If Alditha didn't come soon...

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It’s nearly sunset,” Simon, one of William’s fellow stable boys, stated.
William ignored the boy and kept forking hay out of the loft so Simon could feed it to the animals. He was in no mood to be reminded of the time of day. If Alditha wasn’t here in the next hour or two, he would die before the stars were fully out. He had trusted Alditha; he had been so sure that she would come back, that she wouldn’t lie. He was sure that she wouldn’t stay with her family when it was time to come back to save his life, no matter how much she wanted to stay. Perhaps he had been wrong.
“Wasn’t she supposed to be here yesterday?” Simon seemed not to understand how grave the situation was.
“Simon! Just feed the horses and don’t speak again!” William was in no mood to talk, either. Yes, Alditha should have been back yesterday. Why had he been so stupid? His sister would now be without anyone to protect her, and for what? So Alditha could go back and live with her mother for her last few days on earth? It didn’t seem like a fair trade to him.
Why, God? Why did You let this happen? Why didn’t You bring her back in time?
As he prayed, the words the family priest had often quoted came back to him: Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen and help you.

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