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grassy field with rust
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I'd heard about the old car, three miles out of town and all alone. I just had to see it. It was time. School was over for the summer, my friends were at camp, and I was bored. I set out Thursday morning for a hike, following directions that Uncle Will had given me. As the heat was still growing with the climb of the sun, I found the field and wandered around looking, and looking some more, trying not to be distracted by bees buzzing in the flowers, and butterflies and baby mice. Then it was there,  just a bit upslope from the bottom of a natural swale, and just below the sky at the top of the bank. A 1959 Cadillac convertible, but not like the old music videos showed.

This one was part buried in grass gone to seed and turned almost white golden with the dry heat. The tires were collapsed cracked pieces and there wasn't a trace of pink paint anywhere. Rust owned it, and it held on so tight that holes were showing in what used to be steel. The top was gone except for some brownish red channels and rods.

It was grand.

The biggest car I ever saw. And the farthest gone. Like some river barge stranded when the stream changed course and left it on top of drying mud that grass returned to. Uncle Will had said that the Caddy was already more than thirty years old when Dave Jenkins ran off the road being chased by the Sheriff for having no taillights, but maybe carrying weed. Some of its old pieces had broken, and Dave was arrested and didn't have any money anyway and here the car still was after all these years.

The  breeze blew soft, the grass moved slow and easy, and the old car was peaceful, and comforting to watch. It just seemed right that things were the way they were. I fell asleep. Later I woke up and walked home, thinking for awhile, that the past was okay just the way it was.
just the way it should be



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I've thanked :iconbeccalicious: for featuring this one in DD, and thanked all the individual commenters so far. I've yet to individually thank those who've faved 'grassy field ... ', and I'll try to do so, but until I do, Thank you all.

Lance
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grassy field with rust by *Gypsy-Knight A simple single image brings strong reflections of the past. Beautiful Vignette. ( Featured by Beccalicious )
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AMWeitz Feb 15, 2013  Student Writer
This could easily be turned into a longer short story, yet i LOVE it the way it is. So, so beautiful.
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:iconlancelotprice:
I'm surprised that you found it. :) Thank you. It may be part of a life, and so could be extended into a novel, but I don't think I have it in me to write that long. Sometimes it's best to focus on small moments, so that may be a good thing.

I've had a look at your page and added you to my devWatch list.
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AMWeitz Feb 18, 2013  Student Writer
I agree. Which is why I usually write poetry, and why my poems are usually short.

Yay, thanks!! :)
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:iconlancelotprice:
You're welcome. :)
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AlisonBlue Feb 3, 2013  Student Writer
oh, yes.
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:iconlancelotprice:
Thank you, Alison.
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:iconarchelyxs:
This is really beautiful, full of buzzing and breathing nostalgia, a picture deserving of the strongest frame.
Really belated congrats on the DD also! I miss you and your work, and I hope things are well. :heart: :coffeecup:
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:iconlancelotprice:
Thanks very much, Megan; I'm happy you like it

Things are very well with me. I wish they were better for you; chronic fatigue is no fun at all. Good luck with getting credited with your work at Uni. Be positive; do whatever it takes to keep yourself entertained and cheerful.

Cheers,

Lance
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:iconarchelyxs:
Thank you so much for the support. I've been needing to read pieces like this piece, so all the thanks is to you. :heart:
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