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The Dream House

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Moving On

She drove by the old house. It had character. It was a beautiful blue, with a cream trim. The porch and the eaves were trimmed with gingerbread.The “For Sale” sign was still in the yard. She would love to have this house.

Right now, though, she was dreaming. After the death of her husband, and the bills that came with his long illness, she wouldn’t be able to afford the beautiful home. Maybe one day she could have a home like this.


Street Fair

Her tent was the blue one...back there...
Her tent was the blue one...back there... | Source

For today, she had to go downtown. There was a street fair down there, and the small craft store she worked for had a booth there. She was supposed to run it all afternoon. She got there just when her shift was ready to start. She briefly talked to the other clerk to find out how things were going, and then set about getting to work.

As she sat, she thought of the past year. So many things had changed.

Quaint Apartment

She loved the old doors...they made her feel safe...
She loved the old doors...they made her feel safe... | Source

At the end of her shift, she went home to her own quaint little apartment. She had moved there shortly after his death. She had wanted to stay in their home. It was a small home, but it was too much to pay for all on her own. So she moved to this apartment.

It had once been a carriage house for the home in front. It had been remodeled into a one bedroom apartment. She loved the fact that the owners had kept the original doors of the carriage house. They made her feel safe.

She looked around her small home. It was nice and comfortable, but she wanted more. She wanted more from her home, and she wanted more in her life. She was amazed to discover that she was finally ready to move on. Maybe even ready for a new relationship. She laughed to herself when that thought came to mind. He had only been gone for a year. Tomorrow would be the anniversary of his death. Maybe that was why she was feeling so melancholy.

She went out to check her mail, as she did daily. The only thing she ever saw in her mail was junk mail and bills. She hoped today would be more interesting. She reached into the mailbox, only to find that she was right. There were only three envelopes – all bills. She went back into her apartment and threw the mail on her dining table. She would figure them out in the morning.

Their Spot

This was their favorite spot...
This was their favorite spot... | Source

The next morning, she woke up thinking about the river. She and her husband had spent many days on the river that ran outside of town. He had loved to kayak, and she learned to love it as much as he did. She had sold the kayaks soon after he had passed, but she decided that she could go to the river and sit for a while. She drove out past town to a spot that had been their favorite. It was a spot that overlooked the river and the tops of the tall pine trees that lined the riverbanks. It was a perfect spot to sit and think.

She explored the area for a little bit, taking the trail that led down to the river. She noticed the flowers, the trees, the butterflies along the path. She couldn’t remember a time when everything had been so beautiful, so perfect. Then she decided to return home.

She walked into her apartment and her eyes drifted to the pile of bills on her table. She might as well go through it now. The first one was another medical bill. She added it to the pile with the rest of them. She was trying to get them paid, but they always wanted more money than she had. The next was a utility bill.. It was the third envelope that made her stop dead in her tracks.

It wasn’t a bill as she had expected. It was a plain, white, business sized envelope. It had no return address, and no postmark. She opened it carefully. When she saw what was inside, she fell to the floor and began to cry. It was a letter that was wrapped around a check. The check was from an insurance company, but the letter was from someone she had never expected to hear from again. It was from her husband. It took her a moment to compose herself long enough to read it.

“Dearest One,

I want to say how much I appreciated you. Your selflessness. Your beauty, inside and out. I can’t believe how much you sacrificed so that you could stay and take care of me. You area young woman. You should have been out having fun with your friends. Instead, day afterday, night after night, you stayed with me. You held my hand, kissed my brow, wiped awaythe sweat and the tears. I loved the cards you made me! You are so artistic and your senseof humor! Wow!

I want you to know how special you are! You deserve to go on with your life, to be happy.I want you to find another someone special. I know that no one is as special as I am! Just kidding! Hope you smiled! But honestly, find someone special. Follow your dreams. You deserve to be happy. Please be happy.

Hopefully, this check will help you to follow those dreams. I never told you about the inheritance I received from my grandparents. But now, it’s all yours.

Be happy! I will always love you!

Your beloved husband”

She wept as she read the letter. Then she looked at the check. At first, she thought she had looked at it wrong. There were too many zeroes! What she held in her hands was not only enough to buy her dream house; it was enough to keep her comfortable for a long time.

She looked at the letter again. Even in death, he was still taking care of her…

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Isaac White 3 years ago from Welcome to my beautiful world, where magic is no longer a myth.

incredible, and what a great ending. I voted up.

I. White


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JayeWisdom 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

If this is your first fictional story, you shouldn't stop now! It's an interesting tale with an ending that is moving, yet believable. Voted Up++

Jaye


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I see you plan on being tough to beat in this contest! Excellent first short story; you have set the bar pretty high for your competitors. :)


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Thanks Bill! I've seen who else is saying they will join the contest....I just feel lucky to be in their company!


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Jaye - thanks for reading! Glad you liked it!


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Isaac- thanks for reading! Glad you enjoyed it!


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mizjo 3 years ago from New York City, NY

There is life after death! I pity people who think death is the end of everything.

Love lives on, and loved ones continue to care for us from the spirit world, though they don't all send large checks!

What a lovely first short story. Voted up and beautiful.


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Thanks for reading mizjo! I guess the big check was just my wishful thinking! lol! And I totally agree, love lives on...


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Mr Archer 3 years ago from Missouri

Excellent story. This is the first in a long line of successes, I predict. I see a very loving couple and that love enduring beyond the limits of this old Earth. Very well done!


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

wow jusateacher this was very well written.. again but in slow motion... wooooow


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Mr Archer...thanks for reading! Glad you enjoyed it!


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Thank you Frank! That means a lot coming from you!


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resspenser 3 years ago from South Carolina

Very nice story. Good luck with the contest!


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ReneeDC1979 3 years ago from Gaithersburg, Maryland

Wow - that was a tearjerker. I love it. Keep em' coming. Great writing style. I love it. Keep hubbing. You definitely have a follower!


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Gypsy48 3 years ago

Great job on this very lovely story. Voted up and awesome.


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Respencer, Renee, gypsy...thanks for reading! Glad you enjoyed it!


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

A wonderful story, great ending, what a man!!

Voting up and more.


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Tobusiness....thanks for reading! Glad you enjoyed it!


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catgypsy 3 years ago from the South

What a great story. Your writing talent shines through. Hope you do some more of these!


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kate grady 3 years ago from close to Moffat, Scotland

Apart from the fact that you used the word "she " too often it's a lovely piece of work. Keep going.


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Kate...thank you for reading...I used she so much so I wouldn't have to give her a name!lol I'm glad you enjoyed it! And I appreciate the constructive criticism! It's the only way I can get better!


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Catgypsy...I'm glad you enjoyed it! I did this one for billybucs challenge...I'll have to see about doing more!


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carter06 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW

Well done on your first short story attempt! You've done so well, I really liked it! Who would not fall in love with such a beautiful house :) Loved the ending...Keep writing...cheers


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Carter....thanks for reading! Glad you enjoyed it!


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Deltachord 3 years ago from United States

This is a good first short story idea that could be improved with dialogue, and scenes where the characters interact. Keep on writing fiction.


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Deltachord...thanks for reading....and for the constructive criticism!


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Deltachord 3 years ago from United States

You're welcome.


Ausseye 3 years ago

Love is always a sensational story, and real caring love is the amazing jewel of life. You have offered us a look at its powerful light, we stand in aware of its beauty.


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Ausseye...thanks for reading! I'm glad you enjoyed it!


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

Congrats on your entry, justateacher. Good luck and enjoy the contest as I believe we all seem to be doing.:)

Randy


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Gold luck to you, too! Its all in fun!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Wow, justateacher, I had goosebumps from the river to the end! Good luck in the contest! It's kind of odd, so far all entries I've read involve death, mine included!


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

This is the most beautiful story.. I am so proud to read it..

I am sharing this masterpiece

blessings

Debbie


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Lawrence Da-vid 3 years ago

I must give this hub an "A+"


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Bravewarrior...thanks for reading...it is odd that they all include death!


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Debbie....thanks for reading and for sharing! So glad you enjoyed it!


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Lawrence...thanks for reading! I'll take an A+!


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Nyamache 3 years ago from Kenya

Although it is a fiction, this is a moving story. She indeed had a loving husband not until death did them a part but even after his death. He understood that his wife had to move on with life and have fun and so he made it possible for her. I have voted it.


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Nyamche...thanks for reading...glad you liked it!


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Now that's true devotion, Just a teacher! Thanks for sharing!! A wonderful write, which I vote up and pass on.


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

midget- thanks for reading and for the votes! I'm glad you enjoyed it!


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annart 3 years ago from SW England

I love this! Such a great, well-written piece. No spooks, no murders, just a piece of life with a happy ending, or new beginning maybe. Well done indeed! Up and beautiful.


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

annart - thanks for reading! I'm so glad you enjoyed this!


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

That is a really sweet story! I like how one section eases gracefully into the next, taking into account the photos Bill laid out. Great job! Thanks for posting it for all of us to see. I enjoyed it.

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