Five Years Later
Nearly five years had passed since Brother Noah and Sister Bianca had visited the Baker's house. Nothing had changed since then.
Jack was now 6 years old. He had his own room in the second floor, beside his parent's room. He looked just like his father, but he was dirty like his mother. He was very fat. His parents let him eat as much as he wanted, and nothing was withheld from him.
He did not know how to dress properly. In fact, he did not want to learn how to do it. His toys were all over the floor.
"Didn't I tell you to put everything together after you're done using them?" yelled Mrs. Baker at him one day.
"How many times do I have to tell you this?"
"Sorry, mum," He cast a nasty look at her, and then started to clean his room.
Instead of cleaning it, however, he only made a big pile of toys, because he did not know how to clean it properly. He would always ask for help, but he could not this time, because his mother was very angry with him. Despite all this laziness and dirtiness, however, his parents kept saying that he was the best child in the whole world.
There were pictures of Mr. Baker, his wife and their son almost in every room of the house.
However, there was one more person living in that house, yet they did not have pictures of him. He was very handsome. He had very beautiful hair and eyes. His room was downstairs. It was the cleanest of all the rooms in the Baker's house, because he cleaned it every day. However, he did not ask anyone to help. There was no one to help him anyway.
He did not have any toys, because no one loved him or even cared for him. Therefore, there was nobody to buy him things to play with. Life was very hard and boring for him.
He was the servant of the Bakers. He was the most hated person in the house. His name was Joshua David, but the Bakers called him Alex. They did not want anyone to know that he was the famous Joshua David, who had defeated the strongest wizard in the world, Beelzebub. When asked about this boy, the Bakers would always say, "We adopted him," In this way, they were able to hide his true identity.
His room was almost empty. It only contained his bed. Therefore, he had to put all of his stuff on the floor when he would go to sleep.
He helped the Bakers in everything that they asked him for. He never said "no," no matter how hard the job would be. In fact, he cleaned the house better than Mrs. Baker did. He would even get up early in the morning to make them breakfast. Still, he was the most hated one.
"Wake up, you! Called Mrs. Baker one morning.
She said this because he was little late that morning. "Get up and make us some breakfast! Don't you understand that you're late this morning?"
"Yes aunt," replied Joshua. He was used to all this insulting.
He got up and put his shoes on. The date was March the fifteenth, 2206, which was Jack's birthday. It was very cold that morning. Therefore, he was freezing when he went downstairs to make breakfast.
Before Joshua had come to live in this house, Mr. Baker would be the first person to wake up and make breakfast. Now, however, it was Joshua's job to do it. It was perhaps because he made better food than Mrs. Baker, or it was because he was their servant. Even their neighbours were surprised to see that their food tasted better now.
At the breakfast table, Joshua sat in front of Jack. However, no one even cared if he was there or not. At least he made them their breakfast. That was all they cared for. They did not even care if he ate or not. In fact, they never called him when the food was ready. Therefore, he would have to listen to the sound of the dishes, and then he would know that it is time for eating.
"So what's on the news today, William?" asked Mrs. Baker.
"Not much," answered Mr. Baker. "They say that some of the Satanic Soldiers, or whatever they call them have been arrested."
"Is that useful for our country?" asked Mrs. Baker.
"Not really," answered Mr. Baker. "They don't hate us. They only hate that crazy country. So we're safe even if they come to Canada, because they won't hurt us."
"But what are they doing in Canada?" asked Mrs. Baker a little worryingly. "Do you think that they somehow know that he's here?"
"Don't know and don't care…" replied Mr. Baker.
"What's a Satanic Soldier?" Asked Joshua, appearing very interested. "And what's the crazy country?"
"This is not your business!" yelled Mr. Baker. "And don't ask any more questions!" Joshua had to deal with this every day. They never let him ask questions. Maybe they did not want him to find out the truth about himself.
"So what are they, dad?" asked Jack, who was eating a potato sandwich. He thought that his father would tell him anything.
Trying to change the subject, Mr. Baker said, "My beloved Jack! I have something very interesting for your birthday tonight!"
"What is it, dad?" asked Jack, dropping his sandwich on the floor, because he was so excited.
"Maybe you'll know what it is after you clean your mess," said Mrs. Baker, pointing at his sandwich on the floor.
"Let him clean it!" he pointed at Joshua.
"You're welcome!" said Joshua, as he was cleaning Jack's mess.
"Don't yell at my son like this!" Mrs. Baker got to her feet.
"You should be thankful that we took you after your parents died! We could've left you with someone who would make you his slave!" Well he was their slave anyway. He was used to these words. Therefore, without another word, he finished cleaning the breakfast table and then went to his room.
He sat on his bed and thought, "Is there anyone who sees all my sufferings? Does he even care about me? Will I ever leave this house?"
He thought about these questions, and then he cried. "Is there anyone who can hear my cry? Please come and help me! The whole world has turned against me! Why should I live any longer?"
He wanted to commit suicide. However, a voice in his brain said, "Don't do it!" He was very depressed. We can't blame him, since he had to live with people who hated him.
"Come here, you!" he heard Mrs. Baker calling him.
So he wiped his tears and went to the kitchen, which was used as a dining room. He saw Jack playing with his new computer. That was one of the surprises that Mr. Baker was talking about during breakfast.
Next, he looked at the kitchen table, and saw a big package with a new piano inside it.
He pointed at the piano and said, "Is that for me?"
"Is it your birthday today?" asked Mrs. Baker, with a nasty look on her face.
"Not yet," replied Joshua, laughing.
"Well then shut up!" yelled Mrs. Baker
Then she turned to him and said in a quiet voice, "Well if you work very hard with cleaning the house, we might let you play with it. But only when Jack is not using it."
"Never!" yelled Jack at his mother. "Whatever you buy for me is mine! No one can take it away from me!"
She looked at Jack and just laughed. But Joshua understood what she meant by her laughter. Of course, she meant that she was only joking. How would she ever let Joshua touch Jack's toys? He was only a slave in the house, after all.
That night, which was Jack's birthday, Mr. Baker's parents were supposed to come and celebrate with the Bakers.
Before they arrived, Mr. Baker told Joshua, "My parents are coming to celebrate Jack's birthday with us tonight. I want you to behave well. Be normal."
"I always do," answered Joshua.
"I know," said Mr. Baker. "But I'm just warning you."
Then Mr. Baker turned to his wife and told her, "Clean the house. I'm sure that Alex will help you."
He paused for a second and said, "Well, I better go and get them. It's almost 7. I shall return with them in thirty minutes."
Then he left.
Meanwhile, Joshua was wondering about why Mr. Baker had told him to be normal. "Is there anything strange about me that I don't know of?" he asked himself.
The Bakers never told him who he really was. Whenever he would ask them about his parents, they would answer, "We don't know anything about your parents, except the fact that they died when you were only six months old. We heard about you, and so we decided to take you to live with us. See how nice we are?"
"Get up and go wash your faces!" yelled Mrs. Baker to both Jack and Joshua, who were still sitting at the kitchen table.
"They'll be here in thirty minutes. Didn't you hear what your father said?"
"And you," she pointed at Joshua,
"After you're done washing your face, come and help me," She's very mean to Joshua. She never said the word "please" to him.
"Yes, aunt," he answered meekly, and then left.
He thought about how the Bakers are treating him. Will the parents of Mr. Baker be any better? He doubted it.
Suddenly, they all jumped when they heard a knock on the door.
"You stay behind," Mrs. Baker told Jack and Joshua.
After that, she ran and opened the door.
"Welcome!" She said to old Mr. and Mrs. Baker.
"We haven't seen you since Jack's last birthday."
"Ya…" Mr. Baker the elder said.
"Well your mother-in-law has been very sick. So we couldn't go anywhere."
Indeed, Mr. Baker's mother looked pale and tired.
"Where is Jack?" asked Mr. Baker the elder.
"Jack!" yelled Mr. Baker.
"Come here! "Grandpa and grandma are here! They have something for you!"
But instead of Jack coming, it was Joshua who had entered the room. Jack was very shy. That's why he didn't come when his father had called him.
"Is this Alex that you were telling me about?" asked Mr. Baker, the elder.
Joshua became very nervous at that moment. Everybody was looking at him now.
"Yes he is," answered Mr. Baker unpleasantly.
"Come here, son," called Mr. Baker the elder.
This was a great disappointment to Mr. Baker, because he thought that his father would treat Joshua the same way that he and his family did.
Joshua was surprised to hear Mr. Baker's father calling him "son."
He went and sat down beside Mr. Baker the elder.
Then he looked at Joshua, but said nothing. He just kept smiling at him.
After a little while, only Mr. Baker the elder and Joshua were left in the room sitting together, because the other ones were preparing the food.
"How are you, son?" asked Mr. Baker, the elder.
"I'm fine. Thanks," replied Joshua, who was still shocked to hear someone calling him "son."
After that, Mr. Baker the elder spoke again. "So, your uncle has been telling me how much you help them. Are you paid for all your work? Don't worry. I won't tell anyone. Just tell me the truth."
He asked this because he saw Joshua wearing Mr. Baker's old clothes.
"Please…" cried Joshua. He was afraid that the Bakers might be listening to his conversation.
"I told you not to worry. I won't tell them what you say to me. I promise. I usually keep my promises."
"Well they mistreat me," began Joshua quietly. Then he told Mr. Baker the elder everything that the Bakers were doing to him.
"Wow," Mr. Baker the elder was shocked to hear all these things that were done by his son. He even sympathized with Joshua.
"Well the school will start in September," Mr. Baker the elder began. "So you won't see them a lot. But I've been thinking if you could come to my house on weekends. So you won't see them even on the weekends. You can help me a little. We'll have fun together."
Joshua smiled, "But what about Jack? He might want to come too. Wouldn't he?"
"Yes," replied Mr. Baker the elder, smiling too. "But we'll let him stay with his grandma a lot, because he loves her and she loves him as well. I'll speak to your uncle William, and he'll bring you every weekend. You can also come during summertime. You could stay as much as you like."
"Well I don't mind helping people," Joshua said. "But I don't want them to mistreat me."
"No one wants to be mistreated," replied Mr. Baker the elder. "I certainly agree with you. You will help me, but at the same time, we'll have lots of fun together."
They ate and drank a lot that night. Even Joshua ate a lot too. He was sitting with Mr. Baker, since they both had liked one another. There was nothing to stop Joshua from enjoying his meal.
Mr. Baker's parents slept there, because it was too late for them to return to their house. It was nine o'clock when they had finished eating their meal.
The next morning, when they were eating breakfast, Mr. Baker the elder put his coffee down on the table and said, "Well I've been thinking if you could bring Alex and Jack to our house every weekend," The Bakers were shocked to hear Alex's name first. But Mr. Baker the elder ignored them.
He pointed at Mr. Baker and continued, "You can do the same during summertime. They can stay as much as they like. Jack can help his grandma, and Alex will help me."
Mr. Baker looked up at his father. "Do you think that we can bring them to you tomorrow? Well tomorrow is Saturday."
"That's a great idea!" replied Mr. Baker the elder, laughing. "I forgot that tomorrow is Saturday! Well I'm too old to remember, I guess. I don't even know what day today is."
So on Saturday morning, Mr. Baker took Joshua to buy him new clothes.
Joshua said in his heart, "O he doesn't care about me. He only wants his parents to know that he treats me well."
So they bought new clothes and went back home.
When Mrs. Baker saw him, she spat on the floor and disappeared. She had never seen him wearing fine clothes.
"So you've got new clothes?" asked Jack, who was spilling his milk all over the table, because he was shaking from the weather. It was freezing that morning.
"Yes!" said Joshua, smiling.
They went to Mr. Baker's parents in their house.
"Welcome!" came the happy voice of Mr. Baker, the elder.
Joshua was with Mr. Baker the whole time, and Jack was with his grandma. Then suddenly he realized that there was someone who loved him. He thought that Mr. Baker, the elder, was a little crazy, but at least he wasn't mean at all. In fact, he loved Joshua more than he loved his grandson, Jack. He found Joshua to be very helpful and smart boy.
When Mr. Baker came to take them back home, Mr. Baker the elder called him into the house.
"Can I have a quick word with you, William?"
"Yes, father," answered Mr. Baker.
Mr. Baker pointed at Joshua and Jack and told them to get into the car.
"So William, I have found Alex to be very helpful and very smart. I believe now that he's helping you a lot. But when we were at your house yesterday, we saw him wearing your old clothes. Why is that?"
Mr. Baker stared at his father.
"Have you been mistreating him?" asked Mr. Baker the elder. "Tell me the truth, William!"
"Yes, father," He finally opened his mouth. But he was shaking.
"Did he tell you that?"
"The poor boy hasn't told me anything," Mr. Baker the elder lied. "But why have you been mistreating him though? He's very kind."
"I have to go now, father," said Mr. Baker, ignoring his father's question.
He left without another word, leaving Mr. Baker, the elder staring behind.
The rest of March and April with the Bakers didn't get any better. But Joshua enjoyed going to visit Mr. Baker the elder every weekend.
May came and went, and nothing happened. June came and went and there were no good news for Joshua. July was just the same as the other months. But because it was summertime, Joshua spent most of his time with Mr. Baker the elder, helping him. He enjoyed this job a lot.
In August, however, Joshua had something to look forward to. On August the twenty-ninth was his birthday. So in the late afternoon of August the twenty-eighth, Joshua went into the kitchen to see his uncle, who was drinking a big cup of coffee and watching the television.
Joshua banged on the table to get Mr. Baker's attention.
"Yes?" asked Mr. Baker nastily.
Joshua smiled and said, "Well tomorrow is my birthday, you know."
"Who cares about your birthday?" snapped Mr. Baker. "Now get out of here!"
He left the kitchen sadly and went to his room to cry.
On August the twenty-ninth, he expected them to do something for his birthday, but they didn't. His birthday gift was just more work. He really hated being with them. He wanted to get out of their house as soon as he could. However, there was no one to deliver him.
That night, Mr. Baker entered the house carrying two big bags and a big package. He put them in front of Joshua on the floor. So Joshua opened the big package, and there was a piano inside it.
"Who brought this?" he asked. But Mr. Baker ignored him. So he continued opening the bags.
When he had opened another bag, there was a little device in it. It had writing on it, which said, "Christian books, articles and other materials that would help you to understand the Bible better," There was also a letter inside that box. On the top of the letter, there was an inscription that said, "Brother Noah," But when Mr. Baker saw it, he ran to Joshua and snatched it from him. He also took away the device from him.
"It's for me!" yelled Joshua.
"Be quiet!" Mr. Baker yelled back at him.
So then, Joshua opened the second box. It contained all kinds of sweets. There was a letter in that box. It read as follows:
I would like to wish you a happy birthday! I hope that you will like all the kinds of chocolate that I've sent you. The piano is also from me.
From your best friend,
Mr. Baker the elder
Joshua was surprised to find out that Mr. Baker the elder had remembered his birthday. So he was a little happier that night.
The Bakers allowed him to keep the piano, which proved very useful. Joshua was surprised that he could play the piano very well. Even the Bakers were astonished. But Jack was jealous that he could not play as well as Joshua.
September the 8th was almost here. Now Joshua and Jack would be going to Hamilton Elementary school together. Joshua didn't like being with Jack's friends, because they were taught to make fun of him. And they did it all the time. Sometimes, they would come to visit Jack, and they would spend the whole time making fun of Joshua, because of his old clothes.
Jack's parents bought him very expensive clothes. Joshua, however, had dirty looking clothes. These clothes would've belonged to Jack if Joshua weren't there. Actually, these clothes belonged to Mr. Baker when he went to Elementary school.
On the eve of September the 7th, Mrs. Baker was preparing Jack's school stuff, but Joshua had to prepare his stuff on his own, because no one helped him. Yet he finished before Mrs. Baker.
Then she turned to Jack, who was standing beside her and said, "Be good, ok? Don't let people say that he's better than you!"
Joshua heard her. Of course she was talking about him, because she knew how faithful and smart he was. She knew that his marks would be higher than Jack's.
That night, when Joshua was asleep, a bright light appeared in the room. He heard something strange…
"My dear Alex?"
"Is there someone who loves me?" he thought.
"Yes, my child."
"Is there someone who knows all my thoughts?" he asked, confused.
"Yes," answered the voice. "I know all your thoughts, because I was the one who created you. And I was the one who saved you from every evil."
Joshua sat up.
"Who are you, sir?"
"I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob," replied the voice. "I am even the God of your parents."
"I still don't get it," replied Joshua, confused.
Then the voice continued, "I am the Lord your God who saved you. You shall not have other gods before me. I am the creator of all things. I created the Heavens and the earth and everything in them. Then, I created human beings in my image. But they chose not to obey me. Instead, they listened to Satan. He was one of my angels at first, but then he wanted to take my place as God. Therefore, I cast him down. After I created humans, he decided to make them do the same thing that he did. And they even listened to him.
He is the Lord of death. Therefore, anyone who follows him shall die.
After human beings became his followers, death entered the world. After each one of his followers dies, he or she goes to hell, which is the place of burning forever.
But in the end, Satan himself shall be cast into that lake of fire too."
Joshua looked all over the room, but he couldn't see anyone, except the light. His mind was full of questions.
"So you hate all human beings now?" asked Joshua, not knowing which question to ask first.
"I don't hate sinners," the voice answered. "But I only hate sin.
After human beings had rebelled against me, I decided to send my only begotten son to the world to die, and take the sins of all the people.
He was the only one who was able to do it because:
1. He was the only person who was sinless.
2. Humans sinned against an eternal being. Therefore, their punishment is endless. But because my son was an eternal being, he was the only one who could take their eternal punishment.
To be saved, all you have to do is to open your heart to me.
And the Holy blood of my only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, will wash all your sins away.
Then as soon as you die, you shall be with me in Heaven."
This message made Joshua very happy. He had never been that happy before.
"How did Jesus die, sir?" he asked eagerly.
"Well he started preaching the truth about me, and then the people of his time didn't like his message. So they decided to crucify him on a cross.
He suffered a lot, just to forgive all your sins.
Even though they decided to kill him, yet it was my decision that he should die to save the whole world from their sins and everlasting hell.
But he came back to life after three days."
So then, Joshua opened his heart to that God whom he didn't know his name.
"What's your name, sir?" he asked.
"My name is I Am, or Lord God All Mighty. You can even call me the Lord, Jesus Christ.
One day you'll learn all about me. And you'll also learn the truth about yourself as well."
"When?" asked Joshua, but the voice had disappeared. Even the light was gone.
So Joshua woke up on September the 8th to go to school, but he couldn't stop thinking about the voice that he had heard last night. What would people say if he told them what he had heard? Would they think that he's crazy?