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With a loud shriek, Jessica knocked Charlie to the ground. They wrestled-- Charlie trying to free herself, and Jessica, trying to pin her down. Suddenly, they felt themselves tumbling down the embankment. They rolled into a sagebrush, cushioning their fall. Charlie used the opportunity to jump to her feet and pin her knees on Jessica's back, so that she could not get up.

"I'm sorry for what I said to you on the phone, today!" panted Charlie.

"No, you're not!" cried Jessica, struggling to get to her feet.

Charlie leaned into Jessica's back with her knees a little more, until Jessica yelled in pain.

"I said I was sorry!" repeated Charlie. "I don't want to hurt you, but I refuse to let you beat me up! I have a father to take care of, and he depends on me! Now, say you forgive me!"

Jessica yelped and then stopped struggling.

"Okay, I forgive you," said Jessica.

Charlie got up, and helped Jessica to her feet.

"My picture!" cried Jessica, suddenly remembering the photograph.

The girls searched the ground, finally finding it near the top of the embankment.

Jessica dusted off the picture.

"I really am sorry," said Charlie.

"Sure you are," said Jessica.

"You're not going to do anything... are you?" asked Charlie not wanting to say "suicide."

"Are you talking about these?" asked Jessica holding up her bandaged wrists.

"Well, yes," stammered Charlie.

"Give me one good reason not to," dared Jessica.

"You wouldn't go to heaven," replied Charlie.

"Says who?"

"God says so," answered Charlie.

"You're making it up," mocked Jessica.

"In John chapter eight, Christ says, 'I go My way, and ye shall seek Me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come,'" said Charlie. "I didn't make that up."

"So, you're saying if I did it right now, and I died, I wouldn't go to heaven?" laughed Jessica.

"If you died in your sin, yes," replied Charlie. "If you still remained unrepentant to the very last, then yes, you would go to hell."

"What if I gave myself enough time to repent before I actually died, what then?" asked Jessica.

"'Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap,'" quoted Charlie.

"You're saying that if I repented, God would still send me to hell?" asked Jessica.

"Well, no, not if you REALLY repented," replied Charlie, "but if you REALLY meant it, you wouldn't do it in the FIRST place! How is God supposed to believe your sincerity after doing something like that? Would you? I mean, how could YOU be sure that you really DID mean it, and that you just didn't say it because you were scared, or something? You actually have to believe in Christ and have faith before repentance will work. 'But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through His name.'"
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