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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 the front.

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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