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Long lost friend and a song of protection…

I had the time of my life yesterday during the semester day off. Saurav, Teresa, Martin, and I all went to the Great Mall to hang out and have fun. But more than that, the three of my friends came with me so they could meet a friend of mine… whom I haven’t seen for six years! I’m totally sorry that I didn’t invite more people because I wanted a small event with people that talk a lot in case things got awkward. Six years is a while and what if we changed too much?! Anyways, the meeting was at 11, and we all met at 9:30, so we played 13 in the mall and used the won body parts. Then at 11, we were at the Century Theater, which was the agreed upon rendezvous point for where I’d meet my long lost friend.

Then… there she was! Wait… is that her?? Umm…

Teresa: You don’t even know what she looks like!?

Me: I think that’s her…

To my half-second’s worth of embarrassment, Teresa started yelling ESTHER ESTHER!

…and the girl looked. Holy crap, is that her? … IT IS IT IS OMG! and I almost ran to her. We hugged a hug that was gone for six long years and I didn’t feel like I could let go for awhile. (But I did.) Introductions were made and then we bought tickets to see “Unborn.” While waiting for the movie, we hung out around the mall. Teresa and I dunked our heads in the fountain at the mall (I did mine twice because the two dips were a bit less roughly equivalent to Teresa’s dunk). Then it was time to see Unborn.

I’m in no position to judge Unborn because I missed a half hour of it, a half hour which was spent at the arcade shooting at terrorists and tanks. This Chinese guy around my age joined forces with me and together we shot our way through three levels before we finally died and I dragged my feet back to Auditorium 16.

But I really liked the climax because I thought the exorcism was cool. Go God! And I learned something new: according to the movie at least, a lot of Christian exorcisms are read from Psalms 91.

After, we had a small lunch and played several rounds of 13 or Big 2 as they call it in Mission. Then we switched to high card mixed with truth or dare. Esther got to know quite a bit about us, probably more so then some of our friends over here. 😀 And vice versa. We came up with weird dares that sometimes involved total strangers. We had fun.

Dinner is when everything started dying down. Esther left first and I went along to see her off. We waited outside in the semi-cold air for ten minutes and the more I look at her, the more I realized that I will miss her more than ever. But inevitably, her ride came and we embraced one final time.

Martin and Teresa left while I was gone, and I got news that I wouldn’t be able to leave for about two hours, and it was already six. Saurav, being the awesome friend he is, kept me company the entire time. We did karaoke in the car, watched Friends, and played 13.

Then it was time to go. Twelve hours seemed like one. I hope I’ll see you again Esther! Ohh, and I didn’t realize this until I got home, but it was incredibly lucky that Martin didn’t crack one of his Christian jokes, because Esther could at times be more dedicated than me…

If you’re curious, here it is, straight from my own bible, King James Version. I recognized some of this from the movie.

He that dwelleth in the most secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that fliety by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noon day.
A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honour him.
With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

-Psalms 91

And I decided to search for a bible verse about friendships.

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:
If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

-Ecclesiastes 4:9-12


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