Full of Grace (32)

Greetings, Readers. Below is the next installment of Full of Grace. Today’s post is shorter than usual, but it’s leading into the next part of the story – Joseph’s visitation with the malakh, Gabriel – which I hope to have done by this weekend. If you’ve just joined us, you can read the story from the beginning by clicking here. And if you’re enjoying it, please share it with a friend. Thanks again for visiting. 

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Anna walks out of the children’s room, her mind still consumed with the day’s events. The house is dark; the moon’s light barely penetrating through the window, but she doesn’t light the lamp – she simply follows the well-trodden path she’s laid into the floor with all her pacing. Besides, the last thing they needed was the attention the light would bring.

The door opens, startling her. She stops and holds her breath, fearful of whom it might be, but it’s only Heli. She is relieved, until she meets his eyes in the moonlight. There is an uncertainty in them she is not familiar with and it scares her.

“Did you talk to him?” Anna asks.

Heli shakes his head, before turning back to shut the door.

“Joseph wouldn’t speak with me.”

He walks over to the table and drops into a chair. Anna follows him.

“Where is Mary?” Heli asks, his tone softer.

“Asleep, finally. The child would not stop crying. She expected Joseph to accept everything she said.” She speaks with disdain in her voice, the thought ridiculous to her. “I just don’t understand why she came back. She should have stayed with Elizabeth; she would have been safe.”

“It doesn’t matter anymore,” Heli states, with a sigh of resignation.

“No, there must be something we can do.”

“It’s out of our hands, Anna. Joseph will decide Mary’s fate now.”

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