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The Elder Son–Chapter 12

By E. Williams

This book began on June 24.  You will want to go there to start reading at the beginning.

This time Janet stayed away for six months.  I hoped she’d never come back.  I never wanted to see her again.  I wanted to forget that I had ever had a sister.

As soon as I came down for breakfast this morning I knew that Mom had heard from Janet agian.  Her face was glowing with happiness.

“Oh, Nina!  The most wonderful news!  Our prayers have been answered!  Janet called. She’s all right, and she’s coming home!  She says she’s finally turned her life over to Jesus and He’s changed her.”

“You surely don’t believe that, do you?”  I asked.  “She probably got in trouble of some kind and she needs help.  She knows you and Dad will always be here for her, and she’s using you again.”

A moment of doubt showed in Mom’s eyes.  “We’ll have to take it on faith,” she said.  “We’re driving to the city tonight to pick her up.  I know you’ll want to go, too.”

“Mom!  Tonight is my band concert and I’ve got a flute solo.  I’ve been practicing for months!  You can’t miss that!”

“Oh, dear!  I forgot that for a moment.  I don’t want to miss your concert, of course, but Janet will be waiting for us, and I don’t know how to get in touch with her to put her off.  I’m sorry, Nina, really I am.”

“No, you’re not,” I said.  “I never have counted beside Janet.  I’ve been the good one.  I’ve gone to church and got good grades and tried to make up for the awful things Janet has done to you, but I don’t count.  It’s Janet, Janet, Janet!  You can’t think of anyone but her.  I don’t matter at all! I hate her!  Why do you let her come back here?  You know she’ll only cause trouble again and I’m sick and tired of it!”

“Nina, honey!  Don’t talk like that!  Janet’s your sister and she needs our love and support.  We’ll have to…”

And that’s when I ran out the door, like I said in the beginning of this story.  I’ve been sitting on a bench, waiting for the school bus and thinking of all that has happened.  I’ve gotten on the school bus now with my mind made up.  I’m sure that Mom and Dad have been being very unfair to me.  I feel very sorry for myself.

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