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Amber's Friend (standard:fantasy, 3550 words)
Author: PeachiePieAdded: Jan 19 2003Views/Reads: 1913/1298Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
A story of Amber. She just needed love and wanted to return it to a friend.

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overwhelm you.  You will think the President is coming.  We will know 
about a month before school ends.  It will take that long for security 
to set up”. 

“The first place he will speak, if we win, will be at the new football
Stadium,” she replied, with her fingers crossed. “This will seat 2500 
people and will be offered to the first ones in line.  The 20 of you 
need not worry because you and your escort will have reserved seating.  
You will leave from there and come here to school.  Only the ones with 
tickets will get by the guards.  Than last is the best.  Mr. 
Wiggleworth will address you 20 kids and your escorts. Kids I can't 
express enough how the security and news cameras will overwhelm you. 
Good luck kids”. 

This news made Amber sadder.  Now the whole world would know she had no
body.  This Chance class was the most important thing in her life, now 
she dreaded the day if her school did win. 

The next few days in Chance class everyone talked about the gifts they
had bought and just maybe Mr. Wiggleworth would shake their hands and 
be the only ones that could get close to him. They would say, “Oh I bet 
there will be two or three guards around him and we get to be beside 
them”. Amber didn't care.  She thought, “They will probably make her 
get back out of the way.  Mr. Wiggleworth would not want his picture 
with an unattractive person like myself”. 

When school was over Amber went to the mall before going home that day. 
She wanted to look at the gifts and pretend she was picking out 
something for her escort.  She knew it wouldn't be her Dad. She asked 
her Uncle, but he laughed at her.  There was no one else to ask. 

She walked up to the jewelry counter that day and there was a
middle-aged man looking at the necklaces.  His clothes were ragged and 
worn. He had a heart necklace and the sales lady was getting impatient 
with him. He had a necklace that comes in a set.  It was a broken heart 
on a chain. She was trying to explain he had only enough money for one. 
“He pleaded with her,” Do you have any two items I can buy with $40.00. 
My niece promised she would take me to the chance class if I bought her 
something from this store,” he begged. “Look! That little bitch knew 
better. That was her way of telling you to get lost, “she shouted”.  He 
dropped his head in shame. Amber wanted to go over that counter after 
her. Instead she opened her purse and pulled out ever dollar she had.  
It was $50.00. “Gift-wrap one and we will take the other one in a bag,” 
she replied.  She hugged the stranger and whispered, “She had no right 
to say that”.  The stranger returned the hug and whispered, “How can I 
ever repay you? She smiled and said, “You just did”. Amber tightened 
her hug and kissed his cheek. “That was your change, “she replied with 
a smile”. 

They left the store and out side the found a bench.  Amber wanted to
know all about this strange person.  “Is your niece in Chance class, I 
may know her. I am enrolled in that class at Western?” She softly 
replied. He looked at her and with a surprising look and said, “She is 
in that class, but her school is across town. May I ask who is taking 
you”? He asked excitedly.  She had to think fast. “My Dad, He is a 
Doctor and I hope there is not an emergency where he can't attend”. 
Amber answered. “He dropped his head in embarrassment. May I ask your 
name? “Replied Amber”. Most call me Garbage Man. Amber smiled and 
asked, “Can I just call you Gar.  He took her hand and said, “You are 
the most precious Princess I ever met. If you give me time I will repay 
you every cent I owe you”.  Amber's eyes were sparkling as she looked 
into his. “Your debt was paid in the store.  You owe me nothing, Gar,” 
Amber said with that loving smile, “But there is one thing you can do, 
I want to walk you home”.  “Oh no Princess!  I live in a rough 
neighborhood and you would have to walk out of there all alone”.  She 
was disappointed but she said, “OK”. He told her good-bye and with a 
twinkle in his eyes he left. 

Amber wasn't going to let her friend walk out of her life. She wanted to
follow him a short distance and see his house. She caught him making 
sure he didn't see her. She followed him a short distance and he walked 
to an underpass.  It was very dark.  Than she understood.  Gar was 
homeless.  He didn't want her to know. 

The only thing that changed in Amber's life the next few days was the
new friend she had made.  She made regular visits to the mall but she 
couldn't find him.  “Why didn't I ask him to be my escort at Chance? I 
am no better than my so-called friends. I lied to him. My Dad the Dr”, 
sadly she spoke aloud. She hung her head and her big heart said, “He is 
the only Daddy I have and I hate what he does, but I love him”. She 
raised her head and took a few more steps. She thought her eyes were 
playing tricks on her.  It was Gar.  He was coming toward her.  She 
broke into a run.  She ran into his arms.  She couldn't hold back the 
tears.  “I'm sorry Gar, Please forgive me”, she sobbed.  He asked, 
“What ever for Sunshine?  I know of anything for you to be sorry for, I 
am the one who should apologize”, He begged. “No! “, Amber replied. “I 
lied to you, my Dad is not a Dr. and he can't take me to Chance.  I 
have no one to take me”.  Gar hugged her, “If I only had a new shirt 
and pants I would take you Sunshine”. He whispered. 

“Oh Gar! You don't need new clothes to escort me. We have the gifts,
please take me, if you could stand the thought of being interviewed and 
your picture with a ---“, She stopped.  “Amber I am sorry, I lied to 
you also. I'm a -–“.She stopped him.  She put two fingers over his 
lips.  “You are my friend.  You are the Dad I never had.  You're my 
escort if you will have me”. She insisted. “My clothes are ragged and 
worn.  My shoes have holes in them Amber.  There is something I must 
tell you “he begged”.  “All I need to know is you will be at Chance for 
me”, replied Amber. 

Amber talked to Gar several times at the mall over the next few weeks.
She did tell Mrs. Turner her new friend would escort her to the Chance 
meeting. Amber turned in is name as Garland Mann. She told Mrs. Turner, 
“I call him Gar”. 

Soon the day came when they would find out which school won the drawing.
 It would be broadcast over the television.  That day in Chance class 
the television was tuned in. The whole class set with fingers crossed. 
The beautiful young lady pulled the name out of the basket.  She 
announced “--Western High—“. The class went wild.  Mrs. Turner got them 
to calm down so they could hear the County announced.  She called out 
their county and than Mrs. Turner joined the celebration.  There would 
be a thousand things to do over the next 4 weeks.  Amber was happy and 
deep inside she was sad also. She was so proud of Gar but she was 
afraid Gar would be embarrassed to be in that much of the public eye. 

As soon as school was over that day she went straight to the mall. There
he sat on the same bench them two shared the first day.  She rushed to 
him.  She opened her arms for her hug and she was saying, “We won Gar! 
We won”!  He said, “I know.  I heard it on the television inside the 
store.  There is something I have to tell you now Amber”, he pleaded.  
Amber said, “Absolutely not.  Just promise me you will not let me down 
and be there for me”. Gar replied, “I will always be there for you”. 
Amber just knew he wanted to tell her he was homeless and she didn't 
want to put him through that. 

Amber smiled and she politely said, “Sometimes I almost call you Daddy”.
Gar took her hand and he looked directly into her beautiful eyes. He 
replied, “If God could give me one child and I could pick anyone in 
this whole wide world it would be you Amber”. She smiled and replied, 
“Thank you Daddy. I know how much it bothers you about your clothes. I 
have been working after school three evenings a week.  I have you a new 
outfit and some new shoes to match. They are yours and if it makes you 
feel better wear them to the meeting.  You don't have too for me, I 
love you just the way you are and not for what you have”. 

Gar hugged her once more.  He whispered, “My Precious Sunshine,
Somewhere out there is one of the luckiest young men that will end up 
spending his life with you.  I hope he realizes just what a gold mind 
he is getting”. Amber returned that hug and replied, “Just so he is 
just like you Daddy”. 

The next few days Amber was very busy getting ready for the big event. 
She didn't get to talk to Gar much after that day she started calling 
him Daddy.  She knew he would be at the Chance meeting because he told 
her he would. The day came and Amber would take her gift and head for 
the football stadium.  Once she was there the security was unreal.  She 
just knew Gar would take one look at all this and run away.  She 
thought how stupid can I be.  Why didn't I tell him to meet me at the 
mall and we would walk here together.  She was almost in tears.  Not 
for herself, but for Gar.  How could she put him through this?  Soon 
Mrs. Turner spotted her and made her report to a special room.  She 
tried to explain about Gar and Mrs. Turner promised they would help her 
find him. 

It wasn't long until someone called for the class to be seated on stage
behind Mr. Wiggleworth.  Everyone's escort was seated next to him or 
her except Amber.  There was an empty chair next to her. She didn't 
care about herself any more, where was Daddy.  Did someone make him 
leave before she found him? 

Everyone was seated now.  Amber had never seen this many people in her
whole life.  There was a microphone set up on the front of the stage 
and beside it was an empty chair.  The television camera's was filming 
as the School Superintendent prepared to speak.  He welcomed everyone 
and informed all that just as soon as security was satisfied and Mr. 
Wiggleworth's escort arrived he would be on stage.  Than everyone saw 
four of the largest guards approach Mrs. Turner. They whispered 
something and Mrs. Turner looked as if she saw a ghost.  She pointed 
directly to Amber.  All four of these great men approached her. One of 
the guards kneeled in front of her on his knee.  He whispered, “Amber, 
please do not be alarmed.  We are your bodyguards”?  He removed the 
most magnificent gold bracelet from his pocket.  He asked, “May I snap 
this on your arm?  It has a homing device in it so we can tell where 
you are if we get separated”. All the television cameras were on her.  
She said, “OK”.  They put out a hand for her to take and she rose out 
of her chair.  There was one guard on each side of her and one in front 
and one behind.  The Superintendent continued to speak as they led her 
off the stage. Amber followed them to another heavily guarded area.  
When those guards saw them approach one opened the door and stepped out 
of the way for her to enter.  For the first time in Amber's life she 
felt like a Queen. 

She had a seat and all four guards remained with her.  One of the guards
spoke when she was seated.  He said “Hi Sunshine”; Mr. Wiggleworth will 
be right with you”.  “I don't understand,” she replied. The guard said, 
 “He would explain when he gets here”.  Soon the door opened.  Amber 
couldn't believe her eyes.  The middle-aged man wore a tux. He opened 
his arms to her.  It was Gar.  She jumped to her feet, “Oh Daddy! “! I 
thought something happened to you”, she cried. “No Sunshine, I am Scott 
Wiggleworth to the rest of the world but I am Daddy to you”. 

“The first time you saw me I was dressed as a street person.  I do this
so I can get out on my own without guards around me all the time.  They 
were in that store that day but you didn't see them.  It touched my 
heart when you give me your last cent for that gift. I was testing the 
clerk in that store. When you were so kind to me after you followed me 
under that overpass. You thought I was a street person but that made 
you that much kinder.  I tried to tell you but you wanted to spare me 
the shame.  My love for you grew stronger each day.  The four guards 
have watched over you ever since the first evening we met.  They made 
sure you made it home safety each and every time you left your home. 
There is a chair outside for you while I speak.  You were the escort 
the country has waited on”. 

“When we leave here you and your guards will ride with me in the
limousine to the school. First I need your permission for all this 
attention you are about to receive. If it's ok, you are the topic of my 
talks today.  You took a chance on me and Oh how you won. All your 
needs will be cared for. Your schooling, colleges, whenever you are 
ready and last a high paying position with my firm.  Sunshine, you are 
all the family I have and you will have a room at all the mansions so 
you can visit whenever and as long as your folks will allow. One day 
all I own will be yours. Get aquatinted with the four guards because 
they will become a part of your life. You can have two female guards if 
you prefer”. 

Amber put her arms around him, “All I ever need is you in my life,” she
cried. With that said they left the room for the stage hand in hand. 
She took her seat beside the stand and her four guards by her side. Mr. 
Wiggleworth started his speech by introducing his little bit of 
Sunshine Amber, to that entire crowd. They left there when he finished 
and proceeded to the high school. So many people tried to get to Amber 
when they arrived but the guards held them at bay. Gar had her hand and 
he whispered to her, “Now you know why I slip away like a street 
person”. That was the proudest day of her life when they got to the 
classroom. They exchanged their gifts. The same little hearts that 
Amber helps purchase in the mall. Mr. Wiggleworth showed his to the 
other students that day before he put it around his neck. It was 
engraved. Gar on one side and Amber was on the other. That would be 
just the first of many days Amber would spend with her new Daddy. 


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