Karen peered from her bedroom door after hearing sounds in the living room. She saw Grandpa Jack looking for something on the mantle. Then, he disappeared around the corner. Strange. She went back to counting sheep. She awoke to this same occurrence a few more times that month. When she asked him what he was doing, he hugged her and said “you’re just dreaming darlin”. She adored her grandpa, he was so loving and kind, and unlike anyone she ever knew. Later, when he died, it felt like the only good thing in her world was gone.
One night, she awoke remembering the times her grandfather had been looking at the mantle. Unable to fall back asleep, she decided to investigate. She began picking ornaments and things up and examining them. She picked up a stein and noticed a key underneath it. That has to be it! But where could the lock be? She walked around the corner to the small reading area. It was just a table and 4 chairs, a little nook. Looking under the tablecloth, she noticed a square in the wall and yes, a place for a key. She placed the key in, turned it and the door popped open. She crawled into a little square room with just enough room for someone to sit in.
Feeling around she found a flashlight and turned it on. There in front of her, she saw a candle, some matches and a book. She closed the door behind her and lit the candle. Opening the book, she gasped. It was a bible! Those had been outlawed years ago! Her father was a police officer and people who had bibles were often executed! Her mind raced. Should I tell my dad? Curious now, she randomly opened the book and started reading. I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
How intriguing, maybe that is where grandpa is? She began sneaking into the room and reading the bible every night. Daily life carried on but she began seeing the beauty in everything. For the first time, she felt hope. Then she met Alex. He was handsome and smart and he really seemed to like her. When she saw him, she felt like she was walking on air. Each day he walked her home. She knew he was the one for her.
“Alex, do you think there is a God?” She asked one afternoon.
“Anything is possible,” he replied.
“Can you keep something secret if I tell you?”
“Of course Karen, you know I love you.”
“What if I told you I read the bible and I know God is real?”
“Alex stopped and looked at her. What do you mean you read the bible?”
“My grandfather had one I found and I read it.”
“You need to turn it in he demanded.”
“Alex, you don’t understand, God is real.”
“You don’t understand,” Alex said. “You are a criminal. I knew it, I could spot you a mile away that you were different.”
”Alex, you said you love me?”
”We are going home to talk to your father right now!” She winced as he roughly grabbed her arm and dragged her into the house.
”What’s going on here George yelled, what are you doing to my daughter?”
”She has a bible.”
”Where is it Karen?”
”I’m not telling Dad, I won’t give it up.”
Walking over to his desk George pulled a gun out from the drawer. ”Karen, you know how serious this is right? You need to tell me where it is now!”
”Please daddy, why are you doing this? I can’t.”
Walking into her room, George said ”help me find it Alex.” They tore apart her room searching but found nothing. Pointing the gun at her George said “you have one more chance to tell me where that bible is.”
Sobbing, Karen said “please daddy, I love you but I can’t.”
George pulled the trigger, Click; the gun did not go off. As he was chambering another bullet, Karen bolted from the house. She ran as fast and as far as she could until she found a home that had several bushes. Hiding in them, she cried herself to sleep. Her life was now irrevocably changed forever.
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