When Jill finished speaking, Hezekiah raised his head and looked at her intently, and then faded from view.
Several people, Uncle Jake among them, felt that Hezekiah didn't deserve forgiveness for having been such a tyrant; but Jill believed in mercy and second chances, and she was hoping that her great-grandfather would realize he was no longer bound by the transgressions of his lifetime.
Hezekiah, however, knew that he had one thing left to make right before he departed, so he returned to his place of concealment in the attic and waited for the time when he would be needed. He loved Jill as deeply as he had is wife Naomi and his daughter Catherine, and he wanted her to know that; he thought about a way to thank her for coming to take care of the farm, and for the respect she'd shown for those who came before her.
When Jill awoke the following morning, she found an antique locket laying on a small bench in their bedroom. She recognized it immediately as the one Naomi had worn in the portrait made of her and Hezekiah on their wedding day, and there was no doubt in her mind who had placed it there; smiling as she fastened it around her neck, Jill whispered "thank you".
(To be continued)
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