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Gift From Heaven

Page history last edited by Volkes_Wagon 12 years, 3 months ago

Gift from Heaven [is that "from" capitalized...?]

 

     Money rained from the sky.

     It fluttered down in great green wads and pounded to the ground in shining silver pellets, with the occasional bronze. [i am fully aware that american coins these days are not made of silver or bronze; nor is our paper money printed entirely in green. it's pinkish-blue.] This phenomenon only happened in one particular spot on the sidewalk for one particular minute, but this was enough to pile up quite a wealth of money. And only one person saw it.

     He stared at the silver coin in his hand. He rubbed the spot on his forehead where it had bounced off and landed in his palm. He gazed at the sky where it had fallen from. And then he stared very hard at the fortune sprawled just before his feet. He made a choice.

 

     His mother didn't hear him enter the house. She was in the kitchen, busy sorting through the mail while on the telephone. When she had finished with both, she fetched a pair of scissors and ripped open a brown cardboard box that was part of the mail. She hauled out the object and laid it on the counter to inspect it. She glanced at the clock. Her son was late.

     She called his name and he came out of his room. He saw the package and said, "Is that...?"

     She saw his face and said, "I didn't have time to wrap it. It's the New Year, so I got you a present."

     He said, guiltily, "Mom, you didn't have to."

     She said, irrately, "Well I got it so you show some grattitude."

     He said, "Mom I found a pile of money."

     She said, "What?"

     He said, "A pile of money. While walking home. It fell from the sky."

     She said, "You'd better not be kidding me cuz you know I don't like your jokes."

     He said, "Honest. It fell from the sky. It's a lot. You don't have to get me extra school stuff anymore. We can just use the money."

     She stood for a while, hands on hips. Then she said, "Cough it up. If it's real, you'd better give a good excuse for picking up strangers' money."

     He said, "But it wasn't strangers' money. It fell from the sky."

     She said, "Money doesn't fall from the sky. What, you think Heaven decided to pity you and sent down a shower of money? Heaven pities nobody."

     He said, "Okay. But we have the money now. Do you want to use it?"

     She said, "How much? Lemme see."

     He retrieved his backpack and put it onto the counter next to the package. He unzipped his backpack. A lot of shiny discs and a few crumpled slips of paper rolled to the floor. His mother jumped back, then creeped towards it furtively.

     She said, "And you say it fell from the sky?"

     He nodded. She shook her head and tried to count. After she had dug through a fourth of the backpack she stopped and pulled up a chair.

     She said, "Okay. Okay now, here's the deal. Nobody touch that until it's time you go to college."

     He started to protest. His mother cut in, with a sharp and final tone.

     "We'll use it for your education. I know you think we can live offa that, but one day it'll run dry, and then where'll your kids be? No. You are gonna get a good education and a good job so you don't end up like me."

     He said, "But mom, we're fine, aren't we?"

     She said, "We can live, but lotsa people can live. You wanna be successful and have a happy life, you've gotta be more than fine. You've gotta be better than the others. You've gotta be smart."

     He said, "But, but, but can I just get one little thing just one tiny little toy it won't cost none."

     She said, "What?"

     He said, "Can I get a guitar?"

     She said, "Now what do you want a guitar for?"

     "Well, it's like, when I hear it I get all light and fluffy inside, and yesterday my friend let me try his, and he said I was a natural, and I could...I could be, well..."

     She said, "You. Will. Get. A good. Job. End of discussion, I am putting this in the bank unless you find who dropped it. Now go do your homework. And bring your package."

 

     He did take his package into his room, and he did do so with the full intention of doing homework, but through his window that afternoon he saw another peculiar phenomenon. And this time there were two witnesses.

     Except, since one of them was the phenomenon herself, it may debated whether she should be considered as a witness.

     She fell down from the sky.

     It was a peculiar way of falling. She kept drifitng this way and that, with a red sail billowing out behind her, and in all appearance seemed so much in control that it can hardly be called falling at all. She was having difficulty deciding where to land. She dropped something and it landed exactly where the money had been.

     The other witness stopped trying to find his homework. He stared out his window. There was a stainless steel suitcase on the sidewalk. It had grooves and a handle and it was wide open.

     And it was empty. 

     He stared very, very hard.

     The witness and phenomenon floated closer. She was looking around quizzically. The other witness was worried so he opened his window.

     He said, "Do you need help?"

     She said, "No why should I!"

     He said, "How did you fall from the sky?"

     She said, "What I can't hear you hold on!"

     She floated toward his open window and stuck her feet through. He jumped back.

     She said, "There we go, much better. The wind was blowing straight through my ears, couldn't hear a thing. What were you saying?"

     He said, "How did you fall from the sky?"

     She said, "What? Fall from the sky? No, of course not. Who falls from the sky? Cherubs?"

     He said, "But you fell from the sky."

     She cocked her head. Then she tilted it back and laughed.

     "Oh, how long it's been since I met a believer! People don't believe in miracles anymore, you know? I must admit, though, they've got good reason to."

     He said, "So how did you fall from the sky?"

     She said, "Oh, come off it now. I didn't. I jumped off a helicopter. See this? It's a parachute. It you're good you can almost fly."

     He said, "You fell from a helicopter?"

Comments (14)

Mokona Go said

at 11:03 pm on Feb 3, 2011

I went into a room with both my parents and my two brothers and said, "hey mom! I found a pile of money!" They all got quiet and looked at me. then mom asked, "What are you referring to?" -_-'
Not what I was expecting her to say.....................................

is a preposition. I think not.

Volkes_Wagon said

at 11:09 pm on Feb 3, 2011

lol they can read your mind. it's true though, whenever you say something really weird out of the blue it's usually a quote

Volkes_Wagon said

at 11:17 pm on Feb 3, 2011

and by the way, the reason it's missing a comma is because he's saying it really fast.

Mokona Go said

at 11:32 pm on Feb 3, 2011

oh.... that's why.....

Volkes_Wagon said

at 11:08 pm on Feb 3, 2011

oh. okay.
gosh darn it (woah did i just cuss with pgfied words? 0 - 0 never noticed before) i wanted to finish this for chinese new year's but i'm sooooo tired and the story's too long...i swear tomorrow it'll have a happy ending...just...wait a moment...
zzzZZZzzz

Mokona Go said

at 11:13 pm on Feb 3, 2011

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
has to studies for maph.

Volkes_Wagon said

at 11:18 pm on Feb 3, 2011

...maph?

Mokona Go said

at 11:31 pm on Feb 3, 2011

say it.

Mokona Go said

at 3:32 pm on Feb 6, 2011

HAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
massive imagery of mary poppins!! XD

Volkes_Wagon said

at 8:52 pm on Feb 6, 2011

...wut?

Mokona Go said

at 11:13 pm on Feb 6, 2011

you know......... when she floats down out of the sky..........

Volkes_Wagon said

at 10:01 pm on Feb 7, 2011

great now i have the image of mary poppins stuck in my head whenever i picture my character. - __ -
i really ought to watch that movie. i don't remember it. i only know she wears a dress and is uber happy and somehow when i think her i think red. and then from numerous sources i've figured out that she has a suitcase or smth that can fit an infinite amount of stuff, can fly, and talks in an uber excited tone of voice.

Mokona Go said

at 10:23 pm on Feb 7, 2011

ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.....
not the last two. Her umbrella can talk, though. also she has a singing mirror and she wears red lipstick.

Volkes_Wagon said

at 10:11 pm on Feb 8, 2011

...i knew she had an umbrella.

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