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7 Av 5766 - August 1, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Home and Family

by Gita Gordon

Serializing a new novel.

Chapter 27: Epilogue

A year after the court case in New York, a new building was completed on a once-vacant-lot in Geulah. Each floor consisted of one apartment.

Daniel walked past the building on his way home for the evening meal and looked up at the gleaming windows, noticed the small garden that had been created at the entrance, saw that all evidence of the builders and their equipment had been removed.

He continued on his way home with quickened pace.

"Esther, it is a beautiful evening. Would you like to come for a walk? I want to show you the apartment block where my parents will live when they arrive next week."

"So you found something?"

"Yes. I told you not to worry. I told you we would find something in time. Come now."

Soon they were standing in front of the new building. "What do you think? Isn't it fine? The building belongs to my parents. They approved every detail of the plans. I wanted to keep it a secret. I hope you aren't upset with me."

"No. But how did you find a place to build here? I thought every square inch of land was already in use?"

"I knew of this vacant plot in Geula because of my walks in the early morning," he said. "It took a while to trace the owner, but he agreed to sell it. The first floor is where my parents will live."

"What about the other two floors?"

"The second floor is for their friends, for David and his wife. They have always wanted to retire here, but they thought they couldn't afford it.

"What would have happened to my parents if not for the help that David gave them? Their lives remained in danger after their return from the jungle. It was David who saw to their well-being. It was David who arranged their trip to Jerusalem.

"Now they can help him. For many years he discussed with his wife their dream of living in Jerusalem, but it seemed impossible. Now my parents can help him fulfill this wish. The top apartment is still vacant. Come. I want to show it to you."

Together they went and, taking out a bunch of shiny new keys, Daniel opened the door.

Esther saw the large salon. She saw the beautiful kitchen. She saw the three small bedrooms that led off a central passage. "It's beautiful," she said. "Who will live here?"

Then Daniel pointed to some stairs leading from the passage. "Come. There's more to see."

Esther went up the stairs. She found herself in a small room with large windows, surrounded on both sides by a large balcony. Then, turning, she noticed a large tripod and, balancing upon it, a very large artist's sketchpad.

From behind her she heard Daniel's voice.

"Welcome to your new studio. Welcome to your new home," he said.

For some moments Esther stared at him. Then it occurred to her that she too had a gift for him. She handed him the small slip of paper that she had collected earlier that day from the health clinic.

Her husband looked at the paper and then he beamed at her. "Besha'a tovah," he said.

The End.


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