Excerpt from Love Promised – Chapter Two
One Saturday afternoon, Russell stopped by again and this time asked if he could come inside to talk. The day before he had helped to clean off my patio and replace an outside door lock that no longer had a key to open it. He wanted me to know what he had done on my patio and then asked if he could sit down because there was something he wanted to tell me that he was a little nervous about. He looked very serious, so I asked him if everything was okay. What he told me next caught me totally off guard. He started out by saying that he had not been with a woman in quite some time. My first thought was, “Why is he telling me this if he possibly means it in that way?” Nevertheless, I made no assumptions and waited for further explanation. After all, perhaps he had no one else to talk with and needed some guidance since this is not an easy subject to discuss with just anyone, especially your parents. Very cautiously, he went on to say that less than two months earlier he had been released from a seven-year prison sentence for inadvertently killing a man in a car accident. The details followed.
Hearing this story, my heart immediately sank and I could feel compassion start to well up inside me. Tears began to form in his eyes too, as he said, “Kent, I never wanted that man to die.” My heart went out to Russell and for some reason I began to tell him some things that, by his reaction, I’m not sure he had ever heard before or could even believe. Other than family and a few friends, these were thoughts usually kept to myself.