Out of the Dust (Part Two)

Updated on March 30, 2018
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I was born and raised as a country boy in the rural Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. I love the art of writing..

Stranger made his way to Petunia's Restaurant He just loved the sound of that name. There were three wooden steps up to the restaurant, as he stepped on the first board it was loose, moving slightly. He stopped and looked down at the steps and thought, I hope no one falls.

At the top of the steps he just stood there and looked around. It seemed like a peaceful town, not knowing that it wasn't as peaceful as he thought. Stranger opened the door to the restaurant. The hinges were rusty and it made the sound like a bird singing a song. He just stood there for a second looking at it, closing the door it made the same sound.

Stranger looked at a couple of the booths where people were sitting down and enjoying their breakfast. He made his way to the counter and sat on one of the stools. A grey haired woman passing by said, "What can I get you to drink?"

Stranger said, "I'll just have a coffee for starters, please." Stranger got his coffee and the older woman said, "Petunia will take your order in a minute."

The middle age women come out to take Stranger's order. Stranger thought to himself that Petunia was an amazingly beautiful woman. She was rather tall and slim. Her hair was shoulder length and a light blonde color. Stranger ordered eggs, bacon, white toast with strawberry jelly.

His order came out and as Petunia handed the order to him her sleeve moved up toward her elbow. He could see that her right hand and her arm about four inches above her wrist had been badly burned. He didn't say anything, but was wondering as he finished his breakfast. He sipped down his coffee and just as he finished Petunia came to ask him if he wanted another cup.

As she poured it, Stranger said to her, "how did you burn your hand and arm?"

She looked at him a little sheepishly like she didn't want to say anything. Finally she replied, "I was cooking something on the top of my stove. I was distracted and before I knew it the pot was slipping off of the stove and I grabbed for it. Stupid but my hand and arm were covered with hot grease. The pain was terrible. The doctor said that I would always have the skin looking the way it does now."

Stranger finished his second cup of coffee. Petunia came back to clear the dishes away. Stranger said, "Petunia, let me hold your hand."

"Why, what are you going to do?"

"Don't worry, I'm not going to hurt you." For a minute she held her hand close to her body, finally deciding to give it to Stranger.

Stranger took Petunia's hand between the two of his. Immediately Petunia was feeling a warmth in her hand and radiating up her arm. Stranger was speaking words as he bowed his head. He moved his hands up Petunia's arm to the top of where it was burned. Petunia was feeling weak in her knees like she might fall over but she kept standing. For several minutes Stranger kept speaking, as he moved his hands back and forth from Petunia's hand up past the wrist.

It was the strangest feeling that Petunia ever felt in her life. She felt so warm and at peace like nothing could hurt her. She was at Stranger's total control. He had her mesmerized like she was in a trance. Finally Stranger looked up and took his hands away.

Petunia looked at her hand and arm, it looked like it had never been burned. It was back to normal. Her mouth opened in amazement and she got a huge smile on her face. "How did you do that?" she asked. "Are you Jesus? The way you look, the way you are dressed, you must be Jesus."

Stranger smiled and said to her, "No, I can assure you that I am not Jesus. I just have a gift and if I can help someone it is my duty to do so."

He got up and paid Petunia for the breakfast. He told her how delicious it was. "Will I see you again?" she asked.

"I think you will," as he opened the door to that same sound of the bird singing. He just had to smile as he stepped outside. Stranger wondered what the rest of the day had in store.

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      • Larry Fish profile imageAUTHOR

        Larry W Fish 

        2 years ago from Raleigh

        Thank you for your comment, Dennis!

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        Dennis L. Page 

        2 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

        You are doing a great job of baiting the reader to want more. This is an interesting story.

      • Larry Fish profile imageAUTHOR

        Larry W Fish 

        2 years ago from Raleigh

        I like to keep an open mind as to where I will go next, Chris. I am glad you are enjoying it.

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        Chris Mills 

        2 years ago from Green Bay, Wisconsin...for now

        This guy is an odd blend of supernatural and normal. I don't think he's too good to be true. I might do that to my readers, but I get the feeling you wouldn't. Onward.

      • Larry Fish profile imageAUTHOR

        Larry W Fish 

        2 years ago from Raleigh

        The funny thing is, Lori, that I may be lying in bed at 2 or 3 a.m. and wonder what my be ahead for this story.

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        Lori Colbo 

        2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

        This is a delightful story. I too can't wait to find out what's ahead.

      • Larry Fish profile imageAUTHOR

        Larry W Fish 

        2 years ago from Raleigh

        Thank you Linda. I always appreciate your comments. Little details add to a story very much. I didn't do that much, but it is something I have grown to realize the importance. What will Stranger do next? Keep guessing!

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        Linda Crampton 

        2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

        I'm enjoying this story very much, Larry. Stranger is a mysterious and very interesting character. I love the little details that you've included in the story, like the singing door.

      • Larry Fish profile imageAUTHOR

        Larry W Fish 

        2 years ago from Raleigh

        I am glad you are enjoying it, Shyron. The best part of writing fiction is that I can make it feel like reality. Part three will be posted soon.

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        Shyron E Shenko 

        2 years ago from Texas

        Larry, this is fantastic, I can see this happening. Did I miss chapter one? I have to go look for it.

        Blessings my friend

      • Larry Fish profile imageAUTHOR

        Larry W Fish 

        2 years ago from Raleigh

        I am glad you enjoyed the continuation of this story, Flourish. I hope to show much more of Stranger in the weeks to follow.

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        2 years ago from USA

        This was beautiful. I like that his name is a Stranger and he does good deeds like this.

      • Larry Fish profile imageAUTHOR

        Larry W Fish 

        2 years ago from Raleigh

        You are a wise woman, Dora. However, you may be surprised at what is to follow.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 years ago from The Caribbean

        "She felt so warm and at peace like nothing could hurt her." That must be part of the healing. Phenomenal!

      • Larry Fish profile imageAUTHOR

        Larry W Fish 

        2 years ago from Raleigh

        I am glad you are enjoying it, Eric. I think I can continue this for quite some time.

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        Eric Dierker 

        2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        Really good and cool. You got me flummoxed as to what is next.


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