Monday, September 9, 2013

A Major Mystery

Some moments can last a lifetime, and for the otherwise sordid life of Nick Major, this moment would last forever.
Nick wanted to be sober the evening his dog Cello became ill, something he wasn't accustomed to, as he drank continually. He wanted to be fully conscious throughout and spend as much time with him as possible. Little did he know what this night would bring.  When Cello started going into seizures, he went unconscious and Nick attempted a mouth to mouth resuscitation to revive him. Nick's hardest efforts failed, and the 15 year old Italian Greyhound named 'Uccello Della Strade' (The Roadrunner) lost his battle for life.

Nick lay on the bed holding the dog in his arms, sobbing and cursing himself, in the depths of shame and despair at his failure to save him. 'I'm so sorry Cello',  he cried out to no one-or so he thought. 
Suddenly Nick sensed a presence in the middle of the bed; someone was standing there! He felt this presence put his hand strongly on Nick's right shoulder. As he turned around he saw a man; with short cropped hair, dressed in a red canvas tunic, a leather belt, and well worn sandals.

This figure of a man could easily have been a linebacker, and though he wasn't wearing the trappings of a soldier, Nick, by sheer osmosis, knew him to be a Centurian from the days of the Roman Empire!
He was a large and stocky fellow, a protector. Finally, Nick came to the realization that this entity was indeed a guardian angel.
Nick was bombarded with this imagery faster than his mind could process, yet time also seemed to stand still. Earthly rules no longer applied, as this moment was like no other in Nick's life. This moment was divine.
Being spoken to in a very firm, but loving way. He merely said, "It's all right" -volumes were said in those three words. With that soothing phrase, Nick was released from the bondage of the ordinary world.
He was completely relieved of all regret, sadness, and loss over Cello  He now knew the little guy he loved so much was going to be alright, and he was being taken to a place that was very safe, but where he was going was not revealed to him.
He could only guess. He had vaguely heard of the Rainbow Bridge, where animals go to wait for their masters after death. Could it be there that Cello was being taken? No answer came. The angel dissolved into the ether, and with him went the vision of Cello. So ended Nick's peak supernatural experience.
21 years had passed since that strange and wonderful morning when he made his first connection with the spirit world, and it's still very fresh in Nick's mind. Every so often when he is busy with an everyday task, he will again feel the hand on his shoulder; just a reminder that this being is certainly still hovering closely nearby.
A major question has always lingered. Who's angel was he,  Nick's or Cello's; could animals have angels' of their own, or was the messenger connected to Nick in some spiritual way? Only questions remained.
The answer eludes him even now.
He supposed he would find out someday-when the time was right.

8 comments:

  1. Wow, what a thought-provoking piece. This was really interesting. I know people who have had near-death experiences with strangers who have showed up by their side, but none such as this. I hope animals do have their own angels. Can't wait to read the rest of the story!

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    1. Terrific! I'm so glad you liked it Lisette. thank you.

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  2. Sarah, you had me hooked from the onset and I am looking forward to hearing more about, Nick Major: exciting.

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  3. I'm so glad you liked it Ross. So very nice of you to leave a comment too. It means a lot .

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  4. Great story, Sarah! It certainly had me hooked. You could write a fantasy novel about this character. The story reads almost like a prologue to a novel. Nick seems to have so much to tell, and demands a longer story. I want to know more... I'm intrigued. I look forward to the continuation :) I think you meant 'eludes' rather than 'alludes' towards the end of the story?? I may be wrong.

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    1. Terrific. I'm thrilled about your comments. It means so much. I'm thrilled Maria. you were right about the miss print at the end. thanks so much.

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  5. Nice work Sarah. It't the job of the writer to make the reader want more; you did that. Good job.

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    1. I am very grateful that you took the time to comment. Good luck with your new book too.

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