John stands outside his parent’s house and watches Nicki through the kitchen window.

She stands next to his mother, preparing Christmas dinner.

A scene he had always imagined, but never expected ... until now.

The hope of his own family, secure in the love they hold for one another.

A promise made of flesh and blood, when he asked God to send Nicki into his life.

Someone to love, someone to cherish, someone to bring out the best in him, and visa-versa.

Even if it was only for a season, a year ... six months ... or a few weeks.

He would not have felt cheated, and now, it felt like they had forever.

“The Lord had restored unto him the years that the locust had eaten.

This is an excerpt from a novel in progress by Paul Martin Mulroy entitled a “Distant City."

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