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EXCERPT from A Decision of Faith
Violet Robinson wished with her whole heart that her father hadn’t called. He’d ruined a romantic evening she’d been enjoying with her boyfriend, Luke King. As she walked with heavy steps back to Luke, she realized he might have heard a little of the conversation. Even though she’d gone into the house to take her dad’s phone call, the window was open above the sink.
As she sat beside him on the porch swing, Violet took his hand in hers. “Did you miss me?”
“Ya.” Luke gave her a thoughtful look. “It was a long phone call. If I hadn’t heard part of it, I’d have thought maybe you had another boyfriend. An English one.”
“You’re the only boyfriend I have. I definitely don’t want another one.” Violet exhaled a deep breath. “Dad wasn’t happy...actually that’s putting it mildly. He’s furious with me for even mentioning not going back to college. He said it was a huge mistake for me to live here this summer. Dad thought it’d be just a summer romance between us, and I’d be ready to go back to Thurston College in September.”
Luke’s jaw tightened. “Your dad wants you to go back to college because he’s hoping to break us up.”
The thought of returning to New York in a couple of months tore at her insides. She saw no point in getting her degree. Staying in Fields Corner with Luke was the only thing she wanted to do. Violet rested her head on Luke’s shoulder. “Sometimes I wish I’d listened to my mom about what to major in. I used to want to become a doctor, but I changed my mind when Adam decided to be a doctor.” She felt Luke’s shoulder move slightly.
“Why did Adam’s career choice make you change your mind?”
“I saw how excited he was with his decision, and I realized going that many years to become a doctor wasn’t something I wanted to do.”
“What did your mom suggest you major in?”
“Mom thought I might later change my mind and want to go to medical school, so she told me I should get a nursing degree. That way it’d be easier to switch from nursing to becoming a doctor.”
“Maybe you could still get your nursing degree. Is that something you’d like to do?” Luke asked.
“I just want to be with you, but Dad definitely wants me to finish college.” She raised her head to look at Luke. “I tried to tell Dad that with a major in chemistry there isn’t much I can do anyhow... if I should get my degree. I don’t want to go into research. He mentioned I should go an extra year...that way I could teach school. Of course, he also mentioned I should go to law school after I get my undergraduate degree.”
Luke grinned. “If you become Amish, you could teach in our school. We don’t require a fancy college degree.”
She shrugged. “I’ve never wanted to teach. Dad also suggested working for his campaign if he decides to run for president. I’ve worked in his political office some in the summers.”
Luke’s blue eyes were sharp and assessing. “Did you like it?”
“I did, but that doesn’t mean I want to do it again. When Dad first mentioned running for president, I said I’d campaign for him. But that was before I met you.”
“I’m sorry I’ve complicated your life. If we hadn’t met, you wouldn’t be here now. You’d be enjoying your life in Kentucky.”
“I don’t regret meeting you. I’ve never been happier.” Her dad’s words had crushed her because he’d put Luke down for only having an eighth grade education. She couldn’t tell Luke how negative her dad had been about her boyfriend being a farmer and having a buggy shop.
“From the moment I met you, I couldn’t stop thinking about you. I’ve never been interested in another woman like I have been with you.”
Violet gave Luke a playful nudge on his leg. “What about my cousin, Rachel? I heard you were interested in her.”
He laughed. “For about five minutes.”
“Or Katie Weaver? I heard you eyed her after your girlfriend left for Michigan.”
“Well, your source of information is wrong. I glanced at Katie a few times, but that’s as far as it went. I never courted her or anything. I only took Joanna home twice from Sunday singings, and decided I wasn’t going to see her again. I was relieved when she left to visit her sister and baby.”
“You’d have more in common with an Amish woman.”
“But I like kissing you.”
The touch of his lips on hers wasn’t a surprise, but still she quivered at the tenderness of his kiss.
When he raised his mouth from hers, Luke gazed into her eyes. “You’d have more in common with an educated English man.”
“But it wouldn’t be as interesting and challenging.” Luke must’ve overheard her insisting to her dad that Luke was self-educated even though he hadn’t attended high school and college. “I’m sorry you had to hear me defend you to my dad.”
“I didn’t hear all of it because when I wanted to give you some privacy. I figured you forgot about the opened window in the kitchen. I left to give Stormy oats and water.” Luke kissed the top of her head. “We’ve been dating since April so I’m sure your dad’s disappointed we’re still together. You told me before your dad was a lawyer before becoming a senator. I’m guessing he’s going to be embarrassed if we continue to see each other. I’m sure he mentioned how I only have an eighth grade education and have a buggy shop.”
“He did mention that fact about your education. Dad’s such a hypocrite. When he met my mom, she hadn’t gone to high school and he fell in love with her. Why does he think it was okay for her to switch to his lifestyle, but that I shouldn’t switch to Amish?”
“He’s afraid you’ll miss the world you grew up in.”
She shook her head. “No, he’s worried about his stupid possible campaign for presidency. He’s probably afraid that my dating you will be brought up when he wants to talk about himself, and what he can do for our country.”
“I’m going to do what your mom did and get my GED. That might help your dad feel differently about me.”
“Luke, you don’t have to do that. I love you. Nothing will change that.”