When morning broke, Karen and Eddy woke up and filled their minds with the words of Truth from their Good King. They concentrated fully on the Promises that came to them in bright beams from their Lanterns. If they were going to die, they were going to die with the Light Of His Truth burning in their hearts.
When they had enough of the Truth, they sang a hymn to the Good King and when they finished, they held each other’s hands together and looked at one another. Together, they had served the Good King with their lives. Now they were going to serve Him with their deaths.
“Eddy, you have brought joy and instruction to my heart during the mission. Thank you for being my friend. May our friendship continue on when the Good King takes us to His Kingdom.” Karen said trying her hardest not to cry.
Eddy smiled. “Dear Karen, you have been so good to me. You showed patience and understanding when I became afraid, and you also helped me to go beyond my timid self with your prayers and words of encouragement. I’m a very blessed Small Faith Person to have such a friend like you. Sister, our friendship will be forever in the Master’s Kingdom.”
They then gave each other a big hug.
Gloria was in her rocking chair in the living room. As she rocked she thought about the things that Gabriel told her last night. She was happy that Kelly and Abby wanted to be a part of the Good King’s family. She was also sad because the two teenage girls’ parents wouldn’t let them make this important decision. She prayed that the hearts of their parents would be softened by the Holy Spirit. She then prayed that her friend, Gabriel would be strong in his devotion to the Good King and that he would not lose heart during his times of not having a job.
“May all things happen according to Your loving will,” she concluded in her prayer.
There was a knock on the door. Gloria got out of her rocking chair, grabbed her cane, and slowly made her way to answer it.
It was Gabriel! The former Chauffeur greeted his elderly friend, “Hello, Gloria, may I come in for a visit today?”
Gloria welcomed him in.
Gabriel went to the living room and sat in a chair. Gloria slowly walked to where her old friend was.
“How are you feeling, Gabe?” she asked him.
Gabriel turned his head to her and answered, “I feel down since I’ve lost my job. But I believe that the Good King will take care of me, for He showed me He would in His Word. I’m mostly concerned for Kelly. The mayor is very upset with her desire to be a Believer and will try to undo what took place yesterday at the meeting. I fear for her and I fear for Karen and Eddy.”
At the mention of the Lightbearers’ names, Gloria became greatly concerned. “What about Karen and Eddy? Are they all right?”
“They’re fine, but the Mayor is against them. Yesterday before he fired me I saw him talk to this well-clad stranger, who for some reason hates the Lightbearers. I hope that Karen and Eddy are careful when they come back.”
Before Gloria could answer there was a knock on the door. She was about to answer the door when Gabriel stopped her.
“I’ll answer it, dear,” he said, “you need to sit down and relax.”
Gabriel went to the door and opened it. When he saw the two young Lightbearers at the door he greeted them heartily.
“Karen! Eddy! It is so good to see you again! How are you doing?”
“We’re doing fine,” said Karen smiling. Then her voice became somber. “There’s something we must tell you and Gloria.”
Gabriel’s smile faded. “What is it?” he asked her.
“We’ll tell you in the living room.” Karen replied.
In the living room Karen and Eddy told their friends what the Good King said to them. Gabriel and Gloria listened with deep sadness.
“Are you two ready to give your lives for His Majesty?” Gloria asked them with tears in her voice.
“Yes we are,” Karen answered. “We don’t understand how this could be His will for us but we trust Him.”
“But you’re so young. Surely you must have misunderstood something,” said Gabriel, hoping that such a thing was not the Good King’s will.
Eddy spoke up, “Perhaps by our deaths the citizens of Carnal City will come to a knowledge of the Good King and His Truth. The Master doesn’t permit His servants to die unless it’s for the building of His Kingdom. Like the Ancient Believer, Paul said, ‘to live is Christ and to die is gain’ (Philippians 1:21). We are not afraid because we have the promise that we will be in His Kingdom when He comes back.”
“Wow! You Lightbearers sure have great faith.” said Gabriel in awe.
“We have the Holy Spirit inside of us. He is what makes our faith great,” said Karen.
Gloria wiped her eyes. Karen and Eddy were truly close to the Good King.
“May we pray for you before you go?” she asked them.
“We desire that very much,” said Karen.
The house was soon filled with prayers ascending to the Good King by Gloria, Gabriel, and the two Lightbearers.
Kelly had a plan on how to escape her imprisonment in the mansion. She had called her friends Oswald, Charles, and Kimberly to help her. Kimberly and Oswald would cause a diversion with the guards and Charlie would give her the signal when it was safe for her to leave the room. She prayed that this would work.
Early that afternoon the teenagers put their plan into action. Oswald and Kimberly ran to the door of the mansion and rapidly knocked on the door. One of the guards opened it.
“What’s going on here?” he asked them.
The two were out of breath. “There’s are thieves in the basement! We saw them sneak in and we wanted to warn the mayor. There must be about seven of them!” Oswald exclaimed.
“They’re going to find a way to break into the mansion and rob his honor!” said Kimberly.
The guard quickly pulled out a walkie-talkie. “There’s a break in the basement! I’m going to need backup!”
All eight of the guards received the call and left their posts. As long as they were there no thieves were going to get away with their boss’ valuables! When they all left for the basement Charles snuck into the mansion to get Kelly. He carefully slithered past the mayor, who was in his room looking at something on the table. When he got to Kelly’s room he saw that the door was locked. He pulled a pin out of his pocket and unlocked the door with it.
“The coast is clear, Kelly!” he whispered as he opened the door.
Kelly quietly walked out of her room with him by her side. They tiptoed down the hallway and looked around to make sure that they weren’t being watched. When they were walking passed the mayor’s room Kelly heard her father say something, so she stopped and listened behind the wall:
“I don’t want to do this, but if Juan says its for the best then it must be for the best. I hope I got enough bullets in this thing.”
Kelly became nervous. What was her father going to do with the gun? Who was he after? She wanted to find out more but Charles grabbed her arm and made a mad dash for outside. They hid behind a huge tree and watched as the guards retreated from the basement empty-handed.
“Kids, you never know,” said one of the guards shaking his head.
“They must have thought it would be funny to pull a prank on us,” said another frowning, “well, I didn’t think it was funny.”
They watched as the guards went back into the mansion. Then they heard footsteps approaching them from behind. They turned in fear and then breathed in relief. It was Kimberly and Oswald.
“Well, where do we go now?” asked Kimberly.
Kelly wanted to go where the Lightbearers were. They said they would come back and she wanted to see them so badly. But she didn’t know where they were staying. Then she thought about Gabriel McRoberts. Maybe he knew where they were.
“Let’s go see Gabriel McRoberts,” she said to her friends.
The teenagers then cautiously left their hiding place and ran down the road.
To Be Continued