the kindness of a stranger

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Other  |  House: Booksie Classic
my first short story about how a stranger can change things.

Submitted: September 28, 2016

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Submitted: September 28, 2016

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  The kindness of a stranger.
 
The door to the small seaside cafe opened and a middle aged biker walked in he looked around quickly and noticed there were 3 couples one elderly another young and a middle aged pair of women and 2 single teenagers, he paid them no attention as he walked up to the counter and ordered the special with apple pie and custard and a coffee he then walked to an empty table by the window and sat down to wait for his meal.  He had sat there for maybe 15 minutes when a cute women maybe mid 30s he guessed although she looked older  walked in pushing a pram, he noticed the pram was a large one and the child completely covered appeared to be about 7yrs old,  a little old for a pram he thought then realised the child had a deformity from the waist down but he could not see what the deformity was it just made the child look small,  as the woman sat down all except the elderly couple got up and as they left the teenagers were insulting the child which annoyed the biker but he decided to let them leave as he felt creating a violent scene may upset the child and it looked as if it had already suffered enough by the blank and vacant expression on its little face.  The owner of the cafe brought the biker his meal and asked if he would like it to take out this confused the biker so he asked why would the owner think that to which the owner replied that normal people dont like to eat with a deformed child in the same room as them, the biker smiled gently and asked the owner what made him think he was normal.  On hearing this reply the owner introduced himself as mark and told the biker his meal was on the house, the biker introduced himself as Shaun and thanked mark.  As Shaun took his first bite of his meal the child in the pram turned it's head to look at him Shaun returned the gaze and saw an empitness he understood only to well he realised the child was a cute little girl who had no ears only small holes but otherwise looked fine other than what he assumed was a leg that had  grown down the centre of her little body instead of either side.  Shaun didn't bat an eyelid and smiled gently in the girls direction but only recieved the same blank and vacant stare he saw earlier, knowing how this little girl felt from his own childhood experiences his heart broke and he had to stop his eyes from filling up.  Shaun looked at the elderly couple so the child wouldn't see his eyes filling  but the elderly couple politely avoided his glance which he  appreciated.  He looked down at his meal and took another mouthful and was enjoying the taste when he looked over at the little girl who hadn't moved but her mother had placed her own head in her hands and looked exhausted so Shaun decided to ask the little girls name which surprised the mother who wanted to know why and couldn't he see she wasn't normal and to leave them alone as they had had enough of people pretending to be friendly and using the opportunity to exploit the girls condition Shauns eyes grew hard and the mother realised she had assuned wrongly but Shaun looked at the little girl whos gaze hadn't altered and winked at her that small act had a surprising effect as the little girls gaze got less empty and she started paying attention only slightly not enough for anybody but shaun to notice, her name is geena said her mother almost as an apology and she has a serious deformity and could he please just ignore her.  Shaun looked at the mother gently and enquired if he could ask her daughter a question to which the mother laughed tiredly and said he could if he wanted but she had tried for years to get geena to snap out of her trance and had been unsuccesful but yes if he wished he could ask her anything he liked just not to expect a response, when the mother had finished Shaun walked over to the little girl and realised everybody was watching him.  When he reached the pram he knelt down and looked directly into the girls eyes and saw she had natural reptilian pupils the girls gaze didn't alter even as she returned his look he saw the depth of her despair and hoplesness Shaun took a breath as the emptiness in Geenas eyes ripped his heart out but he got himself together lent over to the side of geenas head and realised the silence was deafining as he quietly asked her if she would like to share his apple pie and custard getting the response her mother had said he would Shaun thanked her  smiled at Geena and went back to his table.  After roughley 20 minutes Geenas mother looked over at Shaun and thanked him for being nice to her daughter as they don't meet many people who have the time for them Shaun smiled and said all he had was time and looked at Geena and said she was welcome to as much of his time as she wanted he then smiled and told her his offer still stood then he  looked at her mother and said that Geena didn't need to speak to him as she now knew that they had something special because they were now friends, this brought a tear to everybodys eyes and Shaun politely avoided their gaze and continued to eat his meal, as he took the last mouthful of his main meal he heard Geenas mother gasp and sob which made him look up at Geena and realised she had climbed out of her pram and was looking at him from between his legs and she tapped him on his leg with one of her arms which were shorter than normal.  The cafe was deathly quiet as he lent down and picked Geena up and held her in front of him so he could see the deformity that everyone hated so much and what he saw surprised him as Geena had a snakes tail from her waist down so he thought not quite one leg and sat her on his knee Geena looked at him with a clearer look in her lovely eyes and asked if she could still share his custard and Shaun noticed a slight fork in her tongue and a lisssp he smiled gently and asked her mother if she minded him sitting Geena on his knee while they shared his custard but her mother just nodded as she had tears rolling down her face uncontrolably which prompted shaun to ask Mark to help her mother as he sat Geena on his knee.  Geena watched him carefully as he took his spoon dipped it in his custard and offered her the first mouthful, Geena opened her mouth and let Shaun place the spoon gently into it and she ate half of the custard and smiled like the cat that got the cream, she then turned to Shaun and told him to have some at which point Mark asked if he would like another spoon but Shaun said no and placed the same spoon Geena had used into his own mouth and smiled with exagerated pleasure which made Geena laugh and the sound to Shaun was incredibly sweet.  Geenas mother had gained a little composure and said her name was tracy and was Shaun an angel from heaven? Shaun smiled and saw Geena watching him he said no he wasn't an angel from heaven he was a nobody who happened to like unusual and beautiful things,  Geena looked at Shaun and he noticed her eyes had filled up as she asked if he thought she was beautiful and unusual Shaun smiled his gentle smile and looked directly into Geenas eyes and said she was the most beautiful person he had ever seen as she was made up of the most special parts from gods secret parts pile, Geena hugged him hard and told him she loved him which was the point Shauns eyes overflowed gently but uncontrollably Mark and the other people in the cafe were also crying except for Geena who held this stranger with a show of affection that everyone could see even the people walking past who had stopped to stare at Geena who had wrapped her tail round Shauns waist to let him know she wasn't letting him go anywhere.  After a few minutes the biker who some regarded as a hard man and was best left alone asked Tracy how Geena had got so many beautiful and unique parts which made Geena hold him tighter.  Tracy couldn't speak she was overwhelmed by the transformation in her daughter she could only weep and sob but Mark explained that Tracy had gone to australia for a holiday while in the early stages of pregnancy and had been bitten on the stomach while sleeping and the toxin had affected the foetus and Geena was the result.  When Mark had finished Geena looked into Shauns eyes and said if he met god to ask if he would make her normal Shauns whole body sobbed but nothing came out of his eyes except a very gentle and caring look he then asked her why she would want to be normal did she like normal people, she looked deeply into his eyes and said that she didn't like normal people as they were mostly cruel to her and mummy but she didn't want mummy to be hurt anymore, Shaun took a minute as this took him by surprise but he looked at Tracy and told Geena mummy would be happy if she could show mummy that she loved her to which Geena replied that she did love mummy as she was the only one who helped her even though it was sometimes hard.  Shaun smiled gently at Geena and told her that mummy and her were not going to be alone anymore as he would be her friend for all time which made Geena hold him tighter and Tracy came over and hugged them both tightly.  Shaun took a minute to look around and noticed there was a large crowd gathering outside.  Tracy had gathered herself and accepted Shauns invitation to sit with them, Mark had come over with Tracy and explained he was her father and they had not seen Geena so content to be near a stranger as she was with him at which point Shaun smiled and said he was no longer a stranger as he and Geena were now friends and when bikers made friends they made them for life so when Geena asked if she was his friend for life Shaun held her tighter and told her she was his most special friend and that was for life which made Geena and Tracy hug each other and cry but Geena didn't release her grip on him with her tail but held her mum tightly with her arms  Geena then lent over to shaun and gave him a kiss smiled and went red which made everyone smile.  The silence lasted for a few minutes as Geena sat with her head on Shauns shoulder looking at Tracy who asked her daughter if she was ok Geena didn't speak but nodded her head when the door to the cafe opened and the teenagers from earlier came in and asked Shaun what he was doing with the freak Geena tightened her grip and let out a little cry as Shaun looked into her eyes and asked geena to answer them as they wanted to know what she was doing with the freak Geena shook her head so Shaun looked directly into their eyes with a stony look in his and quietly told them that if they called him a freak again he would knock them all over town he then asked Geena to sit on Tracys knee while he had a quiet word with them but Geena wouldn't move and Mark chased them out just as Shaun felt a change in the way Geena was holding him so he asked her quietly if things like that were what made her want to be normal and geena nodded So Shaun told her that she was better than all of them because she had the special parts they wanted and they were jealous of her beauty Geena tightened her grip and kissed him on the cheek as she started to withdraw into herself again Shaun realised quickly that he needed to do something or Geena was going back into her trance so he quietly asked her if she would like to meet all of her new friends this got Geenas and Tracy's attention and Geena nodded in agreement so Shaun took his phone out of his pocket and smiled at Geena as he found a number and started to ring it Geenas eyes were carefully watching what he was doing and Tracy looked confused as Shaun started speaking Geena listened intently as he spoke to a brother who had ridden in bike clubs with him and he asked his bro if he could get a few people to-gether to come down to this small seaside town to meet the most beautiful young lady they were ever going to see he didn't need to explain anything as he already knew his bro's and their ol ladys wouldn't care and they would come anyway when he had finished he simply said there was a very special young lady who was continuously bullied and she was a very good friend of his and she needed help the reply he got made him smile and he looked at Geena and asked her if she would say hello to her other friend on the phone Geena looked afraid so Shaun held the phone to the side of their heads and Geena said hello very quietly and shy the voice on the other end of the phone asked if her name was Geena and was she the special friend Shaun was talking about she said yes even quieter the voice said that she was to stay with Shaun until her new friends managed to get there in around 2 hours is that ok again yes very quietly then she asked if he was her friend as well which made the phone go quiet for a few seconds before the voice explained that any friend of Shauns was a friend of his asked her to wait for them then hung up Shaun put the phone back into his pocket and looked at Geena who looked bemused as she told her mum she had another friend who was coming to see her in a while.  Mark looked at Shaun and asked if he could do anything to help so Shaun said there was if he could get the use of a field near to Tracys house and could he let the police know there will be a few more bikers calling into town he had no idea how much of an understatement that would turn out to be.  While they were waiting the crowd outside had grown as people were clamouring to get a look at Geena and all Shaun could do when she held him was smile gently at her and Tracy he really did know something they didn't.  About an hour and a half later the first bikers rolled into town and pulled up outside the cafe moving the crowd out of the way with an almighty roar Geena yelped and held Shaun tightly and Shaun said these were her friends and she was not to be frightened but she needs to say hello as they were kind people who would like her because they were seen as different themselves Geena looked confused so Shaun quickly explained that normal people didn't like her new friends because they chose to live differently just as the door opened and the first bikers walked in and greeted Shaun,Tracy and Geena who hid her face in Shauns shoulder they noticed straight away how different Geena was and they all had the same attitude as Shaun and gathered round Geena telling her how lovely she was and they asked her if she would like them to be her friend Geena was frightened but the curiosity of all these people dressed in leather and denim talking to her as if they didn't notice how different she was helped her to say yes she would but all the time keeping a good hold on shaun.  After another hour word had gone round the biker world and bikers were arriving by the hundreds and Geena was overwhelmed by all these people who were friends she never knew about made her weep only this time it was a joyful thing and every single biker and their ol ladies who turned up came into the cafe to give Geena a hug and kiss and they all told her when the bullies start she had many more friends than they did and as she tried to find the teenagers who had been cruel she couldn't find them and she was confused as to where they had gone which caused much amusement among all the bikers as they told her she wouldn't be bothered by them anymore and after the greetings had been made they asked Geena if she would go outside with them at which point she shook her head and hid herself in Shauns shoulder who asked her if he and mummy went with her would she go then so she said yes as they stepped outside everybody was applauding her not because she was different but because she had shown enought trust in them to go outside and not be covered up her fear turned to absolute delight the kind only a child could show as everybody wanted to hold her and hug her and tell her how beautiful she was. Tracy looked afraid and tried to follow her around as she got passed from biker to biker each one showing care and concern for her condition but Shaun explained she was very safe as all of the bikers were her friend.  After a while Geena got back to Shaun and Tracy and she climbed up Shaun and held him tightly.  Little Geenas life was changed that day from one of hopeless empty longing into another of friendship and belonging and all it took was the kindness of a stranger.


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