Have you ever crossed paths with a manipulative person? Recently, a young engaged couple who lives across the road has been coming over to our house. Now, this couple claims that they had been going to another church and had both been "born again", which is something my whole family believes in. The thing is, between the Friday that they first came over, and today (the following Tuesday), $100 worth of two already endorsed checks have gone missing. Both of these items, unfortunately, were at one time left somewhere that these people have been by, and a sneaky person could have easily taken them. Add that to the fact that my mom hardly ever misplaces anything, especially anything to do with money. Maybe I'm too cynical, but I'm not yet buying into their story. Again, I believe people can be born again, and I really hope that is the case here, but it smells fishy to me. Both of them were at our church Sunday, and they've both been asking my dad questions about scripture (simple things, not like they're trying to disprove it), which is what you'd expect from people who've recently became Christians and have never been to church before. The guy was talking about how he and her read the Bible together at night; he appears to be an excellent mechanic, and has even done some work for us. The girl has been getting rid of some old clothes and giving them to us. Now, I know that the girl has in the past been on drugs (had her child taken away because of them) and has stolen things. To be honest, I wouldn't expect her friends to be any different, if she is indeed the same person she's always been. I could see how sneaky, manipulative people could make up a story like that, give things to, and do things for someone to try to earn their trust; it all has the makings of an elaborate scam. On the other hand, it could all be a coincidence. We've talked to both of the people who wrote us the checks, and if the checks clear their accounts, it won't be by us, so we'll have it pretty narrowed down. If the checks are indeed lost, at least we'll have a new-found awareness of security. I really want to believe their story, but we're gonna play it safe until we are sure. I hope they're not just manipulative people, but have any of you had experiences with manipulative people? What do ya'll think about my situation?