Shadoe Rose: Part Twenty-ThreeMature

Andrew paced around the
living room, events from the previous night taking the forefront in his mind.

            Come to Me, all who
are weary, and I will give ye rest, called the voice that had spoken to him
last night.

            He looked around, but was completely alone. Then his gaze
fell on the worn bible, still thrown on the coffee table, where he’d put it
last night. Checking around corners to make sure he was still alone, Andrew
grabbed it and stared at the cover. The brown leather was softly worn from many
years of turning hands. He opened the front cover and saw a handwritten note.  

            To Selena: may this
bible give you as much comfort as our Father does. –Reverend Pierce.

            “Interesting,” he said to himself as he turned another
page, then another, hoping to make it act like it had the night before. “Stupid
book,” he muttered as he tossed it onto the couch, then looked up to see Selena
standing in the doorway, watching him with an amused look on her face.

            “Selena!” he exclaimed, shocked. “I didn’t know you were
there, and I was just…um…you ready to go?” he asked, shoving his hands into his

            She smiled and nodded. “Come on, let’s go,” she said as
she crossed the room and grabbed his arm.

            “Should we take this?” he asked, pointing to the bible.
“Just in case something, you know, like last night, happens again.”

            Selena quickly shook her head. “No!” she said firmly. “We
don’t need that, we’ll be fine. There’s nothing to be afraid of, Andrew.”

            “Right,” he said slowly, casting another glance in the
bible’s direction as she pulled him toward the door. “So is your dad okay with
this?” he asked once they were outside.

            “He’s at work. He’s not going to notice I’m gone, much
less care about it,” Selena replied. “But let’s go! Walk faster!” she commanded
as she pulled him toward the woods.

            Slightly confused by her new reaction, Andrew followed as
she dragged him with surprising strength.

The End

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