Harriet surprised June with a quilt made of tiny squares with an ivory satin border. “I sewed a block a day, praying for your situation. I memorized many psalms while I sewed—Psalm 45 a favorite.”
“And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold, and with a garment of fine linen and purple: and the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad.”
—Esther 8:15 KJV
Although she didn’t fully understand her recent slavery, June saw God’s faithfulness in her life’s work. With a smaller workforce at the laundry due to her absence, Harriet had found time to teach the workers English.
“And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”
—2 Timothy 2:2 KJV
As June traveled to Agate Beach with Montana and Susanna, she savored the soft whispering pines and fresh blueberry biscuits. After several vespers at Agate Beach with Sam and Harriet, June found she could once again peacefully listen to waves breaking on shore.
“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:”
—2 Peter 1:19 KJV
Mr. Kingman rewarded June by releasing her from all work duties at the Kingman estate. Across oceans, as Captain Moose made the Swordfish shipshape to return to San Francisco, June sent the happiest telegram she would ever write to Sam and Harriet in Agate Beach. Riding a rented horse, she arrived at Montana and Susanna’s cabin just in time for fresh apple pie.
“Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?”
—Isaiah 58:6 KJV
A vendor at the farmer’s market noticed June’s skill in choosing ripe fruits. Shouting over the noise, June shared her experiences on the ‘Frisco and Brine Shine. Emperor Norton—mayor of San Francisco—walked by and cringed at the “misuse” of his beloved city’s name. A policeman promptly arrested June. In the following trial, Moose, sold in Oahu and a recent arrival to San Francisco, testified that June had worked on a ship named ‘Frisco. Upon obtaining her freedom, June recommended Moose as a gardener for the Kingman estate.
“Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict.”
—Job 37:23 KJV
On her first day as top chef, June discovered a large garbage chute in the kitchen floor. When Jake held his shipping business meetings in the kitchen, June smelled something fishy. To discover where the chute ended, June dropped an orange down the chute. She then opened every door in the cellar, finding the orange in a small room with ropes and empty barrels.
“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”
—2 Corinthians 11:13, 14 KJV
In San Francisco, the captain abandoned June on the dock. Joseph Kingman, who lived on Nob Hill, found June and placed her in his estate kitchen. Kingman’s son, Jake, worked as a sous chef and owned a fishing vessel, the Swordfish. In a holiday showdown for top chef, June’s pineapple upside-down cake with toasted macadamia crust won the competition.
“And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.”
—Genesis 27:41 KJV