He Came From the Clouds
Man, what a day, it was just one of those days where I wished I hadn't even left my bed, everything that could have gone wrong had gone wrong, I was glad to be going home from work, away from the people I know didn't like me being there.
In fact, I wasn't like by very many people, which was odd because I'm not a mean person, yet every person I would run into seemed to have their opinions of me before even meeting me. By the way, my name is Bryce, and this is my story of when I gained a friendship I never thought possible.
When I got home from work, I had a good bit of daylight to burn, so I took advantage of it by going outside for a walk. While I was out walking, I came to a clearing, which was a cliff overlooking a wideopen valley, no houses or roads were in this valley, just rolling hills and trees.
I sat down and took time to admire the sight before me, while I was looking out at the distance, I noticed this mass of clouds in the sky that unlike most clouds, didn't change shape or even thin out. I just looked at this cloud mass, but only found it strange that it wasn't moving or even disappearing.
As I sat there watching, I sighed a bit, feeling down on myself that I didn't have any friends for most of my life.
"Just once, I wish I had someone I could talk to, who didn't judge me, whose only interest is to listen to me, to be my friend." I said to myself.
I got up and began my journey back home, it was getting late and I had to get up the next morning for work, even though it was the last place in the world I wanted to be, because I knew that it meant putting up with the same ridicule I endured every day.
Little did I know, that the next day would be when everything would change, not only would I unexpectedly get the day off work, but I would also meet someone who not only didn't have a mean bone in their body, but they would prove to be the friend I had always wished for.
The next morning I awoke to the sound of my telephone ringing. I didn't get to it in time, so the answering machine picked it up, only to reveal my boss calling.
"You won't be needed today Bryce, your department is closed, it's not like you do anything anyway." the machine stopped the message and I promptly deleted it.
I had other things on my mind now however, I promptly got dressed and headed back to the overlook where I had seen that cloud mass, I had to see why it never disappeared or moved, something about it was definitely unusual.
When I got to the spot where I had seen it, the cloud mass was still there just as massive as ever. I stared at it for a long time, just wondering how this mass came to be, and why it was there. My questions were soon answered, as a hole began to spread open at the bottom of it.
As this hole opened, I watched as a beam of golden light slowly began to appear. As the light came to it's full strength, I watched it to see what would happen next, what I was about to see, I probably wouldn't have believed it, had I not seen it with my own eyes.
A human form began to appear, only this form was absolutely gigantic! This giant had to be every bit of 500 feet tall! He was bald, had a black beard, wore a white toga, and golden sandals on his feet, his body was powerfully muscled.
What I saw next, caught me totally off guard. The giant turned his head in my direction, then slowly began to walk toward where I was standing. I stood there frozen as I watched this mountainous giant lumber toward me, only as he drew closer, did I sit down so that the quakes he caused wouldn't cause me to fall as he walked.
As he finally arrived where I was, I found myself staring straight into his stomach. Only when I looked up, did I find myself looking up into his face, when our eyes met, I was greeted with a gentle smile.
"Hello little one." the giant whispered, "Do not fear me, I mean you no harm."
For some reason, I found myself thinking that he didn't need to tell me that, because I wasn't the least bit frightened by him, I was more in awe at how massive he was, but also by how gentle he seemed to be.
"Who are you?" I asked.
"My name is Artaeus." he replied, "I have come because you are in need."
"In need?" I asked, "In need of what?"
"You are without friends, I have come to give you what you do not have." Artaeus whispered.
Artaeus offered me his giant hand, and hesitantly, I climbed in. The next thing I knew, without walking, we were up at the top of the same cloud Artaeus had come down from, but why did he bring me with him? only time would answer that question, and soon, Artaeus would tell me everything I needed to know.
As we arrived at Artaeus's castle, he took me to this large room that had a table and a single chair. He carefully placed me on the table, then sat in the chair before me, I just looked up at him in awe, he was truly a sight to behold.
"Why have you brought me with you?" I asked.
Artaeus smiled, "You wished for a friend, did you not?" he whispered.
"Yes." I replied, "I don't have any back home."
Artaeus reached his finger down and softly stroked me, not as if I were a pet, but as if I were someone he was concerned about.
"You still haven't answered my question Artaeus, why am I here?" I asked.
"I will show you." Artaeus whispered.
Artaeus no sooner snapped his fingers, that another giant entered the room, he was the same size as Artaues, but had long red hair tied back in a ponytail.
"Bryce, I'd like you to meet my brother Zandor." Artaeus said.
I looked up at Zandor, who simply smiled down at me. He bent down to the level of the table and studied me closely, his eyes told me that just like Artaeus, I had nothing to be afraid of.
"We welcome you to our home Bryce, here you will always be among friends, and shall never be judged for anything."
Now I understood why I was here. I finally understood why Artaeus brought me to his home, because now, I didn't want to leave, I had to convince Artaeus to let me stay here, because a gut feeling told me he would try to take me back home.
Would Artaues take me back to an unhappy environment? Would I be allowed to stay with him and Zandor? I needed to find these things out, because if I didn't, I would go crazy waiting for Artaeus and his brother to tell me, but as always, only time would reveal the answers to these questions.