“Where are they?!” they demanded.
She stared back.
“You’re grounded until we get them back.”
The pipe organ began to play, filling the room with sound and drowning out the congregational chatter that allowed her parents’ scolding to fall on deaf ears.
Her parents began to sing loudly, but the words meant nothing to them anymore.
Between verses, the preacher shouted the verse of the day, 1 Kings 19:12.
“One bag of pills is in my inner coat pocket. Another in a pair of socks. I don’t want you to have them anymore,” she whispered, but her truth was drowned out by their own voices.