“You wretches will not brainwash my daughter!” he hollered at Karen and Eddy, who looked upon him quizzically at his accusation.
“Brainwash?” said Eddy confused.
Karen tried to straighten out the misunderstanding. “Sir, we are only sharing what our Majesty has bidden us to share. We are not brainwashing anyone.”
“It’s true, dad,” said Kelly standing up for her friends, “Karen and Eddy are not bad. What they say is good and the King that they serve is truly a good God. Dad, I want to be a Believer of their God. Please let me.”
Quincy stood in front of the stage and scowled at his daughter’s plea. How dare she turn against him! How dare she disobey him! He then looked up at Karen and Eddy, “You loathsome Lightbearers have ruined my dear daughter! You shall pay!” He then snapped his fingers and troops of the Carnal Security Squadron emerged from the crowd.
Gabriel hurriedly ran to the front of the stage and faced the Mayor, “Mister Mayor, don’t do this to the Lightbearers! They are servants of the Good King of Heaven. They haven’t done anything wrong! All they want to do is share the Light that they have been given to bear. Don’t arrest them!” he pressed him.
Quincy smirked at his Chauffeur, “Are you a Believer of the Good King too?” he asked him.
Gabriel’s fear of showing his true colors to his boss begin to come back to him. He didn’t want to lose his job or have the Mayor’s wrath upon him. But he loved his God more than his job or his boss. He was not going to hide his faith anymore. He just saw the Good King in the beauty of His Holy Word and he was not going to trade Him for anything!
“Yes, I am,” said Gabriel bravely.
Quincy reached out his hand to where Gabriel was on the stage and struck him. “I’ll deal with you later, Gabriel Mc Roberts!”
The Chauffeur rubbed the stinging pain on his face.
Quincy then yelled at his daughter, who was staying close to Abby:
“You shamed me and disobeyed me! I told you to not see the Lightbearers! How could you do this to your own father?! Now you are mindless as a droid! Oh, why did you not listen to me?”
Kelly tried to answer her anger stricken father but he wouldn’t let her.
“I’ll have to put you through some of the city’s best psychiatrists so that this garbage that has wrapped your brain can be gone. It’s going to cost me lots of money, but it will be worth it.” Quincy said, moaning silently at the expense of such a treatment.
“Dad, I don’t want to be cured,” said Kelly, “I’m so happy to know about the Good King of these Lightbearers. I heard Him today. He spoke through the Lanterns. He loves us, dad. Why are so against Him?”
Quincy grabbed his top hat from his head and tore it with all of his strength. “Enough! Enough!” he shouted.
Kelly and Abby backed away.
Quincy then pointed at Karen and Eddy, who amazingly showed no fear at his rage, “Arrest them!” he commanded.
The crowd who had been touched by the Light of the Good King’s Truth soon sided with their Mayor. The Master of Darkness was in that mass of people and he was working his dark charm on them, making them turn against the Good King, who had just recently spoke to them. In his disguise as Juan T. Moore, he smiled devilishly as the Carnal Security Squadron advanced toward the stage.
A blinding flash of Light came out of the Lanterns and surrounded the enemies of the Lightbearers. The Mayor, troops, and the crowd stumbled and fell to the ground. They were so afraid. Even the demon in his human form was on the ground, cowering and whimpering. He feared the Most High and His Truth more than anything!
“That’s our cue to go,” said Eddy, remembering what the Good King told them last night; how the Mayor would try to arrest them and they would be saved from being captured.
“It sure is,” said Karen as she picked up the Lanterns. “We better get a move on!”
“Let us go with you!” said Kelly and Abby together.
“No,” said Karen gently, “You two must stay here. If you go with us you will be in great danger.”
Kelly pleaded with her. “Karen, my friend, you must let us go with you. You heard my dad; he said that he’s going to send me to a psychiatrist so that all the things I have learned today will be gone. I don’t want to forget about the Good King. I love Him, even though I don’t know Him well enough yet. Don’t let my dad do this to me!”
Karen embraced her. “Kelly, don’t be afraid. His Majesty will be with you. He won’t let His Word be gone from your mind. He’ll protect you. He’ll be with and protect your friend too. You girls are safe in His hands.”
While Karen was comforting Kelly and Abby, Eddy was talking with Gabriel. The Chauffeur also wanted to go with them but it was not the Good King’s will for him to do so. Eddy kindly told him that everything would work out fine in the end.
“His Highness will be with you and He will protect you. Have faith and don’t give into fear!” the Small Faith Person encouraged him.
Gabriel thanked him and shook his small hand.
The Lightbearers then made their way to the backstage with their shining Lanterns. They waved goodbye to their friends and assured them that they would return.
To Be Continued