When jack first met Kristen, something was stired in him. He could not understand it. It was so unlike him. He could not ignore it. At first it seemed that she did not feel the same way about him.
Kristin and him decided to date. The more time he spent with her the more he felt for her. She slowly let down her gaurd. She sowly trusted him more and more. He saw that.
Then there was the day she helped him change the oil on his car. That was a turning point . he saw what maried life with her would be like. They would laugh together smile together, work together, pray together and yes cry together. They would do it togerher.
He loved being with her. Even disagreements would not doom there relationships. He felt positive while driving home from her house.
He had a colection of hyims on cd from a Christian college on his way home. He parked the car. He walked to the door. He walked inside.
Most of the family stared at him. “Oh no! She posted pics of us changing the oil didn’t she?” he asked. “Yes. She did. You two are really cute.” his mom said.
“You did not want her to post them?” hsis dad asked. “No its fine. It was a little embarrassing. It was fun. We had a good time interacting with eachother while doing it. ” jack admitted.
“You got a lot of likes. Including from both sets if grandparents.” his mom said ” papa Grammy, grampa and nana saw it?” he asked.” yes they did.” his Merissa answered. His siblings laughed.
He thought to himself, “man i am realy going to get teased. ” he figuted he was never going to be able to live this one down.
She started to trust him. She got closer and closer to him.she did start to let her gaurd down. She grew more wiling to be vannerable around him. She found him to be sweet. He was kind and caring.
She had no idea what he would be like. The more she got to know him the more she liked. She looked forward to getting to know him more.
At the midweek service he saw her. His eyies met hers. Her face went from serious to smiling. “Hi babe!” she said. He smiled . “hi. ” he said.
They sat down. “You got raked over the coals? ” she remarked. “Yes i know. I would not change it for anything. It was a good bonding experience.” he said. “Told you ” she said.
They decided to get together on saterday. They met in a park for a picnic. She made a. Bunch of chicken salid sandwitch and desert. She wore a brown sweter and back and gray skirt and flip flops.
“Beautiful day today? ” he remarked.”it really is. Not a single cloud in the sky. Sun is shinning. ” she said.
After dinner they played several rounds of volley ball. ” i was on the high schhol soccer team. ” she said. “Did you go to public school?” he asked. “I did. I went to a Christian school until secvond grade then went to public school. ” she said.
“I was home schooled. ” he said. “All 12 years?” she asked. “All 12 years!” he answered. ” i cant imagine never going to a formal school. ” she said.”i cant imagane going to a formal school. “He answered. ” i gues that makes sence. ” she said.
“You played sports?”he asked. “I loved playing sports. Did you play sports at bible college?” she asked. “Intermural. We have sports teams that play other schools and tournaments but i never played on them. ” he said.
“Not a sports guy?” she asked. “Oh i love sports. I like playing sports. Playing professional sports is probably not in my future. I will stick to pastoring. ” he said. “Ok.” she said.
“I do enjoy shooting a basketball or hiting a voley ball etc. I find it therapeutic. ” he said. “I do too. When i got out of the hospital , i spent houers outside playing basketball. Ash and mom were woried about me . it was my way to coupe. ” she said. “Understandible. There is no right or wrong way to mourn or coupe or heal. Everyone does it differently. “He said.
“I stil have healing to do. ” she said. He took her hand. “I know. I am hear for you. Always. Whatever you need whenever. I am hear for you. I want to help you heal. “He assured her. “Thank you. “She squeezed his hand. He squeezed it back.
“Its hard to talk to my mom and sisters. They worry about me. They want me to be ok. They worry if im not totaly alright i will become realy depressed or a danger to myself. The truth is im not ok but im ok. If that makes sense. ” she said.
“It does make perfect sense. Its there job to worry. You can understand why. You can always talk to me. I promise i wont judge. I want you to feel free to be honest. ” he said.
“I want to be ok. I really do. ” he said.”i know. You dont have to be strong. You dont have to be ok. We can work though this together. ” he told her. “Ok. “She said.
They got talking about various things.she just stoped. She got frantic. “You ok kriss?” he asked. “What is the date today?” she asked. “May 27th. “He said. ” oh no. I got to go home. ” she said. “What is it?” he asked.
“Today is the day that dad died. I just want to be alone. ” she said. “Ok.”he said. They packed everything up. They put everything away in the car.
She did not say mutch on the way home. He pulled in her driveway.she had just shut down. “Call me when you want to. ” he said. “Ok” she said.she then went inside.
He drove home. ” your home early. “His mom said. “She wanted to get home. “He said. “You ok son?” his dad asked. “Yea im fine. ” he said.
He felt like they were nearing a breakthrough. Then it was all over. He had no idea how to deal with it or what to do now.
End of part 11