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©»44 BVNIAmviCt.MC. tfft. JjftCethm IX With that sudden clarity ot vision that comes after one has been a long time unaware, Joel saw why he must plant an acacia. Yet he wondered would she recall the need now, when his son had come and Jonathan’s son was no longer a sword to wound her. The sun was high when Flavia and he returned to the inn, and an hireling had charge of his sheep. In his heart the death of Jonathan had ceased to have im portance, yet if Mlchal loved the brother of Flavia, could he, know ing how bitterly Jonathan had wronged her, could he blame Mlchal if she loved Drusus? “Michal,’ he said gently. Kneel ing by her, forgetful of the son that was his promise of eternal life. "Michael, my beloved.” Her little hand lost Itself in his ruddy locks and drew his head to her breast. "Thou hast thy son, Joel,” she murmured. He said quickly, "So that thou leavest me not I have no other need.” She smiled at that. “Why would I leave thee, my husband?” And he could not tell her of his fear that Drusus would return to claim, if not herself, the gallant heart of her. She seemed to forget Drusus in the months that followed. He had brought her and the child to the lit tle home, rejoicing, and Adar had fled and Nlsan followed, bringing the return of navigation to the great sea that lies between Bethlehem and Home, and Drusus came not with ships that brought many Roman soldiers. Therefore Joel forgot for a time his fear and was content to take his flock to the hills while Michal tended little Dan and was at home to greet him when he returned at evening. Through the long summer he re joiced to find her becoming gay once more. Although that still look of which Flavia had spoken came yet to her face In rare moments and at such times Jol found himself spec ulating upon what unhappy memory her heart looked back. He promised himself that he would plant an acacia when the latter rains should cease and the earth be gin putting forth new life. Tebeth had come, and Caesai Augustus had decreed that all the world should pay tax, when Drusus came again to Judaea. Bethlehem was thronged with those returning to the place of their families’ begin ning and Romans and Hellenists preparing a fast to celebrate the re cen victory of Roman arms. Anc’ Drusus sought Michal. She sprang up gladly to greet him and he held her hands while hi looked again upon her lovely face and wondered why he had gone where It could not appear. "I have come to claim thee,” ho said simply. Michal drew her hands from his and one sought her curls ffl»the way he remembered, and he waited foi her reply. “I am Joel's wife," she said. ‘ And I thy lover,” he said remind ing her. Her curls danced about her grave face as she shook her head in denial. “Thou are my friend, Drursus," she said. “Thou must not love another’s wife.” “Must not!” he cried. “Thou knowest how I loved thee when thou wert Jonathan’s wife! Shall 1 change because thou hast changed? ‘Shall I forswear my love because thou hast married Jonathan’s broth er?” She reproved him. “Thy loudness Bhall waken my child,” and saw how his face changed and his boyish eag erness fell from him so that he be came the man war had made him and no longer the boy ahe had known. "Thy child should be my own,” he said. "If thou wouldst give me leave to claim you both.” "I am Joel’s wife,” she reminded hkn again. ‘‘Wife unto Jonathan. Tonight,” he suggested, ‘Tonight Joel will guard his flock on the hillside. Tonight thou wilt let me come to thee.” Mlchal ceased persuading and be came all girlish laughter and shy glances as she sought thus to avoid answering him. She lifted her eyes to his, "Thou has delayed overlong. Drusus. I grew weary waiting fox thee.” “Men must go to war,” he replied “Yes, thou art a man,” she mur mured. "I was fond of the boy Dru sus.” "And I of . the girl, Mlchal," he said. “She has not changed.” Mlchal said smiling. “She still has a sharp tongue and a stubborn heart.” Joel was unworried as he led hi* flock. There was a hint of change in the air and a sting In the low wind, but he expected no sudden storm. If the rain cam before morning he would be surprised. There were soft low clouds In the sky but not the great masses of vapor that are a warning to men of the hills. The Roman tax would not be unduly hard on him, he decided. He could afford to pay It without depriving Mlchal and little Dan of any needed thing. He enclosed the sheep and walked toward the house, unaware of Dru sus’ return, and Intent upon clasp ing Mlchal In his arms. His home coming had latterly been so wel comed by hw that he felt at last she was forgetting the past and ready to admit a love for him like to his own for her. As he neared the dwelling he heard Dan crying and the never dis tant fear of something he did not understand put a cold hand on him so that his flesh contracted and his breath grew short. Dan's cry was one of an infant long untended and now uncomfortable. (To Be Continued) Current Rationing Regulations MEATS AND BUTTER Red Stamps “A8” through “Z8” and “A5” through “S5” In Book IV, each worth 10 points, are valid indefinitely. PROCESSED FOODS Blue stamps “A8” through “Z8”, and “A5’’ through "Z5” and “A2” and "B2” in Book IV, each worth 10 points, are valid indefinitely. SUGAR Sugar stamps 30, 31, 32, 33 and 34 in Book TV are each valid indef initely for five pounds of sugar. Sugar stamp No 40 in Book IV will be valid for five pounds lor home canning through Feb. 28, 1045. 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