Rainbow Mountain - A Short Story

Mountain
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Bill Holland issues a challenge and we all come galloping with our Swords and Staffs aswinging!

Okay you get my point! lol!

So here's my little contribution Bill and thanks for making me get up off my backside and write again. Been ages!

'I call it rainbow mountain because it reminds me of the one in Peru, but this one was different, very different. This one was not of this world'.

'My name is Jennifer Dalton and I am a geologist. When I was asked to come and take a look at this amazing phenomenon I presumed it was just another mountain. Little did I know what I was letting myself in for. This was unworldly. The colors sliding down into pools of liquid gold as the suns rays stood at noon, took my breath away. As I got nearer I realized that something wasn't quite right'.

'For starters the more I ascended the mountain the farther away it seemed to be. it was teasing me, goading me into its trap of beauty. Each color shimmered and beckoned to me, reaching out on strands of sunlight reaching towards me as if to say, come closer. And I did. Or at least I tried to'.


Rainbow Mountain Peru Vinicunca
Rainbow Mountain Peru Vinicunca

'But let me start at the beginning, where all good stories start. I was in Egypt helping a colleague search out new minerals and veins full of gold. Not something you would expect out there but Mother nature is always out to delight and confuse us'. Little did I know that when the phone call came it would change my life.

'Hello, who is this?'

'Hi Jen, how busy are you? I have got something that is going to blow you away! How quick can you get here?'

'Where's here?' After listening to the voice at the other end I wrote down the coordinates and turned off the phone. I could feel the excitement beginning to stir like butterflies and quickly I went over to my colleague and said I had to go, and go now.

'What is it Jen?' Sara stood up and rubbed her forehead with the back of her hand.

'I don't know yet but it sounds intriguing!'

'Good luck!' She said turning back to the dig.

'I caught the first plane out and headed towards who knew what, but hey, I loved new discoveries, and this was exciting'!

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Train carriages train yard | Source
Old red barn
Old red barn | Source

I remembered driving past an old railway yard, but my mind has been doing funny things since I started out. Did that carriage move as I drove passed it? Why did the colors on the carriages seem to flake and fall as I sped past?

Shaking my head I realized that I must be tired, so turned onto a side road hoping to find a town where I could lay my head for a while. But there was only an old red barn on the side of the road. I found shelter at the side of the old place and pulling up I decided to sleep for a while, then drive on in the morning. No one was about, it felt safe and soon I felt myself drifting off.

The morning brought little respite. I still felt fuzzy and strange. My memory also felt shot to pieces, maybe I was going down with something, I didn't know.

I drove on and soon came to the coordinates that my colleague had given me. At first I couldn't see anything at all. It just looked like any other mountain. But there was one thing very strange about it. It was glowing!

Shaking my head I searched for Dr. Jack Graham the guy who had phoned me. We had been friends for many years and I found it strange that he wasn't here to meet me. I still felt fuzzy but decided to carry on alone.

I started to climb.....

Rainbow mountain
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I am feeling really strange. The lights, oh the lights emanating from the surface of the mountain. Is that sand? I believe it is, why sand?

I reach down and run my fingers through the dust. It tingles, a soft scratchy feeling, and the light and color gets brighter. My eyes are stinging now, and I can't feel my legs. The multi colored mountain is eating me, that's what it feels like! Why am I here? Who am I? I need to lie down, just for a moment, not for long just.....

'Jennifer! Where are you? JEN...?'

'who...?' 'My mind is swirling with colors, lovely beautiful colors.....'

I feel myself being dragged away, something slapping my face, what?

'Jen wake up!

Suddenly the ground started shaking. A deep rumbling was felt coming up from the earth. Dr. Jack Graham grabbed Jen and ran down the side of the mountain towards his car.

'What the hell were you doing up there?' He yelled.

'I don't know, it was you who told me to get out here, what the heck is that?' I struggled to get up, my head still felt hot and woolly.

'I never told you to come here? I went to look for you in Egypt, they told me you had received a phone call from me, and well, I didn't know what to think, so I came after you'.

Suddenly there was a blinding light, and the earth seemed to sigh then crumble. Jack grabbed Jen and pushed her into the car. Putting his foot to the pedal the car juddered and then seemed to leap down the mountain. Looking back over his shoulder Jack blinked and swore.

'What the hell?' The light was blinding and then....

Lights appeared in the mountain..mountain? no, this wasn't a mountain anymore. The lights from the huge Spaceship seemed to chase them like a colored silken threads, spiders webs! Jack thought with a sick rush to the throat, and then with one swift move, a grind of gears, and tyres that spun like the hounds out of hell Jack, the car and Jen shot down the hill, straight through the woods and onto the freeway.

Ten minutes later they slowed and stopped.

Jack leaned over the wheel and wheezed 'what the hell was that? No don't answer, lets just get the hell out of here!'

Jen nodded, and shaking took his hand.

'Next time you ring me make sure I am talking to the real Jack okay?'

After the car zoomed off the earth seemed to settle and sigh. until the next time.


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Say Yes To Life 4 weeks ago from Big Island of Hawaii

Gorgeous pictures!


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Nell Rose 4 weeks ago from England Author

Thanks Say yes!


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norlawrence 4 weeks ago from California

Great article. You did a great job on this one. I really enjoyed reading it. The pictures are also great. Thanks


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Austinstar 4 weeks ago from Somewhere in the universe

Clever story. Geologists, eh? But who called, if it wasn't Jack? And why didn't you work in the phrase, "Hi Jack"? Lol


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Karen Hellier 4 weeks ago from Georgia

Beautiful picture of Rainbow Mountain. Where is that?


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MizBejabbers 4 weeks ago from Arkansas

Nell, that is fantastic, but then science fiction is my favorite genre anyway. This makes me almost ashamed to submit my little challenge of flash fiction. Your pics are very pretty, too.


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fpherj48 4 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Nell my friend, I see you are in good form as usual. I don;t know how you do it but you just keep getting better & better. ..Science fiction doesn't usually interest me. But here you go writing such great fiction. I agree that your photos are really nice additions. We can always count on you to be entertaining! Love ya, Paula


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DreamerMeg 4 weeks ago from Northern Ireland

Great story, really intriguing and totally different!


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Nell Rose 4 weeks ago from England Author

Thanks lawrence! glad you liked it, nell


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Nell Rose 4 weeks ago from England Author

lol! hijack! thanks Austin!


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Nell Rose 4 weeks ago from England Author

The real Rainbow Mountain is in Peru, lovely isn't it Karen? thanks


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Nell Rose 4 weeks ago from England Author

Hi Miz, thanks so much! and I look forward to reading your awesome story!


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Nell Rose 4 weeks ago from England Author

Hi Paula, thanks so much, always great to see you, and can't wait to read your story, nell


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Nell Rose 4 weeks ago from England Author

Thanks Meg, glad you liked it, and thanks for reading, nell


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billybuc 4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

Good writers find a way. You found the way, paved it, lit it with neon lights and showed it to us all. Well done, my friend. Thanks so much for taking part and getting off your backside. LOL


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always exploring 4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

Why am I not surprised that you went into outer space? lol. This was great and a fun/scary read. I was completely unaware until the spaceship arrived. I thought you'd had a nip or two and was going to sleep it off. lol. I loved it. Well done Nell...


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suzettenaples 4 weeks ago from Taos, NM

I always enjoy your stories Nell, especially the paranormal and sci/fi ones. You are a good story teller with surprise endings. You never disappoint.


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Nell Rose 4 weeks ago from England Author

lol! Hiya Bill, thanks for the push! you always give us the incentive to keep on going with our writing so thank you!


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Nell Rose 4 weeks ago from England Author

Thanks Ruby lol! you know me, I start off normal and of we go to the supernatural! thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 4 weeks ago from England Author

Thanks Suzette, always great to see you, nell


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ChitrangadaSharan 4 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

As expected, you wrote a very engrossing story and what an imagination!

Including other beautiful pictures was a clever idea. Now they seem part of the scene/ story, although not included in the challenge pictures.

I always enjoy reading your stories and this one is another addition to your brilliant writing.

Great response to the challenge!


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Suzie HQ 4 weeks ago from Dublin, Ireland

Well done Nell, how imaginative and wonderful pics to add to the mystery!


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Jodah 4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

Well, who would have expected science fiction to arise from those photo prompts? Certainly not me. Well done, Nell.


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Nell Rose 4 weeks ago from England Author

Hi Chitrangada, thanks so much for reading, and always great to see you!


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Nell Rose 4 weeks ago from England Author

Thanks Suzie, glad you liked it, nell


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Nell Rose 4 weeks ago from England Author

Hi Jodah, lol! seems I get drawn to it every single time! thanks


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Shyron E Shenko 4 weeks ago

Oh wow, another one, a wonderful one. Nell, a wonderful read.

Poor Bill has got his work cut out for himself. He will have a hard time choosing one out of all that have answered his challenge.

Blessings and hugs dear friend.


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Nell Rose 4 weeks ago from England Author

Thanks Shyron, aw thanks so much! glad you liked it.:)


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christopheranton 4 weeks ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

Definitely not going there for my holidays. Great story Nell.


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Nell Rose 4 weeks ago from England Author

Hi christopher, good to see you on here again! and thanks for the like!


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bravewarrior 4 weeks ago from Central Florida

Great job, Nell! I didn't see the spaceship coming for even a moment. You kept me on the edge of my seat, though. Great imagination!


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Penelope Bucket 4 weeks ago from Seattle area

That was fun


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Nell Rose 4 weeks ago from England Author

Thanks Shauna, it always gets back to some sort of supernatural thing doesn't it, with me? LOL!


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Nell Rose 4 weeks ago from England Author

Thanks Penelope! lol!


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Thelma Alberts 4 weeks ago from Germany

Fascinating! Well done Nell. I loved reading it. You are a great writer.


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vocalcoach 4 weeks ago from Nashville Tn.

Whenever I see your name come up in my notifications I literally run - not walk - with excitement to read your newest hub. I am never disappointed. Your work leaves me entertained, educated and inspired. This one captivated me. Thanks my dear friend.

Hugs

Audrey


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Nell Rose 4 weeks ago from England Author

Thanks so much Thelma and great to see you! all of us back again, hurrah!


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Nell Rose 4 weeks ago from England Author

Thanks so much Audrey! that is a wonderful compliment! made my day! thank you.


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Nadine May 4 weeks ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Nice bedtime story read it one one shot...No off to bed...well done


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Nell Rose 4 weeks ago from England Author

Thanks for reading Nadine, have a good night!


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shanmarie 4 weeks ago from Texas

Close call for Jen! And the mysteries you leave us hanging with. . .good one!


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Faith Reaper 4 weeks ago from southern USA

Oh, my goodness, Nell!

Wow, now we have an alien invasion ...didn't see that coming. You have one great imagination which creates excellent fiction. I enjoyed reading. We know when we come to read one of your creations, it will always be a special treat like no other.

Well done!


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Nell Rose 4 weeks ago from England Author

Hi Shanmarie thanks so much for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 4 weeks ago from England Author

Aw thanks so much Faith! thats made my day! great to see you!


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marcoujor 4 weeks ago from Jeffersonville PA

You make sci-fi spectacular, dear Nell. Loved this creative and well-scribed interpretation of Bill's challenge! Great story...


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teaches12345 4 weeks ago

Nell, this was quite an exciting read! I loved the adventure and adding the UFO was brilliant. What a creative talent you have, dear lady. You faced Bill's challenge well.


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FlourishAnyway 4 weeks ago from USA

I sure didn't see that ending coming! Otherwordly!


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Nell Rose 4 weeks ago from England Author

Thanks so much Maria! so glad you liked it, nell


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Nell Rose 4 weeks ago from England Author

Aw thanks Dianna, I always seem to get drawn to the supernatural! lol!


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Nell Rose 4 weeks ago from England Author

Hi Flourish, lol! yep UFO's always seem to be around in my world! thanks so much for reading, nell


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phoenix2327 3 weeks ago from United Kingdom

Cool story. The UFO at the end was inspired.


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Nell Rose 3 weeks ago from England Author

thanks phoenix, glad you liked it, and good to see you!


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AliciaC 3 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

I love the science fiction theme of this hub, Nell. The photos of Rainbow Mountain are beautiful!


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Nell Rose 3 weeks ago from England Author

thanks Alicia, yes the real one is amazing isn't it? thanks for reading, nell


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Jackie Lynnley 3 weeks ago from The Beautiful South

Great story Nell and great photos!


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Nell Rose 3 weeks ago from England Author

Thanks Jackie, great to see you!


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Randy Godwin 3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

The unexpected is always....well........unexpected. LOL! Another good entry for Bill to peruse. Good luck, Nell! :)


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Nell Rose 3 weeks ago from England Author

Thanks Randy, yep me and my ufo's! lol! thanks for reading, nell


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Vellur 3 weeks ago from Dubai

A fascinating story drew me in! Mountain not a mountain but a spaceship cool! Great write, enjoyed reading.


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Frank Atanacio 3 weeks ago from Shelton

Nell Rose.. I've read a few of these and this one kept me glued.. I love how you handled Billybuc's challenge..


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Venkatachari M 3 weeks ago from Hyderabad, India

Great story. Enjoyed with great thrill and excitement. It was a relief to know they escaped safely from there.


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MsDora 3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

Nell, now I need courage to answer my phone. I enjoyed that wild ride with you "until the next time." Well done!


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Nell Rose 3 weeks ago from England Author

Thanks Vellur, I thought why not? lol! thanks so much for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 weeks ago from England Author

Hi Frank, aw thanks so much! glad you liked it, and thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 weeks ago from England Author

Thank you Venkatachari for reading, and I am glad you liked it, nell


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Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England Author

Thanks MsDora, glad you liked it, nell


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MartieCoetser 2 weeks ago from South Africa

I am so relieved because Jennifer was not kidnapped by those aliens. Now I will forever wonder why they'd wanted her and not someone else, and what was their intention? Lol!


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Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England Author

Lol thanks Martie! I just follow my typing till we get to the end, I have no idea how that works! lol! thanks as always!


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Nadine May 2 weeks ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

What an enjoyable read. Loved the way your mind takes us readers to many unexplored regions, UFO and all.


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Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England Author

Thanks so much Nadine, glad you liked it, nell


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aviannovice 2 weeks ago from Stillwater, OK

That was one story that I shall never forget.


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Nell Rose 13 days ago from England Author

Thanks Deb, glad you liked it, nell


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lawrence01 26 hours ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

Nell

'Rainbow mountain' doesn't sound like a place for the faint hearted.

Loved the story.

Lawrence


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Nell Rose 11 hours ago from England Author

Thanks lawrence, glad you liked it, nell

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