Chapter 18:

Chapter 18: A Day to Eat Out

Theoterra: Emuna's Summer Story

After Emuna and her friends spread the Gospel with Emuna's grandparents, they leaned their bodies forward like they were exhausted or their backs were hurting. They all frowned with their mouths open. They walked their steps forward as if they were a group of zombies.

-Oh, man…I can't believe none of the people accepted the Gospel. None. What a horrible, horrible day.

"Man, this morning was awful," Yudia said.

"Yea, tell me 'bout it," Zaboulon said.

"I can't believe people refused to accept the Gospel," Lazarus said. "I feel so bad for their souls refused to be saved."

"Yea…" Emuna said sadly, then she turned her frown upside down. "But on the bright side, like what my grandparents said, 'There's always next time.'"

Lazarus grinned at Emuna. "Yea, you're right, Emuna." He also turned to Yudia and Zaboulon. "There's always a next time. We can save people's souls from Gehenna next time, for sure."

Yudia and Zaboulon smiled back at Lazarus and Emuna. "Absolutely!"

When Emuna and her friends' stomachs growled, they moaned and placed their hands on their stomachs, frowning down at them.

"Ohhhh, I'm so hungry," Yudia cried.

"Yea, me too…" Emuna, Lazarus and Zaboulon agreed.

Emuna stood up straight, flicking her fingers. "Hey, let's go get something to eat."

"Yea, but where are we gonna go to get something to eat though?" Yudia questioned, also standing up straight, yet still frowning.

"Oh, I don't know," Emuna frowned, tilting her head left, frowning again. "But that's a good question. Where would we eat then?"

Zaboulon took a look around until he saw something far away from him and his friends, pointing his finger out forward. "There! We can eat at Kingdom Burger."

Emuna, Lazarus and Yudia examined where Zaboulon was pointing at, broadening their eyes when they saw Kingdom Burger fast food joint just across the street. They gasped and opened their mouths out of relief. Then they happily looked up at the clear, blue skies, before they returned their attention to Zaboulon.

"Oh, thank Elohim for getting us something to eat through you, Zaboulon!" Emuna exclaimed. "We thank you as well, broh!

"Yea!" Lazarus and Yudia agreed.

"Oh, that was nothing, guys!" Zaboulon responded, scratching the back of his head with his eyes closed, flushing.

"Alright, now let's say, 'Let's go get something to eat!'" Emuna exclaimed, raising her fist up in the air, closing her eyes with her big smile on her face.

"Yea!" Emuna's friends agreed as they looked both ways and crossed the street with Emuna.

Arriving at Kingdom Burger, where the line was short yet there were a lot of people sitting at their tables, Emuna and their friends gasped and grinned with their mouths open and broadened eyes. They scanned their surroundings for a few moments before they turned to one another. People's chatter and laughter along with the children's tearful screams echoed across the restaurant.

-Man, this place is so amazing. I haven't been to this place in such a long time. Like honestly, I miss this so much, that it made me happy to be back to this place. It's great to be back here.

"Alright, let's go order our foods and drinks while we're at it," Emuna declared joyfully after her and her friends' stomachs regrouped at them.

"Mhn," her friends agreed, shaking their heads with their eyes closed.

After they ordered their food and filled up their sodas, they searched for a place to sit and couldn't find their seats at the playground set inside.

-Okay, maybe on the other side of the restaurant?

They checked the other side of the restaurant and found their table near the restrooms. They grinned when they saw their unoccupied table, gasping, widening their eyes with their mouths opened. They quickly walked towards their table before anyone could occupy it next.

-Alright! Our seats are here! And they're near the restrooms too. That's great that we don't have to walk all the way over there too, y'know.

Once they sat down and sipped their large cups, Zaboulon turned to Emuna. He called her name and she immediately turned to him.

"Yes?" Emuna curiously questioned.

"So are you still suffering from distractions yesterday?" Zaboulon asked back.

"Oh…uh…" Emuna frowned and slightly turned her head right, moving her eyes in that direction.

-Oh, man…I really don't feel like talking about that…I don't want those distractions coming back to life though…

"Can we not talk about it?" Emuna asked uncomfortably. "I really don't feel comfortable talking about that."

"Uh, are you sure?" Zaboulon asked, raising his eyebrow at Emuna.

"Yes…" Emuna responded, putting her head down;her shadows covered her eyes and forehead. "I'm positive, Zaboulon…"

"Oh, okay. If you say so, Emuna," Zaboulon stated as he sipped his drink and never went on to discuss it further.

Emuna sighed out of relief when there was no further discussion on that topic.

-Oh, thank Elohim, that discussion was officially over jus' like that. Now I can get back to enjoy bein' with my friends.

But after a while, memories of yesterday and today before yesterday returned to Emuna's heart. Emuna frowned and placed her hands on her head after she sipped her drink. Her eyes twitched sideways a little and broadened.

-Oh, man! No, no, no, NO! Not again! Why the hell are these memories botherin' me?! I really don't understand this…at all!

Emuna put her head and hands down, with her shadow covering her eyes, while friends continued to chat with one another. She tightly closed her eyes as she tried to get rid of her annoying memories, yet she failed…hard.

-C'mon, c'mon, C'MON!

Then she looked up at the ceiling with her angry face after failing to prevent her memories from taking over her heart.

-Elohim, why are You doin' this to Me?! Why are You botherin' me with these memories?! I want to know now?!

Then Lazarus noticed this and raised his eyebrow at her. "Um, Emuna? Are you alright?"

"Oh!" Emuna returned her attention to one of her friends as the rest of her friends also turned to her, closing her eyes, smiling at him. "Yea, of course, I am."

"Are you sure?" Lazarus gave Emuna his skeptical face. "'Cause you looked like you were angry at the ceiling or something. Are you angry with Elohim?"

Emuna opened her eyes wide when she heard that. "Whaaaat?" Then she closed her eyes and waved her hand down a couple times, chuckling a little bit. "Of course not. Why would I be angry with Elohim?" She chuckled out of embarrassment.

Lazarus then glared at Emuna. "Uh, I literally saw ya did that! Now just be honest with us, Emuna. Are you mad at Elohim or not?"

Emuna frowned with a sigh, slightly tilting her head down, moving her eyes right. "Yes…I was…" Then she returned her attention back to her friends with still a frown. "After I praised Elohim for not allowing Zaboulon to discuss my memories from yesterday and the day before it, I was accusin' Him of revivin' them, after I tried my damnest to get rid of them.

"I wanted to avoid havin' this discussion with you guys because I thought it was a way to bury these memories. However, sometimes they worked, other times they didn't. My memories are about the boy and his family. And yes, I met with the boy yesterday. I didn't call you guys yesterday, because he was literally runnin' away from me after I asked him about his family explanation. He didn't even answer me."

"Ah…I see…" Emuna's friends said.

"Oh!" Yudia's eyes widened when she thought of something. "I think Elohim's tryin' to tell ya somethin'."

"Really?" Emuna questioned.

"Yea," Zaboulon agreed, sipping his drink. "I think He was tryin' to tell ya that the boy was hidin' somethin'."

After thinking about it, Emuna widened her eyes. "Aaaaah. I see now." She looked up at the ceiling with a smile, sipping her drink. "Now I understand why these memories are botherin' me. Elohim, I apologize to you for my lack of faith in You earlier. Will You forgive me?"

A moment of silence was passed, and Yudia said to Emuna while she sipped her drink, "I think He forgave ya, Emuna."

Emuna chuckled a little when she returned her attention back to Yudia, closing her eyes with her big grin. "Yea, I think you're right." Then she frowned at her friends, moving her head up and down, back and forth."Look, I'm sorry I lied to you guys about that, please forgive me."

Emuna's friends grinned at Emuna's confession, sipping their drinks while they gazed at her.

"It's alright, Emuna," Lazarus said. "We forgive you."

Emuna smiled at her friends and sighed. "Oh…you guys…"

"Now what else are goin' to talk about?" Zaboulon asked, sipping his drink.

"Oh, I know, I know, I know…!" Yudia exclaimed as Emuna continued to chat with her friends, eating their food as soon as their orders arrived.

Emuna finally had a good time eating her food and drinking her drink there. Then she looked out the window for a city view until she saw the boy walking past people to the end of the sidewalk, waiting to cross the street. This gave Emuna an opportunity to go after him again without fail.