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Out of the Dust (Part Six)

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


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It was in the middle of the night and Stranger was sitting on the park bench where he has spent every night since he entered town. The little bird spent much time in its nest looking down on Stranger. Stranger often wondered what the little bird was thinking. Did the little bird have a way of knowing what was in Stranger's mind?

The moon was out bright. It looked so beautiful seeing the light from the moon glistening off of the leaves on the trees. The moon had a way of making everything seem so peaceful at night. The moon had a reason for it's existence near earth. Stranger knew what it was. He had a way of knowing just about everything.

It was in the middle of the night and the little bird flew down and landed on Stranger. It was tweeting and fluttering about. Stranger immediately knew that there was trouble somewhere.. "What is it my feathered friend? Lead the way."

The bird took off to the east toward one of the older neighborhoods in town. It kept circling back to give Stranger time to catch up. Stranger stopped! I smell smoke, he thought to himself. "Go little bird, something is wrong," Stranger replied..

Soon little bird led him to an older three story house. The fire department was not there yet. If it wasn't there soon the home would be a total loss. The fire was lighting up the upstairs windows. There was a smash as a man threw a chair through the window. A man yelled, "help us, please help us. The fire is getting close, We can't get out."

Stranger heard the sound of sirens, but the people needed help now. Stranger did something that he rarely did. He stretched out his arms. In a flash his arms turned into the wings of a bird. Stranger flew to the window. "How many of you are there?"

"Three of us," the man said.

"Give me the mother and child first," Stranger replied.

They got on Stranger's back and he flew them to the ground. Immediately in a flash he was back up to the window. The fire was so close that it was forcing the man to exit the window. "Get on my back," Stranger said.

Stranger flew the man down to where the mother and child were. He held out his arms and the wings disappeared. Stranger said, "You can not tell anyone what you just saw. It is a secret between the four of us. Do you understand?"

The man said, "Don't worry, Stranger, the secret is safe with us."

Just then the fire department arrived. The chief wanted to know if anyone was in the building. The man said everyone was out. This man helped us get out of the upstairs bedroom. "How did you get up there without a ladder?" the chief asked.

Stranger said, "It wasn't easy but in times like this I got it done."

The chief just looked at Stranger shaking his head. Something just didn't seem right to him, but he said no more.The house received a lot of damage, but it could be repaired. All the way back to the station the chief was thinking, something just didn't seem right, it was just odd.

Stranger looked at the family and nodded. He knew his secret was safe with them. The family would spend the night and many nights more with a neighbor.

Stranger took his time walking back to the park bench. When he got there he looked up at the bird nest. The little bird was in there sound asleep. Stranger said, "you did good my little friend, you should be proud."

Stranger crossed his legs, closed his eyes, wondering if tomorrow would be more relaxing. When he woke up in the morning the little bird was in his lap sleeping. Stranger smiled as he ran his hand across the feathers.. "You just sleep there as long as you want my little feathered friend. Do you realize that you are a hero?"


Larry W Fish (author) from Raleigh on May 30, 2018:

Yes Shyron, I always find comments I have made. Hope you are enjoying reading this series.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on May 29, 2018:

I thought I read this before and commented on it, but could not find it.

are you finding comments you have made.

Blessings always

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

Thank you, Dennis! I think the bird adds something to the story.

Dennis L. Page from New York/Pennsylvania border on May 27, 2018:

I really enjoy the pure symbolism you brought into this story with the little bird. As you know, I thoroughly enjoy my birds, wildlife and, nature. I'm curious where you are headed with the fire chief.

Larry W Fish (author) from Raleigh on April 23, 2018:

I am glad you are enjoying it, Marlene. I am not sure where it will lead next.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on April 23, 2018:

I realize I am reading this series from back to front. Still, it is very interesting. I am enjoying it a lot.

Larry W Fish (author) from Raleigh on April 14, 2018:

I am glad you are enjoying the adventures of a mysterious man, Linda. Who knows where he will go next.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 13, 2018:

This is another intriguing chapter in your story. Stranger is becoming more and more amazing! I love his kindness as well as his mysterious qualities.

Larry W Fish (author) from Raleigh on April 13, 2018:

Glad you enjoyed it, Mark. I hope you enjoy the other chapters just as much.

Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on April 12, 2018:

love the detail in this. will backtrack to the other chapters.

Larry W Fish (author) from Raleigh on April 10, 2018:

Thank you Flourish and Chris for your comments. Birds are very smart little creatures,Flourish. I truly believe that they can know things that humans can not. I try to keep my fiction believable, Chris, although some parts of, Out of the Dust, does stretch that a bit.

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

You mentioned some feel this is over the top. My definition of over the top is when a writer delves into the ridiculous and isn't able to make it believable. You aren't there yet. There are writers who can take the craziest storylines and have us believing every word as we read.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 09, 2018:

Larry, I really like your writing style. It’s simple but meaningful and there is a deeper message. I like your use of details like the bird. It makes me wonder why that bird, who is this Stranger, and how does the bird know what others cannot?

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

Thank you for your kind words, Chris, it means a lot.

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

The bird was a nice touch. Take your time with the next part. You have us hooked.

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

Thanks Eric! I am continuing to let my mind wander.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 09, 2018:

This is such a marvelous series. I hope the captain does not think on it too hard. But then again I do not think the truth would shock many in that town. The bird is a wonderful part.

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

This is part six of, Out of the Dust. I hope you were able to read the first five parts.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 09, 2018:

Excellent job of painting the opening scene,setting the mood for the rest of the chapter.

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