Reverend White rose from his walnut desk in the little study when Joe and Lori-Anne stepped through the door. The preacher had a big, toothy smile, but something about the way he looked at her made Lori-Anne think he might not be as nice a man as he first appeared.
"Well, Lori-Anne!" he said in his pleasant drawl. "It's such a pleasure. I've been waitin' so long to meet you."
"It's nice to meet you, reverend," Lori-Anne said tentatively.
Reverend White looked at Joe. "Isn't that sweet?" he said. "She talks just like a Christian girl."
"I told you you'd love her, reverend," Joe said, shaking the preacher's hand.
"Joe," said Reverend White, "why don't you just have a walk? I'll be a little while examining your pretty bride, if you know what I mean."
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