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The Next Step…
Chapter 25 – Hope’s Graduation
Written by Deanne Bertram
Winter gave way to spring and it was finally Hope’s graduation
night. It was planned that Hope would be the last to receive her
certificate. Mr. Griswald spoke of a young girl who had overcome
great challenges to learn. But with advocates like Milly and Mark
McCain seeing to her studies, he wasn’t surprised. Mr. Griswald said
over the last year and a half, he had watched as a young woman,
insecure in herself and her surroundings blossomed into a student
eager to learn and apply her lessons to her new life.
“I don’t feel that I should be the one to present Miss Lane with her
certificate tonight, as most of her tutoring came from someone else.
So at this time, I’d like to ask Mark McCain to bring Hope Lane to
Hope blushed as Mark escorted her from her seat to the front of the
room. She smiled as Mark handed her certificate to her.
Lou had planned a wonderful celebration honoring all those who
graduated that night. Before returning to the Marshal’s office for
his shift, Mark walked Hope to Miss Hattie’s, who promptly opened
the door and saw Hope inside, and closed the door to Mark. He walked
away with a smile on his face.
He stuck his head in the Marshal’s office and told Johnny he was
going to walk the town and would be back soon. As always, he slowly
walked the streets, checking all the doors to the shops, he listened
for sounds that shouldn’t be or for sounds that were missing.
“Another quiet night,” he mused as he thought about Hope and how in
nine days she would become his wife.
The Next Step —
Mark and Hope’s Wedding
This is a story based on the TV
series The Rifleman
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