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from The Kiss by Shirley Holder Platt

Copyright © 2020–2021 Shirley Holder Platt

Changed in the Twinkling of an Eye

But I am telling you this strange and wonderful secret; we shall not die, but we shall be given new bodies! It will all happen in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, then the last trumpet is blown.  

I Corinthians 15:51

The Living Bible



Being shy was the worst part of business travel. Callie tried to tell herself that there was nothing to fear, but her hands trembled of their own accord. When she entered the room full of people, she saw only a blurred sea of bodies. The little confidence she’d found ebbed away, and she was lost. The only thought other than “RUN” was “Get a drink, quick.” She located the bar by instinct and began her slow dodge of eyes as she headed for her goal. From the rush of noise bombarding her senses, she heard someone call her name. She could not locate the owner of the voice and never averted her attention from the bar. An arm came out of the blur and the attached hand touched her. Callie recoiled automatically, backed into a drink, which spilled all over a pin stripe suit. She heard a laugh, and now she recognized the voice. It was Julie. Julie Kowalski, from out of the blue!

At once Callie felt relief. Just one familiar face made such a difference. Julie was laughing and meeting the blue pin stripe while Callie acquired her much needed drink. She thought Julie would know everyone at the meeting of over two hundred people soon. Callie was amazed by people like Julie. What made them so easy with strangers? Perhaps she would n...

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