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Danny's First Adventure part 4
By Don Wheeler
Saturday, December 12, 2009

Rated "PG13" by the Author.

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I hope that you have enjoyed the first 3 parts of this story and the rest. I am thinking of adding more to this and making it into either a trilogy of short books or one Novel. If you have enjoyed it so far please leave a comment or send an Email and let me know if I should continue posting these here or move on to something else.

Thanks for reading, Don


Danny's first adventure
Part 4
      By Don Wheeler       
            "Why in the world did I let Joe talk me into this." He started walking again his body still trembling. He was angry with himself for letting Joe tick him so easily. Danny was almost in tears.   He was nervous and felt completely lost realizing he still wasn't out of this mess. "I'm all right." All he wanted was to find his way out of the woods. “If only I had let Joe finish the dare before I answered. If I'd only just waited a few more seconds." Danny thought he would have said something completely different.
            His stomach was churning inside; hands cold with sweat and his shirt and pants felt like they were sticking to him. He felt weak and sick, like any second he might hurl.
Next time he would be more careful when Joe was daring him, and listen till he was finished before answering. He wanted to get home to the safety of his mother and father. He wanted to have the door to his house closed tightly behind him. Locked. Bolted. Maybe even have a chair wedged under the doorknob like he had seen on some show on TV.  Just incase the locks weren't enough. He was certain that his parents would be worried, especially his mother she always worried about him. "They might even think I'm lost, Lost forever." Danny said mumbling quietly to himself. 
            As he started looking around, he thought he could see the lights from his house flickering in the distance through the thick underbrush and trees. They made him think of stars way up in the sky, and remember when his mother sang to him one night on their porch. “Twinkle twinkle little star,” he could hear her voice singing in his head. It had to be his house there were no other houses except for Joe's on that gravel road. That is why his parents bought it. To get away from the rat race of living in the city, at least that is what they told Danny.   A smile came across his face for the first time tonight since playing Nintendo at Joe's. Danny was relieved at the seeing the lights and knowing where he was. Then, as he took a few more steps he saw something shiny out of the corner of his eye. As he turned his head Danny noticed it wasn't shinning at all, it was glowing.                 
         Danny was now more curious about what he was seeing than he was frightened, he started to move in and take a closer look. Slowly and very cautiously he approached it. There was a sudden noise, it sounded like something had stepped on dry leaves. “Joe, Joe is that you!" Danny shouted. ... No one answered, just silence. "Joe, Mom, Dad" he said looking around aimlessly. This time holding the stick out in front of him and almost begging for a reply. Still, no one answered. Everything was silent now; only the breeze through the woods blew. He was sure he heard something, taking a deep breath and slowly letting it out, good thoughts in bad thoughts out Danny thought. And another breath, "good in bad out.” He said remembering watching his mother do this several times when she was really upset about something. The breathing actually was working too. Danny felt himself calming. He had put the distant sound of footsteps almost completely out of his mind now when he noticed the strange object again. It was still glowing and looked to be only about twenty or so feet from him. It had Danny's total attention now. The thought of what it might be consumed him. He started to approach it again. Still not sure what it was or if it was even safe. As Danny moved in to get a better look, he saw that it was something that resembled an egg. A big glowing egg about the size of one of the cantaloupe his family had grown in their garden last summer.
           The glowing egg was lying at the base of a large oak tree, slightly covered with leaves and dirt. He looked it over carefully. Tapping it gently with the stick he picked up for protection from the monsters, nothing happened it just laid there, motionless. He thought that maybe it was a dinosaur egg or even a dragon's egg. Either way it sure wasn't going to hatch now. Danny decided it was safe and sat down. He slowly reached for the egg, trying to be very careful with it. He noticed the egg felt cool and it was smooth when he touched it. So smooth, the egg felt like it was made glass. It was glowing a brilliant blue color, a more beautiful blue color than Danny had ever seen before. With his fingers he cleared most of the dirt from its sides. Then slipped his hands around its sides carefully, and began pulling it up freeing it from the hole it laid in. The egg started glowing brighter. He could feel it starting to gently vibrate. There was a low humming sound coming from it. Then it started to get warmer in his hands, Danny's whole body started getting warmer. He worried at first that it might get hot enough to burn him. But the longer he held it, the better it felt. It was good warmth.
             Danny started tingling all over like when he got a warm hug from his mother after not seeing her for a long time. As he cleaned all the dirt and decayed leaves off of it with his jacket, he noticed every time he would rub it with his jacket the humming sound would change to more like a purring cat. It was getting lighter for him to hold and almost seemed like it was trying to float. Danny was astonished! He had thought that maybe the egg was alive, so beautiful and perfect. What if it was trying to hatch? He sat beneath the big oak tree for a long time, or at least it seemed that way to him.  He rolled the egg slowly back and forth within his small hands. Staring at the beautiful brilliantly glistening egg object he had found, amazed, he still tried to figure out exactly what it was.
 It looked almost like the crystal thing Mom kept centered on the mantel above the fireplace at home.
The glowing crystal egg was now a brilliant bluish color, even brighter than just a few minutes ago. Danny was in a trance, completely mesmerized by it. After a while he just held his hands up to the sky and let go of it with both hands, not knowing what would happen. It didn't fall it, just hovered there, almost waiting like it was trying to say something to him. 
            Its intensity would change from bright to just a glow as if it were reading Danny's mind and reacting to his every thought. He was scared and thrilled at the same time. Not sure what was happening, or what he had found, it was the neatest thing he had ever seen. And while sitting there beneath the big oak tree, Danny had forgotten all about being scared of all of the shadows and sounds that came with the darkness of night.   
He hadn't even thought of the wolves howling since finding his new toy or friend or what ever it was. He couldn't wait to take it home to show his mom and dad.
            At that very moment this wonderful egg shaped thingy started growing in size.   As it grew Danny noticed that everything else about it was changing too. It was more beautiful now and was radiating a type of warmth like he had never felt before. It was like some kind of energy. The vibrating sound was more like strange music. Everything about it was beautiful and soothing. This brilliant growing egg was now about the size of a basketball and was hovering about two feet in front of him, and about a foot above his head.   The humming it had emitting also seemed to grow stronger and speed up. The vibrations were tingling Danny's body all the way to the bone. But he wasn't scared. Not even a little.
            It was now about ten feet above the ground and about three or four feet around. Danny stood up and realized just how big it had grown. While getting up he noticed a deer just a few yards from him, standing and watching his every move. “I guess that was you that startled me earlier. “ He said with a smile, then looking back up at the sphere above him. It was now bigger than he was, growing fast and showed no sign that is was going to stop. Danny started to get worried again, and remembered that his parents had to be wondering where he was by now.
            He tried to look and see how close he was to his house, but the light from the ball was so bright that it consumed everything in its brilliant illumination. He couldn't see anything else. He was afraid it might explode and wanted to run. He needed to run, and run fast.   As fast as he could in the direction that he thought his house was. His mind raced trying to pick a direction to run everything was white. Everything! How do I know where to go? How do I get out of this empty white place, and back home? "I want to go home!" He unconsciously yelled.
           At that very moment the humming and vibrating stopped. A voice spoke from this huge, brilliantly glowing ball, now the size of a car.   Danny stood frozen. The voice wasn't loud, mean or even threatening. It was soft and gentle sounding. Danny stood motionless not knowing what to expect, when it started talking to him.
            "Don't be scared my friend." The huge beautiful hovering ball said. "I want to thank you for cleaning me off and setting me free. I have been waiting here for you to see me for a long time. It was very brave of you to do what you did tonight. I want you to know that I will always be around for you, and that you never have to be scared of being alone. If you ever need me friend, all you need do is look up and I will be there." 
                Danny watched as it ascended, slowly at first, then when it seemed a few hundred feet or so above the ground, it shot off and in almost in a split second it was like a blurring beam of light. It was beautiful as it streaked across the sky and to the heavens. Then, the sound of a distant explosion and a small light burst in the sky. Where before there was nothing but darkness, now was a brilliant star. Danny's star. He stood for a few more minutes before he starting for home. He wasn't scared now and felt a whole lot closer to home. To his amazement he could see his parents sitting on the front steps talking as they waited for him.
Danny hollered out, “Did you see it? Did you see it?" Pointing his finger up to the sky.
            They both stood up and smiled as they walked over to meet him" You mean the shooting star?" His father said.
            "Yes, we saw it," his mother said, smiling.
            "I want to hear about your little adventure in the woods tonight Danny." His father said.
            Danny looked up at them and they were both smiling. He knew that he wasn't in trouble for walking home alone, which had been yet another thing he was worried about.
           "Joe's mother called about twenty minutes ago when you left their house and let us know you were on your way home." His mother said as she reaching for a hug.          
            "I love you mom." Twenty minutes? He thought, puzzled. I had to have been gone longer than that. 
            "We're so proud of you." His father said, while patting him on the back. "Did you learn anything about yourself tonight?"
            "Yes," Smiling, "I learned that most of the things I'm scared of never happen and that I don't have to be scared of being alone. I'm never really alone."
            "Let's go inside" His mother said shivering.
            The Brewster’s sat on the couch all huddled up drinking Cocoa as Danny excitedly talked about his adventure in the woods. Leaving out the nightmare and anything else to do with being scared. Mr. and Mrs. Brewster looked at each other as he talked and shared a proud smile.
           That night in his bed Danny felt something was watching over him, he could almost feel the warmth and tingling being sent from his new friend. He could see his star shining through his bedroom window from where he lay resting in bed. Just before he fell asleep Danny turned off his night-light and smiled. Looking back out the window and up to the stars, as he fell fast asleep he wondered what adventures tomorrow would bring.
The End.
If you would like me to continue this story please let me know, Any feedback would be appreciated


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Reviewed by Micki Peluso 12/14/2009
Dear Don,

This was my favorite part--it was just great!! I think you could stop here and maybe do a series of Danny stories. This has it all--,even a moral. Definitely don't stop.

all my best,

Micki peluso

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