The last thing I wanted when I left the Amish was for my brother and sisters to follow in my footsteps, and now my nineteen-year-old sister, Becky, has. I’m responsible for that. It would have never occurred to her to leave if I hadn’t done it first. Now, she’s in trouble, big trouble. Even though we know who killed the bishop, Becky still has to serve probation for her part in the auto-buggy accident. I know everything that happened keeps my parents awake long into the night. Because I was the first to leave, I need to own my part in their pain.
This means I have to keep my eye on Becky to make sure something like this never happens again. Hopefully, she will tire of English life and go home. I can’t go back. My decision is final, but she can still change her mind. I pray every night that she will. I think she would have by now if the English girl didn’t come along.
Becky’s living with an English girl named Chloe Humphrey. Becky met her right after she left home, and Chloe sort of adopted my sister. She let Becky live in her house and protected her while the police searched for the bishop’s killer. I know a lot of Amish people who would have never been that caring. Chloe is unlike any woman I’ve ever met. She can’t bake a cake but she can build her a motherboard. I’m not sure what a motherboard is. She has the most beautiful bright red hair and brightest smile. Sometimes I think she’s watching me, but that can’t be right. She’s a city girl with city girl’s education and dreams. What would she want with me with my eighth grade education and calloused hands?
I am grateful Chloe takes such good care of my sister because Becky needs to be careful. The English world is much different than the Amish one. It can be cruel and harsh, and Becky’s spent most of her life sheltered from it. I need to be careful too because Chloe just might run back to the city with my heart.
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