Joshua David, who was known as Alex, was the first person to wake up on September the 8th. He was very excited to go to school, because he would not be seeing Mr. and Mrs. Baker for six hours. Then after school, he would be spending some time doing his homework. That would also let him stay away from the Bakers even more.
After putting his school clothes on, he went downstairs to make breakfast. He prepared four fried eggs, two cups of coffee and two cups of milk. The cups of coffee were for Mr. Baker and Mrs. Baker, and the cups of milk were for him and Jack.
"Good morning," he said as Mr. Baker sat on the kitchen table, and started reading his newspaper as usual.
But Mr. Baker did not look at Joshua, which was a normal thing.
Several minutes later, all three of the Bakers, plus Joshua, were sitting at the kitchen table, eating the delicious breakfast that Joshua had made.
"Well Jack," Mr. Baker spoke after five minutes of silence.
"I don't want to hear anything bad from your teachers. I want you to have the highest mark in the whole school. Do you understand?"
"Yes, dad," answered Jack, shaking with fear. He was not sure if he would be able to get the highest marks in the school.
So they got on the bus to go to school. Joshua tried to find the furthest seat from Jack. He did not want to sit with Jack's friends, who made fun of him all the time, because he was wearing Mr. Baker's old clothes.
"Don't sit with him!" Said a boy to a girl who was about to sit beside Joshua.
"Why not?" she asked sweetly.
"Look at his clothes!" said another boy, with a big smile on his face. "They belonged to Mr. Baker when he was at school!" They all laughed.
"Don't make fun of my father!" yelled Jack.
"Oh, sorry!" replied the boy. "I mean, these clothes looked nice when your father wore them. But now they're too old for anyone to wear.
The girl, however, pretended that she couldn't hear him. So she sat beside Joshua anyway, and then looked at him.
"Um…" she didn't know what to say. "What's your name, please?"
"Alex," he answered. "What's your name?" he asked her.
"My name is Emily, and nice to meet you!"
They shook hands.
"Do you mind if I ask you a question?" she whispered.
"Well yes," he answered nervously. "But only if you can keep it a secret."
"Oh I will," she replied.
Then she continued, "Why do all these boys hate you?"
"To be honest," he replied," I don't know. But my aunt and her family hate me as well. So why should these guys treat me any better?"
"Wow!" She was shocked.
But then she smiled and said, "I don't care if these boys like it or not, but I'll stay with you as much as I can. And I don't care about what your aunt will say."
"That's so sweet of you," he smiled back at her. "But these boys will treat you the same as me."
"I don't really care," she replied happily. "One true friend is better than a thousand false friends."
"Oh, thanks," he smiled. "We can be best friends."
Emily examined Joshua for a little while.
"Did you know that you're very sweet?" she said in a soft and kind voice.
"Thanks!" he replied, finding her to be really caring, and interesting.
"You look exactly like Joshua David!" she whispered.
"Who's that?" he asked, interested.
"Oh, well he survived when the most powerful magician in the world tried to kill him."
"Who is that magician?" he asked, finding the subject very interesting.
She looked shocked, but then she said, "Well his name is Beelzebub."
This reminded him of when he asked Mr. Baker about the Satanic Soldiers.
"What are the Satanic Soldiers then?" he enquired. "Are they related to him?"
"Satanic Soldiers are his followers," she told him.
Just then, the bus stopped near the Hamilton Elementary School. Joshua entered the school happily. He stayed with Emily as much as possible. They even sat together during lunchtime.
Joshua and Jack really enjoyed their first day at school. They didn't have any homework that day, because it was their first day, and they were still too young to do any homework.
But Joshua was still thinking about his dream. He was also thinking about what Emily had told him about Beelzebub and his followers. So these two subjects stayed in his mind all day long. He kept wondering why Mr. Baker didn't want to tell him anything about the Satanic Soldiers.
On their way back home, Emily sat with him again. Even though it was his first day meeting her, he fell in love with her quickly. It was perhaps because no one had ever been friendly towards him.
"O hi, Emily," he said with a big smile on his face. He almost wanted to kiss her, but he refrained because he felt that it wasn't a proper thing to do.
"Hi, dear," she replied.
The word "dear" really touched him. Is she in love with him as well?
He thought that she was his only comforter. At least now, he has someone to talk to. Even if she weren't that pretty, he would still love her, because she was the only person who didn't hate him. In fact, she didn't care if people made fun of her being with him or not.
After he went home, he was still thinking about his dream. Now he wanted to tell it to Mr. Baker, but he was a little afraid. What would Mr. Baker say about it?
Finally, he decided to share it with all of the Bakers.
After he had finished talking, Mr. Baker took his wife to their room, and shut the door behind them.
"So…" Mr. Baker began. "This Alex is very smart with making up stories. I'm thinking that we could make him write stories and get them published, because then we'll get all the money. What do you think, Allison?"
She looked at him with a big smile on her face and whispered, "I always thought that I was the only one who had good ideas, but this time it's you! Yes, it's a great idea! Go ahead and do it! It doesn't hurt to try, you know."
After they finished talking, they went back to the kitchen, where Joshua and Jack were waiting for them. They were wondering about why Mr. Baker had taken his wife to their bedroom.
"Alex!" said Mr. Baker, laughing.
Joshua was afraid. He thought that he was in trouble. But when he looked into Mr. Baker's face, he saw a big smile. And for the first time, Mr. Baker didn't seem angry.
"Sit down." He pointed at a chair beside him. This was Joshua's first time sitting beside Mr. Baker.
Then Mr. Baker began, "I've read many great fairy tales, but I've never heard a great one like yours. Whether it's true or not, I think that you should write it down. Then many people will read it and they'll be impressed by your writings. We'll help you write it down. And it would be better if you would make up more stories, so that we could have a big book filled with your amazing writings."
Mr. Baker, however, wasn't thinking about the great writings of Joshua, but he was only thinking about the money that could result.
For the first time with the Bakers, Joshua suddenly felt a little happy.
Ok…" he said, with a happy look on his face. "But you must treat me well before I begin writing."
"I'll buy you a computer tomorrow," smiled Mr. Baker, ignoring Joshua's request.
Joshua thought that he was dreaming. A computer? Did Mr. Baker say that he'll buy him a computer? That was impossible. The next day, however, Mr. Baker entered the house with a computer. It was an old computer, but Joshua was too happy to realize it.
So Joshua and his uncle started writing. It took them six years to write 55 pages. They decided to stop there. The book was called, "A Collection Of Fairy Tales by Alex Baker, edited by William Baker." Joshua made up and wrote all the stories. Mr. Baker was the editor.
One day, Mr. Baker decided to go to school with Joshua and Jack to show the teacher this book. All the people at Hamilton Elementary school liked it. So the school decided to award Joshua $1000 for this great book.
Mr. Baker, however, took the money from Joshua and said, "You don't need that."
So Joshua, very angrily, handed the money to Mr. Baker. It was then that he understood why Mr. Baker wanted him to write these stories. He felt guilty of himself for writing this book. Mr. Baker kept selling copies of this book, and he made thousands of Canadian dollars.
Since grade six was the last year at Hamilton Elementary School, Joshua and Emily kept talking about attending grade seven at another school.
"I might not be seeing you," she said, sadly. "But you better meet my parents before we leave this school!" she continued. "I've been telling them all about you. Actually, I keep talking about you all the time."
"So when are they going to see me?" asked Joshua curiously.
"Tomorrow," she replied, smiling. "They'll come during lunch time."
"Well I can't wait to meet them," he said cheerfully.
"Yes," she replied. "And they can't wait to see you either."
During lunchtime the next day, Mr. Bob, Emily's father, had arrived at school.
He looked handsome. He wasn't mean like Mr. Baker. Joshua would love to sit with him for sure.
Mr. Bob was waiting for them in the cafeteria.
Suddenly, he saw Emily and a boy walking beside her. They were coming toward him. He was sure that it was Joshua walking beside Emily. And he was right.
Next second, Emily and Joshua were standing in front of him.
"Oh hello, dad," said Emily pleasantly. "This is Alex."
Mr. Bob and Joshua shook hands.
"Nice to meet you," said Mr. Bob, shaking with excitement.
"Nice to meet you too, sir," replied Joshua, very happily.
Mr. Bob and Joshua sat together on one of the cafeteria tables. Emily sat beside Joshua.
"Well you're coming with us today," he told Joshua. "Because everyone in my family wants to see you."
"But what about my aunt and uncle?" asked Joshua.
"I'll give them a call, explaining where you'll be," replied Mr. Bob.
And certainly Mr. Bob called the Bakers, and told them the news. He said, "My daughter, Emily Bob, is a friend of Alex. And I'm taking him to my house for the rest of the day." The Bakers agreed, and had no problem with the afternoon plans.
Joshua didn't use the school bus that afternoon, because he went with Emily in Mr. Bob's car.
When they had reached the house, they saw everyone in the Bob household standing at the door waiting to meet Joshua.
"Oh this is Alex!" shouted Mrs. Bob, who looked pretty like her daughter, Emily. Then she put her arms around him, and kissed him. Joshua had never been kissed before since he had come to live with the Bakers.
Joshua went inside with them. The Bob's house was the cleanest house that Joshua had ever seen.
Emily's brother, Jeff, sat beside Joshua. He looked at Emily, who was angry because she wasn't sitting with Joshua, and said, "Well you've sat and talked to him more than anyone of us. So now it's my turn to talk to him." She then agreed.
That night, Joshua had a lot of fun with the Bobs. He even enjoyed being with them more than being with Mr. Baker the elder, because he felt like he was with his own family. They treated him with honour and respect, although they did not know how special he was. He hoped that he could stay with them forever, but he knew that the Bakers wouldn't let him.
"What religion do you follow?" asked Jeff curiously.
"What's a religion?" he asked thoughtfully. He had never heard the word "religion" before, because the Bakers didn't explain anything to him. At times, he had a very poor knowledge about things.
"You don't know what a religion is?" asked Jeff seriously.
"Well I've never heard this word before," answered Joshua, amazed. "The Bakers haven't taught me anything."
"All right," said Jeff, finding it strange that Joshua didn't know anything about religion.
"Do you know who Jesus Christ is then? I'm sure you've heard of him."
"Yes!" replied Joshua happily. Then he began to tell Jeff all about when the Lord had appeared to him.
Jeff was amazed. So he said, "Wow. That's amazing!"
"And why's that?" asked Joshua.
"Well we have the Bible," answered Jeff. "The Bible contains everything that we need to know about God. So why would he need to appear to us? He appeared to you because you've never read the Bible. Therefore, you don't know anything about him. Sometimes, however, the Blessed Virgin Mary and other saints do appear."
Joshua wanted to ask about what the Bible was, but Jeff had answered the question.
"Can I give you a Bible?" asked Jeff excitedly.
"Ummm…" said Joshua, trying to imagine what the Bakers would say if they saw him reading the Bible. "I'm not sure if they'll let me read it though."
Jeff understood that he was talking about the Bakers. He replied, "Well try it and see. You won't get in trouble, because you could tell them that we gave it to you as a gift."
"Sure!" replied Joshua, smiling.
"I'll be back in two seconds," said Jeff, getting to his feet.
Then he came back carrying a book in his hand.
"This is the Holy Bible," he said, handing the book over to Joshua. "Look at it now before they can stop you."
Then Jeff started explaining what the Bible was. "This big book is divided into smaller 66 books. Each book contains chapters, and each chapter contains verses. The Bible was written over a period of 1600 years. It was written by 40 different authors, who were all inspired by the Holy Spirit, the spirit of God. It contains law, history, poetic and prophetic books."
Joshua found the Bible to be a very interesting book to read. He wanted to read it to learn about God.
"So this book tells me everything that I need to know about God?" asked Joshua, flipping through the pages of the Bible.
"Certainly!" said Jeff happily. "It even explains where we came from, and life after death.
Suddenly, dinner was ready.
"Come on, guys!" shouted Mrs. Bob. "Dinner is served!"
Within a second, they were all in the big- beautiful kitchen. It wasn't the same dirty kitchen that Joshua was used to seeing at the Baker's home.
There was something strange that Joshua had never seen in his whole life.
"Let's pray before we eat," said Mr. Bob.
"What do you mean by pray?" asked Joshua, astonished.
Mr. Bob was shocked when he heard Joshua's question.
I'll explain it," said Jeff quickly, because he remembered what Joshua had told him about not knowing anything about religion.
"Praying is the act of communicating with God. Before we eat, we thank God for the food that he has provided for us."
Then they prayed: "O Lord all Mighty. We thank you for all that you have done for us. We thank you for your unconditional love for us. You sent your only begotten son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to die for our sins. Lord, we ask you in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, to bless this food. Lord please bless all of those who will eat from it. In Jesus' name, we pray."
In unison, they all said, "Amen."
Then they sat back in their chairs.
There were all kinds of food, including French fries, stake, pasta and much more. Again, Emily was unable to sit beside Joshua, for Mr. Bob was sitting on his right and Jeff on his left. Joshua ate more than he had ever eaten in his whole life.
After dinner, they recited another prayer: "Dear Lord, We thank you for all that you've done for us. We thank you for your grace. Your loving-kindness is beyond all measures. Amen."
So Joshua stayed with the Bob's for another hour, and then he decided that it was time for him to leave, for it was already ten o'clock.
Emily ran after him crying, since she wouldn't be seeing him until September, when school would commence again. But she wasn't even sure if she would be seeing him, for they didn't know what schools they would be going to. So she kissed him. Then he started crying as well. They hugged each other for a minute, and then kissed goodbye again.
After he went back to the Bakers, they wanted him to tell them everything that he did with the Bobs. So he told them everything.
Then they saw him carrying a book.
"What's this?" asked Mr. Baker, snatching the book from him.
"This is very dangerous for you, boy. You can't have it in this house."
After a little pause, Mr. Baker looked at Joshua.
"Ukh!" he said angrily.
"I don't know if I would ever want to visit a family like this!"
Joshua knew that it was best for him not to argue. So he said, "Well I'm tired. I need some sleep." This was true, since he had spent the whole day having fun.
Then he went to his room.
It was their last day at Hamilton Elementary School. He knew that he wouldn't be seeing Emily for two months. This made him very depressed.
In two months, he and Jack would be going to another school. He was very sad that the school was over, because he knew how boring his summer would be with the Bakers.
As for the Bible that Jeff had given to him, Mr. Baker hid it somewhere.
One day during that summer, Joshua had a strange dream. He didn't see anyone, but he heard someone saying, "Joshua David, the boy whom Beelzebub couldn't kill. He was only six months when the most evil person in the whole world, Beelzebub, couldn't kill him. In fact, he lost all his magical powers when he tried to do it. No one knows where he is, but he's not as powerful as before."
And Joshua woke up.
He heard Mrs. Baker calling him to get up, and make breakfast.
The weather was very nice that day. So Joshua didn't need to put his coat on when he went to the kitchen to make breakfast.
After he finished cleaning the dishes after breakfast, Joshua was walking when he heard Mr. and Mrs. Baker talking in their room. So he moved closer to the door and began listening.
"So what did the email say?" he heard Mrs. Baker asking her husband.
"Well they want to come and take him…"
The door was suddenly opened.
"What are you doing here, boy?" yelled Mr. Baker at Joshua.
"Nothing," said Joshua, afraid.
"Then why were you standing at our door?" asked Mr. Baker, pushing him aside.
"I was just going to the washroom," he lied. "And then you suddenly opened the door and started yelling at me." Thankfully, his lie saved him from Mr. Baker's wrath.
That evening, they heard a knock on the door. Joshua quickly ran to his room, which he had been taught to do whenever there was a knock on the door. But the rest of them stayed in the kitchen, except for Mr. Baker who went to get the door.
"Oh hello, Mr. Baker," said a man that Mr. Baker recognized.
It was Brother Noah, who brought Joshua to the Bakers. But there was another man with him. That man looked older than Brother Noah.
"This is Pastor Moses, the Prophet at the Holy Community building." He introduced Pastor Moses to Mr. Baker.
Then Mr. Baker went inside, but he didn't shut the door behind him. So they followed him. Brother Noah and Pastor Moses sat beside each other overlooking the Television.
Brother Noah began, "We've come to take Joshua to prepare him for New Jerusalem."
"He's not going there!" yelled Mr. Baker. He said this because Joshua was their servant. Therefore, he did not want to lose him.
"Well you can't stop him, sir," smiled Brother Noah. "So where is he?"
Joshua was standing near the door of his room. But when he had heard his name, he decided to go to the kitchen to see what was going on.
"Oh hello Joshua," said Brother Noah, getting to his feet.
"Excuse me," said Joshua nervously. "My name is Alex."
Brother Noah looked at the Bakers, shocked. "What have you done to him?" he asked loudly.
"I want to know!"
"Please leave the house at once!" shouted Mr. Baker.
"We can't leave until we take Joshua. And you can't call the police, because we'll tell them what you're doing to the boy!"
This frightened the Bakers, but Joshua said, "They're not doing anything to me."
Then Brother Noah looked at him and shouted, "You are Joshua David!"
Joshua fell to the floor with a big shock. He couldn't believe that he was the famous Joshua David. Nevertheless, it was then that Joshua understood why Emily had told him that he looked like Joshua David.
"Yes!" continued Brother Noah. "You're Joshua David. The most evil person in the whole world tried to kill you, but somehow, the Lord performed a miracle and saved you. So instead, Beelzebub was punished and he lost all his magical powers."
But then Joshua began to wonder. If he was the famous Joshua David, then why was he living with bad people? He should have been living in a palace.
"How do you know that, sir?" asked Joshua eagerly.
Brother Noah went over to him and helped him to stand up, and then explained, "Before your parents died, they were in my building, but somehow, Beelzebub was able to enter the building. Then he murdered them, but when he tried to take your life, he fell down to the floor. One of his servants knew that it was the Lord who did it. Then they disappeared. But he has lost all of his magical powers."
Brother Noah smiled and said to Joshua, "I forgot to introduce myself. My name is Brother Noah. I'm the leader of the Holy Community building, where your parents lived."
They shook hands.
"And this is Pastor Moses," he pointed at the old man. "He's our only prophet."
"What's your building, sir?" asked Joshua
"My building is where your parents lived. It also contains the school that they went to. That's why I've come to take you with me, because your parents lived in my building, I'm responsible for you."
"Well I've never heard anything about my parents," said Joshua truthfully.
Brother Noah looked at the Bakers and said, "Tell me, what've you done to him."
Finally, Mr. Baker found his voice.
"We promised not to tell him anything about his parents. We even changed his name from Joshua to Alex so that no one would ever know who he is."