Thursday, October 31, 2013

Surprises! Conclusion . . . by Rebekah E.

Just because it says "conclusion" doesn't mean this part is "winding down." Oh, no, not by a long shot.



Part 6

Early the next morning, Andi awoke and stretched after sleeping in an awkward position all night. Troy still slept on, his mouth open and snoring slightly. Johnny had shifted position during the night and his bandage was off part of the way. Andi gently returned it to its proper place and got up. She cleaned up the campfire a little and divided the remaining rabbit meat into three piles on two plates and a bowl. She brought one plate over to Troy, one plate to Johnny, and the bowl for herself.  She ate her breakfast in silence, listening to the birds and crickets.
In a few minutes, Johnny awoke with a groan and sat himself up. He ate his breakfast in silence as well, and grimaced every once in a while as his wound hurt him off and on. Troy hoisted himself up, furious to find himself a captive instead of Andi, but his fuming he kept to himself except for an occasional grumble. Andi kept an eye on him all the same.
Once breakfast was finished, Andi cleared away the plates and bowl, and put them into a travel bag. Just as she was doing so, a horse whinnied, and Andi gave a shout of joy. Her yell brought Taffy, her horse, followed by Chad, Justin, Cory, Mitch, and Jack. Andi threw herself into each of her brothers’ arms, one at a time, and she practically shook the arms off her two friends.
Chad’s eyes swept the camp, and his eyes narrowed when they landed on Troy and Johnny. Andi quickly explained her story to her family and friends before they did them any harm. Chad was ready to pound Troy to pulp, but Justin, cool-headed and calm, kept him from doing so. It was difficult to convince her brothers and her friends that Johnny was truly changed, especially Cory and Jack, but they believed Andi and did him no harm.
After her brothers had gotten the smoldering Troy onto a horse and Andi on Taffy, they gently assisted the still-hurt Johnny Wilson onto another horse.
On the way home, Andi filled Cory and Jack in on her adventure. They were quite envious as well as surprised at Johnny’s new character. Andi also informed Justin of Troy’s attempt at blackmail, and he assured her that he would take care of all the details. She then had questions to ask of her friends, and they had loads of fun talking about all the things that were happening in the town.
“When are we going to have that race, Andi?” Cory asked as soon as he could get a word in edgewise.
Andi grinned. “You’ll never give up, will you?” she asked.
Cory pushed his hair out of his eyes and returned her grin. “Nope, not unless you lose in this next one.”
Andi tossed her braids over her shoulders in disdain. “And that’s not likely, is it, Cory?” she said.
He shrugged, and Jack exchanged a smile with Andi behind his back.

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“Mother,” Andi complained as her mother kept putting the stinging salve on her wrists. “Mother, they don’t hurt that bad, honest!”
Her mother looked at her disbelievingly and continued.
Andi looked over her mother’s shoulder at Johnny, who had already gone through the same process. He pinched his nose and stuck out his tongue, making Andi have to work at keeping her face straight. Grinning back at her, he shrugged his shoulders hopelessly. A slight squeak escaped her sealed lips, and she earned herself a reproving look from her mother.
Chad came in then, and Johnny, with his head still in a bandage nicely cleaned by Melinda, followed him out to the wagon in which he was to be taken home. Andi gave a sigh of regret, for believe it or not, she and Johnny had become fast friends over the past few days as his head gradually healed enough for him to travel all the way into town where his family lived. She would actually miss him, and that in itself was a surprise to her, but over the past few days she had felt toward Johnny Wilson something she had never felt before, even to her brothers.   

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The courtship started when a surprise letter was delivered to Chad one day as he was working out in the barn. He came running in, breathless and excited, Andi and her family were sitting around the table, and when Chad entered, everyone jumped from their seats in surprise. Chad, without a word, dropped the letter in front of Justin, who scanned it quickly, and then with raised eyebrows towards Andi, he gave the letter to their mother. There was a long silence.
Well!” Andi’s mother said with emphasis. She gave it to Andi, who read through it then promptly turned red to the ears. She gave the letter back to her brother without making eye contact.
Chad sat down absentmindedly and cupped his chin with his hand thoughtfully. After a silence, he looked over at Andi, who still sat with downcast eyes and blushing cheeks.
“Do you want him?” he asked.
Andi swallowed. “I would marry him if he asked,” she said quietly. “He truly is changed, Chad. He’s a godly young man now.” She paused, stammering some in her embarrassment. “I-I do like him, Chad.”
Chad answered with a grunt, and there was another silence.
“Alright, if you truly like him, Andi, you two have my permission.” He stopped and grinned, “And my blessing.”
Andi gave him a grateful look.
Justin got up and gave Andi a hug. “You shouldn’t grow up so fast,” he said, smiling. “It seems like yesterday you were only knee high to a grasshopper.”
Andi gave him a look of disbelief. “I wasn’t ever that short, was I?” she asked.
Justin laughed. “No, you weren’t. May God bless you in your new life.” He hugged her again.
During the rest of the meal, Melinda dedicated herself to explaining to Andi all she should do to her hair and her appearances before the day he asked for her hand, but Andi paid little mind to that. She figured that either Johnny could take her the way she was or forget all about it.

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The wedding was on a beautiful day in August, warm, but not hot, and Andi had Jenny be her maid of honor, since she was visiting for the summer, and Justin was the best man. The wedding ended with a race, as Andi willed it, and of course she won, with Johnny not far behind on a horse he had borrowed just for the occasion. 

THE END


 

33 comments:

  1. Andi and Johnny??
    It actually turned out better then I thought it would! It was a great story, Rebakah. My favorite fan story so far!

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  2. I loved that the wedding ended with a race! It was a great story! One of my favorites!
    Soo.. What happened to Troy?

    Siberian huskies!:)

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    1. Troy was sent back to prison, and served his time, as he was supposed to! :)

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  3. I know! I want to know what they did to Troy! I still can't imagine Johny and Andi together; I guess I've read Price of Truth too many times :-). I love it how you made Taffy find them! Good job, Rebekah!!!
    Does anyone dress up for Halloween? We've never been into all the creepy stuff, but me and my sisters enjoy dressing up!
    I think I'm going to be a Leopard this year. It's NOT a super fancy costume; it's just a shirt that has a Leopard design and a few whiskers.

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    1. No we don't dress up for Halloween. My sister-in-law and my brother live in town and want to come to our house to night because people don't come to our house to trick-or-treat.
      I love the story
      Anna

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  4. Good story Rebecca I liked how Andi and Johnny become friends but somehow I can't see them married.

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  5. WOW! Not expecting that ending but it turned out well! Good job! Loved it.

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  6. Happy Halloween!!!!!!! We aren't in to creepy stuf ether I'm going to be a pirite my sister is going to be Katniss everdeen(hunger games) my other sister is going to be a cat my brother Is going to be a cow boy and my mid brother is going to be domdo or batman and my baby brother is going to be a cow I'm 9 and I'm the 2 kid
    Lina(Evelina)

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    1. There's a lot of kids in your family:)

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    2. My sister and I were Pirates too!
      HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!
      Skylar

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  7. Wow Rebekah E!!!! I think this was one of the best stories yet. I like how you had Jonny and Andi get married. That was so cute. Awesome, awesome job:)

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  8. great job Rebekah E.!! I like it!! :)

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  9. Great job Rebekah .E ! I like how you made Johnny nice again. He might be my new favorite character! :-)
    ~ JT

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  10. Wow!!!
    I wouldn't have expected that they got married!!! They do kind of go well together though since Johnny really had changed,
    Great job writing the story Rebekah :)

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  11. What a lovely ending!!! I always wanted Johnny to change!! Great Job!!

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  12. Interesting ending, Rebekah! Thanks for a lovely story :)

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  13. Thanks to you all! I myself was having a tough time getting myself to believe that Johnny was changed that much, and I was the one that wrote the story! lol.
    For Halloween my family and I are doing a Harvest Party at our church, but I never dress up for that day.

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  14. Change of plans, I'm now a cowgirl. I've kinda been in the western spirit this year.

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  15. we don't do anything not even pass out candy
    great story it was one of the best stories
    rebekah R

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  16. Hey Mrs. M, are there anymore fan stories to be posted???

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    1. Yes, but it will be a few days. I am going to post a "let's write" or two, just to break things up. :-)

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  17. This is my favorite fan story!!! But Johnny and Andi, hard to believe! But it is funny, and Johnny seemed sincere :)

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  18. Mrs. M do u have any other fan storys to post? Thanks

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  19. do you have any fan storys to post?
    Anna

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    1. Mrs. M said she had more fan stories to post, but she's going to do a few Let's write posts before she gets going on a new fan story.

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  20. That was a quite a story, Rebekah! I was sort of expecting the end, but it still came as a surprise. :)

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  21. Wow that was surprising but good story!
    Has an one thought of the idea of Andi and Jack?
    I have been really thinking of righting a story but I just not to good of a writer, might try.

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  22. i was thinking about that same idea too
    i might want to try it sometime.
    Rebekah R

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  23. Love it! But I just can't see Andi marrying Johnny.

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    1. Me neither I liked it better when in the other story she married Cory. He is way awesomer

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