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X Marks the Spot #atozchallenge #shortstory #children

“They say there has been treasure hidden somewhere around here. It was left by pirates a long time ago.” my cousin whispered as I drifted off to sleep the first night I was staying at his house.

“Tony what were you thinking giving Bobby ideas of treasure seeking? He already has so much to deal with his mother being so sick and all.” Tony’s mother wrung the color from her hands.

“Ma it will keep his mind off of it.” Tony looked at her seriously.

“A rousing game of Monopoly would have done the same.” She sighed. “He fell asleep with the map under his pillow.”

“It will be ok. I promise” Tony hitched his shoulder and went upstairs to the room he was sharing with me.

Tony said those words repeatedly to his mother over the weeks that followed. What she didn’t realize he was doing it as much for her as for me. My mother,  Alicia, was his mother’s younger sister. In some ways, she was like her daughter. He knew neither of us could take it if  “Auntie” died.

“Ok… I’m ready for another search” I said with wide-eyed eagerness.

Each day, before going out, Tony would tell a story about pirates and treasure. Each day his mother and I listened intently.

“That boy’s quite the story-teller” she said proudly to a neighbor as they watched us venture off with a trusty shovel and dirty map.

I’m not sure that I believed Tony until one night…

…I  had this crazy dream of fire, pirates, lots of bottles of something that made them shoot off their guns and yell into the night. They didn’t know I was watching them as they buried their treasure. I woke up the next day with an indelible “x” in my mind.

“Tony, Tony. I had a dream… pirates…treassure. The dream told me where the treasure is.Tony, Tony.”

I became the story-teller that morning before we set off. I could see my aunt’s eyes glisten with tears.

The sun was setting and Tony’s ma was getting a bit worried.  She didn’t realize carrying pirate’s treasure is a lot of work. When she saw us, she ran to see what the trouble was.

“We found it!!!!” our arms and legs were exhausted but our voices conveyed the  exuberance in our discovery.

“Oh – you did” she said rather breathless with excitement.

Inside the box was a treasure of gold doubloons that were who knows how old.

The next day she got the call from daddy.”They can treat Alicia but it will cost more than any of us could raise in a lifetime. I have no hope left.”

We heard a “whoop” from the next room and ran to see what was happening. There was my auntie on the phone. “Here tell your daddy about the treasure Bobby. Tell him!!!”

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That was years ago now. I still love a good story told by my cousin Tony who has a weekly radio show. The left over money from the treasure put Tony and I  through top notch universities. I became a syndicated writer for associated press. Tony occasionally asks me to write a script or two…

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This is my offering to The A to Z challenge. I had to revert to my story telling and script writing to pull off today’s letter “X.” Whewww (no that’s a “W”)

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In Love with the Moon #atozchallenge #napomo

The young adventurer gazed from terra at this beautiful silvery orb and wondered “what does she look like up close?”

For years he travelled far and wide grasping glimpses of her from many cultures. This he knew she was beautiful, lithe, elusive, she changed many times in one month, and at times disappeared from his sight altogether. He wondered what she would look like up close.

He would lay under her on warm nights and as he slept he would dream of a woman in a gossamer gown. She danced for him always out of his reach; she had a beautiful voice neither high nor low in pitch. In the deepest part of his sleep, he could hear her speak. Unusual was her speech but always he was embraced by her smooth whisper.

Come with me and dance this night

there is a lady just out of sight

a woman alone tho far away

grasp for her arm

perhaps she will stay

come with me and dance this night

through the galaxy let us take flight

open your arms

I will spread my wings

speak to me of love and other things

come with me and dance this night

too soon for lovers the sun makes his light

He groaned as he awoke from a very sound sleep. His skin tingled as tho he had been touched by her fingertips. “Please come to me tonight dear lady for I am willing to take flight,” he called up to the faint outline in the sky.

He followed her around the world and back for he wanted to know every aspect of her. She seemed to taunt him but he never gave up trying to dance with her at night. There were a few nights when he almost took flight.

His breaths were jagged now and he knew it would be soon.

He heard a voice strong and lusty. It was his gossamer clad lady come for. “I am ready to take flight at last” he murmered from crusty lips.

Come with me and dance this night

hold me darling I’ll hold you tight

for all the years I’ve waited for you

waiting for us at last is through

take flight…