ROCKY'S LAST DINNER

ROCKY'S LAST DINNER

A Story by VALORMORE DE PLUME
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The way my heart is racing I might not survive long enough to say goodbye

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ROCKY’S LAST DINNER

BY

VALORMORE

Word count 999                                         2/9/2013

 

 

 

The farmhouse is still solid after more than one hundred fifty years. Rocky’s father grew up in this house as did he and then his three sons. Rocky didn’t expect any of his sons to carry on the farming tradition. They all have professions that required moving to foreign lands. He hears from them from time to time and is proud they love their work.

 His wife of sixty-four years, Opal, passed away several years back leaving Rocky alone in this huge house. Now at ninety-six years of age Rocky has outlived most everyone he knows. His parents and siblings passed in their late fifties many years earlier from genetic heart problems. Rocky figured that gene skipped him and his sons who were now in their late fifties.

He was still able to get outside to feed the livestock and maintain the farm as well as taking care of himself. Tonight as usual he prepared dinner for one, while listening to the weather channel.  They say the rain storm is breaking up and moving out.

He thought to himself with metered excitement, “Maybe there will be a rainbow before it gets dark!” Rocky remembered back to the days of his preteen youth when a rainbow brought an unexpected surprise. A fascinating turn of events put him in exactly the right place at the right time to witness firsthand the existence of sky people. Two children, of about the age he was then, that rode a rainbow down to the surface to sort of play hooky from the school cloud. They were so colorful and exciting. The girl Nightmist described how they harbored in the clouds and that their food was the static electricity there. Though the chance meeting was brief it had remained in his thoughts for the rest of his life even to this day. The rainbow riding children Torant and his little sister Nightmist left a definite and permanent impression on him. Nightmist gave Rocky his first kiss and promised to return one day. He has never told anyone of his brief encounter because they would only deem him a fool or worse. Rocky has loved the mesmerizing Nightmist since that day. Though he married and raised a family he never stopped loving her and hoping to see her again. Whenever he saw a rainbow or heard laughing in the distance his heart raced while remembering her. He has often attempted to pass the experience off as a boyhood dream but that doesn’t dampen his feelings or erase the memories.

When he finishes preparing his dinner he sits at the long table of the large country kitchen thanking God for long life and asking for the same blessing on his three sons.

 “The rainstorm is indeed moving out to the east.” He thinks to himself as the rain moves away. He eats the meal in silence while thinking about Nightmist. It is still about an hour before dark and he is wondering if there will be a rainbow. Half way through his peas and carrots he notices that the sun is coming out of the clouds. Rocky leaves his food, going to the back window, to see if there is a rainbow. There is! It is a magnificent double rainbow just like the one so many years earlier. He is elated by its beauty and stands in awe looking at it. His heart begins to race as his indecision of whether to chance missing any of it by going outside or remain at the window until it is gone. He opts for staying to absorb every second of the rare event.

Rocky is startled and excited to hear a familiar giggle from behind him.

“Could it be?” he asks himself. “Dare I turn around only to find my mind is playing tricks on me, and then miss some of the beauty through this window?”

“Rocky.” uttered by the soft voice of a young woman.

He spins around on his heels to see, after all this time, Nightmist! She has aged only a little, now being a beautiful young woman, flabbergasted he drops the glass of fresh milk he had taken to the window with him.

Laughing Nightmist exclaims, “Be careful Rocky! I told you I would come back to visit you one day.”

Rocky said, “I am overwhelmed by your being here after all this time. I sometimes wondered if you were from a dream, then I would remember the kiss you gave me that day. You look even more beautiful now.”

Nightmist took Rocky’s hand in hers saying. “My parents forbade me from contacting you again. So that is why I could only spy on you from time to time through the years when I could catch a color trail to ride here. I have been here every time there was a color trail near you. I could not let you or anyone see me. But now things are different. I have been granted special dispensation from the elders of my people to come to you at this time.”

Rocky said, “I have loved you from that day and love you still, but I am near the end of my days, the way my heart is racing I might not survive long enough to say goodbye.”

Nightmist giggled saying, “You are not dying. You’re regenerating. You’re coming back with me, as one of us. I have always loved you too!

“How can that be?” asked Rocky.

Nightmist explained, “We aren’t made the same as you. That’s why your heart races. When I kissed you some of the energy that we are made of was passed into you giving you long life. Look in that mirror behind you. ”

Rocky gasped. He was a young man again, only his skin was full of color like hers. He was transformed.

Nightmist kissed him and said, “Let’s go now before the color trail disappears.”

 

THE END

By

VALORMORE

 

    


© 2013 VALORMORE DE PLUME



Author's Note

VALORMORE DE PLUME
A companion piece to "Rainbow Riders".

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I loved it and ty for the review..I will work on it.. your story is wonderful and smooth and i hope you write more...it stands fine on its own..but it is a great storyline and setting.

Posted 4 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

VALORMORE DE PLUME

4 Years Ago





Thank you my new friend. Your words have power and run deep. I know .. read more
Larry Dyson

4 Years Ago

you bet ...me too ..please comment here when you see things like that...
This was quite good, I liked the concept that he waited for her to come all of his years, yet unlike so many works involving love between one who is ageless, they were actually together in the end. Well done.

Posted 4 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

VALORMORE DE PLUME

4 Years Ago

Thank you for taking the time to read this story. It is connected to
"Rainbow Riders" You wil.. read more
I knew this was familiar; with the Rainbow Riders! An incredible way to start/end the saga! Excellent job, Valormore!

Posted 4 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

VALORMORE DE PLUME

4 Years Ago

Thank you so much! I hope to expand the piece to include Rocky's life in the clouds.
Chidoriflower

4 Years Ago

:D
Well done sir. I was waiting for this return.

Posted 4 Years Ago


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VALORMORE DE PLUME

4 Years Ago

I can't begin to tell you how happy that makes me kind sir.
I knew right away that was a companion piece to "Rainbow Riders", but I checked to make sure. What a wonderful way to end the saga--with Rocky becoming a Rainbow Rider himself.

Posted 4 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

VALORMORE DE PLUME

4 Years Ago

I am pleased beyond belief, that you share your time and thoughts with this humble penman. Rainbow r.. read more

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