Andrew and leane had been childhood sweethearts.he was a year older then her. Her family attended his church when they were both in jr high. They moved due to her farther’s work. The two hit it off almost immediately. They were both the smartest people in the church. Everyone suspected that they would be a couple.
They eventually became a couple.they did ministry together. They seemed to be the perfect couple. Everyone predicated that they would do great things for the lord. Manny were already writing there story before it happened.
They went to the same Baptist bible college. They were kind of a pakege deal. They did sumer ministry together as well. Everyone in there home church expected them to get maried. There was no suprise when there engagement was announced.
Then everyone was shocked when leane was killed in a car crash. It made no sense. Andrew had to put a brave front. His dream were dashed.the unwritten story would never be written.
It had all been so clear.he and leane would be maried. They would start churches and serve the lord together. He had stoped. He had put everything on hold. Those in the church let him.they felt it nedded time. He was still active in the church. He was doing ministry. He felt he was good enough. His heart was not in it like it had been. It was different. He was in a holding paturn now.
If things continue the way it was,he would continue to do what he had for these two years. He would stil be in the funk. He would be struck.no one might not notice. he looked fine. He seemed normal. It was a new normal. It was realy not where he should be. He was not where he could be.
Then abby showed up. The spitfire. She was not one to stand on ceremony. She said how she felt. She called it like she saw it. She did not mence words.
She was the daughter of a penticostal minister. Her family went from a series of churches within the assambly of God. His farther started out as an assistant pastor and moved on to pastoring churches.
She saw something in andrew almost right away.she came to like him. She wanted to start a romantic relationship but he resisted those overtures. She started to back off.she realized that if he was not in it,there was little point to it.
She was miserable. She saw this image of them together. That concert seemed to be coming together. Then it all came apart. It was a hard few days after that.
She tried to avoid him. She did mostly. They said hi a couple of times. That was about it.
On a saterday she saw him getting ready to leave. She changed out of her jeens and put on a skirt. She went over to him.
“Going somewhere?” abby asked. “Oh yea. Church picnic day. I was hoping to avoid it but it sounds like everyone is going to be there. I gues i am going to go. I used to love to go when leane was around. It was more her thing but i liked it. Now not so much. “He said.
Abby did not like it when he mentioned her. She understood why he did. She was a big part of his life. That was over. Abby wanted to play that role. She wanted to be mrs.dade. it seemed leane stil ocupied that role in absentia.
“Well have fun!”she said. “I will try.i hope it will go fast. ” he said.”i am sure that you will have fun. “She said. “We will see. “He said. She left him. She headed inside. She started to open the door to her apartment. She stoped.
She ran to him. “Wait. Andy!”she said. He put some stuf in the trunk. He closed the trunk. She went over to him. He stoped what he had been doing.
“Im going with you. I wish i had planed better. I would have made my chicken salid sandwitch. It is to die for. Mayby some orther time. ” she said.
“Wait? Your comming?” he asked. “Yes i am. ” she said. He chuckled.”ok!” he said. They got in to the car.
“Nervous?” abby asked. “A little. I did not know i was bringing a guest.the pictures you posted got quite a reaction. I was pummeled with questions for days. I am not sure what you will do. You are a bit unpredictable! “He said.
“You woried i will spontaneously become slain in the sprit? I will just start speaking in tounges or something? ” she asked.
“I wasn’t. Now i am. ” he admitted. She laughed. “I will try to be on my best behavior. ” she said. “Try?” he asked. ” you know me. I promise i will not to embarrass you too bad. “She said. ” oh my! Ok!”he said.
He nervously parked the car in the parking area.they got out. Everyone seemed suorised that he brought a friend. ” hi andy. Who is this? “Pastor Jason web asked.
“Pastor web this is abby. Abby this is pastor web. “He said. ” hi welcome . it is good to meet you.”the pastor said. “Thank you. It is good to meet you.” she said.
She helped him unload the truck. The pastors wife came over and introduced herself. “Hi im carla webb. Pastor web’s wife. “She said.”it is good to meet you. ” abby said.
” we are glad that your hear.”carla said. “It is good to be hear.”abby said. Everyone was really friendly. Then he saw his parrents and his siblings. It was time to introduce her to his family. He was not sure he was ready for that.
“Is this abby?” his mom asked. “This is! ” abby said. “It is good to finaly meet you. ” his farther said.”i am been looking forward to meeting you as well. ” she told them.
Then another car pulled up. It was leane’s parrents.he had not considered that they would see him with someone else other then leane . everything happened so fast. One minute he got ready to leave. All of a sudden abby was riding shotgun on his way to church.
He got realy nervous. He got tense. He tried not to look uncomfortable. It was not easy. He tried to act normal. He moved away from there line of sight.
Abby was enjoying herself. She liked interacting with people from his church. Perhaps one day her church. Usualy she planed everything out. She had a strategy. She had a move and counter moves.not this time. This time she was flying at the seat of her pants.she had acted totally on impulse. She had no plan.
It happened so fast. All of a sudden she realized that she was in his car on the way to his church. There was no turning back. She was glad to be there. She was glad that she did not have the time to rethink it.
The dinner was really good. After the men were playing horse shoes.Andrew’s mom went over to her. ” it is good to finaly meet you.i wondered when i would meet you.”mrs. Dade remarked.
“I wondered the same thing. “Abby said. “His dad and i really enjoyed looking over the pictures you posted.it was good to see him smile again.it has been a while.” she said.
“I like his smile. He has a good one. ” she told him. “He does. So are you two an item?” his mom asked. “Not yet. I would love to be. He is not ready. Well at least he does not think he is ready. ” she said.
“I am glad you are in his life. He had totaly shut down. We were woried about him.we stil are. We want see him resume life again. “His mom told her. “I am realy glad to be in his life. “Abby said.
After a while she saw a husband and wife she had not talk to yet. “Hi im abby. ” she said “hi im Clark. This is my wife jacky. ” he said. “It is good to meet you. ” she said.
“So what bring you hear today? “Jacky asked. “I am a friend of Andrew’s. I am his neighbor. “She said. ” oh. What kind of friend?” Clark asked. “Just friends. ” she said.
Andrew saw them talking to abby. Oh no he thought. He was not sure what to do. He went over to her. ” hi. ” Andrew said. “We have had a pleasent conversation With this young lady. ” jacky said.
“She is a nice lady.”andrew said. Abby noticed that andrw was realy tense. She did not know why. After a while they dispersed.
Later abby asked one of mats sister who clark and jacky were. “Oh! You dont know ” anna said. “Know what?” abby asked. “They are leane’s parrents.” she said.
Abby had no idea.it did not occur to her that she would run into them.she hoped that she did not cause him trouble.her impulsiveness sonetimes got her into trouble. Perhaps she should have thought thus though.
Later they said goodbye to everyone. They went to the car. ” look i am sorry. I really did not plan today. I never ment to cause friction for you. I dont akways think before i act. I enjoy being with you. After the newsboys concert i decided to give you some space. I went on a self imposed exile with you. I hated it. I just acted today.” she told him.
“Its ok. I am glad you came. They were bound to meat you eventually. I suspected you were on A self imposed exile. I was not sure what to do. ” he said.
“Are you really glad i am hear? I was not a nuisance? ” she asked. “No not at all. Am glad you came! He said. “So are you sick of me ? Want to come to my church tonight?” she asked. He said ok.
End of part five.