"STOP IT" said Allen and Monica at the same time, but in very different tones of voice.
"Well, it's an interesting philosophical question," said Daniel, looking up from his crossword puzzle with unusual energy. "Do we provide no information, so that we disappoint no one, or do we let people know what's in the works, so that they have something to look forward to? It seems to me that God sends prophets, and the prophecies get fulfilled in different times and different ways. The psalms are always saying, 'How long, O Lord?' So if God does it..."
"You're not God" snapped Otto, who was in a very bad mood indeed. "None of us are. We can't guarantee to fulfill our so-called 'prophecies'. I don't think we should make them until the time is REALLY close, and we're REALLY sure."
"Ever hear of a rock band called Boston?" asked Daniel with mild curiosity. "They're famous for doing exactly that."
"Otto does have a point though," said Monica. "I hate to think of disappointed children! I think we all feel bad. We're not doing it on purpose, but this is how things turned out."
"Or disappointed CCD teachers," added Allen, "I mean, not that anyone sent mean emails or anything. But I feel guilty. Still, I think this is just going to make us even more ready to work really hard on the album this summer. And doesn't Amy have a new job at a church that has a school?"
"She does," said Monica, who keeps up with these things. "She's hoping to have the 5th and 6th graders give a concert to the younger kids, after Easter. The Principal actually suggested it. And then we'll have the beginnings of a whole new children's choir, to sing on new recordings!"
"I don't agree with Mr. Gloomy." Gloria threw a wadded up piece of paper at Otto, but it hit Daniel, who had gone back to his crossword. They both glared at her. "I think it's great. After all, we got two recordings done, and contacted the illustrator, and wrote a new song. I don't think we would have gotten that far if we hadn't written it up on the website. So, I see it as a positive, even if we didn't do everything we wanted. Yet."
:"There's a good attitude!" approved Allen. "I don't think we should be moping around. Let's update the website, and just tell everyone what we're hoping. We could use their prayers, right? No use beating ourselves up; gotta stay positive."
"Gotta stay on the right side of the right thing to do," grumbled Otto. (Did he give up too much for Lent? He's really grumpy.) "But as long as we make it clear that we HOPE, we do not promise, I suppose it's not actually a sin."
Daniel looked up again. "What's a six-letter word for "agree" that starts with the letter 'C'?"
"C-o-n-c-u-r," smiled Monica. And I do. So let's get going."