Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Look In the Mirror.

Chatterbox Time! Click here to go the Rachel's blog, where the event is held! This month's topic is mirrors.


His eyes were like amber coals of fire, burning with the intensity of his passion. Her skin prickled as he stood and paced back and forth before the open window."What are you planning on doing?"

"I don't know. Pierre must be stopped. His evil deeds have gone too far! I cannot live with such a monster reeking havoc in our beautiful--"

"Harry, you aren't making a speech any more. You can drop the formality."

He smiled and took her hand. "I'm sorry, Laura. But whenever I think about what he's done... it just makes my blood get all hot."

"I know. I feel that same way. But how can we stop him? Before we know it he'll have taken over the entire city And after that it's only a matter of time."

Harry ran a hand distractedly over his chin and sank down on a chair before the big glass mirror that hung on the wall across from the table. Looking into his eyes again, Laura saw a mirror of her own feelings; worry, anger, and fear all mixed with the love he had for his city. Rising, she put his arms around his neck and rested her chin on the top of his head. "I know you'll think of something. You weren't elected to the city council for nothing. I know you'll decide what it best to do."

"But that's just it, Laura! I don't know what is the best thing to do!" Harry put his head in his hands. "Everything I try seems to be blocked by a wall." Gazing at the mirror in front of him, he laughed bitterly. "A wall of of pure glass, for everything he does he has a shining cover for. I don't have any proof to show the ugly mess behind the glass."

Laura ran her fingers through his hair. "Try looking at yourself in this glass wall. Glass so often makes a mirror, you know."

"What do you mean?"

"Take a good look at yourself and think about what you believe in. You know Pierre is doing wrong, and though he covers it, God will show you how to find a way to reveal who he really is. Use Pierre's false cover of 'glass' and take a good look at yourself. He may not realize it, but he might be giving you the proof you need to expose him."

Harry stared at her reflection in the mirror, his eyes searching hers. "You have an idea, don't you?"

"I might."

"What is it?"

"Think about it. What is Pierre's main 'glass wall?' "

"Why, his sham that he is using the city's money for charity."

"Exactly." Laura folded her hands, her excitement growing. "The next time Pierre tries to accept donations at one of his meetings, or says what he will do with this month's money income, confront him."

"But how?"

Laura flitted into their bedroom and returned with a package in her hand. "Here, open this."

"It's a video tape. What are you getting at, Laura?"

"This video is a surveillance camera tape. Officer Molten helped me put it in las week. I believe it has everything you need to convict Pierre, including what he was doing two nights ago late at night. He said he was working out some contracts, but this tape, I believe, will prove otherwise. I picked it up this morning and watched it while I made dinner."

"No wonder the meat was burned."

She slapped his shoulder gently. "Don't complain, or you'll be on your own to fix your food."

"I'm not complaining." He turned the tape over his hands. Looking back you at her, there was a spark of awe in his eyes. "Laura, you're a wonder. How on earth did you get it into his office?"

She smiled. "I gave his office a thorough up-grade, with his consent. I gave him a file with all the upgrades listed, and it was easy to get him to say yes."

"But if everything, including the camera, was listed, how did he consent?"

"Well, I'm guessing he didn't read all of it," Laura said slowly. "You see, the file was, if I remember correctly.... seventy-four pages long, plus footnotes."

Harry's jaw dropped. "How long did it take you to..."

"About a week and a half. When I gave it to him, he called me back only half-an-hour later and consented. He couldn't possibly have read it all. The camera as listed on page sixty-nine, and I'm guessing he only looked at the first and last few pages. So, the camera was installed without his knowing."

"Well, we should call the police," Harry said, jumping to his feet.

"I already did; after I watched the video. They'll be over any moment now."

Harry shook his head. "You're a wonder," he repeated.

She grinned, feeling pleased. "I'm not head of the maintenance for nothing."

Standing, he gave her a long hug. "And I didn't marry you for nothing. Laura, you saved the city! How can I thank you?"

She gave his cheek a kiss. "Look in the mirror more often. Crooks may think they can cover what they do, but God can show us a way to get past their 'glass walls.' "






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