That was something Levi wasn’t always used to. He’d made a lot of mistakes in his life, things he wasn’t proud of. He didn’t expect people to forgive him for them. He used to walk around head down in shame because he knew people were right about him. He was good for nothing. Who’d trust a thug like him who spent three years in jail? Who’d give him a job? Who’d love him?
His own family didn’t want anything to do with him. His father told him he was nothing to him. He felt abandoned and alone. Those were some of the toughest times for him.
He still remembered sleeping on the streets, begging at the fast food restaurants. In fact it was one of those days when he met him.
Carter Sawyer. Owner of the Sawyer family farm.
The old gentleman that changed his life. He had heard a lot about him. Of course he did. He grew up in this town. Everyone knew everyone.
The man offered to buy him a meal. He was so hungry he couldn’t even say no. He scarfed down the meal so grateful that he could have something to eat. He thanked the man but he shrugged it off. If only he knew he was the first person in months that actually looked levi in the eyes.
Then Carter offered him an opportunity of a life time.
And that’s how he ended up here. On this farm. The place that was his little part of heaven.
Levi knew he had a long way of redeeming himself. But knowing that one person believed that there could be any good in him gave him the hope he needed.
But he still lived in fear.
He couldn’t help it. He was used to being disappointed.
What if all this disappeared tomorrow?
Especially now that the older man was sick. What if he died? What would happen to the farm? To Levi?
He’d have no place to go. It would be the same thing all over. He’d be all alone.
But Levi tried not to think about it. He tried to pretend like nothing else existed.
And then he heard Carter’s daughter was coming from the city.
He’d seen her picture before when she was a bit younger. He thought she was beautiful. The maid, Stella, had caught him staring and told him that she was a troubled person. That he’d be better off not meeting her.
Levi always wondered why she said that. Why wouldn’t he want to meet another person that understood how he felt about the old man and his beautiful farm.
But he had to ask himself why would she be all the way there in the city when she could be here with her father?
That made him wonder.
A troubled person.
But who was he to judge. He’d been more troubled than anyone, especially that time on the streets.
But Levi knew Carter’s daughter was the apple of his eye. And that was the kind of power that made someone like Levi terrified.