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Part II: The Dream
"What is on your mind, son" asked the carpenter? It had only taken a second for him see that something about the old tarnished nails had caused Thomas to reduce almost to tears.
Carlton's voice sounded a little sheepish as he apologized, "Thomas, I meant nothing by my question. You are welcome to use these old spikes." Turning to the carpenter he added "I did not intend to offend you or your boy."
He then looked at the boy and offered with some conciliation, "You may keep the nails if they mean something to you, young man. I am sure they have no real value. I only accepted them from the merchant as an act of good will. They are easily replaced."
Trying desperately to bring his son out of the sudden melancholy his father added, "I'm certain there are other nails that will work just perfectly. I'll go find them. You can keep these antiques. After all, there are five nails here and only three were used to hang Jesus on the Cross. So, like Mr. O'Leary said these are only part of an old story."
"But, dad" interrupted the boy, "when I fell asleep I had a dream about these nails that seemed weird."
"What do you mean by weird?" O'Leary questioned.