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Witnessing and vitnez'ing Part 3
by Julie Michaelson
10/18/09
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Behold,
I tell you
a mystery.
[1 Corinthians 15:51]
************************
"GIVE it,
to ME,
ALAN!"

(Shrug.)
(Thows it,
upwards,
onto the bed.)
"Sure.
Here:
TAKE it.
HEY!
TOSS me
a PILLOW!"
(He catches a
little crumpled
pillow, that Beth
tosses down,
with her good arm.)
(Yawn.)
"It's NOTHIN',
Beth."
(Wider-mouth yawn.)
"Just some stupid
little PAMPHLET;
somebody
probably stuck it,
in her door.....
and, she brought it
in, with her MAIL.
It's nothin'."
(Thoughtful gaze
at his sister's
curtained window.)
"Think, she's
got.....any BEER,
in her FRIDGE?"

"Hell, NO."
(Beth stretches
her good arm, out,
and pinches one
page of the pamphlet,
with her thumb,
and forefinger,
and pulls it,
to her range of vision.)
"Remember?
She used to get those
horrible migraines..."

(Disappointed mutter.)
"Oh...yeah.
I forgot.
What HAPPENED,
to them?"

(Beth turns to
glance at her
cousin, as she
glances up and
down one of the
thin pages,
of the pamphlet.)
(She gives a short,
hard laugh.)
"The SCHMUTZ,
LEFT!"

(Alan scratches
the top of his
thinning brown
strands.)
"Too bad.
I don't know what
happened to him;
he used to be a
real nice guy...
when he was a lot
younger...."
(Philosophical shrug.)
"'Just glad,
MOM never found
out, about it.."
(Shake head,
muttering,
again.)

"Who do you
think...
LEFT this..
on her DOORSTEP?"

"How would I KNOW?
Probably, one 'a those...
whatcha'macal'licks...
ya know: Jehovah's
Witnesses...or
somethin'."

(Suddenly,
Beth sits up
on the rumpled
bedspread,
craddling the
small, heavy,
white arm cast.)
"ALAN!
Do you think...
they KIDNAPPED HER?"

(Smirk!)
(Stretches his
legs out on the
blue rug covering
part of the cold,
tiled floor.
He felt like
getting up, but
he just couldn't
face it, at the moment;
the last few
days had passed,
in a surreal haze
of weird car accidents,
and even weirder
disappearances;
his own wife's
two young kids,
from her first
marriage,
had also gone missing.)
"Who: some
kind'a RELIGIOUS
FREAKS?"
(Laugh!)
"Neah......uh, uh.
My SISTER,
always HATED
religion! Are
you kiddin'?
You should'a
seen the FIGHTS,
my MOM and her,
used to have.....about
HEBREW SCHOOL!
Neah......"
(Shake head,
decisively.)
(Pulls a piece of
chewing gum, out
of his pocket. )
"Neah.....personally,
I think, it was SPACE aliens.
My sister, when she
was a kid....was always
into that Star Trek
stuff; she'd probably
go off..in a heartbeat,
with one 'a those GUYS."
(Holds up a thin piece
of chewing gum,
to his cousin.)
"Here; ya want ONE?"

(Beth nods, and
then, laughs.)
(Grabs the piece,
that Alan has tossed
up, on the bed.)
"Oh.....gimme'a BREAK!
No WAY! NO WAY!"
(Using her good hand,
Beth stuffs the wad
of gum, into her mouth.)
"REALLY......maybe,
like....she found GOD,
or somethin'..."

(Alan almost chokes,
on the fresh stick of
gum, in his mouth;
he barks out a laugh.)
"Well.....if she DID...
He CERTAINLY wasn't
SPEAKIN' HEBREW,
or......readin' the TORAH,
TO her...that's for
DAMN SURE!"
(Laugh!)
"Neah....I'm bettin'
on the alien-guys."
(Nodding, gazing at
the plaster ceiling,
and chewing, at
the same time.)

(A few moments of
silence passes, as
Beth squints up at the
little pamphlet, grasped
in her good right hand.
She's still lying across
the rumpled bedspread:
goldish-red curls bunched
up on a blue body-pillow,
on the bed. She blows
a spearmint bubble, and
squints, curiously, at
several pages....waving
her good hand, back and
forth, to turn them. Suddenly,
she stops chewing her gum.)
"Alan......look at THIS...."

"What."

"LOOK.
Isn't that,
her HANDWRITING?"

"Where; lemme' SEE."
(Alan pops his balding
head, up, from his lounging
place, on the floor.)
(Squint.)
(Mouth chewing.)
"Here; lemme' SEE."
(Stop chewing.)
"Yeah.....it looks like it."
(Stares at the thin page.)
"Huh."

(Beth sits up, leaning
on her good elbow.)
"But.....that's just it;
WHY would she WRITE
something......in some
stupid PAMPHLET,
that was just stuck,
in her MAIL?"

(Shrug.)
"Maybe, it was just
some little NOTE,
she wanted
to SCRIBBLE,
to herself."
(Shrug.)
(Chewing.)
"What's it say..."

(Sigh.)
(Squint.)
"I'm not sure....."
(Squint.)
"Her HANDWRITING..
hadn't really gotten
BETTER with AGE...."
(Turn, back and forth,
slowly, from one page,
to the next.)
(Gasp!)
"ALAN!
Oh, my GOD!"

"WHAT?"
(Laugh!)
"YOU ain't gonna
DISAPPEAR, now...
ARE YA?"
(Smile!)

"Will you STOP THAT
SHH.....T?
LOOK!"

(Irritated, more, at
the thought of going
back home again,
and into that
disgusting turmoil
of the last few days,
Alan grimmaces.)
"Come ON, Beth!
Just TOSS that
THING,
in the GARBAGE!
It's nothin'
but a piece a' JUNK.
SHE PROBABLY,
USED IT....
to..write her GROCERY
LIST, on. Just THROW
it, OUT."

"LOOK, Alan!
LOOK!"
(Rising voice.)
"It's,
the EGG!
It's THE EGG!
LOOK!
It's the SAME ONE,
she DREW for ME!
JUST BEFORE,
I LEFT! And...
GOT INTO..that....
ACCIDENT!"
************************
My sheep
hear
My voice,
and
I know them,
and
they follow
Me.
[John 10:27]













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