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“I’m surprised it took you this long to come meet with me.” Laban looked up from his desk and removed his reading glasses.
“My apologies, sir.” Jacob nodded with respect. “I’ve been… distracted.”
“That’s what I understand.”
“Have I displeased you, Uncle?”
“No, son, you have been a welcome addition to our otherwise mundane lives.” Laban stood and approached his nephew. “How are your mother and father?”
“They are well, thank you.”
Laban waved his hand toward a small grouping of sofas where they could sit and chat. “Will they be making the drive up here for your wedding?”
“How did you know that’s why I came to see you?” Jacob gulped as he sat on the edge of the closest sofa, not wanting to relax his stance.
“Oh, please.” Laban scoffed. “This was a foregone conclusion the minute you arrived.”
Jacob chuckled. “Even before that.”
Laban cleared his throat, and his features hardened. “You do realize our culture requires that my oldest daughter marry first, don’t you?”
“Yes, sir.” Jacob lowered his gaze.
“Don’t you dare look away from me, son.” Although Laban’s words were threatening, his tone was compassionate. “Rachel told me about her vision.”
“And you are in accord?”
“Do I have a choice?”
“We all have a choice,” Jacob said confidently.
“Who am I to argue with God?” Laban shook his head, his features resigned.
“I sometimes do.”
“And how does that work out for you, son?”
“Not well, sir.” Jacob chuckled.
“Have you spoken with Leah yet?”
“Well, get on it, son.” Laban stood, implying the conversation was over.
Jacob rose as well and extended a hand that his uncle clasped, noting that he did not receive an electric warmth when he did so.
“Oh, and, tell my cousin I look forward to seeing her.”
“I will do that, sir, thank you.” Jacob nodded to his uncle and strode from his office, intent to seek out his future bride, if Leah would agree to the arrangement. He had his doubts.
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