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The Oydessy

Updated on January 27, 2012

Prelude

Chapter 1


Michael awoke to the rumbling noise of an engine downshifting, at first he thought he was still dreaming. Coming out of his sound slumber he was startled when he turned and realized his surroundings. The bus that he was in was more than half full and the only friendly faces that he recognized were his two friends Dave and Jess. Dave smiled and said " did you get some sleep? you were snoring hard, man! " " No I wasn't, was I really? " Michael replied. Being embarrassed by the thought of the other passengers listening to him snore. Michael leaned forward and looked at the other seat where his other friend Jess was fast asleep himself. He had a slight smile on his face like what ever he was dreaming about must have made him feel good. It had that sort of look on his face like “ I don't have a worry in the world smile" which would have been usual for Jess. Turning back to Dave, Michael asked him. "where the hell are we ? “ We've just gotten in to Phoenix, he replied. "Wow ! check it out ! He blurted. " It's a different world, for sure".

Michael turned and looked out the window and gazed at the different sizes of the palm trees that grew along the street. This must be one of the main streets in this city he thought. There were many boarded up buildings that were interspersed with convenience stores and small banks. The streets were dotted with people here and there, going about their humdrum lives. How in the Hell did I get here? Michael questioned himself trying to understand if he had made the right decision. Only one week ago he thought that things had started to go in his favor.

After having gone through a stretch of bad decisions that included a drug deal to an undercover detective, which caused him to lose his good paying job. Michael blamed himself for making this bad decision. Even knowing that Jess had introduced him to the detective didn't seem to bother him. Although Jess was a childhood friend Michael could not blame him. Later in his life, Michael would realize not to trust someone just because they called you a friend. But when you are going around smoking pot and thinking that you have it made, you will make mistakes in judgment. This was a lesson learned, and it was a hard lesson.

That's what the game of dealing drugs was all about on the streets, a cat and mouse game where the novice dealer must learn the two rules of the game. Make one mistake and you will change your life, but what the police don't realize is that there are many other desperate people on the street who will take your place. Most of these desperate people will turn you in in order to take your place thinking that they then will have it made. That was rule number one you learn on the streets; trust no one! And as the old joke says rule number two is, see rule number one. Now he had no job, had a criminal record and was going to be on probation for five years. Not only realizing that it was very hard to find a job, Michael realized it was now almost impossible to find a job with a criminal record.

Michael was now trying to turn his life around, he had met a nice girl who he thought was a keeper. Then his friend Dave had met this character, who had offered a job to him and to any of his friends that needed work. The only catch was this so called work was in Yuma, Arizona. They later found out that this job was picking peaches, but that wasn't the bad part. The bad part as they found out before boarding the bus late Friday night in Pueblo, was that they needed workers because the regular workers were on strike. Michael then realized that this sounded bad, very bad, he would be called a scab, but he was desperate for work and he needed a change. He had never been out of the state before and thinking of this as an adventure he figured what the hell, let's do it!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Hi Michael, I love this one and am eagerly looking forward to part 2.

      Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.

      Eddy.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Thank you Eddy.

      I am in the process of finishing my book I just wanted to see what kind of feedback I would get.

      Glad you like it.This is just the first chapter, many more to come!

      Michael

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      Vincent Moore 5 years ago

      My friend this Oydessy you are on with your friends appears to be heading for an adventure of your lives. You've laid the foundation brick by brick with suspense and intrigue. I am delighted to read it and look forward to following where you will be going with this.

      Other than a few minor grammatical adjustments via way of editing by you or an editor will make this delightful story stand out. I am very impressed with how you are going about creating and telling us your story. Scabs are not welcomed as you know, so let the reel roll and the action begin. Tell us more please:-)) Write, write, and write some more.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Thank you Sir,

      I was waiting with anticipation for your comments.

      We did have quite an adventure , in fact some people have asked me if it really happened.

      I actually have 10 more chapters written, but like you say it does need editing.

      This will be my foray into writing a book , but thank you again for your comments.

      Your's and Eddy's words have given me a lot of encouragement.

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      Vincent Moore 5 years ago

      The beauty of adventures throughout our lives prepares us for this day. When our soul can connect with out minds and our minds to our Quill. This my friend is how I write my poetry, with conviction and straight from life experiences. You experienced what you now are penning and calling "The Oydessy" therefore it will be laid out as you visualized and lived it. Makes for a great story when all is said, edited and published. Good work, reach for your goal, grasp it and hang on to it. You are in for a ride of your life. Peace and blessings from me to you Sir.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is interesting with a ring of truth, maybe not? Fiction or not, it is a book that i would enjoy reading. My favorite books are adventurous. Thank you..Keep writing..

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Thank you explorer, This story took place in 1976 This was a chapter in my life when I learned a lot about life and living.It actually took me a week to get back home but the experience was

      enlightening and the characters I met were unique.

      I am working on another detailing the experience of owning a poolhall for 25 years, but that is another story.

      Thanks for the comments.

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      Nikkij504gurl 5 years ago from Louisiana

      Trying our hand at short story i see. Interesting start here. Is the Micheal in the story anything like the writer?

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      What kind of question is that?

      Did you like it or not?

      poetry,I still write

      words I put together

      can still smite,

      make you laugh

      or make you cry

      Writing is my thing

      this is I.

      Still Love you!

      Michael

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      Nikkij504gurl 5 years ago from Louisiana

      just asking since yu gave the character the same name as you, didnt know if it was based off of you or just a fictional character that you happened to name micheal..

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      KatrineDalMonte 5 years ago

      Michael I feel this is about your own life experiences, and it would make a wonderful book, as only judging by the 1st chapter it would be packed with lots of adventure. Post the other chapters too :-)

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Katrine thanks for commenting and your support.

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