Max grabbed the pot of coffee from the kitchen counter. He went over and sat down next to Virginia. “How late is he?”
Virginia did her best to smile as she held her cup up for Max to fill. She waited until it was full, and then slowly sat it back down on the kitchen table. She looked at the clock on the wall. “He should’ve have been here four hours ago.”
Max’s face was one of concern. “And he hasn’t called?”
Virginia shook her head. “Last I heard from him was when his plane landed.”
“And you’ve tried his cell phone?”
Max got up and walked back to the kitchen counter where he placed the coffee pot on the burner. He turned around and grabbed his coat and hat that were draped on another chair nearby.
Virginia looked at him. “You’ve leaving?”
Max walked over and stood next to Virginia. He spoke as he put on his coat and hat. “You and your children have been very kind.” A smile overtook his face. He let out a small laugh. “I’ve especially enjoyed Suzie’s company.”
Virginia did her best to return the smile. “She really loves you. You’ve meant a lot to her these last couple of days.” She paused before continuing. “You’ve meant a lot to us all.”
Max pulled his chair next to Virginia’s. He leaned in and gently took her hand into his own. “Virginia, do you believe in miracles?”
Virginia looked alarmed. “Am I in need of a miracle?”
Max loved the response. “We all are from time to time.” He said, thinking of himself only a few short hours ago, laying hurt and alone on a cold December night.
Virginia lowered her head, contemplating Max’s previous statement.
Max let her ingest the words. Then, “Your family has taken me in without any care for your own safety. You have restored me to health so that I can accomplish my mission.”
Virginia looked up. “Your mission. What does that mean?”
Max smiled. “I wasn’t sure myself at first. But it seems the Master always has a plan.”
Virginia tried her best to understand. She slowly whispered her next words. “God always has a plan.”
“He does indeed, Virginia Preston.” He took her chin in his hand, causing her to look directly into his eyes. “You and your family have been my miracle.” He got up and stood behind her. “Now. Let me be yours…”
Virginia turned around to face Max, only to find that she was alone in the room…