"This house is great and all, and I know you went to a lot of effort to make it Luke, probably more effort than you should have, but I can't stay here. While it would be nice to settle here, my family is on the other side of the country. I need to find out if they're still alive. I'm sorry" Rena explained simply. "I'll be leaving tomorrow, anyone who wants to come can come. Maybe we can find other people, or what has happened. Maybe this area was the worst and others are fine."
I had done all this work for nothing? They were all going to leave? I barely held back a sigh. I guess I should understand, but I really had no one to look for or miss. My parents both died years ago...my foster families were nice yeah but I spent so much time bouncing from one to another that I never really got to know them all that well. When Rena said we could come with her I didn't say anything.
"I'm going upstairs to crash again," I announced after the meeting, I wanted to get away for a little while, spend some time with God. I went up to my room and looked around; Bible, I need a Bible. I picked up a stray piece of rubble and changed it into a pocket Bible then propped up my pillow against the headboard of the bed and sat down to start reading it. I opened it to the book of Psalms and started to flip around randomly, knowing God would show me what I needed.
Psalms 27:10 was the first verse that opened: "When my father and my mother forsake me, then Yahweh will take me up."
Psalms 46:1 came up next: " God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble."
Psalm 23:6..." Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."
"Ok God, I get it," I prayed, "I know you are here watching over me...even if I feel pretty abandoned."
I sighed and put the Bible down, then put positioned my pillow so that I could lay on it. Then I lay down on my back and heaved another heavy sigh, "Lord," I prayed again, "can I have a human friend? Just one is all I really want, someone who I can talk to and hear their voice speaking back, someone who I can touch and feel. Someone who's shoulder I can lean my head against..." I trailed off as a tear ran down my cheek. I was just so lonely...maybe that was why I had taking a liking to Athena in such a short time...she was so friendly...
I heard someone coming and remembered I was supposed to be sleeping so I closed my eyes and focused on breathing evenly. The door to my room opened and closed, someone had come in. Drat! I had forgotten to wipe away the tear! Ah well, there was nothing I could do about it now. I felt someone lean over me, why were they doing that? Is there something wrong with me? Had my face gotten cut while I lay down?
Suddenly a small, cool hand wiped my tear away, then continued on to stroke my face. I whipped my eyes open, Athena's warm blue eyes were staring into mine compassionately. She jerked her hand back when she saw I was awake, "I-I'm sorry, I-I had no idea you were still awake!" she fumbled and started turning red.
"No, it's ok....I need a friend..." I trailed off as I looked at my feet starting to turn pink myself.