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Out of the Dust (Part One)

I was born and raised as a country boy in the rural Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. I love the art of writing..


The wind was blowing fiercely as people looked off into the distance as the edge of the dust storm got closer and closer. Strange as it was the dust storm stopped right at the edge of town.

It was unheard of, normally the dust storm would roar through town like a freight train. The dust just kept bouncing back and up in the air like it had hit a giant wall. People just kept staring as a man walked out of the dust. He was a rather tall man, with long hair and a beard. He was dressed in a pure white robe. As eerie as it sounds there was no dirt on the man's robe, It was pure white just like it had come out of the wash.

He looked around and took in the sights of the small town. It seemed peaceful enough and made him wonder why he was there. He saw a little boy standing in the middle of the street bouncing a ball. He walked over to the boy and said, "What is your name?"

"My name is, Tommy," the little boy said.

"It is nice to meet you," the man said to him. "My name is Stranger."

Tommy said, "What kind of a name is that? Don't you have a real name?"

The man just smiled and rubbed his hand over the boy''s head. Stranger said, "I think I'll go over and talk with those two men sitting in front of the store over there."

"No point in it," the young boy said. "They lost their hearing in a mining accident many years ago. They won't hear a word you say."

Stranger smiled and walked over to the two men. He nodded to them and shook their hands. Stranger turned to look at Tommy, then turned back to the two men. He laid one hand on the top of each man's head. Stranger bowed his head and started to say something. The little boy couldn't hear what was being said. The men were feeling warm and it was like a soothing warmth was spreading over their body. It went on for several minutes then Stranger removed his hands.

The two men looked at each other and jumped up. They hugged each other and were talking a blue streak. They turned toward Stranger. One of them said, "How did you do that. It is a miracle."

Stranger just smiled and said, "It was my pleasure."

As Stranger walked away the men were hugging each other and were talking and talking. Tommy just stared in awe with his mouth wide open. Tommy turned around and looked up and down the street. He was the only one that had seen what had happened.

Stranger saw a sign that read, Petunia's Restaurant. He kind of smiled and walked toward it.


Larry W Fish (author) from Raleigh on May 26, 2018:

Thanks Dennis! I do try to think out of the box as they say.

Dennis L. Page from New York/Pennsylvania border on May 26, 2018:

You certainly have a great imagination. I'll be looking forward to the other part of this series.

Larry W Fish (author) from Raleigh on May 15, 2018:

Thank you, Peg! I am glad you enjoyed it and the name Stranger does add some doubts to just who he is.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on May 15, 2018:

Interesting opening to what will likely be a miraculous tale. Loved the name, "Stranger."

Larry W Fish (author) from Raleigh on April 09, 2018:

Possibly, possibly not, Chris!

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on April 09, 2018:

This guy seems familiar. Calming the storm, healing the deaf, enjoying children....hmmm. Onward.

Larry W Fish (author) from Raleigh on April 04, 2018:

Lori, wouldn't it be nice if we all had healing powers.

Lori Colbo from United States on April 04, 2018:

Oh my. Stranger is a healer. I'm hooked on to the next part.

Larry W Fish (author) from Raleigh on March 31, 2018:

Thank you Shyron! I hope to be able to continue this for quite some time.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on March 30, 2018:

Larry, I missed this one and read the second one first, but no matter these are stand alone stories. Good start.

Blessings my friend.

Larry W Fish (author) from Raleigh on March 29, 2018:

Thank you, Linda. I hope that I can keep people interested.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 28, 2018:

This is a very interesting start to your story, Larry. I'm looking forward to learning more about Stranger.

Larry W Fish (author) from Raleigh on March 27, 2018:

Thank you, Dora! I don't think it will be a long wait. Part two is already swirling around in my head.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 27, 2018:

Hoping we don't have to wait a long time for part two. Great beginning!

Larry W Fish (author) from Raleigh on March 27, 2018:

I am glad you enjoyed it, Eric. Actually I had about ten thousand words of a novel written and I had to take my computer to Best Buy for repair. I told them to save all of my documents and photos. That was useless, I lost all of my documents and they only saved a fraction of my photos. Anyway that novel, has now turned into a continuing story here. I hope you like parts 2, 3, 4, 5, who knows how many.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on March 27, 2018:

"I was a stranger and you let me in." Oh boy this is a good one. I am excited it says part one. Looking forward to two.

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