John and the Herodians - From the What a Strange Little Man Series (Chapter 7, page 1 of 6)

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Chapter 7

I ran to the front door of Woody's house as the pounding grew louder, and more rapid.

"Let me in!" the voice cried out from the other side of the door.

I heard a rapid popping sound in the distance as I opened the door.

"Mr. Ryan. What a surprise. What are you doing here?" I asked.

"My name is not Ryan, but no time for that now," He said frantically as he pushed his way into the house.

"We guessed that already," I assured him as I moved out of his way.

"There has been an out-break of violence at the foot of the mountain," He explained.

"And the popping sound?" I asked.

"My guess would be some sort of gunfire," He returned.

"Gunfire? About what?" I asked a little fearful.

He sat on the floor next to the door, now shut, and tried to catch his breath.

"I guess I'm not as healthy as I believed," He said.

"Come with me, I'll get you some water," I offered.

As we walked toward the kitchen, we were met by Mary and Tom.

"What's going on?" Tom asked.

"This man needs some water," I instructed as Mary ran ahead of me to the kitchen.

"You people must be Christians," the man said.

We stopped walking and looked at him. The expression on his face told me he was a man in need.

"What's your name?" I asked.

"William. William Conrad," He said between breaths.

"Well, Mr. Conrad, what brings you here at this hour of the morning?" Tom asked.

"You have to tell me first, are you Christians?" he asked.

"Yes, we are," Mary said as she handed him a glass of water.

"Thank you," he said, gulping it down quickly.

"There was a violent attack against some men who were trying to explain Christianity," he went on. "Obviously the people didn't receive their approach."

"That's an understatement!" I said referring to the gun fire.

"I couldn't believe it, either," he said. "They just started shooting those men. They were in the park at the foot of the mountain."

"Did they see you?" Tom asked.

"I'm afraid they did," he said. "I think they're headed this way!"

"Why didn't you say so before?" Tom asked.

Woody came running down the hall. As he approached us we could see the terror in his eyes.

"What is it, Woody?" I asked.

"I just looked outside my window, and noticed five or six men heading up the path to the house with guns!" He said.

About that time they pushed the front door open, and ran right to where we were.

"Christians! More Christians!" they shouted.

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