Haley blew the bangs off her forehead and let out a loud sigh. She cradled her head on the heel of her hand and rubbed her eyes with the other.
“Though ..I …walk….through…the …valley….of…shadow…of…death… oh for goodness sake why on earth does mom make me do this. The least she could do is give me a happy verse.” She muttered to herself.
Haley got up from the table, stretched herself in her faded denim jeans and hot pink V-neck top. She pranced around her room and made funny faces in the mirror. She held up her chestnut hair and posed in front of it at different angles. Her cell phone interrupted her.
“Hey Brad, what up?” Haley said grateful for the distraction.
“Nothing much, what are you up to?”
“Are you bored? I should hook you up with Laura that should give you something to do.” Haley chuckled.
Brad pretended he did not hear the Laura bit. “You know better Haley I called to say hi.”
Haley flopped sideways on her bed with her leg crossed in the air, her hair sprawled out on the cream sheets.
“Did you not go for basket ball practise today? How come you are calling me at this time?” Brad swallowed hard; he could not admit what he had on his mind so he deflected.
“Are you at the mall?”
Haley rolled over on her stomach.
“No I am home believe it or not, memorising scripture! Mom would not let up. Since the accident last month, she insists I should study the word. This week it is the whole of Psalm 23. I have to know it by heart and tell her what I understand from it tomorrow night.”
“Why is she so freaked out, the accident was mild. There was not one scratch on your body or car so what’s the deal?” Brad asked in a soothing tone.
“She said that I should get the word on the inside of me and I should not wait till disaster strikes before getting serious about the word. I understand that Brad, but it’s so boring!”
“Hmm. It does make sense… but the deadlines are a bit heavy though. On second thoughts knowing you Haley maybe that’s the best approach.” Brad giggles.
“Thanks Brad! Whose side are you on pal?” She retorted.
“How can I help you meet your deadline, why don’t you tell me what you learnt so
“I am still stuck at verse four, the valley of the shadow of death. It gives me the creeps.”
“I know the 23rd psalm by heart but I have never really given much though to what it really meant.”
There was silence on both ends for a while.
Haley was aware that Brad was showing more interest than their friendship required but cleverly decided to play dumb until she sorts out her emotions. Maybe that is what the valley is a place of indecision. It is a scary place where their friendship could die if something goes wrong. Haley knows that is simplistic and she did not intend to give her mom that explanation but at least it would her remember the verse.
“Yes I am still here.”
“Can I pick you up by six? We could go for a drive and think on it some more.”
“Sure, see you later”
Haley hung up and decided that with Brad she need not fear no evil.
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