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“I don’t know,” Xavier contemplates, “I think he’s just more of a colleague.”

“I think he calls you friend, X,” Jordan comments.

“We’ve done several projects together, of course,” Xavier agrees, “But they’ve been projects that he’s more passionate about than I’ve been.  I was just doing him a solid.”

Jordan shakes his head, “How were you doing him a favor? It seems like it was always the other way around.”

“What do you mean, man?” Xavier gasps.

“I mean he could have asked anyone to help him,” Jordan submits. “He could have done it himself, actually.”

Throwing up both hands, “What are you talking about? I had the experience, the training, the knowledge over anyone on the team. Of course, he asked me to assist and often lead the project.”

“Aren’t you forgetting who gave you the experience and trained you?” Jordan wonders.

“I’m not saying I’m not appreciative of everything he’s ever done for me,” Xavier explains. “I just think he could be a better friend.”

“You don’t sound real appreciative right now, though,” Jordan confesses. “He’s always been there for you. Always.

“What about when my mother was ill?” Xavier suggests. “We were in the middle of a very important project.  The timing couldn’t have been worse. Where was he, then? I wasn’t there when she passed.”

“If I remember correctly, he gave you a choice. Stay with the project or be with your mom. You made the choice,” Jordan recollects.

“He should have made me leave the project,” Xavier answers. “He knew she wouldn’t make it.”

“Wow,” Jordan declares, “I’m seeing a side of you I’ve never seen before.”

“Oh, don’t pretend you care more about him than I do, Jordy,” Xavier blurts out. “Who was it that moaned and groaned when he took your pet project in a different direction than you wanted? You, my brother, it was you.”

“Yes, it was,” Jordan admits. “But he took it in the right direction and I’m the better for it. It actually drew me closer to him.”

“Well, I’m sorry I’m not the saint you are,” Xavier confesses, “but I’m afraid those kind of decisions of his drives a wedge between us. I’ve proven myself over and over to him and he still doesn’t trust me like I think he should.”

“I hope this doesn’t drive a wedge between us, X,” Jordan replies. “But for me, he keeps proving over and over that I can trust him more than I can trust me.”

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“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.” John 15: 5 – 17

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.[a]

Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord and shun evil.
This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones.” Proverbs 3:5 – 8

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Douglas Knight

I write about what I'm thinking or what I've imagined in an effort to regain that childhood imagination and marry with my many years of real experiences. I'm getting better at it the more I write.I am a published author of two romantic intrigue novels.My books can be found at Amazon.com or if you want a personalized copy, by emailing me at douglasknight85@gmail.com.

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