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The Story of Hope Continues: Into the Void

Updated on December 9, 2014

How It All Began

I’ve been asked before where inspiration comes from, and in truth, I have no idea. I don’t know how the creative process happens. One day nothing and the next day my muse is screaming in my ear, demanding that a story be told. So it was with Hope.

This series began with a story called “A Child Named Hope,” and the opening lines were:

“And the child was born, and as she grew it became apparent that this was a special child. Her golden hair reflected sunlight on sunny days, and during the gloom of winter she seemed to absorb the darkness, so that those in her proximity felt warmth where there was cold.

By the time she was eight she was sought by millions, all longing to be near her, to touch her, to bask in her peacefulness, and to hear her words. Every week, every Saturday, in a field of lavender, she met with those who had come from distant shores, and she answered their questions with patience, and with love.”

There have been six separate but related short stories since, each leading to this new installment. I have decided to write a novel based on these characters, and I’ll begin work on it shortly after the first of the New Year. In the meantime, as I await the arrival of my “book muse,” I invite you to enjoy this continuing series of short stories.

A child named Hope
A child named Hope | Source

In a Field of Lavender

The five friends frolicked on a sunny day in central Oregon. Hope, Mercy, Pas, Honor, and Glory, all special individuals, all with incredible gifts, but on this day, average in their pursuit of relaxation and enjoyment.

They played with reckless abandon as though they sensed that their childhoods were coming to an end. There was serious business to attend to, serious matters that demanded their attention, serious issues that must be addressed soon if mankind had any chance at all of reaching its potential.

Hope was the leader of the group, although barely eleven years old and reluctant to be called a leader. Her vocabulary was greatly advanced for her years, and she spoke with the confidence of a veteran speaker. She was quiet and unassuming in person; she most definitely did not seek attention, but attention was given nonetheless, for who could not notice her inherent gifts? She was the personification of gentleness and yet, when she spoke, it was with the collective power of a thousand pile-drivers, pounding a message of hope onto all who listened. So it was on this day.

She called her playmates to her side. “We have work to do, my friends. This is the last day of childhood for us all, and although that reality is accompanied with a certain amount of sadness, there is also joy in knowing that we are needed and what we do is crucial.”

One of the newest members, Glory, raised her hand. “Hope, there are only five of us. We are all so young. Can we really change things in this world?”

Hope reached out and held Glory’s hands. “My grandmother and grandfather believed strongly that we should never underestimate the power of a small group of determined people. Change begins with individuals like us. It would be lovely to think that the government will take care of the needy. It would be lovely to think that civilization will suddenly embrace love, and that all men and women will, from this day forward, treat each other with respect and compassion. But the only way those things will happen is if individuals become the instruments of the change they want to see.

“We are the instruments, and it is time for us to play our sweet song. Now come, my friends. It is time to put away our childhood playthings and move on to more serious business.”

Honor raised his hand. “But Hope, where do we begin? How do we begin?”

“Hold hands, all of you, and follow me. I’ll answer Honor’s question in a few minutes.”

Looking down on the city
Looking down on the city | Source

Looking down on the City Below

Hope led her companions to a bluff that overlooked their city. The homes and business spread out before them. From their vantage point the vehicles looked like ants busily moving about as thousands of citizens conducted the business of life.

“Look below,” Hope said. “Down there are fathers out of work. Down there are mothers struggling to provide for their children. Down there are human beings crippled by addiction, smothered by financial problems, and drained of all tears. Homes are being foreclosed, bread lines are increasing in number, and businesses are closing. Walk among those people and you will see eyes devoid of joy. You will see tears and anger, uncertainty and fear.

“Where do we begin, Honor? We begin here. We begin now. And when our work is done here, we will move to the next city, and the next, and we will take our message to the internet, the televisions, and the radios. We will demand to be heard, not by shouting but rather through our actions. Come…follow me….let us begin.”

Into the Bowels of the City They Went

Hand in hand they walked into the great city. Hope led them to an abandoned factory, once the workplace for thousands of men and women but now, a symbol of a failed economy. The five children stood in the empty employee parking lot. Mercy turned and looked at the emptiness around them all, then turned back to Hope.

“This place is empty, Hope. What can we do here?”

The words had barely escaped her lips when the children noticed people approaching from all directions; first a trickle but then hundreds. Children and adults, people of all races and creeds, they all walked steadily to the factory and encircled the five young messengers. Hope stood atop an empty wooden crate and gazed out at the throng, now numbering in the thousands. She raised her arms to silence the crowd, and then spoke to them.

“I understand. I hear the cry of a wounded sparrow, and I feel the pain of a hungry infant. I know how you feel, and I want you to know that you will never be alone. My friends and I are here for you. All that is left for you to do is embrace us.

“Wherever there is someone down and out, I will be there. Wherever there is oppression and apathy, Mercy will be there. Wherever there is war and bloodletting, Pas will be there. Wherever there is disgrace and shame, there you will find Honor. And wherever there is humiliation, Glory will be there. These things I promise to you, but I also promise you that if you are not willing, then none of us will stay among you, for we can only be useful to you if you find it in your hearts to change the world with us.

“Will you join us?”

Home in the peaceful valley
Home in the peaceful valley | Source

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Another Day Ends

The parents of these special children arrived in a van and drove them back to the farmhouse located in the beautiful river valley. It was not easy sharing their precious wards with those who were needy. There were times they were frightened, for the world is a scary place, and exposing your child to the ills of the world is not an act taken lightly, but they knew their children were needed. They knew, instinctively, that one does not hoard Hope, nor does one tuck away in a vault Mercy, Peace, Honor or Glory. These precious messengers must be shared with all if mankind is to have any chance of flying with the angels in a higher realm of existence.

AUTHOR’S NOTE

This will be the final short story in this series. Next week I’ll preview the upcoming book with the first chapter. I hope you like it, and I thank you for the support and encouragement you have given as this remarkable child has grown before your eyes.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Deb. I totally agree.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      May your message be well received, for this is necessary in order for the survival of the masses.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Yes, this would make a great book. It inspires readers to spread the word on the good one can do in life, even if just one person at a time.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Iris. You are very observant. There are common themes in all of my writings...even the one about a vigilante and serial killer. LOL I'm a bit surprised you picked up on it...but then, knowing you a little better now, I guess the surprise is minimal. Well done, my friend, and Happy Weekend to you.

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      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Once "Shadows Kill" and this new novel are published it would be interesting to sit down and read "Resurrecting Tobia", "Shadows Kill" and this new novel back to back. It would be fascinating to analyze them as a whole. They all sound so different and yet there are themes that I've picked up on. You are an interesting man.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I like that, Denise. Thank you!

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      Denise W Anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      You are giving us a new set of superheroes, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, vkwok. Now we move on to the book.

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Another amazing installment, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Genna. I have greatly enjoyed writing these stories, so much so that I've begun a book based on these characters. I really appreciate your kind words of encouragement.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Bill. I look forward to your novel about these beautiful characters.

      “But the only way those things will happen is if individuals become the instruments of the change they want to see.” “I understand. I hear the cry of a wounded sparrow, and I feel the pain of a hungry infant. I know how you feel, and I want you to know that you will never be alone. My friends and I are here for you. All that is left for you to do is embrace us.”

      Each word in this stunning narrative held me, leading me forward, with hope. (With the new HP design format, my attention/eye span is sometimes pulled into the big flash ads, but not so with this story. :-))

      Excellent!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rasma! Tomorrow we begin.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Loved this story. I can say that I long to have the adventures continue so a novel would be the next step. passing this on.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vellur. This series of articles was a joy for me to write.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Great story wonderfully penned. Mercy, Peace, Honor or Glory must be shared with the world. Enjoyed reading these series and all the very best with your book.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Mary. I can write the book. The question is....will anyone read it? :) We shall see.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      A Utopia led by children. You know it has to be Utopia because man will not give up greed, governments will not start worrying abou their people, but with these five "children" the world can be turned around.

      I think you would have a riot on your hands if you didn't turn this wonderful series into a book!

      As always, well done my friend and filled with Hope for all!

      Voted all but funny.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE. We shall see what happens, but great or not, I love these children and their message of Hope.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maj, I don't think I'd go so far to say I know all the answers. LOL I will let the characters tell the story and we'll see how it goes. These children have a lot to say.

      Thank you always.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, that's my Hope...a book for all ages. Thank you my friend, and Happy Hump Day to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia. I have greatly enjoyed writing this series about Hope.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Michael my friend, and for sure, this is much-needed in the world today. Let's Hope, my friend, and pray.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A wonderful write and well done on your great achievement. The book will certainly be a success.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      I've enjoyed and been intrigued by these short stories, I'm in awe of your intention for a novel with these characters - from my point of view the question would state - how can I sustain interest through endless pages? I must have total lack of imagination. I know that you know all the answers.

      One day I'll find out...best wishes - Maj

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Once again, I have a lot of catching up to do! I will backtrack and read the ones I've missed. Love Hope, Honor, Mercy and Pas. They are wonderful "super heroes!" I definitely see a book in this. One for all ages.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a lovely conclusion to the series, Bill. Best of luck with your book.

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      Hi Bill. Much needed, very import words of life have been spoken again. Wants to be embraced. We know where from inspiration is coming, will be back soon. . . leading along another child called Faith...

      Voted beautiful and interesting.

      Good night my hope spreading friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Suzanne. Every once in a while I come up with something I'm actually pleased with. This was one of those times.

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      Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Hi Bill, such a lovely story and one that will make people feel better. It definitely needed to be written and I'll have to check out the other installments. Voted interesting!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Manatita...the muse is whispering in my ear as we speak. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I do have a book to write, Ruby, and I'm doing it as we speak. Thank you for your kindness. I'm so glad you enjoyed these children.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Thanks Bill. The journey has been wonderful. Let us see where the Muse takes you. Higher blessings.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Another beautiful episode of a story that touches the soul. The idea of little children helping the needy and downtrodden is unique, and I think you have a book to write..Hugs my friend..

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Kindred. The story will only end on HP. The book is in the planning stage as we speak. :)

      You are one of a kind, and I'm so happy we are friends.

      love, and hugs

      bill

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      Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

      Kindred, I have loved every word of this series and am sorry to see it end. That said, I know there is more goodness and grace to come so I will be patient. You always touch my heart! Sending you the warmest of hugs and kindred love.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, m abdullah javen...i try to be.

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      muhammad abdullah javed 2 years ago

      Yeah exactly Bill Sir! you are truly their spokesperson, rather spiritual mentor.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      m abdullah javed, thank you for your kind words. These children have chosen me to be their spokesperson, and I Hope I can do a job of writing that is worthy.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Dora. These children are even inspiring me. :)

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      muhammad abdullah javed 2 years ago

      Interesting and exciting as usual Bill sir. The creative idea and its beginning and later ocupying a book shape fascinate us. The progress is same as that of Hope, well-defined beginning, impressive progress and an ultimate clubbing of the entire narration. We Hope that the ultimate end of the stories will take as progressive a shape as did the Hope. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Voted up.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, if ever there was an inspired series, this is it. Great work!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, we adults would do well to listen to the children. They seem to be our most reliable teachers.

      Thanks my friend, and Happy Tuesday to you.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Such a wonderful story of children taking it upon themselves to make positive changes in the world. I think we see this happening in real life, as well. Once again, adults can learn from children!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eric. I'm so happy you enjoy this so much. Your encouragement and feedback help me greatly.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I'm not so sure about the bestseller statement, but it's sweet of you to say that. This business is so tough, as you well know. There has to be a whole lot of luck involved, so hopefully my luck will hold when I am ready with this book. Anyway, thank you so much, and have a great Tuesday.

      From rainy Olympia

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Zulma! It will most likely be a novella, and hopefully I can find an agent interested in a short book. :)

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wonderful reading and a true blessing to be given this by you.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Can't wait to read your new book, bill! I love this series and it will make a great novel. I love the bit about 'the collective power of a thousand pile-drivers'; the incongruity of it when referring to children hits hard and therefore works well.

      You're a powerful writer. I'm sure your novel will be a world best-seller without even reading it!

      I'm impatient to read that first chapter!

      Enjoy the rest of your day, bill!

      Ann

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      A novel seems the natural progression and I can't wait to read it. It's message cannot be emphasized enough.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you breakfastpop. I respect your opinion, my friend. I think I'll go ahead with it.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      I love the idea of a book, especially this book. If ever there was a need for a story line like this it is now. Voted up, beautiful and awesome.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning, Jackie, and thank you so much. I think it is a timeless message that many want to hear...at least, that's my hope.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Janine. I have fallen in love with this story, and I'm so happy others are enjoying it.

      Business day, so it will be a Happy Tuesday as soon as I finish with customers. :) You have the same, my friend.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Another heartwarming story Bill. We can all connect to its meaning and see a need for what you are supplying in these young children. Good luck with your book; I know it will be wonderful. Up and shared.

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Totally exciting and love that a book was born of these short stories and truly so overjoyed for you now, Bill. What can I say, but wonderful addition with this short story chapter this week and will look for the intro next week, too! Happy Tuesday now :)