Are you ready to join the flash fiction challenge?
Basically it is going to be a chain of short fiction story starting from the story evolving from this picture. Later the first author can challenge anyone to continue from where the first story ended.
If a lot of people are joining maybe we can even publish a book! 😉
So if you are interested let me know.
One and only rule : Try to make it as positive as possible 😀 We have enough of sad stories all around us.
WHEN IN LOVE..
As consciousness came back to James, as his faded vision became vivid again, he looked around searching for his soul mate.
“where is Tracy? ” He asked without even knowing if anyone was there to answer.
“She is fine, and your kids too”
A voice answered. It was coming from behind the instrument panel which made frequent beeping noises.
“Uncle Mark? What happened to me?! Where is Tracy? Where are my kids? Are they fine?” The weak voice struggled hard to complete those questions.
“Relax son. They are fine. Now you are fine too. You will be back to your normal health real soon”
“What happened to me, i cant remember anything really! ”
“Oh,its nothing. Some crazy son of a gun started a gun fight in the streets, tried to kill a girl who looked like his girlfriend. Unfortunately you were also there at that time, and two bullets went inside you!” Uncle Mark tried to sound as casual as he could.
“Yes, i can remember the pain, the blood, then Tracy and my kids!! How is she? Is she alright?” James asked again worrying about Tracy and kids.
“Yes, they are alright son. They are doing good. As she is already tired and on compulsory bed rest, i didnt tell here anything yet. She and kids are fine. I told her that you went for the job thing as you were asked to join immediately. She asked a lot of questions, but some how i managed”
“Thank you Uncle Mark, You are so nice to me”
“Oh C’mon Jimmy, dont start it now. Well i want you to meet someone”
“Wait I will call him, He is waiting outside”
James was thinking who it could be. Maybe friends? Maybe Tracy? And then he started thinking about Tracy and he realised how deep was his love towards her. When his entire life flashed in front of his eyes at that fateful moment, it was all about her. He could still feel the excitement when their eyes first met. He could still hear her laughing after that sprint from the bullying guys. He could still smell the lucky courage flowers that she gave him as the first gift.
A sudden Hi from the stranger brought James back to the real world.
There stood a wealthy man in his late forties, beside uncle Mark.
Uncle Mark introduced him to James.
“James, meet Mr. Gonzalves. He is from South California. He wants to thank you”
“Thank me? Thank me for what??” James asked with confusion
“You saved my son” The man interrupted uncle Mark before he could answer.
James was still looking at him with confusion.
He continued. ” On that cursed day, we , my son and I were also there on that street. I went inside the corner shop for a minute and my son insisted that he wanted to play with his skate board on the street. When i went inside the shop, I heard the gun firing and rushed to the street. And I saw my Danny was standing right behind you. You saved Danny, You saved my son. God sent you to save my son. Sorry sorry. I didn’t mean to say that!! But it is because of you my son is still alive. And i am really sorry for what has happened to you. So i want to do something for you as my gratitude. I know, nothing would be equal to my son’s life. But i really want to do something for you. Mark told me everything about you. And i am here with a good news for you. ”
He paused for a bit and continued “I am running a chain of restaurants in South Cali. Will you be able to take care of one of those, as soon as you get better?!” Gonzalves looked at James with a grateful smile on his face.
James felt that he was dreaming. But the constant beep sounds and slight pain near his chest made him realise that it was all real. He couldn’t control his happiness.
“God is great. I cursed him whenever I came back to consciousness and asked why me! And then again I prayed to him to make everything alright. Now I know, he heard my prayers. ”
Tears rolled down from James’ eyes.
“Well do you know where is the store’s location? ” asked Gonsalves playfully
“No, where is it?”
“It is inside Disney Land! ”
“Your kids are really Lucky Jimmy!” Added Uncle Mark
“Yes they are really lucky” Gonsalves said smilingly.
Gonsalves continued ” These two days, I was waiting for you, to talk to you and to thank you. So i am going back Cali now. I need to do so many things. I need to arrange a new house for you, Tracy and your kids. And also dont worry about uncle’s Mark’s house. That is also taken care. So you take rest. We will meet soon in Cali.”
Gonsalves left the room. Uncle Mark accompanied him.
No pain could harm James at that time. He thanked God. He thanked Uncle Mark. He thanked his lucky stars. He felt like going and seeing Tracy. He was in absolute happiness. He even felt that he could smell the Lucky courage flowers.
He was yet to discover that his new home in South Cali got a big Lucky courage flower tree in its garden!
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