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Out of the Dust (The Final Chapter)

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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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."




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