It's Darrion again.
Ugh, finally! The next (half) chapter of the Christmas Edition! I know you're all probably thinking about Thanksgiving now, but skip ahead to Christmas for a second here. You know, it's getting close to Christmas now, and I started this holiday special like... last Christmas... oh....
Well, let's forget about that and hurry up and get to chapter eleven of the Christmas Edition!
You can listen while you read or later, but either way I totally recommend this song! And since Ava sings in in this chapter, it's good to have the tune in your head.
Mason watched impatiently as the church Christmas Program proceeded with entertaining skits, beautiful Christmas songs, and Bible verse readings. The stage was adorned with greenery and red ribbons, and some spotlights shone down on the stage as the rest of the sanctuary was darkened.
Finally, the puppet show ended with clapping from the crowd, and the congregation aw-ed when they saw the little girl in her frilly white tulle dress being lead by the hand of Mrs. Harrison.
Ava looked nervous, but when she say Mason in the crowd, she smiled.
Conner peeped out from behind the curtain, then proceeded to come out and take his position on the side of the stage with his cello at the ready.
Mrs. Harrison seated herself at the piano and opened up her music as Ava took center stage, fiddling with the microphone nervously.
With the congregation silenced, the first keys were struck on the piano, sending a gentle melody through the church. Soon, the cello joined in with elegance, and the music grew more complex and beautiful as it went on.The long intro gave you the tune of the song itself, then slowed to just the piano playing a few cords. Then, Ava's little voice rang out softly in song,
"I feel you Christmas
I know I've found you
I know I've found you
You never fade away..."Mason smiled gently as Ava tugged on his heartstrings with her gentle voice, very matured in singing for her age. He leaned forward in his seat, hands clasped together as she continued,
"The joy of Christmas
stays here inside us
Fills each and every heartWith love..."
She paused as the piano eased back in, then ended,
"Fill your heart with love..."The crowd cheered as Ava took her bow, then rushed over to Mrs. Harrison and gave her a big hug around her neck. Now relieved it was over, she waved at the whole congregation, but more specifically at Mason, who waved back.
Soon the whole Christmas Program was over, and after a re-inaction of the manger scene, the pastor dismissed everyone to go have cookies and hot drinks in the back.
Running out, Mason found Ava in the room and picked her up, giving her a big kiss on the cheek. "You did so good, Av! I'm so proud of you!"
She giggled and hugged him back, a big smile spreading across her face.
Conner came up and ruffled her hair, whispering his praise to her. "A job well done, Ava."
Suddenly, Mr. Harrison nearly ran into Mason's back halfway through of pulling his coat on. "We've got to go!"
"What? But it just ended," Tessa whined, but was quickly silenced by the explanation.
"I turned my phone off during the performance-"
"Isaiah!" Conner gasped in a scolding tone, "That's a Watchmen phone, they aren't meant to be turned off! What did they teach you in training?"
"There's no time for that!" he insisted, pulling up a message on his phone and showing it to the boys.
Leaning in to read it, Mason's heart plummeted. "They've found us."
"We have to get back to the house, now. The Watchmen have already been called and are taking care of the others now, but no doubt they'll capture somebody-"
Mrs. Harrison broke in, "What about the girls?"
Gesturing to the tree little girls and their mother, he stated "You should all stay here, this could get dangerous."
Ava tugged on his pant leg. "But Mason!""I'm sorry, I'll be back soon. Don't worry, we got this," he did his best to smile while saying it, but he knew that his was a very bad sign.
Aaaannnnddd that's it, that's the book! Just kidding ;) Here we go, some action at last... I hope you guys were satisfied with this chapter! Also, Grace Yee interviewed us for her blog, so if you'd like to check that out, click here :) I thought she asked her questions very well, myself. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone, from all of the crew at The Call! :)