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Topic: Sibling(s) (05/01/08)
TITLE: THE HATED SISTER
By Karen Sunderland
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Though her family isn't Christian; Candice, now 17, has been a Christian for the past year. On the other hand; for the past year, Kat, Candice's 10-month-junior sister, has hated Candice due her complete change of interests. In essence, Kat feels that she has lost her best friend; and therefore, will have nothing to do with Candice.
To make matters worse; during the past winter, Kat got pregnant and had an abortion without telling her parents. Candice got wind of this and tried to persuade Kat to tell their mom and dad, but Kat only responded with, "Mind your own business, goody-two-shoes! I hate you and your stupid Jesus! Get off my back!"
It's spring and Kat has been invited for the FIRST time to the binging party of parties at the home of Doug, the richest guy in school. And, her dreams come true; Doug actually spends the entire event with Kat - something she had always only dreamed of before. However, along with his attention, Doug persuades Kat to binge way-way-over too much, and she passes out. When Kat wakes up the next morning to a throbbing headache, Doug treats her to a sufficient dose of alcohol to stop her pain. And, the romantic gentleman follows this up with daily-invites for Kat to join him at his home to have 'a few drinks' and chat. After some time, Doug stops the invitations and Kat gets sick - so sick she buys a bottle of cheap wine and guzzles it down.
Yes, Kat has become an alcoholic, and Doug can't afford to continue financing her habit; so he gets her together with a member of her class, Jenny. After a LONG talk; Jenny persuades Kat to try just one of Doug's clients. Kat does, but she swears she'll never do it again. Sadly though, after what seems like ages of agony due to her inability to purchase enough alcohol to meet her dependency, Kat returns to Doug and begins her career as a prostitute. With a few lies to her busy parents, she has been able to maintain her new career and her now old habit without even being remotely suspected by them. Still... Kat has come to hate herself ¨C and to hate Candice even more.
Of course, one might suspect that Kat has never been Doug's only girlfriend. But lately, his harem has so enlarged that he can't always find enough customers for Kat to keep up her habit. One exceptionally hideous day, Kat drags herself home from Doug's feeling absolutely awful. As she yanks her pain-filled body past Candice's room, Kat hears, "Kat, you look terrible! Oh, please let me help you!"
"You can't help me! I'm a dog and you're goody-two-shoes! You're too good to help a dog like me!"
"Kat... is it true that you're an alcoholic and working as a prostitute for Doug to support your habit?"
"Who told you that? I'll kill them!" Kat screams as she falls to the floor, vomiting.
With considerable effort, Candice lifts Kat up from the floor and leads her to her own nearby bed, in spite of the vomiting. Candice then calls an ambulance and rides with Kat to the hospital, staying with her silent sister throughout her painful
withdrawal from alcohol.
At last - early one morning Kat speaks to her big sister, "Candice, thanks so much for sticking with me through all this mess, but I know I'm just going to end up right back in it."
"Kat, I wish you'd turn to Jesus... He'll take you just the way you are and free you from alcohol - permanently. I know he will. He loves you even more than I do."
Kat questions doubtfully, "Really?" Then after a few tearful moments she mumbles, "Candice, how can you be so kind to me day after day, when I've treated you like a dog? And why would Jesus want me?"
"Jesus loves everyone, and that leaves no one out, including you. In fact, I think the more we need his love, the more he loves us. And little sis, I'll never stop loving you, whatever you do... but I don't want to lose you."
Kat bursts into tears, "Okay big sis; tell me how I can turn to Jesus and I will - right now and for the rest of my life. Your love for this puking prostitute has convinced her!"
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