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- Author: Elle Sparrow
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They know I know.
The words of Levi’s text message rattled around my brain, repeating over
and over like a chant. It didn’t make any sense. He had returned home from
the trip, and nothing had been the same since. Gone was the brother I had
known for the last thirty-two years, and in his place was someone else.
guess the most apt way to put it would be to say that he had turned into a
clone of Titus Temple. Levi had returned home and had not said a single
word to any of us brothers. Not a normal one, anyway.
He had not answered a single text or phone call since that ominous
message nearly two weeks ago. He had been gone for an entire week.
make matters worse, Ruth had completely changed as well. She refused to
speak to any of us, or to her sisters-in-law. They had even skipped a brother’s
dinner at Ollie’s house a few nights ago.
I had attempted to pull Levi aside at church on Sunday, but when I tried
to find out what was going on, he had simply clapped his hand on my
shoulder with a grin worthy of the goddamn Reverend and said, “Malachi,
the Lord has plans for us we know not of. We must rest in His blessed
prophecy and live in the truth and light.”
What the fuck did that even mean?
Whatever had happened on that trip, it wasn’t Levi who had returned.
Shaking my head and focusing on the present, I fixed my tie for the tenth
time, looking into the small mirror in the Sunday school room. It was the big
day, and all I wanted was a damned drink. My brothers would all be standing
with me today, and my younger siblings were all on their way. Levi and Ruth
had arrived with Father, though I had not seen Levi other than in passing. He
was too busy doing god knows what.
The sound of voices in the hallway caught my attention. Expecting it to
be my brothers, it surprised me to hear Father’s voice instead.
“I’m pleased you came clean, my son,” his muffled voice filtered in from
the hall. I tiptoed towards the door, staying close to the wall to avoid notice.
“Of course, Father. It was only right to tell you what we had planned.
Now that I understand things clearly,” It was Levi’s voice, sounding like the
perfect, respectful child of Zion he had become.
“Knowing what you boys were planning was a shock, to say the least.
Now that I know, and now that you understand our calling from the Lord
here, you can help me convince your brothers to see reason.” My stomach
rolled, disbelief and anger souring in my gut at Father’s words.
“Consider it done, Father. My brothers will join the ranks of the Elders of
Zion and continue the mission God has given us,” Levi spoke with a
conviction I had never heard from him before.
“That’s my boy,” Father praised. I heard footsteps and hurried back to the
mirror, pretending to fix my suit. Levi stepped into the room quietly.
“Malachi,” he greeted solemnly.
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