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A Window in the Earth: Revisted

Christopher’s Return

By Matthew Fish

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2012

All Rights Reserved


It had been many years since Christopher Janes stopped sending letters addressed to the old cave at Pine Hallow. He never meant to let this lapse of time occur. However, as he grew older—life, in turn, became so much busier. Christopher worked a ‘9 to 5’ job at a large banking company where he pulled in a decent salary to support his family. He was not as present with them as he had hoped he would be; in a bad economy he had to make the most of what he had—and be thankful for it. His wife Kyle worked part time during the night as a pastry chef at a small café, during the week they would see each other shortly in the morning or either very late at night. Despite the absences their lives made them endure, he never lost any love he felt for her. Perhaps, that is why her sudden death was so hard on him.

It was the beginning of spring of 2012 when Kylie Janes died unexpectedly of a brain aneurysm. She was working a shift on a cool Thursday evening. A co-worker noticed her staring off past the window to the darkened streets as cars passed by. He asked her if everything was alright. Kylie simply whispered, “There is so much light.” After that, she collapsed to the ground. By the time she reached the hospital, she was pronounced dead on arrival. There was no explanation for why it happened. No symptoms. She simply fell to the ground and died without warning and as suddenly as one could possibly imagine.

Christopher was at home with their daughter Alena when he received the phone call. Alena was ten, nearly eleven years old. She was a tall and wiry girl for her age and had inherited her mother’s dark hair and light, sparkling, blue eyes. As Christopher dropped the cell phone down to the floor, it shot apart into pieces.

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