|Amber's Friend (standard:fantasy, 3550 words)|
|Author: PeachiePie||Added: Jan 19 2003||Views/Reads: 1740/1180||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|A story of Amber. She just needed love and wanted to return it to a friend.|
Click here to read the first 75 lines of the story 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. Tweet
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