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TITLE: The Allergies
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Title: The allergies
Sorting out in his mind, all the things which had transpired that evening, Alex decided that he should get a good night’s sleep. Tomorrow will be Sunday and he felt he needed to talk to God.
While Alex was not a very religious person, he did believe in a higher power. If he felt he was going to be in danger, he desired God to be on his side. So Alex wanted God to be aware of this danger and give him a hand.
The next morning, Alex pulled himself out of bed, did a few exercises to get his blood flowing, grabbed the phonebook and found the address of the local Christian church.
Alex took his shower and got dressed. He wondered if the ‘Montreal Underworld’ was going to watch him go to church. Alex smiled to himself and thought of different ways to throw a spy for a loop.
Alex hailed a cab and told the driver to take him to the First Christian Church. Upon arrival, he saw a large crowd filing into the main building. Stretching his neck up and out, Alex was sure he saw someone he recognized. Weaving his way through the mass of people, Alex finally reached the side of a beautiful lady. Why it was none other than Alisa, the girl who sat next to him on the plane.
“What are you doing here”? They both laughingly exclaimed at the same time. Alex was really glad to see Alisa. Her’s was a friendly face in an unfriendly environment. She had a fragrance about her that reminded Alex of another time. He kept trying to remember when.
Then it suddenly came to him, as they chatted about their life since the airplane. It was the note that was in his shaving kit! Alisa and the note had the same fragrance! “ I wonder if she could have possibly put that note in my shaving kit? No, that’s not possible, she’s a counselor at that teen camp,” thought Alex. “ I must be imagining things. This assignment is getting to me . Now I’m seeing problems where there are none.”
Upon entering the church, the two friends shook hands with the pastor. Suddenly, a strange looking young man, who wore a turban over his head, ran up to them and grabbed Alisa’s purse. Then he brandished a switch blade at Alex, telling him to stay away from Alisa.
The two were so startled, that they could only stare at one another, speechless. Then Alisa screamed and yelled ,” He stole my purse, catch him, Alex! Alex suffered from Asthma and when he got upset he would start sneezing. “Achoo, achoo, achoo. There it comes, now I will sneeze the rest of the afternoon. I’m certainly glad I brought a handkerchief with me,” sniffled Alex. There was that fragrance again. The handkerchief had been stuffed next to the note in his pocket. While Alex was sneezing, the thief got away.
Alex just had to ask Alisa about the note. “What if she laughs at me, or worse becomes angry . Then I might never see her again,” thought Alex. “We were just getting to know one another. It has to be a coincidence. There I go again, imagining things that aren’t real.
Alex and Alisa sat in the balcony of the large church and listened to the great music. Alex had never been what you might call a ‘deeply spiritual ’ person, but he knew there must be a higher power watching over the people and seeing that the world ran properly. To have what you would call a close relationship with God , seemed unrealistic. But he said to himself that he would listen and try to understand.
As the pastor stood up to deliver the message, Alex looked over at Alisa and noticed some tears falling on her cheeks.”What’s wrong? Why are you crying? Alex queried .” “I’m sad because I like you and we might not see one another again. There is too much going on that will keep us apart.”
“Achoo, achoo, achoo. There go my allergies giving me trouble again,” Alex felt the tension growing in his lungs. “You must tell me why we won’t see each other again,”
“When we get out of church, I’ll try to tell you why I can’t see you anymore.”…………..
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