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A Whispers Prologue
by David Story
12/15/06
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The house was quiet. Quiet, but not empty.

In the kitchen, women were busy preparing food. Food that no one really felt like eating, but at times like this, one cooks.

In the living room…the family, where the conversation was light. Questions, without a whole lot of answers:

“Did the doctor say how long?”

“Is she in much pain?”

“How’s Steve holding up?”

“Why?”

In the last bedroom, down the hall on the right, were three people. One was standing, one was kneeling, and one was lying on a bed.

The one on the bed – the reason all were gathered – is Virginia Young. Her husband Steve stood at her side, holding onto her frail hand.

And the one on his knees was Brian Kern – lifelong friend of the Young’s and pastor of the First Baptist Church in Littleland, Texas, where Steve and ‘Jenny’ have been members, going on forty-plus years.

After tonight, the congregation would be minus one.

The time for medical machines has passed.

Occasionally Jenny would open her eyes and look lovingly at her husband, but she has not done that in hours.

As Steve held her hand, he began to feel her slip away. “She’s almost gone, Pastor.”

Brian got up from praying and walked over to his friend. No need for words, just a gentle hand on the shoulder.

They waited. They watched.

Her breathing began to get very weak, and then stopped completely.

And that’s when the whispers began…

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