"Please don't stop," she begged. As a chorus, they sang. "I don't care about noise. I just want to play with some friends." The ideal for her had always been to sing in a big band. Every time Hannah sang, Haley was drawn in, drawn to her sister's infectious energy and cheeriness. "I hate you," she cried once, clinging to her sister's legs. When Hannah no longer had a boyfriend, Haley was briefly interested in the idea of dating. But each time she proposed the idea, Hannah would say, "Maybe some other time." Hannah didn't want to share the final time with someone else before she had to make a promise to God.
"It's not fair." Haley had tears in her eyes. "I can't do this to you, Hannah. Can't you change your mind? I like you, you know. I like you so much." Hannah wiped her sister's cheek, and whispered, "I love you so much, Haley. But I can't do this to myself." That was the end of the game. Haley kissed her sister on the cheek, and she walked away, hand in heart, asking nothing but to play some after-school music, and have friends over. d2c66b5586