically home sick. She was thrilled when Derek’s family invited her to spend thanksgiving with them.
Derek had mixed feelings about Katie being there. There relationship was new. He was not sure if this was appropriate thus early on. He was not sure how he felt about it.
Katie was so happy about the invitation. She knew that she would see her family on chtistmast but it seemed so far away. She had no idea what to do on thanksgiving before the invitation. Now she had plans. She was excited to get to know his family more and him.
Derek was reluctant to have her come for thanksgiving. He was not ready for her to join his family during holiday gatherings. This meant that she was becoming more of a part of a family. He was not ready for that. This was happening way too fast. He wanted this to slow down a bit. Next year it seemed totally reasonable for her to come for thanksgiving. He would probably press for it. This year was just too soon.
His family was ok with it. They were even pushing it. He decided to go with it. He was a bit nervous about this. Derek was cautious a by ways. He tended to be reserved . it might just be nerves. This was a big change. He might just need time to ajust. It seems things were not going to slow down any time soon.
Derek knew that life moved fast. He knew life was constently moving. Life was about change.Derek knew that he was growing up. He was entering further into adulthood. It was good even though it was hard. Such Is life.
The invitation for Katie to come to the Carlson family thanksgiving had rattled him a bit. He was not sure why at least at first. He soon realise the problem. When he first met Katie, he had dismissed the whole notion of them as a couple. He could not stay away from her.something about her was attractive to him. There was a magnetic force drawing him to her. He dismissed it at first. Now it hit him. It was becoming more and more real. Could he fully embrace her.
Katie had always been family focused. She was very close to her parents and siblings . when she neared graduation from high school,she was reluctant to go to a college several states away.she even considered attending a community college in her home town. Even though she decided to go to sprit of fire,she was still a home body. She did want to be home during the holiday season.
She had dreaded thanksgiving.now she was excited. It could not come fast enough. Katie woke up ready and Waring to go .she planed o. Coming around 10:30 am. She was excited and nervous all at the sane time. It was a but nerve wracking. She will be around the whole Carlson clan including Derek’s grand parents. She was eagerly anticipating it as well.
She got up that thanksgiving morning. She showered ,got dressed and braided her hair. She then got ready to leave. She got more and more nervous as the time for her to leave got closer. She went to her car. She considered not playing k love on the way to Derek’s family home.it calmed her.she kept it on. She arrived . there were several cars.
She took a deep breath. She decided to go into the house. She hoped it would go good.
As she walked to the door,she realized that she would never imagine that she would be hear a year ago. Hear she was the daughter of a penticoastal minister and a student a Pentecostal bible school going to her boyfriends family house.that boyfriend a fundimentist ministerial student and the son of a Baptist pastor. She was good with it. She walked to the door. Derek opened the door and welcomed her.
End of part ten
It was columbus’ day. While the holiday has become a day without any real meaning. It was hard for the Carlson family. It was the anniversary of one of the hardest days for there family. There were no classes that day. No classes in a way made it worse. He would almost prefer having classes so he would stay busy.
Derek focused on school work. At least he tried to focus on school way. His mind kept wondering. He could not concentrate. He tried everything but nothing worked. He had no idea what to do about it.
It was almost no use trying. He dared not be idle. If he was idle,Everything would flood back. He tried to force himself to focus. He could not.
All of his supresed emotions came back in a fury. He decided to give up trying to focus. His thoughts went in a thousand different directions . try as he did he was not accomplishing anything.
He felt like he had to stay busy. He did not want to have to feel today. He wanted to move on. It seemed he could not.
Then the phone rang .he was not sure he wanted to even look at the phone. He knew who it was by the ringtone. It was the hymm “Pentecostal power”. He knew it was the girl he called kaetels .he decided to answer the phone.
“Hi Katie!” he said. She could tell that he did not want to talk. “Look I am worried about you dare bear. “She said. “Why?” he asked. “As I was reading the bible and praying . the holly sprit has been laying on my heart to call you. I don’t know why. he has not quit. Are you ok?”she asked . “yea I’m fine!” he answered.
“The holy Sprint made it abudently clear that I need to call you. I am certain that something is up. Your tone is off. You are aloof. What’s up dare? ” she asked. ” I am a little off. I do admit that . I’m ok. Its nothing. ” he said .
“Dare it’s more then being a little off. I know that. What’s wrong? Please tell me?” she said. “I am having trouble concentrating!”he said.
“What’s causing this ?” Katie asked.”a bunch of things. ” he said.she could tell that he did not want to talk about it. She suspected deep down that he really did want to talk about it. He was itching to discus it but he held back for whatever reason.
“Derrek what’s going on? I know something is bothering you. The holly sprit would not stop prompting me to call you. Your going to have to tell me eventually. I am hear for you. I am your best friend. ” she said.
“Ok! Today makes five years sense my brother Jason was killed in a car accident. For some reason this year is proving harder then then the last few years. I am not sure why. “He said.
“Your mom mentioned Jason. I did not want to pry. I am so sorry Derek. Why don’t I come over!” she said. “Oh I’m ok. I can deal with this. “He said. “You don’t have to. ” she said.
“I would prefer to be alone today. Besides I am really not very chatty. ” he said . “you don’t have to face this alone. My job is to be there for you.let me do my job. We don’t have to talk . we can just sit in silence. I will just be there if you need me. Please let me come over. ” she said.
“I don’t know Kate.I am really not up for visitors. I am a wreck. I would rather you not see me this way. ” he said.
“We have to accept each other as we are warts and all. That’s how it goes. We have to take the good and bad. I am coming over unless you really don’t want me to. ” she said.
“You can come over!” Derek said. “I will be right over. We don’t have to talk or anything. I just don’t want you to be alone. ” she said .”ok . I. See you in a bit kaetels.” Derek said.
She hoped that it really was ok that she was coming over. She did not want to intrude . she wanted him to know that he could rely on her. She cared for him deeply.
The car arrived at her home. She parked the car. She got out and walked up his steps. He was there to meet her. He opened the door. She hugged him. He held on to her for a few seconds.
They went over to a porch swing. “Mayby I am not as ok as I thought.”Derek admired.”I knew that. ” she told him .she put her arm around him. They did not really engage in physical contact before today.
“You miss him?” she asked . “I do . Jason was a believer. I know he is with the Lord. He and I were very close. He was away at bible college when he died. He was killed in a hit and run. The driver was drunk. Jayse died at the scene. I thought I was over it. Today it has really hit me. I am not sure why!”he said.
“Well your getting older. Your nearing graduation. You are getting closer to venturing out on your own. He does not get to see the person you have become. Your bound to feel that loss. ” she told him.
“I gues I can see that. ” Derek responded. “Christians do not norn as those who have not hope but they do mourn. You miss him. That’s normal. ” she said.
“I know!” he said.”were you too close?” Katie asked. “We were. I was 16 when he died. I was 14 when he went off to bible college. My oldest brother is president of a smal independent bible college. He is very strict and conservative. He is a nice guy but a bit dull. My dad is very conservative but is a lot if fun as well. Mom is every funny as well. Rob is to the right of my dad and the apostle James. Jason was a little less moderate then rob but more conservative then Tom. He could relate to both of them. He encouraged me to go to bible college. At the time I was not interested. Theast thing he ever Said to me was that I had the gift of preaching. I had to use it. Its funny I had forgotten about that. “He said.
She rested her head on his shoulder. “What would Jason have thought of us?” she asked. “Another Pentecostal? What is this? This is the Pentecostal invasion of the family. He would complain but he would like you. He liked Tom’s wife. I wish you could have met him. ” he said.
He started to cry . he faught back the tears. He was very private. He wanted to show strength at all times. “Stop dare! Stop trying to be strong. I am not everyone else. I’m your Katie. Don’t be brave around. Me! This is why I am hear. I am hear to be your help!” she said.
He gave in. The tears flooded she hugged him. He was not big on physical contact especially this early in there relationship. Right now he did not care. He held on her with all his might. She reciprocated. He allowed all to flow out that he had been holding back for so long. He decided to throw qoation to the wind. He stoped holding back.
They held on to each either for an extended period of time. “I have held that in for a long time!” he said.”I knew that. Don’t do that! You try to be strong but that’s not really you. Be yourself around me. If you don’t I will kick your but!” she said .”ok!” he Saud. He laughed.
She took her hand. “I want to know you Derek Richard Carlson. You have to let me in. ” she told him.”ok!” he said.
“You say ok but do you really mean it? “She asked. “Will you kick my but if I don’t? ” he asked. “Yes I will.why are you so reluctant to let me get to know you? People say I have the gift of encoregement?I would hate to have this gift and not be able to not use it to encourage my husband. Let me !”she said.
He wrapped his arms around her. “I want to trust you.I see nothing that would leed me to think I could int. In the short time I have known you you have always proven to be dependable. I do fully trust you.” he said.
“I love you. I am in your side. I am hear for you. ” She said.he started to cry again. “I gues I have been in Shock for a really long time. I had no idea how to express it. ” he said She hugged him. “Your not alone any more. I am not going any where. ” she said.
He wanted to trust her. He was scared. He knew that being married came with responsibilities. Being single ,you only had to be concerned with your own spiritual condition. A married Christian man had to care for the spritutuel condition of his wife and if he had children , of them as well.
He realized just them that spiritual leadership of the family made him nervous. He had wanted to be married for a while now. He figured it was stil years away. He was slowly coming to the conclusion that katelyn was probably going to be his futur wife . that fact hit him as he was in her arms.
“What?” she asked.”I’m afraid! I gues I have viewed marriage as a concept . I believed it would happen. I do love you. I am just overwhelmed.” he said.
” I can understand that hunnie.it’s a big thing . it’s understandable . it is a big adjustment. ” She said.”I sm sorry I am all over the place today. I probably don’t make a lick of sense. “He said. “Your fine . stop being nervous around me. I won’t judge you. ” she said.
They spent most of the day together. She figured that his family would want some time together as a family. She decided that she would head back to her place before supper.
She went inside to use the bathroom. As she was heading back outside,she saw Derek’s mom. “Can you stay for supper tonight?” she asked “I was not planing to. I figured I would be heading back soon. ” Katie told her.
“Please stay! Anna Carlson said. “Are you sure? I really don’t want to impose! If you need time as a family I totally understand. ” Katie said.she hugged her.”you are part of our family! Anna said.
That night Derek’s father gave a blessing before they ate. “Today farther we are crushed but not destroyed. We morn but not as those without hope. You give ans take away but your name is stil blessed. We trust you even when we cannot see. We rejoice in the God of our salvation. We thank for this food as we’ll. Amen ” he said. Then they eat.
End of part nine
Abby knew that by coming over , she would have to face him eventually. She hoped maybe that She would be gone before he came. She saw Kathy. ” Matt is back. Do you want to see him?”Kathy asked.
“Did he seam upset?”Abby asked .”no he wants to see you. ” Kathy asked. “Ok !” Abby said.
She walked downstairs. She saw him. She was really nervous. He ran to her . he hugged her.
“Are you upset with me?” Abby asked. “A little but I will get over it. My love for you, not so much. ” he said . “your ridiculous. You know that?”she asked.
“I can imagine that.you want to go out to the steps to talk? ” he asked. “Ok. “She said nervously . they walked to the steps.
” I missed you ab. These last couple of weeks have been tough. ” he said. “We don’t have a thing in common ? We are so different. We have different interests different ways of swing things .how can we ever hope to make this work?” she asked.
“Its going to be heard ab . we will have to work at it. We are going to disagre on alott.as you know I was ready to call it quits .I could int. The truth is I really did not want to. Abby I like you during the first date. I just was afraid to admit it. I did not think that it was feasible . I really liked you.” Matt said.
“I liked you too. I thought you were little strict and a little nutty. I did like you. ” she said.
“Ab I want you in my life. I hate when your not in my life. “He told her. “If it were up to you, would you have me give up training to be a minister?”she asked.
“That’s not a fair question. I am not a dictator. Besides I don’t want you to make a decision under duress.it has to be your decision. ” he said.
“You would perfer it if I did?”she asked. “I can’t make that decision.you have to be fully persuaded in your mind. ” he said.”I doubt that you can be a baptist pastor if I am a u.c.c pastor. At least in your current lane of Baptist.” she told him.
“That thought has crosed my mind. ” he said. “What if you can’t have both? What if you can’t have ministry and me?” she asked. “Well I have to chose the Lord over everything else. He has to have prempminence. I have to chose him over everything else. I have to. I don’t know if that will be the case. Abby we are not there yet. You are the seconds most important thing to me next to the lord. ” he told her.
“More then your fanily?” She asked.”You are my family. For this cause shal a man leave his farther and mother and Cleve unto his wife “He said.
“You believe I will cave don’t you? You think I will give up trying to become a minister? If you did not you would be running for the hills. ” she said.
” I don’t know what you wil decide.” he said. ” if you could would you tell me to quit ?”she asked. ” Abby I am not your enemy. I want to on the same team.” he said. “Its not fair matty.I am smarter then you. I have worked hard to get where I am. ” she said. “I know your smarter then me. ” he said.
“We have never been able to figure this out. We have tried. We can’t. “She said. ” I know . “he said.
” if we had not met that night our lives should be so less complicated. Everything made sense before that night. ” she said.
“I don’t want to go back . do you ab? Just because something complicated does not necessarily mean you should give up. Riskier the road the greater the phriohet!” he said. She laughed.
“I don’t want to go back. I don’t really want to not have met you. I am so afraid that this issue is going to destroy us. If we can’t make it why try. Lets just call it quits . let’s not prolong the inevetible. ” she said.
“I am not going anywhere ab ” he said. “How can I be sure? ” she asked. ” I wish three was a way I could I could convince you. ” he said . ” I wish there was a sign ” she said. “We could try the fleece thing. ” he said. ” funny. ” she said
“I thought so. ” he said. ” I want to trust you. Give me your high school class ring. ” she said. He started to pull it off. He chuckled. “Why do you want my class ring?” he asked as he gave it to her.
“I have never seen you not Waring it. “She said. “I think I have sense I got it. “He said. “You will get this back when the pastor I assume your dad declares us husband and wife. I got to warn you that if you break up with me ,your never getting this back. ” She told him.”ok. ” he said.
She took off a necklace. She put the ring on it. He put in on her. She hugged him. She held on to him for a bit. “I love you so much.” She asked ” I don’t understand. ” he said “I needed to know how in you were. I gues I know that. Thank you. ” she said . ” I am in all the way. We will make this work. ” he promised her.
“I’m sorry I should not tested you that way. “She said. “Did I pass?” he asked. “Yes you paused. ” she said. ” good. ” he said. ” it was wrong of me to test you like that. I am sorry. ” she said. ” it’s fine ” he said.
” if you want your ring back you can have it ” she said . ” I Will get it back. On our wedding day. I want you to have it. ” he said. “Your sure? ” she asked. “Yes i am sure. ” he said.
“You have not exactly caught me at my best lately.”she said. “Let me gues that a star trek quote isint it?”he asked. “Yea it is. ” she said.”I know there a lot of unanswered questiones. We will get though it together. ” he said.
They kissed. “You kissed me that time!” she said. “No way.you initiated that one. ” he said.” I am certain that was you. ” she said .they laughed.
“You really liked me that first date?”she asked. “I did. “He said. “I thought you could not get out of there fast enough. ” she asked.”I was deeply divided. ” he said. ” I had no idea. ” she said.
That night she held on to his class ring. She fell asleep with it in her hand.
He did not mind not having it . he told his parents. They were ok with it. They understood. He felt like they had come to an understanding. This was a big breakthrough for them.
To be continued.
Katie went to her classes.she then went home changed and headed to Derek’s house. She was nervous about going. She had no idea how to handle all of this. She deeply cared for him. She really liked him. She knew he cared about her. She knew that he was not ready to jump in into this.
Derek went to works then went he for a bit. He changed and got ready to go to class. ” oh Katie is coming to supper tonight. “His dad said.”oh! She is?” Derek asked. “Is that ok?”his mom asked. “Oh yes definitely. ” Derek said. .
It was weird he thought. His family was jumping into all of this. They seemed to be more accepting of this then he was. He found that a bit particular. He kind of forgot about it throughout the afternoon. He remembered as he was heading home.
He tried not to be nervous. He could tell that he was nervous. He was getting more and more nervous. He decided to stay calm. He parked. He saw that Katie was already there.
Katie came to the house. She went inside. “Hi come on in. ” pastor Carlson said.she came in. “I am so glad you could make it!” Anna Carlson said. “Thank you for inviting me. ” Katie said. “We were happy to do it.” the pastor said.
They Sat down. “We are glad that you could come. “Pastor Carlson said. “We have been looking forward to this for a while. We suspect the first of many. ” Anna said.
Derek came in. “Hi !” Katie said. “Hi katels !” he said. He greated his parents and his siblings.
” how was classes?”his dad asked Derek. “Good we had a quiz in old testament servey I got a 98 witch I am very happy about. ” he said. “He told me that he is a very good student but Said he has to worked at it?” She asked.
“Very true but he does work hard. He has really done what he needed to do. He is s good student. “The pastor said.
“I understand that you are putting him to work. You are mentoring him. He goes on visitation and has preached?”she asked. “He has been a real a set.he goes in visitation with me. He has helped me pass put John and rommans.he has Sat in on comite meetings. He has done preaching. He is teaching an adult Sunday school class I am keeping him buisy. “The pastor said.
“I am excited to hear him preach. “She said . “so Are you going to be coming to church Wednesday abd Sunday night?” Anna asked. “For now . probably some day I will switch to hear. I will miss my church.I really enjoy it. I do want to put in more of a presence at gospel Baptist church. ” Katie said.
“You anticipate switching to our church full time?” Anna asked.”Derek and I have not really discuss it but yes. I am thinking that is what I will do. ” Katie said.
“You ok with becoming an independent fundamental Baptist?”Anna Carlson asked. “Oh absolutely. I have committed to that definitely. ” Katie said. “You have no reservations about that?” his sister Rebecca asked. “None! “Katie said.
“We wondered how that would work. ” Anna Carlson said. ” Derek told me the day we met that he was called to start churches in the independent fundamental Baptist tradition. I respect that. ” She said.
“Your not going to try to turn him into a Pentecostal?” his sister Sarah asked. ” no I don’t want to do that. I believe in speaking in tongues. I have not changed my views on it. I respect his and I respect His ministry and any he has in the future. ” Katie said.
Derek was not surprised by this information . he was surprised to hear her say it especially to his family.he knew she was sincere. He knew that she had every intention of doing what she say
It was so surreal. It did not feel real. It was not that long ago that they had met. Neither one knew that that the other had existed.now that had all changed.
“How many years do You have at your college?.Rebecca asked.” two more !” she said. “Same as Derek!”Sarah said. They all laughed.
After dinner,they were in the living room. Anna was feeding the baby upstairs . Katie and Derek Sat with his farther. ” I gues You probably were not expecting Derek to meet a Pentecostal girl?” Katie asked . “to be honest no. From everything we have seen we believe you two are a good fit. ” the pastor said.
“I definitely think so. ” Katie said .Anna came back stairs. ” the baby is asleep for now!” Anna said. ” do you have brothers and sisters ?” the pastor asked. “I an older brother an two older sisters. I have three younger brothers and two younger sisters. ” Katie said.
“You have a big family too. ” Sarah said .” my husband and I came from smaller families. I have an older brother and two younger sisters. Denis has two brothers. ” Anna said .” do you want a big family?” Rebecca asked. “I do. ” She said.
Derek was little emberised.he wanted a big family himself . he was afraid his family would think that this was all little nuty. He thought it was a little nuty. He was oppen to it. He thought there was a good chance he would marry her. He stil thought it was just odd how it was coming together. He never expected any of this.
After a while she decided that she should go. ” I a so glad we got to do This. We will do this again definitely.” Anna said. “I am glad we got to do this as well. Thank you so much for inviting me ” Katie said. “Happy to do it. ” pastor Carlson said. Anna hugged Katie . Anna hugged rebbeca and Sarah.she shock the pastor’s hand
Derek and Katie had not engaged in any physical contact. No hand holding , no hugging nothing. He opened the door for her. They walked outside.
“So I really thought your name was Katherine . I had no idea that your full name is katelin. It seams that no one calls you Katie at your school.” he said. ” I thought it was cute. I want to be Katie to you ” she said.
“Everyone calls you Katie at church !” he said “that’s fine . I will be Katie in Baptist world.” she said .”ok. ” He said.
“I like this world. I like your world. I really like your family. I can do this. ” she said. “Well you have a good night . ” he said. “Thank you. ” she said .
End of part eight
It had been two weeks since she returned form the regional leadership meating of her denomination .Abby decided that she needed time to think. He honored her request. It was hard.
Some how he knew that she would come back to him. He tried not to be restless.
“Have you heard from abbie at all?”his mom asked . “no she is pretty buisy.”Matt said. “Is everything ok between you two?”his dad said. “She is just really buisy that’s all. “He said. “Ok. We miss seing her. People at church have asked about her.” Anna his mom said.
Matt felt really uncomfortable about all these questiones. He decided not to say that however. “You will just Pune away for her until then!”alesha said. “I don’t pine away. ” .Matt said. Matt was happy that when the meal was over.
“You two really ok?”Kathy asked Later on. “I don’t know. The get together she had,Michaela got to her. I don’t know all the details. I backed off. “He said. “She has posted a little on face book. Mostly ucc music and star trek stuff. I have talked to her but smal talk. Alesha said something similar. “Kathy said.
“I have not looked at her face book and instragram wall but nothing much. ” he said. “You miss her?”Kathy asked. “I do . I am ok. We are doomed ! Try as we might we just can’t Make it work. ” he said. “Its not over yet. I still think there is time for you too.”Kathy said.”alright! ” he said.
The next day,there was a knock at abby’s doors. “Are you expecting a visitor today?”Jill said. “Not that I know of!”she answered. Abby went to the door. “Ali hi! Come on in!”Abby said.
“This is alesha Matt’s sister. This is my roommate and friend Jill.”Abby said.
“We all miss you.”alesha said. “Does Matt know your hear?”Abby asked. “No I am hear on my own. I just wanted to say hi and see how you ate doing.”alesha said .”I am fine. I just needed some time to think.things were going to fast. I just needed to stop. “Abby said.
“We all miss you. We miss not having you around. You practically lived at our house. “Alesha said. “I kinda did.”Abby said.
“Regardless of what happens between you and my brother I stil want to be friends. ” alesha said. “Yea absolutely. I want that too. “Abby told her. ” excellent. I am hoping that you two will get back together. “Alesha said. “I have been telling her that myself!”Jill said. “It’s kinda complicated. ” she said.
“Oh. The reason I came by.Matt and most of the guys will be gone for the weekend . they are going to a men’s retreat.they do this every year. We are going to ‘ve watching Christian movies. Mostly old Bob Jones movies,flame in the wind,the printing and others. Probably wine of the morning and we will probably pick apart thief in the night. Its a movie made in the 70s by hippi converts. Besides the really bad theology ,the hairstyle and dress is equally bizarre . it’s a lot of fun. You should come we do it every year. “Alesha said.
“I can’t gurente it but I will see. ” Abby said. “I hope you will come. “Alesha said. “I will think about it. Can you not tell Matt you saw me?”Abby asked. “Of course. Mom knows I’m hear. Kathy knows I was going to invite you but Matt does not. I won’t tell him if you don’t want want me to.”Abby said.
There was another knock at the door. “Grand central station “Jill said .Jill checked the door. It was reverend Michael clendon. “Its his eminence.”Jill said.”joy!”Abby said.
Jill opened the door. “Giliion!”Michael said. “Hello Michael!”Jill said. “Hi ab”Mike said.alesha was taken aback at hearing a term that Matt used.
“Who are you?”Mike asked.”I’m alesha mats sister.” she said “I thought you too broke up! “Micheal said. ” we did not exactly break up. We are on a break.”Abby said. “Its inevetible . your an intellectual gient ab. He is a nice guy.way out of your league.”micheal said.
“Look I should be going!”alesha said. “Did you walk hear?”Abby asked. “No I did not. I came on my byke.”alesha said .”text me when get home! I will wory until I know your home. “Abby said. Alesha hugged her. “It was good to see you. I will “alesha said.
“Are you planing on breaking up with him?”Mike asked.”I don’t know yet. ” Abby said. “You can’t seriously be considering staying with him. You can’t have the life you want and life with him. You know that. You know I’m right. Walk away . you and I can be great together.” he said. “It can’t happen. Micheal we don’t work. We never have ” she said.
“We could.you won’t give us a chance. ” Mike said. “I can’t. I know it won’t work. I am sorry . “Abby said. ” call me when you change your mind . I know you will. ” Mike said.
He left. “That could have gone better. “Abby said. “What are you doing Abby.why are you playing both sides?”Jill said. “You are attracted to Michael. You have said so yourself.your sending mixed singles. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways or hers in this case. “Jill said. “I know that.”she said.
“You like Michael. There is an attraction. You can’t deny that. You in love with Matt. Everyone can see that. Micheal knows that. Your haiest around mat. It is a little sickening. What it is delen says?”Jill asked. “The heart does what the heart does.” she said.
She got a text from alesha.”alesha made It home.I gues I has no reason to wory but I do. I gues she is like a sister.”Abby said.
She decided to call alesha.”hi Abby. “She said. “Ali look , Michael is a friend well really he is a co worker and a fellow worker. “Abby said. “I have heard about him. He mentioned him. I did not suspect otherwise. ” she said. “He came on his own. He is romantically interested in me but it is not reciprocal I assure you. ” Abby said.”I know that. I trust you. ” alesha said.
“Thank you Ali. I don’t want to put you in a awkward situation.” she said. “I know. Please don’t be a stranger. No matter what.consider coming to our girls movie marithon.”she said. “I will. ” Abby assured her.
On Friday afternoon Matt and his dad and his brothers Thomas,Ben and David were going. Timothy who was four was not going. He was too young and was staying with mom and the kids. The boys got ready to go. The girls got to go to a lady’s retreat later in the year. They we’re not too jealous.
Matt had mixed feelings about going. He always liked the men’s retreat at Mitchell Baptist church in the town of Mitchell but he was not really in it today. He knew he would enjoy it when he got there. The going part was hard. He had a hard time getting enthusiastic about it this year.He tried to be upbeat especially around the younger kids.
They said goodbye to there mom and sisters. Matt and his dad we’re the only one’s who drove . they would trade off driving.
“You have seemed down! You ok?”his dad asked. “Well I don’t know that I am pining away for Abby as Kath suggested. I miss her. ” he admired.
“The house has not been the sane sense she stoped coming by. She had become a permanent fixture in the home ” his father said. “I really like her dad. I gues I had not realize how much. “He said. “Just keep in mind sometimes no is just not now. Mayby she just needs time. She may need time to process everything. ” his dad said. “I hope so. I miss her. “He said.
The girls made lunch. Then they put in the first movie. They watched the printing. It was a movie set in the Soviet union before glasnost. Just before the movie was almost over there was a knock at the door .
Kathy went and answered the door. “Abby! Come on in!”Kathy said “I brought these cake. ” Abby said Kathy hugged her. “It is good to see you .” Kathy said.
She went to the living room. “This movie is almost over. We are planing on watching flame in the wind witch is a family fovorate. ” Gracie said.
“You really like Bob Jones university?”Abby asked. “We used to. They have veered away from fundimemtilism and become more evangelical. They have embraced more contemporary Christian music including the getty family. They have veered away from king James version . “Anna said.
After they finished the printing,they took it out and put in the next movie. “So how are you are doing mom?” Abby asked. “Doing good. The baby is doing good. We found out it is a girl.” Anna said. “That’s awesome “Abby said. “Everything is fine.the doctor is not overly worried but it is considered a risk pregnancy given my age. So far all is good. ” she said. “I’m glad. ” Abby said.
The movie was about the Spanish inquisition. Abby liked it but not quite as much as they all did. She liked being with them.
The next day they guys came back. They had a great time at the retreat. Good fellowship good good messages and they blew up a car.
“How was things hear?” his dad asked. “Good movie night was a success.!” Kathy said .”did you watch a thief in the night?” Matt asked. “Yes , Abby brought out plenty of things we had not considered. ” alesha said. ” Abby was hear?” Matt asked.
“She is stil hear. I think she is upstairs. Do you want me to check?”alesha asked . “yea!” Matt said.
His heart raced. He had given up. Did this mean anything. He saw her come down the stairs. He ran to her. He hugged her.
To be continued.