It is court day, and so far, my dad has not allowed me to
enter the room. With all the time that I have spent in this waiting room, I
have actually decided to change my degree.
The trial passes through the morning. I have officially been
sitting here since eight o’clock this morning. Forget about me, my brother must
be losing his mind. Brad is not the kind to remain in one room for this long.
“Candice,” says Mom, coming towards me. “You should go home.
Your father said to tell you it is too chaotic in there, and it is no place for
I roll my eyes. “Why did I even come here in the first
place?” I ask, picking up my bag.
I stand and start for the main door. On my way out, I bump
into Mrs. Hamilton.
“Darling,” she says, smiling as she hands me an envelope. “I
found this last night while putting Derek’s possessions into storage. It is
addressed to you.”
“Thank you,” I say, smiling back. “I’m sorry that you are
leaving. It will not be the same.”
“Perhaps we will see each other again, and you can come see
me in Scotland.”
I hug her. “I would love to.”
After saying goodbye to Derek’s mom, I go out to the parking
lot. I get into Derek’s car and look at the envelope for a moment. I open it
and pull out the letter to read.
My dearest Candy-girl,
If you are reading this, it probably means I have returned to Scotland, or
something has become of me. Words cannot express the love I have for you, but
as you know, I have a higher love for God in Heaven. There were times you did
not understand it, but you were so eager to know. I encourage you to seek a
relationship with God. Learn to know Jesus as your everything. He is the King
of kings, and the Lord of lords. I urge you to seek Him, my darling. Your life
will change forever if you do this. God wants you to love and obey Him.
I love you, my Candy-girl.
Always yours, Derek.
P.S. Sometimes God will take away what you most care about to get our