"What?!" asked Elder Dietrich. "So now you're encouraging your friends from home to come out and visit you on your mission?"
"Of course not!" I said. "I'd never met these girls or even heard of them before yesterday."
"Actually, we're the three Nephites," explained Andrea with a little smile. Elder Dietrich didn't seem to think that was very funny.
"No, Elder Beaverton was serious," said Tanya. "They're inactives and I'm an investigator, and these two missionaries were teaching us the discussions. Really."
Elder Dietrich didn't look convinced. "Why aren't you wearing your plaque?" [name-tag]
Oops. Elder Beaverton had put his back on, but in the confusion I had forgotten.
"I have no choice but to report you guys," he said.
I then stepped just a little into his space so he'd have to look up at me. "Are you sure you need to do that?" I asked him.
"Are you threatening me?" he asked, stepping away.
"No," I said calmly, "I just think it would be very nice of you to overlook this, since we weren't really doing anything wrong."
"If you weren't doing anything wrong, then you'll have no trouble explaining this to the Mission President in your interview on Friday. Now I think we should all go." So Elder Beaverton and I followed Elder Dietrich and Elder Clark to the exit.
As soon as we were on the sidewalk, Elder Dietrich started walking southwest, back towards downtown. "Um, we were going to go this way," I said, pointing the opposite direction. Elder Dietrich gave me a stern look in reply, but then he turned and kept going.
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Elder Beaverton and I didn't say anything as we walked northeast along the side of the Jardin Public. When we got to the corner, I suggested that we turn northwest and continue going around the park. I knew that the girls were still inside. I couldn't help but feel like if Elder Dickhead was going to label me a troublemaker anyway, it didn't really matter if I broke the rules a little or not.
As we approached another entrance to the Jardin Public, I turned to Elder Beaverton and said "It was very rude the way we left like that. We should at least go back and apologize to those girls and say goodbye to them properly before we go back to tracting."
"No, Elder Hobbs, don't do it. You're just going to get us into more trouble."
"You were fellowshipping them, weren't you? I'll be gone soon, but we should at least give them the contact info for the mission so that in case your efforts had some good influence on them, maybe they can meet with some other missionaries."
Elder Beaverton raised his eyebrow doubtfully, as if he thought maybe the missionaries shouldn't be spending too much time with these girls.
"You can warn the Mission President to send them some sister missionaries or something if they call, but we should at least give them our card."
"I don't know about this," said Elder Beaverton, but he followed me back into the Jardin Public. We found the three girls immediately.
"You again!" said Andrea. "We seem to be running into you everywhere!"
I smiled. "Sorry to have left so abruptly."
"It's okay," said Tanya. "I hope we didn't get you guys into too much trouble."
"Nah," I said.
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