The doctor monitored Karen. She was becoming weaker and when he tried talking to her the poor teenage girl couldn’t answer back. He gave her some water and Karen coughed and sputtered. Then she drifted off to sleep. Karen dreamed about Eddy and the Small Faith People. She saw them freed from the Natives of Doubt and rebuilding their home. It was such a happy picture. Then she saw Eddy all by himself in his house crying. She heard him questioning the Good King on why He allowed him to be alone in his life. She then saw him neglecting to pray and read the Holy Word. He became so miserable that his people didn’t want him around them. So Eddy left Small Faith and went to live in Carnal City where he spent his time in worldly amusements. Karen then heard the voice of the Master of Darkness. “Edward Matthews is finally mine! He has so turned away from the Most High that nothing can save him from my grip. Hahahahahaha!”
Karen tried to speak but the words wouldn’t come out. After much struggling she managed to say weakly:
“Eddy don’t! Please keep holding on! The Good King will help you!”
The doctor heard her. He quickly went to her and checked her pulse. It was still faint. Karen kept on talking in her sleep.
“Eddy be strong! The Good King has a plan for you!”
Though the words were a faint whisper the doctor heard her. This “Eddy” would have to see her before it was too late. He quickly called for his assistants. When they showed up the doctor told one of them to go and fetch the queen immediately.
Soon the queen ran into the room. “What is it doctor?” she asked breathing hard.
“She is calling out to a fellow named Eddy, your majesty. Do you know where he could be?” the doctor asked.
“Yes, I know where he is,” said the queen.
“Bring him here quickly. According to my readings Karen doesn’t have much time and she may be able to speak to him.” The queen hastened out of the room.
Eddy was in the cave hiding and praying for Karen. It had been two days and he hadn’t heard anything about her. Eddy begged intensely for the Good King to heal her of the pain that she was going through. He couldn’t bear the thought of losing her. What could he do without her and her encouraging words? He was so concentrated on his prayer that he didn’t hear the queen enter the cave.
“Eddy,” she called gently.
The little man heard her and opened his eyes. “How’s she doing, your majesty?” he asked.
The queen looked at him with sadness. “You must see her now. Be strong in the Good King, Eddy.”
Eddy sniffed and wiped his eyes as he followed the queen out of the cave. He saw another cave up ahead and asked the queen, “is that where Karen is, your majesty?”
“It is, and we must see her quickly, Eddy.”
When they got inside the cave the doctor ran to greet them. He shook the little man’s hand and said, “you must be Eddy. Come this way.” He then showed him a room and there laying on a stone bed with a heavy blanket on her was Karen. The doctor and the queen stood back as Eddy went up to her. Karen’s once rosey face was now pale. Her breathing was shallow and her eyes were glazed.
Eddy swallowed hard. “Karen?” he managed to say.
Karen turned her head and tried to smile amid the pain. “Hi Eddy, I’m happy to see you.” Her voice didn’t sound so weak this time and she was able to speak with little difficulty.
Eddy’s eyes glistened. “Karen…I…” He then threw himself on her and hugged her tightly. “I DON’T WANT YOU TO DIE!” he then sobbed into the blanket. “What will I do without you? You have been very good to me during our adventures. Please don’t die, Karen!”
Karen gently stroked Eddy’s blond hair. “Eddy, it will be okay. I know you will be fine because you have the Good King in your heart. And you have grown on our adventures. You’re becoming a courageous Small Faith Person.”
“I don’t know,” said Eddy. “I’m not completely free of my fears yet. I still have a long way to go.”
“But you are getting there, brother. You are becoming the kind of person that the Good King wants you to be. And He is going to use you to free your people from the Natives of Doubt. You will lead in the rebuilding of Small Faith. Then you will teach your people how to be Lightbearers so that they can go out and share the Good King’s Truth with those in the darkness of this world.”
Eddy chuckled through his tears. “I’m not worthy for that, Karen.”
“None of us are worthy of the callings that His Majesty gives us. I wasn’t worthy to be His Lightbearer but He used me to lead others to Him and to His eternal Truth. Believe in Him and surrender yourself to His will for your life.” Karen said as she started to cough.
Eddy held her hand gently. “I will never forget you, sister. I will tell everyone about you and the difference that you have made in the lives of people. I will tell of our adventures and how the Good King led us through them.”
Karen smiled. “I love you, Eddy. We will be together again at the Good King’s Second Coming.” She then closed her eyes and whispered, “my work is done. Thank you, Your Majesty for using me.” Then she breathed her last.
“Karen! No!” Eddy shouted as he shook her, hoping that maybe she’d wake up one last time. There was no response. Eddy ran out of the cave. The queen called after him but he didn’t listen. He didn’t care if he was spotted by the Natives of Doubt. His best friend was gone. GONE! He had to get out of there! He ran back to the cave where he and Karen were hiding. He collapsed on the stone floor and cried his heart out.
To Be Continued
Author’s Note: Wow! What a twist! Karen The Lightbearer has died. What will happen to poor Eddy now? Will he be able to live out the calling that the Good King gave him? What will happen to the Small Faith People? Find out next time.