Out of the Dust (The Final Chapter)

Updated on May 21, 2018
Larry Fish profile image

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

Stranger was staring at what he had taken out of his pocket. He thought, should I use this now or should I just walk back and sit on the bench. No, it had to be done now no matter what the result would be.

Looking up at the stars he pointed the object and pushed the button. Soon a voice came back to him, "Stranger, I have been expecting to hear from you for a long time. What have you found on planet Earth?"

Stranger replied, " I have met many good people, some bad people that I changed, and I found much sickness like had never seen on my home planet."

The voice said, "Stranger, you know we have no sickness here. Did you cure the sickness that you found there?"

"Yes, I did, but the last one almost cost me my life. It took all of the power and strength that I had."

"Why did you do it?" the voice asked.

"It was a small child of a woman that I fell in love with," replied Stranger.

The voice from afar came back and asked, "Love, what is love? I do not understand."

Stranger said, "It is a feeling that a man and a woman get when they are attracted to each other, a very strong attraction. They want to spend the rest of their lives together. I have made the decision that I do not want to return back home, but I want to remain here on Earth."

There was total silence. Stranger knew that his boss, or the man that he answered to was thinking of what to say. Finally after several minutes the voice came back. "You have surprised me Stranger. However, that is your choice to make."

"Thank you," Stranger replied.

"One more thing before we part our ways," the voice said. "If you decide to become an Earthling you will loose all your powers, You will never again be able to cure an illness, stop a fight, change a life. Do you understand?"

"Yes, I understand," replied Stranger. "I would like to look more like I can blend in with the other people of the town. Can you do that for me?"

The voice said, "I will do that for you, Stranger. Do you have anything else to say?"

"No," Stranger replied. "I will miss returning home, but I honestly think that I belong here."

"I understand," the voice said. "You stand perfectly still and I will change how you look. Say no more, we are done talking."

Stranger stood as still as he possibly could. He felt a warmth taking over his body, his eyes remained closed. Stranger could not see it but a bright blue light was radiating from his body. It lasted for several minutes. As he was starting to feel a little cool he knew it was time to open his eyes. Stranger looked at himself and smiled. Stranger took one last look to a far away star, tears were running down his face, he was happy to stay here, but he was sad that he would never again step on the planet, Htrae."

Stranger walked back to the park bench and sat down. The little bird flew to his lap and said, "What happened to you my friend? Where did you go last night? I was worried about you."

Stranger petted the little bird and smiled. "I just had something I had to take care of. I made a major decision in my life."

Stranger sat on the bench until about 10 a.m. It was then that he took a walk to the home of Janet and Alice. Stranger knocked on the door, soon Janet came and saw a nice tall man, dressed in nice slacks and a sport shirt. He had a nice hair cut and was clean shaven. Janet thought that he was a nice looking man. She said, "May I help you?"

Stranger smiled the said, "It is me, Janet. I am Stranger."

Janet gasped and held her hand to her mouth. "OMG, is that really you?"

"Yes, it is me," Stranger replied. "We need to talk."

"Come in and sit down or would you rather sit on the front porch?"

Stranger said, "Lets go inside."

They sat down and Stranger just stared at the floor for a minute, then he said, "I need to tell you something, but please don't say anything until I'm finished."

"Alright," she replied.

"Janet, I love you, I really do. I'm not sure who you think I am, but I am not from the planet, Earth. I am from a planet around a star thousands of light years away in another galaxy. I am from planet, Htrae. I was sent here to observe people and help when I could. As you know I had special powers that no one on Earth has. It is past time for me to return."

He looked at Janet, waiting for her to say something. "So you are leaving?" she said.

Stranger said, "No, I contacted my planet and told them that I was in love and I wanted to stay here. See on my planet we don't have love. I never felt it until I met you. On my planet we don't have sickness, no wars, no racism, everyone makes the same amount of what you call money. Our politicians look out for the welfare of the people."

"You are leaving all of that for me?" Janet asked.

"That is if you will have me?" Stranger wanted to know.

Janet moved close to Stranger and kissed him. He smiled as he put his arms around her and pulled her close to him.

Stranger said, "This has to be our secret. No one in town can ever know the truth. You better not even tell Alice. I can no longer be called Stranger. From now on my name is, Jeff Sanders. Do you mind being with a man from outer space?'

"Not at all, Jeff Sanders. Your secret is safe with me. I love you."

Questions & Answers


      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment
      • Larry Fish profile imageAUTHOR

        Larry W Fish 

        13 months ago from Raleigh

        I am glad that you enjoyed the story through and through, Chris. Sometimes we have to let our imagination go places where we know that it is impossible, but we try to make it feel like reality. I hope that I have done that. Your words are an inspiration to me to keep trying to reach out to places that seem so distant but so close at the same time.

      • cam8510 profile image

        Chris Mills 

        13 months ago from Dallas, Texas through August 23, 2019.

        This was a satisfying ending to a wonderful tale. Self sacrifice for the sake of love shows the true character of the man...er...alien. You and I mentioned believability of our fantasy stories at one time. Of course stories like this one aren't believable. I've written several myself. The writer must have the ability to tell the story in such a way that the reader is willing to suspend their disbelief for as long as they are reading. You have done that with this story. I was more than happy to set aside what I know about science, biology, space travel and logic in order to enjoy the story. Thank you for the time and effort you put into writing this.

      • Larry Fish profile imageAUTHOR

        Larry W Fish 

        13 months ago from Raleigh

        I am so glad that you enjoyed the conclusion, Shyron. Your kind words are always welcomed.

      • Shyron E Shenko profile image

        Shyron E Shenko 

        13 months ago from Texas

        Larry, what a responsibility to lay on someone you love, to keep a secret forever, but I do love how you conclude this story of love's strength.

        Stranger did not lose his ability to help people only his ability to help the supernaturally.

        Blessings my friend

      • Larry Fish profile imageAUTHOR

        Larry W Fish 

        13 months ago from Raleigh

        Thank you for enjoying this series, Dennis. I try to keep my readers in suspense. Apparently I have accomplished that.

      • pagesvoice profile image

        Dennis L. Page 

        13 months ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

        You did a fabulous job on this series! I never saw this ending coming.

      • Larry Fish profile imageAUTHOR

        Larry W Fish 

        14 months ago from Raleigh

        Thank you, Dora. I am glad you enjoyed it.

      • MsDora profile image

        Dora Weithers 

        14 months ago from The Caribbean

        Great Finale! Tribute to the power of Love!

      • Larry Fish profile imageAUTHOR

        Larry W Fish 

        14 months ago from Raleigh

        Flourish, love always wins in the end. I am glad you liked the conclusion.

      • FlourishAnyway profile image


        14 months ago from USA

        This was a nice conclusion to this story. Love wins in the end.

      • Larry Fish profile imageAUTHOR

        Larry W Fish 

        14 months ago from Raleigh

        Thanks Larry, yes it was time to end it.

      • Larry Rankin profile image

        Larry Rankin 

        14 months ago from Oklahoma

        Wonderful job of wrapping things up.

      • Larry Fish profile imageAUTHOR

        Larry W Fish 

        14 months ago from Raleigh

        I am so glad that you enjoyed the end of the story, Linda. I had three different endings in my head and I am glad that I chose this one. All stories have to finally come to an end.

      • AliciaC profile image

        Linda Crampton 

        14 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        This is a lovely ending to the story, Larry. I'm glad that Stranger and Janet have found happiness. I suspect that Stranger might miss his special ability to help people, but it's good that he knows what love is.


      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, letterpile.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://letterpile.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
      ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)