The Lie

by bdhesse


“I think we can do it,” Jake said. “It would be great.”

“Are you crazy?” Jessa replied. “That’s lying! We can’t lie.”

“Why not?” Jake asked. “People do it all the time. Just turn on the T.V. sometime: it’s all lies.”

“Just because other people lie doesn’t mean we should,” Jessa replied.

“Jess,” Jake said, “we could be rich. Don’t you want to be rich?”

Jessa paused, unsure. “Yes,” she replied. “But not like this. I want to get rich honestly.”

Jake scoffed. “Nobody gets rich honestly,” he said. “You either lie through your teeth or you stay poor.”

“That can’t be true,” Jessa replied. “We can get rich another way. If we just work hard and pray…”

“That’s not good enough,” Jake snapped. “I work hard. I’ve been working hard for years. Nobody recognizes my work. This is the only way to get noticed.”

“But it’s not true,” Jessa repeated. “Mady didn’t see anything. She was asleep, that’s all.”

“She almost died,” Jake cried. “She almost died because we can’t afford to get her the treatment she needs. It can’t be a sin to lie if it will save a little girl’s life.”

“It is a sin,” Jessa replied. “It is a sin and we will be punished for it.”

“We’re already being punished,” Jake cried. “Our child is sick and we can’t help her. We’ve prayed, we’ve taken every extra shift we can, but Mady isn’t better and we still can’t afford the treatment. This is the only way. If God wants to punish us for it…maybe he could have given us a better option.”

“God has his reasons,” Jessa replied.

“What reason?” Jake demanded. “What reason could he possibly have?”

Jessa took a step back. “I…what are you saying?” she asked.

“I don’t know,” Jake said. “Just…please, let me do this.”

Jessa shook her head. “Don’t put Mady in the middle of this,” she said. “Don’t make her lie. Do what you want, but leave Mady out of it.”

Jake nodded. “Fine,” he said. “I’ll find another way.”