Other Worldly Encounters ,Part II

A True Story?

As he raised his head and his face became more visible ,the feeling of ice coursing though my veins.....my vision became tunneled and extremely focused and I knew that my mind was about to go into the fight or flight mode , it's not the first time for that or so it seemed , I have always had an ability to freeze frame my reaction to about anything going on around me , but today , right here , right now ,I had just entered into a new world .
Somehow , there seemed to be a calm reaction to something that made no sense at all.
I was standing there looking at my own presense right in front of me , except his.........my features were younger , My image looked exactly like I did in my twenties , and yet the age on this .....this mans face seemed beyond comprehension, Almost immediately my mind returned to that time , to a not so friendly , not such a happy time in my life. And more , I knew that this was in a way beyond my comprehension , I turned and looked at the truck once again above me on the edge of the road , the steam still escaping from the hood , and all at once I thought , I have seen that truck before !
" Well, do you you remember me now ?"..........he asked ... ,....No ! I asked ?
He had spoken !
" Don't look so shocked" , and continuing in a calm voice at the same time of which I immediately knew this wasn't any stranger at all, I knew this man ........visions started coming into my head , for one I started to remember a time back twenty years ago that I had gotton up on a day like this one, and put on the same clothes he was wearing right now , and as I turned once more to the road he continued.......
"It's all okay , don't be afraid .....I have just returned to you here..., now.... because , well because it's time , it's time for you to go!".
" I 'm afraid I don't understand .......I don't "........I somehow stammered.
. " Yes , you do , or let's just say you are, you are beginning to understand."......
Visions were once again passing in front of my minds eye, a dark night , visions distorted as if I was now driving and looking through the oval shaped windshield of the old truck above us on the road. Looking ahead at the moving scenery of darkness ,of rain and moving objects , but something wasn't right , it was as if the visions were blurred , like I was driving drunk or something . The objects were moving at different speeds , it was raining and the windshild wipers were hardly keeping up with the rain on the windsheild.
" You are remembering now ?" .......," don't worry it will all come back", he said. " do not be afraid , do not be afraid".

I lost my vision and stumbled walking backwards , stepping into the waters below , I saw it splash up and then his hand raised up and I stopped right in my tracks.
" Be careful , I know this is strange to you , but there is no other way , there is only here and there is only now !" he spoke calmly.
Instantly I looked and saw that where I was now standing , I had stood twenty years before , and that the image of the truck , the bridge and the river all came back instantly.
"You remember now , don't you , you recall the accident , and the night of blackness , the rain , and you remember what happened don't you.?"
" Yes, yes I do ," That night the river had crested in a torrent of flooding , the bridge was washed completely away , and the last thing that I had remembered was hitting the trees on the other side of the bridge that had stopped me instantly. I somehow stumbled out of the truck and then disoriented , had fallen into the water , and from there .......nothing , in shock I realize that something is wrong here , very wrong.
Now , I realize I must have forgotten ........or that, I what , I'm really dead ?
"You see it all now , don't you . ? he said.
"You were granted a stay , if you will, it seems that it was felt that you were not worthy of going with us then ," he continued , "sometimes we leave those of you unworthy of going to the heavens here , at least for awhile . Look at it as Hell here on earth."
By now all of the memories of that night were clear , I remember drinking way too much and knowing that I should not drive , but drive I did . And by now all of the dark visions of the whole accident were coming clear , losing my hold on the river bank and slipping slowly into the icy water that numbed me instantly as the feeling of total panic began to sober me almost instantly as I half floated , half swam down the fast currents slowly , surely losing the hold on my consciousness , untill an almost euphoric presense began to calm my struggling arms and legs and the last thing I felt was the river bottom tumbling , turning and the taste of the river water............
But Why , I don't understand why ...........
"Thats alright , in time it will all come clearer , and as he moved towards me slowly I realized that when it's time , its really time .
"Are you ready to go now" , and I realized , that he was me then ........and that now that my time had come , nothing else mattered at all , and as he got to me we turned together towards the brightest light I have ever seen and yet .........I feeling of calmness spread through me like the light itself through my eye's.

-The End-


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Here it is folks !


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your cybersister 5 years ago from Just relocated from Florida to the mountains of North Carolina

Interesting conclusion. I had thought you might be doing some sort of a past, present, future type thing, but didn't expect the end to be THE END. Good story.


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Ohh did I dissapoint my little Cybersister? ...hope not! :


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your cybersister 5 years ago from Just relocated from Florida to the mountains of North Carolina

No, not disappointed - surprised, which is different.


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Thank you Cyber girly, :-}


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Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

That was great, it's good to get away from poetry now and then; that's what I want to do I think; so when you go back it has a new sound. I am trying to round up my emails and desktop to get a new collection and I can't wait to get it out but I am seriously considering going somewhere else, at least to try something not acting wacky. I don't even get notice when friends publish something...only you and apparently then not always since I had not seen all these. I joined twitter and facebook, have you? My emails are so full it is astounding and according to Reader Digest or something I get for advice online it says that is just were I want to be, and I have one story I really want to publish very soon I just love and thinking of putting an excerpt somewhere but don't think this is where I want to do that. Crazy things happening here, good writers with a score as low as 1...can you believe it, and I have taken down a few lately that they started at 47...in over a year I have never had that and I won't. So far I have not been after the money and a good thing. It's not as much fun here any more and I have two sites I need to be filling and blogging out. Maybe do some short things here now and then, I see people sitting months with a couple hubs has not put all the work we have here, it's just not right and people not getting paid even peanuts. Good luck, I will still be reading some too when I get time.


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Fennelseed 5 years ago from Australia

You're story writing, like you're poetry is subperb, ahorseback. I was about to comment on part one, begging for more, when I realised there was more, part two was already published.

You lured me in from the start, but oh no, the ending took me by suprise. Those shadowy characters that dwell on the edges of your life should never be followed.

Love you're work, thank you for keeping it coming our way.


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Jackie , Hi, I think that we should be careful in self judging our work by any of these scores or of hubstandards , To me the numbers are nice but they are not reflective of any real writing critique , there are too many variables , for instance why should you feel dissapointed in a score below say 50 when you love what you write? And if hub pages scores you acording to web "hits" thats simply about traffic! Maybe a lower score is hubpages fault for not marketing itself correctly! No, I don't judge my work by score or by hub standards. I also keep my writing away from facebook and the others for privacy issues. I like this sight for the connections to like minded people, simply put, I would love to be published by a real website or a real publisher . I look at this as a lesson in exposure only , Hubpages isn't the best place for true marketing of any writing talent , I suspect, and thats okay by me. I wish you luck though in success , I see your score has improved , at least I think so , I also thought of another page here for anonimity , I have a lot of ideas for writing that would need more privacy for personal reasons. That however is my only issue here. Some of my ideas would be controvercial in nature to family members etc. Nothing serious though. I wish you luck here , you deserve it. ;-]


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Fennelseed , You're making a humble man out of me , Thank you so much, do you know whats funny , writing this , as in other stories , I could see certain actors in the story, Kris Kristoferson as the truck driver ? Sometimes its the shadowy figures on the edge that make more sense than the real ones , LOL....:-}


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

That's not fair, you can't just leave us hanging, apparently you came back, unless you are a ghost or an angel or something. There must be a waking up of sorts. What happened when you walked into the light, how did you get back?


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

Well I have been avoiding facebook and twitter too knowing nothing about them but it is not circles of friends, it is just put yourself out there, get your name known, although I was stupid my "sister" got into any politics she seems to be the most popular, lol and takes credit for most of my beautiful poems too. It is just time for me to get serious about some money and the truth is I do not like or trust adsense because they give no one nothing that I can see and I want to make the money any other way with a little trust. I am sure without being conceited we like our work or most of it and I have waited long enough and if it fails I am no worse off.


marellen 5 years ago

Nice ending but I was surprised. It reminds me of a movie with Bruce Willis, where he is able to see himself as a child and an older man, who realizes things will work out in the end. Maybe, our spirits stay longer on earth to resolve issues before we see the light. Who knows. I enjoyed the story....


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Cardisa , Did you notice at the beginning where it says "True Story..?" the question mark being the key to the way back...LOL. Hugs. :-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Pollyannalana, Have you thought of being "self published"? Perhaps E-Books with Amazon or something. I wish someone would knock on my door and say ,"We really want to publish you sir"......not likely ,but a nice dream....Good luck what ever you do , don't give up! :-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Marellen, Thank you so much , yes I remember that movie where Willis was with the little chubby kid. Funny yet serious. I dont remember the name. We have a local producer in Vermont , Jay Craven , Look up Kris Krisstofferson in "Dissappearances" , or the written books by Howard Frank Mosher. "Where the rivers Flow North", or "Stranger in the Kingdom." I'm glad you enjoyed.


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Freya Cesare 5 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Aaaaah! My father is a ghost! Noooo! @,@

hehehe. That is really interesting ending, dad. Awesome!!!


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Freya , Thank you my dear, As-aslaamu 'alaikum, Be well my beautiful Muslim daughter.....:-}

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