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Story: The Test Of Faith …Episode 14 (By Faith H. Collins)




The Test Of Faith

Test of Faith

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Episode 14

Proverbs 12:22

The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful.

 

Angel’s Point.Of.View

 

“Seriously Zoe how many times do I have to tell you” I rolled my eyes “Derek and I are NOT dating and we are NOT running away together” I huffed walking out of class and to my locker. “Well he does like you” I rolled my eyes once more and opened my locker

“hey guys” Mandy bounced up to us her black hair violently moving back and forth. “I wish I could be like Lindsey” she sighed looking at her phone, “don’t worry its nothing special with Carol gone they needed another queen bee so she took the spot”. I looked at Lindsey who is now bullying me “girl you are amazing, so fearless I can’t believe bitchy Carol Thompson got butted out because of amazing Angel”. I cringed at the words that came out of her mouth “Zoe language” I reminded. Our conversation was put to a halt when two strong arms hugged me from behind.

 

Derek’s Point.Of.View

 

“I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU” I grabbed her from behind twirling her from behind and then pulling her close to my face. “Thanks Der’ but what did I do to deserve this” she asked placing her arms around me “are you kidding me? You got Carol off my back and sent her packing”. She wasn’t as happy as I thought she was, in fact she was frowning “poor girl” she whispered loudly “hey cheer up now you got the swag master by your side”. I tried making her feel better but as you can see I was failing, “Lindsey please stop I have a girlfriend” I watched as Lindsey threw herself at him right in front of fuming Zoe. “STEP AWAY from my man” Zoe warned giving her the meanest death glare I have ever witnessed “whatever” Lindsey huffed and walked away.

“Babe your amazing” Johnny smiled and wrapped Zoe in a kiss which turned out to be a 5 minute make out session. “YO Johnny not that I don’t love watching you get some, but we got to walk” they blushed a deep red “come on let’s walk”. We walked out of school and I was happy as hell, it is the weekend and I have one thing in mind: ANGIE. We walked down the street and I was trying to do two things. 1) Block out Zoe and Johnny, the whole time they were like “oh you’re so cute” “babe” this and “babe” that I swear if I ever go out with Angie we are not doing that. 2) I’m going to ask Angie to the movies, I’d never thought I’d say this but I pray to God she says yes.

 

“So Angie what are you doing on the weekend” I tried acting extremely casual, “curiosity killed the cat” she smirked folding her arms. “Well good thing I’m not a cat” SHIT! That sounded way better in my head, I looked at Zoe she rolled her eyes and mouthed “idiot”. “Honestly though the usual church, homework, TV and repeat” she exclaimed in a bored tone. “Well maybe you can take a break from you busy schedule and go to the movies with me on Sunday” I took a breath and looked at her confused expression. “Like a date” she asked un-sure, I looked at Johnny who gave me thumbs up and nodded in Angel’s direction. I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO! ACT COCKY YOU GOT THIS “hey if you want to call it a date you can” I smirked and she blushed “Johnny and Zoe are coming so it’s kind of like a friend type thing right guys?”. I looked at them GIVE ME SOMETHING! I wanted to yell but of course I’m cool “now Derek I would love to lie to you b—-“Zoe jabbed him in the stomach “I…uh see no reason not to…see you then…bye” and pulled Zoe into her own house. “So how b’out it” I asked hopefully, she looked like she was avoiding the conversation looking around biting her nails she’s hiding something. “Uh….I have church…..on Saturday and Sunday so yeah” she bit her lip, “yeah but you only have to go once” she looked at me with disbelief “what I do know stuff?” I huffed. “I can’t sorry bye” she raced to her house.

 

I wanted to run after her when a small card fell out of her pocket, after debating with myself for quite some time I finally picked it up. I picked up the small business card and flipped it around, the card was pretty plain, and on the top in the middle of the card it said: Florida’s Anointed Tabernacle. Why would she have a church business card, maybe she needed the phone number? At the bottom of the card “we are the church” wow that was the deepest thing I have ever read. There was a cross on the right hand side beside the pastors name, there in black ink it said “Pastor Michael Storm” Angie’s last name is storm OH MY GOD! Her father is a preacher. So is that why she blew me off I cannot believe she lied to me UGH the nerve of that women I swear to God if I ever get her to bed…..STOP no time to think dirty. You know what I’m going to catch her in the act……and maybe then she will throw herself at me…ok I can dream.

 

BEEEP-BEEEP-BEEEP My alarm went off and I swear to God I was going to throw it out the window “SHUT THE HELL UP IT’S SATURDAY” I yelled thought the covers the beeps became louder and faster I couldn’t take it anymore. I grabbed my alarm and violently pressed off, and i threw on some clothes. I silently crept down stairs, I ran my body along the wall creeping down to the kitchen, and I looked at the conjoining rooms. Phew no parents and no sister, because they would actually let me see her! Geez why do I even get me dam hopes up. I grabbed some cereal poured it in a bowl and grabbed a spoon; I looked down at my phone ‘ONE NEW MESSAGE FROM ANGEL STORM’ i clicked on the icon and read her message. “Her Der’ I’m so sorry you guys go without me I have to be somewhere” WOW! I want her to tell me the truth and sometimes I feel like she has the weight of the world resting on her shoulders. Just as I was about to answer I heard the cutest voice, that was like music to my ears.

 

“Dwerk is that really you?” I turned around to see my 6 year old little sister beaming with excitement “yes Bre” she ran up to me and gave me a hug “I missed you Dweak” It took all my courage not to cry. “Bre you have to go back up stares you know how much mom and dad hate me” she nodded “I wish I could see you more”. She shook her head as she grabbed onto her teddy bear like there was no tomorrow “remember Bre in this family its best-“not to get your hopes up I know, so does that mean you never going to go out with that girl you always walk with”. I laughed “I don’t know but she one day will meet you and then we will go to the park just like I promised” she beamed “thanks I really like her she seems nice”. I blushed “ok go upstairs before daddy and mommy catch us talking” she blew me a kiss and walked to her room. I HATE MY LIFE! Angel and Bre are the only reasons I stay in this hell whole. I finished eating and headed up stares to my room, I plopped down on my bed and tapped on the screen

 

“IT’s ok so random question…what do your parents do”

 

She instantly replied:

 

“Well my parents are kind of like workers they follow what they are told and they are like messengers, but most importantly they talk to others about this one man kind of like their boss and convince them to follow him”

 

Ok she wasn’t lying but she wasn’t telling me the truth, I just don’t get that girl I have been 75% honest with her the least she could do is be 100% honest with me. Watch out Angel tomorrow I’m going to catch you in the act just you wait.

 

Angel’s Point.Of.View

 

“We need to get our youth excited about Christ get them excited about GOD, we need to get them to raise the roof for Christ for Jesus AMEN?” the crowd roared with cheers and “AMENS”. I feel terrible right now and I shouldn’t I’m at CHURCH but the thing is I blew Derek off for church, I now that sounds like a good thing but I lied. I love my dad in all honesty but any second now he is bound to say something that makes my blood boil. “These girls need to be more excited about God then boys…they need to turn from guy-crazy to GOD-crazy am I right” they all nodded. SEE I knew it was coming, my dad doesn’t get it Derek has changed I know it I just wish my dad could see that. “These boys don’t realise how much they need God they make these girls into bad girls I’m talking about pregnancy, depression, suicide”. My dad is so biased he doesn’t understand what is right in front of him sometimes these people can be such phoneys you can’t just judge people like that it’s just a name nothing but a title.

 

My dad is blind probably because church comes before his child as usual, eventually the sermon ended and I was forced with the annoying task of clean up. I was putting the sound system away when I saw the microphone; nobody was around so I began to sing my heart out.

 

Derek’s Point.Of.View

 

I stared at the church well here it goes; I never thought I would ever come back here; I opened the door and looked at the lobby. It was really something the floors where glistening white (tiles), the furniture looked hip and fancy. Of course I couldn’t stare at it any longer because I was getting judgemental stares from several people. I guess it doesn’t help that I was wearing a leather jacket and black skinny jeans that had chains which clanked whenever I moved. I opened the doors and ducked between the pews, I saw Angie on the stage I watched as she stared down at the mic and slowly moved it up to her mouth. She attached her phone to the speakers and music began to play but most importantly she began to sing.

 

In this time of desperation

 

When all we know is doubt and fear

 

There is only One Foundation

 

We believe, We believe

 

In this broken generation

 

When all is dark, You help us see

 

There is only One Salvation

 

We believe, We believe

 

We believe in God the Father

 

We believe in Jesus Christ

 

We believe in the Holy Spirit

 

And He’s given us new life

 

We believe in the crucifixion

 

We believe that He conquered death

 

We believe in the resurrection

 

And He’s comin’ back again, we believe

 

So, let our faith be more than anthems

 

Greater than the songs we sing

 

And in our weakness and temptations

 

We believe, We believe!

 

We believe in God the Father!

 

We believe in Jesus Christ!

 

We believe in the Holy Spirit!

 

And He’s given us new life!

 

We believe in the crucifixion!

 

We believe that He conquered death!

 

We believe in the resurrection!

 

And He’s comin’ back again!

 

Let the lost be found and the dead be raised!

 

In the here and now, let love invade!

 

Let the church live love our God will see

 

We believe, We believe!

 

And the gates of hell will not prevail!

 

For the power of God, has torn the vail!

 

Now we know Your love will never fail!

 

We believe, We believe!

 

We believe in God the Father

 

We believe in Jesus Christ

 

We believe in the Holy Spirit

 

And He’s given us new life!

 

We believe in the crucifixion!

 

We believe that He conquered death!

 

We believe in the resurrection!

 

And He’s comin’ back,

 

He’s comin’ back again!

 

He’s comin’ back again!

 

We believe!

 

We believe

 

The words came out so clearly her words where true and beautiful even hit every note clearly. I moved though the pews she couldn’t see me because she was so enriched in the song, the song finished and she smiled looking down at her feet. I sat down on the pew and started clapping “wow preachers daughter you were amazing” she froze stunned I had heard her and that I found out. Angie rushed over to me dropping the mic “Der I’m sorry” she sat down beside me “why didn’t you want me to know?” I asked honestly. “Because I know what you would stay away from me and you would act differently towards me, I don’t want you to stop talking to me I don’t want you to leave me” I hugged her “that will never happen ok? We will always be friends”. The moment I said “always” I saw a hint of sadness maybe it’s just me and my ego “so you should try out for the talent show everyone makes it” I tried to change the subject. “I KINDA HAVE TO” she exclaimed “even though she isn’t here she still signed me up for the talent show” she huffed clearly not liking the chance to showcase her talent. “Well I don’t know a lot about God” I admitted “ok” she motioned me to continue “oh…uh that’s it” she laughed.

 

“What I do know is with him you will be fearless” she un-expectedly kissed me on the cheek “you have been reading the bible”. “I GOOGLE” I threw my hands up in the air trying to make my point, she laid her head on my shoulder and I had to use all my might not to have her right here. “No more secrets” she mumbled “no more lies” I mumbled into her hair. How I wish that was the truth the truth about me is not worth her time.

 

It Continues Still….

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Author: Faith H. Collins




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