“There’s no place like home, there is no place like home.”
- John Howard Payne (Wizard of Oz) 🙂
When he saw the person ringing the doorbell his jaw dropped. Kelly could not see who it was so she reached for her gun. Mallory opened the door as his cell phone died. All that Kelly could see was the dark silhouette of a tall man in the doorway lit by a bonfire that a team of firefighters were working on putting out. It was too dark for Kelly to see his face. All around her the tea lights were burning out and throwing everyone into pitch darkness.
“Hey,” Ben said waving.
“Ben what are you doing here?” Mallory asked closing the door behind their guest as quickly as possible. “Did you see the riot and the raids?”
“I am sorry,” Ben said “I am leaving tonight, so I had to say good bye and this was my only chance. I just had to say good bye to Gabe.”
“You were his best baby sitter,” Kelly said as she fumbled in the dark for her matchbook. “We are going to miss you and so will he.”
“Gabe learned a lot from you,” Mallory said as Kelly went into the kitchen and lit a new set of tea lights that she began to spread throughout the house.
“I learned a lot from him,” Ben replied as Kelly and Mallory led him to Gabe’s room that was lit up by his flashlight. Gabe woke up when Ben sat on the bed.
“You are going and you won’t be back?” Gabe asked sitting up and rubbing his eyes.
“Yes,” Ben said “but I am here to say thank you for everything and to tell you good bye. I am finally going to be the person I was always meant to be, thanks to you. Also, I think I owe you a bedtime story since I did just wake you up.”
Gabe nodded his head.
“Luckily for me I have a story that I want to tell you,” Ben said smiling. “It is about an invisible man…”
Disclaimer: This is an original story that is not based on any real people or events. It is a work of fiction that is purely for your entertainment.