Adam Chapter Ten

Kingwell By Kingwell, 8th Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2lnx3d_9/
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The gossips have a field day when two girls who work on one of the American bases return home and are seen smoking cigarettes! Adam has some serious thoughts about life and death. His friend Baxter comes for a visit.

Changing Times

Little Valley was to see another sign of the changing times that summer, one that would have the gossips talking for months. LizzLie Henley and Vida Sampson returned home for a two week holiday in July, and it was the first time that anyone in the community had seen a woman smoke a cigarette! Certainly, most men smoked as did many boys, when their parents or the teacher weren’t around to see them, but that was different, it had always been that way, but a woman smoking – what was the world coming to? Everyone had an opinion but only a few agreed with the young women. Many teenage girls however secretly admired them and Adam, who had already decided that smoking wasn’t for him, felt that if a man could smoke, so could a woman.

Was Adam Born Old?

The death of his friend Joseph Crawley had also gotten Adam back into thinking about God, and the meaning of life, about church teachings, the Bible, death, and what if anything came after. The only one that he could talk about these things with was Becky, who understood him better than anyone else. Although his mother often listened as they chatted, she added little except to say that she had always felt that he had been born “old”, as far as his thoughts were concerned.
Adam didn’t criticize as much as he had a few years earlier, as he now realized that people everywhere must work with the knowledge that they have at the moment. He remembered how Father Ryan had come to Little Valley to comfort the family, and took note that after all was over at the funeral, he had helped her husband lead Joseph’s mother away from the cemetery and back to their home where he knew, life must go on.
He had already read the entire Bible twice and some of it many more times. Much of it he felt, especially the old testament, were legends that had been handed down for thousands of years, probably by word of mouth and changed many times over. He was however, intrigued with The Sermon on The Mount in the new testament and knew within him that this was the way that all were meant to live.

Adam's Dream

It was during one of those talks with Becky that he spoke for the first time of a dream he’d had about Joseph. His mother had gone next door probably to borrow a cup of sugar while they awaited the arrival of the coastal boat that most referred to as “the Steamer”, and the two had one their rare moments alone. It was just a few days after the funeral and he’d once more fallen asleep thinking about Joseph walking on the ice and the panic that followed. In the dream he’d seen Joseph with his grandfather who had died a year earlier. Adam remembered that Joseph had loved going camping at Pollock Cove with his grandfather and how the two would return with a boatload of wood and often a “brace” of rabbits for Sunday dinner. Now he saw the two clearly as they walked towards what appeared to be a grove of trees. Joseph was all smiles as he turned and waved at Adam. He had awakened suddenly only to fall back to sleep later to the same dream. He knew that others often thought him strange now, and to relate the dream would only confirm it for many in the community. He trusted Becky however, and knew she would not repeat what he had told her in confidence. After the dream, whenever he thought about Joseph, it would not be of the tragedy but rather of him smiling as he walked beside his grandfather.

Confrontation!

During the last week in August, Baxter came from Petersview for a visit. The two friends had corresponded from time to time since Adam had stayed at his house during Lawrence and Becky’s wedding. Simon moved out with Shamus and Peter so that the two friends could sleep together. Although Adam rarely went out at night and cared little for the shenanigans that often went on at such times, he wanted Baxter to see the small community and meet some of his friends.
Around eleven o’ clock the two were returning home after talking with a couple of Adam’s classmates, when they came upon three fifteen year olds who were bullying a twelve year old boy who was returning home from visiting his grandmother. They had taken his shirt and were now threatening to take his pants as well. The boy was in tears. Adam felt a rage building within him and without stopping to think he turned to the four bullies, ordering them to stop teasing the boy. It was a tense moment but Adam, who at fourteen stood 5’11 with the built of one who had spent the summer working gruelling fourteen hour days, continued to stare them down.
Finally the one holding the shirt threw it on the ground and three turned and walked away. Baxter and Adam walked with the boy until he was safe at home and then returned silently to Adam’s house, where his mother was waiting for them with a lunch of black tea and bread and molasses.

Proud To Be Different.

Nothing was said about the incident on the road, until after the two were lying in bed, both wide awake. Adam was still shocked that he had stood up to the bullies as he had done, it was the first time he had ever felt such rage and wondered where it had come from. He of course knew all four boys and that the twelve year old was never in any real danger, just an embarrassment that all his friends would soon hear about, and the teasing that would follow. Adam however, felt it was wrong. Baxter too had not expected such a reaction from Adam, yet he was proud of his friend. He had witnessed such goings-on in Peterviews as well, and wished that there had been someone to stand up for him on one such occasion. Adam knew that others his age would probably have joined in the bullying and in a few weeks, it would all have been forgotten, but he WAS different, and now he was proud of it.

Ghost Stories.

On the second and last night of Baxter’s visit, the two elected to stay at home. They played checkers, at which Baxter was a whiz, and later some card games. They talked of books they had read and convinced Eli to let them stay up and listen to the fight from Madison Square gardens in New York, where Joe Louis was once again defending his heavyweight title against Jersey Joe Walcott.
While waiting for the fight to start at midnight, they decided to try to scare each other with ghost stories that they’d heard. Even Adam’s parents, feeling that the boys were now a bit old to be scared, joined in telling some eerie things that they’re witnessed over the years. They told how Adam’s paternal grandfather had died in the room in which the boys now slept, and how they had kept seeing him in the room for more than three weeks after he‘d passed away. It was only when his son discovered that he’d left a small unpaid bill at the community’s one store, and promptly paid it, that the old man was able to rest in peace. Baxter felt a cold shiver go down his spine and his face paled as he glanced at Adam who also looked uncomfortably.
Eli noticed and immediately changed the subject, telling Mary it was time for some tea and bread and molasses.

The Fight And Fighting Eerie Thoughts.

Later having been warned to make sure that the stove was closed so no sparks could escape, the boys were left to await the start of the fight. If there had been doubts as to the decision, when these two men had last met in the ring, it was not the case this time. The champion outdid his opponent in almost every round as Joe Louis once again made clear, why he was the heavyweight boxing champion of the world. It was 1:30 when the boys retired to bed and with the excitement of the fight over, their thoughts returned to Adam’s grandfather and his inability to rest in his grave. They tried to keep from thinking about the old man’s ghost by wrestling each other until Adam had Baxter in a hold where he was powerless and was forced to answer the most embarrassing questions that his friend could think of. Later they talked of their failed attempts to look up a girl’s skirt and laughed hysterically at each other’s jokes. Finally they fell asleep but that the eerie feelings had not completely left them was shown by the fact that when Adam awoke an hour later to find his friend’s arm wrapped tightly around him, he did not try to remove it.

TO BE CONTINUED- See Chapter Eleven
Read from the beginning - See Chapter One

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Accidents, Bullies, Bulling, Confront The Bully, Confrontation, Death, Dreams, Friends, Friendship, Ghost Stories, Ghostly Apparitions, Kingwell, Newfoundland And Labrador, Sleep, Sleep Problems

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I am 75 years old and retired.I like writing short stories, poetry as well other articles of interest.

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author avatar Retired
8th Mar 2015 (#)

Great chapter!

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author avatar Kingwell
8th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Jessica. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
8th Mar 2015 (#)

Great story!

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author avatar Kingwell
8th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Carmen. Blessings.

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author avatar Dawn143
9th Mar 2015 (#)

Interesting write. I liked the thoroughness in your writing, detail and intrigue! lovely

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author avatar Kingwell
9th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Dawn. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
9th Mar 2015 (#)

That's a good chapter, well done. =)

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author avatar Kingwell
9th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you CoffeeQueen. Happy that you are following. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Mar 2015 (#)

Gripping and rich with details, a great story developing, thanks Kingwell. I can relate to Joseph reassuring Adam that he is alright and for Adam to move on with his life. Similar instances have happened to me too to find solace - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
10th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva. To have you following the series means a lot to mean and I respect your opinions. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
11th Mar 2015 (#)

good work I can't wait to read more

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author avatar Kingwell
11th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Carol. Blessings.

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author avatar Utah Jay
13th Mar 2015 (#)

You amaze me.

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author avatar Kingwell
13th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Utah. Blessings.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
21st Mar 2015 (#)

Kingwell, excellent writing. I love the detail you put into every chapter. You are the best.

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author avatar Kingwell
21st Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Nancy for being such a loyal follower. Blessings.

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