After I told my parents about Mahlon they called David as well to see where he is. David tried to feed them the same story he had given us but after relentless questioning he finally did admit that he had come out to a truckstop near to where we lived and picked Mahlon up. They had made these plans quite some time earlier since Mahlon had always been really close to David and had been dreaming of joining him ever since David had left the Amish several months earlier.
My parents let Mahlon stay with David for a few days before going to pick him up and and taking him back to their home. Things had changed though and after a taste of what life outside the Amish was like the rest of that summer Mahlon was very restless and we realized it was probably only a matter of time before he would be leaving again.
I didn't like how my family was being torn and everything was changing. I wished we would have all stayed in Pennsylvania and everything would still be fine.