The screen of darkness lay over the land. The town square was crowded. The night was crisp and bitter to the bone. The groups were together, those who could actually speak with each other. They were no bigger then seven people to a group. It doesn't change from high school, society is built upon the foundation of the school systems. Change doesn't blow live our of proportion anymore. Though tonight was different. One white sheep walked through a den of lions.
People looked towards the lady walking down the street. She was the embodiment of hope. Her face shined in the night. Her body was as bare as the air. People pointed and glanced. People made fun and jutted insults. She walked for a purpose, making a stand in a world shattered. She didn't know where she had awoke or why her clothes were off. As she passed each person, their eyes whitened, they were unable to view the miracle. There was darkness in their hearts and it could not comprehend the light.
Miracle lady reached her destination but few saw her or remembered her as she walked through the darkened town. The small wooden hand painted sign affixed to the yard in from of her life. This building was her legacy and she was here to find the hurt one. The lady arrived in the room; she had last been with the hurt here before her vision was shut by death's door. She fell to her knees when her vision filled with emptiness. The room barren completely. The receiver left. How could she provide the hurt girl with her hope?
Light slid across the darkness and the darkness left; once the light burned out, the darkness set back in.
Something reverberated a slam throughout the house and a creak sounded behind the closed door. The knob turned swiftly and a presence entered the room.
"Mrs. Eliana?" The presence questioned.
The moonlight shone into a basin of clear liquid, illuminating the room. The little girl took a small step forward. "Mrs. Eliana? Are . . . are you OK?"
The woman turned to face the child. The girls eyes plastered with the color of snow. There was darkness in her heart. The woman was still void of clothing.
"My child, remove your shoes. For the ground you stand on is hallowed. I must ask for your forgiveness. For when I first was told about your sin, I thought you had done something to deserve what you had done."
Outside the room lay to bodies paralyzed, the girl's future parents. They weren't allowed to enter the room. The girl removed her shoes, even without her vision. She placed her weight on the floor, and sat there awaiting what the women's next demand was.
The woman moved closed and placed the basin at her feet. "You haven't done anything to deserve what has happened to you. You are perfect in His eyes. So there is something that I must to show myself that I am still the servant to everyone and that I am no better then the next person."
She lifted the girls feet and placed it in the basin, took her hands and started to wash her feet. "For you see, the Master washed those who served Him, feet. To teach them a lesson in humility, you must place yourself below people before you may raise other up. Even if they don't raise you up, you must give them a gift freely give without reward or recognition."
The woman finished washing the girl's feet and dried them with the towel she had on her lap. After she finished, her body fell to the ground unmoving, though, she was still breathing. The scales fell out of the girl's portals. She could finally she that this was in fact Mrs. Eliana.
"Mom, dad. Help. Mrs. Eliana has fallen again."
The parent's had started to awaken just after Mrs. King had finished. Kris ran in, Ace ran to to get help by calling 911, Julie sat there in awe of what had just happened. The basin was glowing still but there were impurities in the water. They didn't dull the glow at all. Instead, the water shone even brighter.
Eliana was back in the hospital, awake. They wanted to test her to make sure there wasn't any latent problems, such as blood clots or other dangers. Really they just were wishing to find the Fountain of Youth in her body some where.
Two Months Later
"Sweetie, are you going to get ready to go to Aunt Eliana's?"
"Yes, I was just making her a card."
"Great, we need to meet Ace at His law firm. We are going to leave here in about a half hour."
"OK, mom. I'm going to get dressed so we can leave here. Then can I work on my card for Aunt Eliana."
Julie ran up to her room. She took out a green dress shirt. Next she opened her pants drawer and to out a pair of tan jeans. She undressed and redressed in better clothes, clothing that made you looked dressed up. Julie went to the bathroom, brushed her teeth, and combed her hair. She then went back down to work on her card. Her mother was waiting for her at the bottom of the steps.
"Honey, could you get your crayons and card for Eliana? She called and wants us to go pick up a couple things she forget for supper tonight. She also wants you to pick out a movie to watch while we talk about out lives, so we also need to stop at the movie store to get you a movie, then we need to go clear back up town to get you father, so we can get to Eliana's to give her the stuff for tonight."
Julie had already retrieved her jacket and card making utensils. "OK, mommy. I'm ready to go."
"OK, honey. Just let me get my jacket, purse, and car keys then we can get going."
"OK, I'm heading out to the car to wait for you."
"Alright, I be out soon."
A Christmas melody preceded from the van, "Why you singing those songs now?"
"Because mommy it's the most important season. If Jesus was never born then we wouldn't really have any point to live or celebrate other holidays."
"Yeah, that's right. Where'd you hear that from?"
"My Sunday school teacher."
"Isn't that who it always is, I shouldn't even have to ask."
The clicking of a right light flashing sounded, brakes skidded, and the car barely passed without ramming into their side.
"Whew, that was close!"
"Mom, if you wouldn't mind, I would like to get there alive!"
"I hear you, and second that."
They rushed the store and took it by surprise, they quickly and efficiently retrieved what they need for dinner later.
"OK, once we get through this stinkin' long line, we are going to go rent a movie. Is that great?"
"Yeah, that's fine. I just can't wait to see Elia . . ."
"Julie, where are your manners?"
"Mrs. Eliana. Sorry."
It was finally their turn to go through the congested checkout line, after the person in front of them needed a price check that took about five minutes. "Goodevening, how are you doing this evening?"
She phrased her greeting into one word. "Fine, thanks."
The cashier quickly check her out.
"That will be twenty three dollars and eighty cents," she handed her three tens, "Out of thirty."
"And you're change is six dollars and nineteen cents. That's eighty, ninety, twenty four, twenty five, and thirty. Thank you have have a wonderful day."
They were out packing the back of the van before anyone around them had left. Kris slammed the trunk shut. "Let's go get that rental."
Ding. The door bell went off alerting the personnel their was a intruder, until proven otherwise. "Hello, is there anything I can help you with today?"
The brunette finally appeared from under the counter. Her beauty was priceless. The outfit only added to it. She reminded Kris of that one angel from Touched By an Angel, the one that looked good no matter what she wore.
"Yes, as a matter of fact, we were just looking for a good kid's movie that just came out but we're not sure what we want. Could you help us find that?
"Yeah, I think I have just what your looking for," she looked at Julie and gave her a wink. "If you could just follow me, I'll show you were it is."
"Thank you, so much. Your a life saver. Excuse me but I didn't catch your name?"