HOTH Season 3, Part 7

I won’t delay!

Here are the previous parts if you missed them or need a refresher:

Prologue
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6

And another quick refresher from part 6:

“Okay,” the other line—the police—says after Amy gives them the directions to our house. “We’re coming.”

And without further ado!


Issa’s POV

This isn’t it. It’s not over.

“Come on,” I hiss, grabbing Connor’s wrist and practically dragging him behind me until he walks for himself. Lexi sheepishly trots after us.

“Where are you taking me?” Connor asks as I open the laundry room door.

“This isn’t over,” I promise.

As soon we’re all in and I’ve shut the laundry room door, I continue, “We’re going to hide.”

I slide open the glass door to the garage and motion for Connor and Lexi to step through.

I shut it and look around. “They’ll have to do some serious looking for us in here.”

Using all my strength until gymnast Lexi comes and helps me, I move a few boxes from some shelves and keep a look out for snakes and spiders on the floor of the garage.

Then Connor drags over a large slab of wood to use as a final hiding door, and I grin.

I reach up to the garage’s light and pull the cord, turning off the light.

“Come on, guys.” I sit down, and Connor follows me in the little hole of boxes we’ve made for ourselves. Once we’re all crammed inside and avoid sitting on the lantern that’s in there, Lexi leans forward to pull the box back toward us, shutting out the light and enclosing us in darkness.

It takes a few minutes of our eyes adjusting to the darkness before I turn on the lantern inside our little space.

As the light reflects off of Connor’s wet eyes, I realize he’s trying so hard to keep from crying for fear of the police taking him away.

“I love this family now,” are his first whispered words spoken in our cramped and stuffy hiding spot. “It was the only one who loved me and wanted me and don’t view me as a nuisance.”

“What?” I whisper softly.

Connor doesn’t meet my eyes. “My parents,” he murmurs, staring off into the distance like he’s imagining something different than the cardboard box wall in front of his face. “They…”

“The famous movie actors? Caleb and Aleksandra DaCosta?”

Connor nods. “That’s them.” He sniffs before continuing. “I was more or less an accident. They didn’t have time for a child during the midst of their busy acting lives. I don’t know why I was born instead of aborted.” He blinks rapidly to keep back raging tears that flood his eyes. “They never cared. Ever. They were never around.” His voice is thick. “I think they hated me.”

He takes a deep, shaky breath. “They sent me to boarding school, but I—ran away and faked it for years. Nobody knew I was missing until the kid I got to pretend he was me obviously… did something. Now everyone is searching for Connor DaCosta.” He shrugs. “I did a good job, hiding in foster care as Connor Cavanaugh for all these years.”

“Why foster care?” Lexi asks.

“I—I wanted a chance at getting into a family that would love me.”

“Nobody cared about you?” I question in disbelief. He must not know Who I know.

Connor nods. “Actually—I guess the only person that kind of cared was my parents’ lousy chauffeur who drove way too fast. But they trust him, and if my parents were to ever die, he’d be my legal guardian.”

He shrugs again, trying to keep this casual. “But in reality… nobody—nobody—nobody cares—” a sob chokes his throat and he finds himself unable to say another word.

“Connor,” I say softly, so soft I don’t know if he can hear me. “It’s okay to cry.”

Connor turns his face away in embarrassment. I don’t think he wants to cry in front of me.

I take a deep breath and decide to find my answer to why the change? “Um—so—if you weren’t already aware, we used to be—really—mean. To each other.”

Connor looks back at me in interest.

“Do you recall?” I ask.

Connor nods, his lips turning up in a little bit of a smile.

“I know why we hated each other—you would agree it was hate, right?”

Connor nods again.

“… but I don’t—I don’t hate you anymore.”

Connor smiles a little bit as if he’s pleasantly surprised.

“Even though Coconut’s death was your fault, I—I forgive you.”

Connor stares at me like he can’t believe it, and I continue.

“I don’t hate you anymore. And—recently you’ve been really just nice. You keep going out of your way to do whatever you can do to try to make me feel better about, like, everything. Why?” The question that kept repeating itself in my mind and heart finally escapes my lips. “Why the change?”

Connor’s eyes shine through his tears as he smiles a little more. “I—I found this book,” he says. “It said ‘Holy Bible’ on it. It was in the car, and I read it on the way home from the vet.” It begins to get harder and harder for him to swallow down his sobs. “It said that no one with sin can enter Heaven. I’m so sorry, Issa! I’m trying to make it up to you to ensure I don’t go to hell for everything I’ve done to hurt you. I’m so, so sorry.”

“Oh—oh, Connor.” I’m shocked. I don’t know what to say. His genuine sincerity touches me. But he’s going about this all wrong.

“You can’t earn salvation,” I explain. “It’s a free gift from God because He loves you and gives it to everyone who believes.”

“God loves me?” Connor is shocked, but he’s smiling and wider and wider. “He—he won’t reject me despite the fact I’ve done so many mean things to hurt you?”

I shake my head. “God takes you as you are—then changes you from the inside out.”

Connor nods vigorously. “Oh my gosh. I want Him to do that.”

Lexi and I exchange a glance. I get to help someone experience the same thing I did back when Bible Club was happening over the summer.

I grab Connor’s hand, and he holds mine. Lexi joins and closes the circle, and I lead Connor in the prayer that changes his life.

When Connor has finished repeating my words and has asked Jesus Christ to change his life, he’s crying and not ashamed about it in the least. He laughs through his tears and swipes his hands over his eyes right before we jump at the words shouted next.

“Police! Open up!”


To be continued… in HOTH Season 3, Part 8 (coming Friday)!

Heh heh. Sorry. Cliffhangers are just so much fun.

What do you think happens to Connor?

P.S.

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By | 2017-11-12T22:13:34+00:00 November 15th, 2017|All, Hang on to Hope, Photostories|81 Comments

81 Comments

  1. Gracie November 15, 2017 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    So THAT’s why the sudden change! Yay!! (and that’s what they did next!!)
    Great part!
    ~Gracie
    P.S. i believe I commented on your last part, but I haven’t seen it come through. Have you seen it? (If you’re just still getting to it that’s fine!)

    • Madison
      Madison November 15, 2017 at 2:45 pm - Reply

      YEP! Hehe!! Thank you so much, Gracie!

      P.S. Oh, I’m so sorry! It just took me a while to get to it. My parents keep limiting my screen time because they’re worried I’m trying to take on too many projects, so I wasn’t able to reply to all of the comments yesterday before this posted today. But yes, I got it and replied to it just now! I’m so sorry for the delay!

      • Gracie November 15, 2017 at 6:37 pm - Reply

        You’re welcome!
        P.S. Oh ok! No worries, that’s completely fine!! It’s good not to have too much computer time. 🙂 🙂

  2. meandmydogsblog November 15, 2017 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………DONT LEAVE CONNER!!!

    M&M-

    • Madison
      Madison November 15, 2017 at 2:45 pm - Reply

      If I did make him leave, how would you respond? >:)

      • meandmydogsblog November 17, 2017 at 9:23 am - Reply

        *Clicks unfollow* XD jk 😀 I would never unfollow you!! (but I might spend some time crying in the bathroom because Madison is so mean to make Conner leave 😛 )

        M&M-

        • Madison
          Madison November 17, 2017 at 1:16 pm - Reply

          Noooo! XDD Don’t worry too much… 😉

  3. The Dolls’ Mom from AG Doll Dreams November 15, 2017 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    YAYAYAYAYAY CONNOR I AM SO HAPPY YOU FINALLY FOUND TRUUUUTH!!!!! YAYAYAYAYAY!!! BUT NOW THESE MEANIES ARE GONNA TRY TO TAKE YOU AWAY NOOOOOOO! 😩 too many cliffhangers Madiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!! AHHHHH! wait why can’t I comment with WordPress!?!? Weirdness. XD

    • Madison
      Madison November 15, 2017 at 2:47 pm - Reply

      HEHEHEEEE!! MY CLIFFHANGERS SHALL RULE THE WORLD! Actually, wait, then people would go on strike from ever visiting DWOD. Better not do that. XD

      LOL, that is so weird! Bad WordPress. XD

      • agdolldreams November 15, 2017 at 3:54 pm - Reply

        LOL!!!!! wow now it’s letting me…. WordPress is weeeird… XD

        • Madison
          Madison November 17, 2017 at 12:43 pm - Reply

          BAD WordPress. XD

  4. EnniMorgan November 15, 2017 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    Madi. MADI. MADI!!!!! WHY?!?! STOP WITH THESE CLIFFHANGERS!

    • Madison
      Madison November 15, 2017 at 2:48 pm - Reply

      AAAMWAHAHAHAAAA! But I like cliffhangers! >:)

  5. (Liz) November 15, 2017 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    HOW?!!??!?!??! MADI!!!! WHY!?!??!? STOP WITH THE CLIFFHANGERS!!!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Madison
      Madison November 15, 2017 at 2:51 pm - Reply

      I SHALL NEVER STOP! MWAHAHAAA! >:) Just kidding… I’ll stop sometime.

      • Alyse November 16, 2017 at 5:50 pm - Reply

        Stop it you evil creature! Your cliffhangers will end the world!!!

        • Madison
          Madison November 17, 2017 at 1:16 pm - Reply

          WHAT? STOP IT? NEVER! >:D

  6. Emmie November 15, 2017 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    NO. WAY. NEED. NEXT. PART. NOW.

    • Madison
      Madison November 15, 2017 at 2:52 pm - Reply

      HEHE. NEXT PART COMING FRIDAY.

  7. Amie November 15, 2017 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    Oh MY!!! IT’s SO GOOD! I can’t wait until Friday! I think Connor is taken back but you leave this season with a cliff hanger of what Issa’s going to do.

    • Madison
      Madison November 15, 2017 at 2:53 pm - Reply

      AHH THANK YOU SO MUCH AMIE! Oooh, great guess!!

      • Amie November 15, 2017 at 4:30 pm - Reply

        Well, maybe you’ll be nice and not leave us with a cliff hanger but I suspect something just as bad as Cocoanut.

  8. AAG November 15, 2017 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    Oh my gosh, Madi. You had me crying.

    • Madison
      Madison November 15, 2017 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      Awwww! <3

      • AAG November 15, 2017 at 2:56 pm - Reply

        That was sad! CAN’T FRIDAY HURRY UPPPPPP
        <3 Maelyn <3

        • Madison
          Madison November 15, 2017 at 2:56 pm - Reply

          HEHE. >:) Well, it’s in only two days… 😉

          • AAG November 15, 2017 at 2:58 pm - Reply

            That’s 48 hours! WAHHHHHH

          • AAG November 16, 2017 at 6:42 pm - Reply

            YAS IT’S TOMORROW

            • Madison
              Madison November 17, 2017 at 1:16 pm - Reply

              HEHE.

              • AAG November 17, 2017 at 1:20 pm - Reply

                Omigosh just read it! Imma die now, I CAN’T WAIT TILL MONDAY!
                <3 Maelyn <3

                • Madison
                  Madison November 17, 2017 at 1:21 pm - Reply

                  YAY THANKS FOR READING IT! MONDAY COMING… SOON. XD

                  • AAG November 17, 2017 at 1:22 pm - Reply

                    Yw! MONDAY IS IN 72 HOURS!!!!! AGGHHHHH

                    • Madison
                      Madison November 17, 2017 at 1:23 pm

                      BUT BUT 72 HOURS ISN’T *THAT* LONG

                    • AAG November 17, 2017 at 1:28 pm

                      THAT’S SO NOT TRUE IT’S SOOOOO LONG! WAHHHHHHHHHHHH XD
                      <3 Maelyn <3

                    • Madison
                      Madison November 18, 2017 at 1:54 pm

                      PATIENCE PATIENCE PATIENCE, YOUNG ONE. XDD

                    • AAG November 19, 2017 at 2:16 pm

                      XD

  9. Mary E. November 15, 2017 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    cliffhangers are not fun…. 🙁 ya kill’n me, ya really kill’n me!

    • Madison
      Madison November 15, 2017 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      But they’re fun for MEEE! >:D 😂 NO DYING.

  10. Natalie@TheAGSpot November 15, 2017 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    MADISON. YOU ARE SO MEAN. WHY WHY WHY?????

    • Madison
      Madison November 15, 2017 at 2:55 pm - Reply

      BECAUSE I AM AN EVIL CLIFFHANGER-HANGER. A HANGER OF CLIFFHANGERS, I AM. THAT MAKES NO SENSE, BUT OKAY.

  11. KaylynsWorldBlog November 15, 2017 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU LITERALLY MADE ME CRY THE WHOLE POST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CONNOR IS A CHRISTAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BUT NO THE POLICE IS GOING TO RUIN IT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND WHY DO YOU HAVE TO DO THESE CLIFFHANGERS?????????????????? THEY KILL ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Sorry for all of the caps. I am really enjoying this! YOU ARE AWESOME MADI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ~Kaylyn

    • Madison
      Madison November 17, 2017 at 12:39 pm - Reply

      AWWWWWWWW I’M SO GLAD YOU LIKE THIS POST KAYLYN! THAT MAKES ME SO HAPPY!! AND MWAHAHAAAA CLIFFHANGERS SHALL RULE! >:D

      Awww, thank you SOO much Kaylyn!! You are SO awesome!!

      • KaylynsWorldBlog November 17, 2017 at 6:54 pm - Reply

        YOU ARE SO WELCOME!!!!!!!!!! Awww, thank you SO much! 😜

  12. Arabella November 15, 2017 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    Oh my gosh that was SO good but SO sad! DON’T LEAVE CONNOR!!!

    • Madison
      Madison November 17, 2017 at 12:39 pm - Reply

      Aww I’m so glad you liked it! Thanks so much for commenting!!

  13. olivehiddenhollow November 15, 2017 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    *squeals*
    *goes to take a nap because I just babysat the wild things*
    Most crazily, ~Olive

    • Madison
      Madison November 17, 2017 at 12:42 pm - Reply

      *pats your head* Poor babysitter.

      • olivehiddenhollow November 17, 2017 at 12:43 pm - Reply

        😛

  14. Sara November 15, 2017 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    OH. MADI, YOU DID IT AGAIN! OH THE CLIFFHANGERS. NEXT PART PLEASE.
    -Sara

    • Madison
      Madison November 17, 2017 at 12:48 pm - Reply

      CLIFFHANGERS ARE SO MUCH FUNNN. >:)

  15. Jaclynn November 15, 2017 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    OKAY SO MAKE HIM LEAVE AND THEN MAKE HIM COME BACK WHEN HE AND ISSA ARE GROWN UP #CONISSA XD
    ~Jaclynn~

    • Madison
      Madison November 17, 2017 at 12:50 pm - Reply

      OH MY GOSH THAT’S A GOOD PLOT TWIST. XD

  16. Sassafras November 15, 2017 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    Yay! This was a good part, if you know what I mean. 😉 Although the cliffhanger wasn’t so nice….
    Anyway, I really liked the effect of the dark hiding place with the flashlight lighting it up. It made the pictures kind of dramatic, which I liked. 🙂
    ~Sassafras

    • Madison
      Madison November 17, 2017 at 12:52 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Sassafras! Hehe, sorry about the cliffhanger… 😉

      Ooh, thank you! Hehe, that was the effect I was striving for! 😀

  17. Liv November 15, 2017 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    OHMYGOODNESMADITHECLIFFHANGERSAREKILLINGMEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

    Ok now that I got that out of my system. Madi this is fabulous I seriously can’t get over the plot twists, comedy, the fantastic photos, and the way you mix the love of Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior into one amazing, fantastic, awesome, astonishing, astounding, breathtaking, wonderful, incredible, magnificent, stunning, awe inspiring story. (I used a thesourous my vocab isn’t that big LOL) These inspire me every time I read them and I can’t wait for the next part. (literally I CAN’T WAIT THE SUSPENSE IS KILLING MEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) But I know it’s fun for you…. (I LOVE to write cliffhangers too >:D) keep up the great fantastic awesome astonishing astounding breathtaking wonderful incredible magnificent stunning awe inspiring work
    Your friend always,
    Liv

    • Madison
      Madison November 17, 2017 at 12:56 pm - Reply

      WAHAHA BUT CLIFFHANGERS ARE FUNNN!

      Awwww, thank you SO MUCH LIV!! Your comments seriously always make my day, YOU ARE THE SWEETEST. Seriously. You are AMAZING. Your encouragement means so much, THANK YOU TIMES ONE MILLION. :’) :’) <3 <3

  18. cameradolls November 15, 2017 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    NOOOOOOOO!!!! I need to know what happens next! I can’t WAIT for Friday! This is so incredible! I love it! But the cliffhangers are INTOLERABLE!! They’re killing me!

    • Madison
      Madison November 17, 2017 at 12:58 pm - Reply

      HEHEHE! Sorry, I just love a good cliffhanger or two or three or — a million! XD Thank you SOO much for commenting!

  19. Allison November 15, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Aww, that was so sweet! You do SUCH a good job with this series, Madi! ♥

    • Madison
      Madison November 17, 2017 at 12:58 pm - Reply

      Aww, thank you SOO much, Allison!! ♥

  20. Chloë November 15, 2017 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    AHHHHHH MADI WHY.

    • Madison
      Madison November 17, 2017 at 1:12 pm - Reply

      BECAUSE… CLIFFHANGERS.

  21. Xyra November 15, 2017 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    Yikes!

  22. Katie November 15, 2017 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    Yay! Conner accepted Jesus into his heart! I’m so happy for him! He’s been saved! 😀 can’t wait for the next part!
    – Katie 🙂

    • Madison
      Madison November 17, 2017 at 1:00 pm - Reply

      Awww, me too! I just love getting characters saved. XDD Thank you so much for commenting, Katie!

  23. Jewel November 16, 2017 at 8:10 am - Reply

    Wooohoooo! This was so cute! Awesome job as ever, Madi!

    -Jewel
    http://www.dollnotebook.com/blogs/

    • Madison
      Madison November 17, 2017 at 1:07 pm - Reply

      Thank you sooo much, Jewel! I’m so glad you liked it!

  24. blackiesunshine November 16, 2017 at 8:59 am - Reply

    MADI ARG WHY?
    I always love how when you insert something religious into your stories (into everything you do because you’re a smol watermelon), it never feels cheezy. Nice work!

    • Madison
      Madison November 17, 2017 at 1:09 pm - Reply

      MWAHAHA.

      Awww, that means so much! That’s one of my biggest goals, to make sure the Gospel is packaged with excellence and never corniness. Thank you so much!

      • blackiesunshine November 19, 2017 at 3:45 am - Reply

        You can say that again girl. *nods*
        You can also not ask me why I replied to this at 2:45 am. I will volunteer only one excuse – NANO….

  25. agsparklesisters November 16, 2017 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    Aaaahhhh! Yay! We love HOTH!

    • Madison
      Madison November 17, 2017 at 1:12 pm - Reply

      Aww, I’m so glad!

  26. The AG Homeschooler November 16, 2017 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    Aww, Connor, welcome to the family!!
    Nooooo! Stinkin’ police. Wow, that’s the first time I’ve ever said that! I don’t mean for the real-life ones, just to be clear. 😉

    • Madison
      Madison November 17, 2017 at 1:16 pm - Reply

      LOL! Hehe, real-life ones are great. But since these are just actors… stinkin’ police! XD

  27. Olivia Bell (aka Livy) November 17, 2017 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    Yay! I’m so happy for Connor becoming a Christian!!! 😀 😀 😀 I can’t wait to go read part 8! 😀

    • Madison
      Madison November 18, 2017 at 2:05 pm - Reply

      Me too!! 😀 Yay, I hope you enjoy it! Thanks so much, Livy!

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