A Song in the Wind by Allen Henriquez - Part 2

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Literary Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Part 2

Gretchen, years later, met Michael Uber, a farmer with vast acreage, they married in a tiny church.  The church bell’s tower vibrated with the bell’s song as it: swayed, rocked, rattled, and chimed.  A garden of flowers lined the pathway of the church’s entrance.  Gretchen’s mother, Margaret Rose was tearfully present, along with friends from the bride and groom.  Not present was Gretchen’s guitar playing friend, Orville, neither was Murray Foster.  Both men disappeared, after one of their fishing trips across Newton’s Creek.  It appears there was a scuffle, what remained was: bloody knives, the guitar, coffee pot, frying pan, and the car they drove there in, a gray Ford.

Ten years later Michael Uber and friends took a fishing trip to Canada.  Michael told of a worn looking fellow with a mustache who spoke only French there at the stream.  He told how he looked like the pictures he’d seen of Orville Lunt, minus the mustache, but he couldn’t get a word of English out of him.

After the two men vanished near Newton Creek Plainview police investigator Walter Hester traced Murray Foster to Maine where he lived under the name John Hamilton.  John Hamilton worked for a woman Evelyn Bartow.  Bartow a wealthy widow who died under mysterious circumstances; no foul play could be confirmed. 

Gretchen and Michael have a wonderful life together, a waking and sleeping hope filled existence; with two children Greta and Mike.

Perhaps there wouldn’t have been any of the beauty they experience if not for songs sung with depth and sensitivity along Newton Creek a long time ago.


Submitted: October 02, 2015

© Copyright 2022 Allen Henriquez. All rights reserved.

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