PODCAST: Whyte House Family Spoken Novels #403: “All the Bishop’s Children II” – Chapter 43

Welcome to the Whyte House Family Spoken Novels podcast episode #403. Today we are reading chapter 43 of the novel “All the Bishop’s Children Book 2” by Daniel Whyte III with Meriqua Whyte.

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Although he would not admit it, DJ had a fun time taking Jennifer out to eat. They sat in her driveway and talked for about an hour about future plans.

“You mean to tell me you’re not going to be a preacher like your father?” Jennifer said. “Almost every time my mother gets on the phone with your mother she ends up telling your mother how it would be great for you to follow in your father’s footsteps and how she would love for me to marry a preacher.”

“Oh really? I hate to burst their bubble, but that’s the last thing I want to be,” DJ said. “However, I am tossing up a number of other things.”

“Such as?”

“My mother wants me to go to pharmaceutical school to study to be a pharmacist, but I am interested in doing social work to help the black community out. And then I thought about becoming a dentist. What are your plans?”

“Oh, go off to college somewhere. Pursue a business degree,” Jennifer said. “Live a quiet life.”

“Sounds good to me. Well, I must say good night. I’m off to meet up with my boys and go party,” DJ said. “Are you sure you don’t want to come?”

“I’m sure,” Jennifer said. “See you in church tomorrow. Hopefully.”

 

DJ, Speedy, Ryan, and Slow Poke Pete went riding around town in Rosalind’s car after DJ dropped Jennifer off at her home.

“Still want to do what we talked about?” Speedy said.

“I’m still game,” the others said.

“Let’s make it quick. My mother wants me home early tonight,” Slow Poke Pete said.

“You’re a real mama’s boy for sure,” Ryan said. “DJ, did you cover the license plate?”

“Yep,” DJ said.

“I’ll go in the store with Ryan. I’ll grab while you distract. Two six-packs is all we need,” Speedy said. 

“Get that,” Ryan said. “But also get two packs of Boone’s Farm wine, and a four-pack of Pink Champale if you can.”

“Do you have a preference of wine?” Slow Poke Pete said jokingly.

“Will do,” Speedy said. “Slow Poke, you be the look-out. Of course, DJ, you drive the getaway car. Let’s ride.”

DJ backed up at the far end of the convenience store. He left the car in park with the engine running. Ryan and Speedy went into the store. While Ryan conversed with the cashier, Speedy picked up two six-packs of beer and a bottle of wine and hurried out the door.

“Hey! You have to pay for that!” the cashier shouted after Speedy. “I’m calling the police.”

Ryan hurried out behind him. They jumped into the waiting car and slammed the doors shut. DJ took the car out of park and stepped on the gas pedal. The car drove backwards and slammed into the post causing that side of the roof and the post to collapse.

“Oh, man! You have the car in reverse. Put it in drive!” Speedy yelled. “Hurry!”

DJ nervously placed the car in drive, pressed the gas pedal to the floor and they sped down the street, and went past Jennifer’s house. After making sure they were safe, DJ stopped by the park where they consumed the stolen merchandise laughing at how easily they pulled off the crime.

“Nothing tastes better than stolen beer,” DJ said as he finished his second can.

“I second that,” Speedy said knocking cans with Ryan.

Slow Poke Pete finished off his second can of beer. “That’s it for me,” he said. “I don’t know where you’re all headed, but I got to get me home or my mama’s going to crown me for sure.”

“Let’s take the big baby home,” Ryan said in a baby voice followed by a chuckle.

“Man, the party’s just beginning,” DJ said. “You can’t come to the club with us for an hour? It’s barely 10:30.”

“I can probably come for about forty-five minutes. But that’s it. You got to get me home if you want to see me alive again,” Slow Poke Pete said.

“Let’s ride then,” DJ said.

“Put it in drive this time,” Speedy said.

They all laughed.

As Slow Poke Pete was getting out of the car at his house, he said, “Say, DJ, we’ve been so busy partying that we forgot to check your mother’s car for any damage. That was a concrete post you backed into. If you knocked part of it down you probably put some damage on the car as well.”

“Man, you’re right. I was not thinking about all that,” DJ said as he and the others climbed out of the car.

“Oh, man! Oh, man!” DJ said as they stared at the huge dent on the back fender of his mother’s car. “Thank God, the tail light’s not broken. Man, what am I going to tell my mother. This is her new car.”

The boys surveyed the situation.

“That can be fixed up like new,” Speedy eventually said.

“How? Even if I could take it to the mechanic, how am I going to do that without her knowing? Worse yet, how will I pay for it?” DJ said.

“My dad has a rubber hammer. We can beat the dent out with it,” Speedy said. “Do you think she’ll let you use her car tomorrow? We could take care of it then.”

“I doubt it,” DJ said. “She won’t let me use it two nights in a row.”

“No sweat. We can ride our bikes out to the Post Office once your mother goes in to work and perform our operation once the sun goes down. Hopefully she won’t notice it before then,” Speedy said. “Are you all with me on this?”

“Sure,” the others said.

“Bring whatever tools you think will help get us out of this mess,” Speedy said as they got back into the car. “DJ, maybe you ought to take your driving test again.”

I should have listened to Dad this time for sure, DJ thought after he dropped Speedy and Ryan off at their places. He checked the time on his watch. I could go back to the club and party all night and let Mom call Dad to come pick her up and pretend I lost track of the time. On second thought, that might make her suspicious and I may never get to use her car again. He turned the car around and headed to the Post Office. I can’t wait to get my own car.

When he pulled up at the back entrance for employee use only, Rosalind was waiting outside.

“Hey, Mom. Sorry I’m late,” he said exiting the car. “Here, let me get the door for you.”

“Why thank you,” Rosalind said. “You ought to go out more often with Jennifer. I see it leaves you acting like a gentleman.”

“You said that right. Jennifer Pearson is of a different cut,” DJ said. He asked his mother numerous questions about her job at the Post Office all the way home.

“Why the sudden interest in the Post Office?” Rosalind asked. “Are you rethinking my suggestion and deciding to get a job out there?”

“I’ve been tossing it up in my mind,” DJ said. “Will you be needing your car tomorrow? I was thinking of taking Jennifer out again, and I sure would like to use it. I don’t think right now Dad is too inclined to let me use his. Besides that, Dad’s car is a jalopy.”

“You already know you can’t use mine two nights in a row,” Rosalind said. 

“Well, with Jennifer causing me to act like a gentleman, I thought you wouldn’t mind me using it again,” DJ said. “Well, let me get the door for you, and let me walk you to the door. You can go ahead on in and get a load off your feet while I clean out the car and have it ready for you for tomorrow. I’ll leave the keys on the dining room table.”

Rosalind walked into the house wondering about DJ’s niceness. Maybe all our prayers for him are finally being answered.

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Thank you for joining us for this episode of Whyte House Family stories. You may purchase a copy of this novel and any other Christian fiction books read on this podcast from Amazon.com. 

Now, dear listener, please know that God—the divine Author of all things—wants to write a great story with your life as well. But first you must give Him the pen by trusting Him with the life He gave you and surrendering your heart to Jesus Christ as Savior. Here is how:

  1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” 

 

  1. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

 

  1. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

 

  1. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

 

  1. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

 

  1. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

May God bless you until next time.

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