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MichaeLuna - I'm Not Like Other Girls - Part 5 -Luna's Hiding Place

Updated on October 10, 2013
Michael by Mimi O' Garren / Luna by James R. Griffin
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Listening for Luna

"Michael," Luna whispered intently, as she stopped playing the black and white keys while he sang.

"What is it?"

"I think that's enough...for now. I love your new songs..." Luna could feel Michael's hand on her shoulder as she leaned toward it to touch it with her cheek. She sighed deeply, speaking in hushed worried tones that didn't escape Michael's tender empathy. Still, he hoped that they could continue at least a little longer.

"Oh, can't we keep going? I love this one," he leaned down and kissed the top of her head.

"No I - I have to stop. I'm sorry," Luna was feeling a bit dizzy. She heard a faint growling in her head. It seemed to be getting louder.

"It's okay," Michael breathed sweetly. Luna struggled to smile. Her temples were beginning to ache.

"I found you!" A ferocious voice cut into Luna's brain.

She jumped in her seat, startling Michael as she swung around on the tufted black piano bench. She was facing him and shivering. She put her hand out to stop him from approaching to comfort her. Michael slowly stepped back. Shock covered both of their faces.

"Luna, what's wrong?"

She couldn't speak. Michael had seen that look before and it frightened him no less this time.To go from such beautiful harmonies with her, to the discord of soul-shattering fear, left him both terrified and determined.

"No! This time I'm not leaving you here. Not again. You're coming with me, Sweetheart." Michael raised his voice to be heard over the noises in her mind that seemed to be shutting him out. "I can't let this happen," he thought. He tried to move closer to her, but the air around her had turned cold, so cold he could see his breath.

Luna closed her eyes tightly, as if she were trying to block the sounds assaulting her mind. When she opened them, Michael called to her. She wouldn't look at him. She was staring past him, concentrating with all of her strength. She seemed to be looking at some devilish apparition. It was happening again, whether Michael wanted it to or not.

Luna closed her eyes and whispered to him, "It's time. I must send you back. If they get in..."

"I won't go without you! I'm stronger now. You can't just send me away!"

"Miiiiii-chael..." Her voice became like calming waters, more heavenly than human.

"No, no, no!"

His hands were growing more and more transparent. He could barely feel his feet under him.

Luna's loving eyes were glowing like the moon.

"Baby, you need me. Don't do this. I have to take care of you..." Michael pleaded.

"It's done." Luna's words, lost in a sea of sadness, felt like a rush of cold wind surrounding Michael's body. As he disappeared she had no time for tears.

They were beside her. She had to use every ounce of power she'd ever dreamed she'd had, in order to escape this time.

Back on Earth


Michael awoke with a start. He was sitting against his favorite tree. How long had he been there? How long had he been asleep? His mind was spinning like the ground beneath him.

He put his hands down beside him and tried to use his arms to push himself up. His head hurt. His whole body ached. Where had he been? He couldn't remember. He saw his favorite black Fedora lying on the ground a few feet away. Absently, groggily, he moved to pick it up and place it on his head. He knew he was back home - his beautiful Neverland spread out before him like a dream. But he felt he'd come from someplace even sweeter...if he could only remember where it was.

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Growler reached for her first, as Rasper's long, thin, bony hand came slowly up to grasp Luna's face. He had longed to see that face - dreamt of it often. He told himself that he loved that face, but in truth, love was something that eluded his heart entirely.

Seconds after making his move for her, Rasper found himself drooling very close to Growler's gruesome mouth instead of the heart-shaped lips he'd obsessed over for what seemed like eternities. He shuddered like a scared child, at the sight of Growler's face in his hand.

"What the hell?" Rasper exclaimed, as he jumped back from the hideous mocking eyes that stared into his with smoky disdain.

"She's gone - FOOL!"

Rasper let out a scream of frustration that almost scared his ghoulish partner. Both ghosts were left staring at a gorgeous lonely black baby grand piano. Though it truly was a splendid sight, its beauty was lost entirely on the angry pair.

Growler touched the keys of the exquisite instrument, and then pounded them like he was reaching a crescendo at a sold-out rock concert. Within a matter of seconds, the piano burst into flames, turned to thick airborne ashes hovering over the shiny hardwood floor, and then loudly dropped with a thud, leaving a cloud of dust around them.

"Damn you Luna!" He yelled and stormed toward Luna's apartment door. Rasper grunted and followed.

Luna sat quietly sobbing in her heavenly hiding place. Sometimes nothing was quite as painful as remembering everything.


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    • heavenleigh707 profile imageAUTHOR

      Heaven L Burkes 

      6 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      BraveWarrior, I surely do appreciate that you are even contemplating the underlying meaning in my stories at all. That in itself is a huge blessing to me. :) And I do believe that any true love includes the desire to protect and nurture the other, so the intensely protective, nurturing aspect of Luna - is very accurate. ;)

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      After commenting, I was laying in bed and thought, "Joe maybe, but my Katherine take was off base". Sometimes I over think!

    • heavenleigh707 profile imageAUTHOR

      Heaven L Burkes 

      6 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      BraveWarrior, what is wonderful about stories, is that we can put our own interpretations on them - and none of them are "wrong."

      I portray Luna as a romantic/spiritual interest for Michael, so it would be difficult to say that she was Katherine, although the protective element is shared.

      I envisioned the two "bad guys" as musicians who had been selfish and demanding of Luna - they were ungrateful for her blessing of inspiration and tried to trap her - as in the story of the goose that laid the golden eggs. Thus, they lost everything. They are so obsessed with possessing her, that even in the afterlife they plot to capture her.

      They do have elements of a father who may be more concerned with the music, than the emotional health of his child, but I hadn't thought of that when doing the characterizations. Good insight though!

      I hope my explanation is helpful. I love hearing different interpretations! Thank you! :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Growler and Rasper are Joe. Luna is Katherine. I get it! Am I off base, Heaven?

    • heavenleigh707 profile imageAUTHOR

      Heaven L Burkes 

      6 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Thank you for reading. So happy that you like it!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow! Off to part 6. What a wonderful story!

    • heavenleigh707 profile imageAUTHOR

      Heaven L Burkes 

      6 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Thank you so much Mike - (mckbirdbks) - and thank you for any critique comments too - whatever it takes to make it better - I appreciate it! :) I think I found a much better piano picture for Part 4 - thanks to your suggestion. :)

      RE Artists: Mimi (Kathy) Garren is a dear friend and the illustrator of my fantasy book cover. James Griffin was my dad, best buddy and mentor. :) Thanks so much for commenting on the artwork!

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      6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      You have packaged so much talent into this presentation. The artist is amazing and the writer creative.

    • heavenleigh707 profile imageAUTHOR

      Heaven L Burkes 

      6 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      Thank you so much for you comment BillyBuc! Your encouragement means a lot to me! I am off to read "Loving You." It caught me emotionally right off the bat - because (sorry, but so much is about my DAD) - The video we put together for his Memorial Service was accompanied by Elvis' song "Loving You." Caught my eye! And I love the theme - I think a lot of writers could use a huge dose of self-esteem! Off to read...

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great story! You are a natural storyteller for sure. The greatest part of the story was the last line. Something we all can relate to.


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