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Two, three days later, on a Sunday morning, Drake was asleep when Elizabeth came and knocked on his door.
It’s unusual for her to call all the family members for church, but that day was hers and Jackson’s 27th wedding anniversary.
“Drake……! You awake?”, Elizabeth asked from outside.
Elizabeth could hear nothing. Since his door was unlocked from inside, she opened it and went in. She saw that he was asleep yet.
“Drake, wake up. It’s Sunday and we have to head to church. It’s 5.00 a.m. in the morning. Come on, wake up. ”, Elizabeth said.
“Mom, please let me sleep for some more time; you go and call Jo, by the time you call her, I will be up.”, Drake said while half asleep. Saying that, he continued his sleep.
He said so because Joanna is the one in their house who never wakes up no matter how many calls. It takes even half an hour to wake her up.
Elizabeth understood his purpose, but said nothing and went away.
When she reached the girls’ room, where Joanna, Martha, and Susanne usually sleep, she was shocked to see that Joanna was awake.
“Jo, you awake?’”, she asked.
“Yeah! Mom.”, Joanna said.
When she turned around, she saw Susanne sitting on a chair reading some books as usual.
“Jo, wake Martha up and three of you get ready for church.” Saying this Elizabeth left.
It was almost 5:30 in the morning, and everyone were ready to go for the holy mass.
The Mass starts at 6:00 a.m.
It was 7:30 a.m. when the Mass ended.
“So, shall we head back home?” Joanna asked.
“Where is mom?” Asked Martha.
“Mom went to the cemetery,” Susanne said.
“You girls may head back home. Where are Lorenzo and Drake?” Jackson asked.
“I think they both left. I can’t see Lorenzo’s car here”, Susanne said.
“What about mom?” Joanna asked.
“Don’t worry about her, I’ll accompany her. ” Jackson smiled and walked to the cemetery. Henzel also accompanied him.
The three girls walked over to their car talking about random stuffs.
“Who’s gonna drive?” Martha asked.
“Me for sure,” Susanne said. Martha threw the car’s key at Susanne and she caught it. The three drove off.
Suddenly Leandro and Ruth approached Jackson.
“Jackson!”, Leandro called him.
“Yes.”, Jackson replied.
“Ruth and I are going to my guest house here in Beverly as few of my friends have come to see us there. You all may go and we’ll be back in the evening.”, Leandro informed him.
On hearing this, Henzel asked, “Oh! Is it? Won’t you guys be there today in our house for the wedding anniversary?”.
“When they return in the evening, we can all go out.”, Jackson said.
That’s when Henzel remembered about the surprise party for the Wedding Anniversary. As soon as Ruth and Leandro left, Henzel ran from the church to his house without Jackson noticing.
Jackson waited for Elizabeth for some time and when she came back, they both left.