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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..


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."


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

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.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on June 08, 2018:

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 W Fish (author) from Raleigh on June 08, 2018:

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

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on June 05, 2018:

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

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

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

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

Larry W Fish (author) from Raleigh on May 22, 2018:

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

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 22, 2018:

Great Finale! Tribute to the power of Love!

Larry W Fish (author) from Raleigh on May 21, 2018:

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

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 21, 2018:

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

Larry W Fish (author) from Raleigh on May 21, 2018:

Thanks Larry, yes it was time to end it.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on May 21, 2018:

Wonderful job of wrapping things up.

Larry W Fish (author) from Raleigh on May 21, 2018:

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.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 21, 2018:

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.

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