About 9:00 pm, Nicholas rang the doorbell and it opened to show the Creator standing there wearing an apron.
" Come in Nicholas" he said as he walked toward the small kitchen. " I made some hot apple cider and made some snacks to celebrate New Year's".
" Thanks" Nicholas replied glumly as he sat down in one of the kitchen's worn chairs.
The Creator gave his young friend a mug of hot apple cider and a plate of cheese and crackers to munch on and then sat down himself. " What's wrong" he asked even though he knew what the reason was.
" I heard from a reliable friend that some gossip has been going around about me" he said as he bit into a cracker. " I'm so mad I'm thinking about joining a different church".
" Do not gossip about other believers" the Creator replied as he poured himself another mug of hot apple cider. " Those who do I consider troublemakers".
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