Holding Eric part 26


Holding Eric part 26. August 21st Wednesday

Eric pushing the wheat as tall as he was aside reaching the roadway, looking straight ahead into the brighten sun area while walking towards the opening spotting two farm house’s off in a distances lifting his head more checking looking along the wooden fence towards horses back in the field Eric Smiled, Then suddenly below there was no step sending him in a downward fall towards the pavement, with his palms outward bracing himself hearing screeching tires following with blaring sound of a horn, Eric turning his head seeing the car as he was falling, closing his eye seeing only the bumper while hitting the pavement.

Laying on the ground looking at his hands white with small stones on each palm trying to brush them together letting the rock fall off, glancing sideways seeing the bumper raised his head turning around spotting a man standing over him wearing a western hat holding his hand outward to Eric.

“You ok?”

“Yes Sir just fell”

“Thought you was a deer coming out of the field’ did I hit you?”

“No just fell or something?” with a deep breath rubbing his hands off on his pants.

“You must have lost your step in the ditch”

“Ditch, oh yea, the ditch” looking back seeing the incline in the ground

“You need a ride?”

“Where am I anyway?”

“You sure I didn’t hit you?” Eric frowning with help standing up.

“No I fell’ I was taking a short cut thru the wheat”

Lifting him from under his arm, while checking his hands over seeing they were hurting.

“Short cut that’s strange’ come on I’ll give you ride home I’m Bert and it’s only a scratch”

“What? Oh Eric’ Hello”

“You only scratched them nothing broken no blood your fine” checking over his dirt mixed pant legs.

“Right it just hurts like hell”

Bert smiled gestures to the car, the two walking to each side Eric soar lifting the handle looking back and forth along the roadway opening the door, hesitating for a second before bending down looking in.

“Well you coming? Where’s home?” One quick look around before getting in.

“You need to wash your hands’ so where’s your house? What street?”

“I don’t exactly live around here I’m!” keeping his head low better

“You don’t live around here? Where are you from?” frowning slowing down

“Logan” tilting his head upward

“How’d you end up here? From Logan?” Driving around the UPS Van

“Drove here then the car broke down” checking the Van over seeing what the guy was doing inside

“Ok’ so what now then? You heading home or going someplace?”

“Was heading to the truck stop for something to eat”

“Truck stop?” only glancing over before checking the mirror watching the dust kicking up behind them

Slowing down turning on a dirt roadway heading to a farm house, watching his dogs rushing off the porch heading towards them following them back to the house, the two got out fussing over the two dogs.

“Your Dogs sure are friendly?”

“Overly friendly’ Maybe you should call someone after you wash up a little”

Heading over to the porch Eric’s head lifted upward hearing another dog inside jumping at the door, Eric stopping on the porch stairs, “Ok you two leave him be now’ Come on they’ll be ok”

Really what about that one is he friendly?”

“Bam-bam a big mush”

“Right Bam-Bam”

Bert open the screen door letting the big yellow lab out, Eric just frozen letting it sniffing him while Bert holding the door open for Eric slowly moving towards it “Ok Bam-Bam go” Running off with the other two towards the fields, Eric entered the hallway Bert just pointed down the hallway, looking upward seeing he meant the kitchen area heading right for it turning quickly out if the way, after hearing the echoing thru the house of the door banging closed.

“Have a seat the phones on the wall” Eric spotted the green phone hanging with a coil cord drooping downward in spots, only time Eric ever seen one of these old phones was on TV “This work?”

“Sure it works has for the last twenty or more years” Eric’s face cringed as the sound of the metal coffee lid fell on the floor vibrating before it stopped, “You making coffee?’ anyone else here?”

“No in School’ what about you no school today?”

“No I’m on vacation”

“One of them privet schools’ local good enough for mind” sitting across from Eric check outside the window, spotting the dogs running around. “Bathrooms first door when we came in, clean towels and soap when you’re ready” Eric turn back watching him sitting down with one cup “Soda’ I have juice and some other stuff you boys drink” opening the refrigerator showing Eric the inside waiting.

“You got Pepsi?” With a nod reaching in pulling one from the box handing it to him.

“Maybe you could call your dad or Mom at work?”

“Sure my Dad’ if he’s home” sipping on the soda little too fast buzzing in his eyes from carbonation, feeling the moisture from the can wet dirt mixed, reaching down wiping them off on his pants, finding it was just as dirty, setting the soda down spotting Bert holding a towel over the table for him, reaching over wiping his hands off. “This is all I have with me”

“Casey is about your size”

“You have a son?”

“Casey Thirteen and Herb fifteen”

“What about your Wife is she working?”

“Nope ran off with some singer a few years back’ we said good ridden as she got on the bus”

“Sad’ so what do you do for work around here?”

“Horse’s”

“My dad has Horse’s”

“What kind?”

“Horse’s” palms upward from the soda can looking confused “Not the real big ones just Horse’s”

Bert sat upward looking over at him for a second not saying anything just that single look “Look’s like my Coffee ready’ sugar bags just above your head’ mind getting it” Bert holding the pot pouring almost to the top, watching Eric getting the bag setting it on the table. Bert set the pot down on the table taking the bag just pouring some in his cup, reaching back over opening one draw getting a spoon with a quick stir before blowing on the cup taking a sip, while checking over Eric looking out the window.

“You said you were coming from?”

“Yea Rhode Island” Holding his soda then slowly looking upward

“Rhode Island you live there or here?”

“Kinda like both My Dad’s here and I stay with Mom”

“That makes scents, so you’re here visiting then?”

“Yep’ hitch hiked all the way” Smiling watching the dogs playing then turn back around looking up to Bert.

“Let me ask you something does your dad even know you’re coming?”

“I called’ so he should know”

“You called and when did you call?”

“The other day maybe Sunday or was it Saturday’ I’m not real sure but I called”

“Maybe we should call him’ what do you say?” Pointing to the Phone

Eric looked over with a nod back lifting it off the base stretching the core over, only then looked at the phone and back at the wall.

“Yes you have to dial the numbers”

“I knew that just checking” Reaching in his pocket for the card, Bert raised his head watching him, Eric set the card down then turn spinning the dial a few times, Bert interrupted him “Dial one first then put the area code in before the number” holding his cup watching him dial waiting still checking the card number and name of the company he was calling.

Holding the phone to his ear Eric waiting hearing it ring, sliding the card closer to him wanting anything to hang it up before someone pick up. “Hello?” Eric surprised looking down his cheek at the phone “Hi Dad home yet?” in a low voice casting his eyes over to Bert watching waiting.

“No Jacob is in Oklahoma till Sunday” Stopping what she was saying for a second “Eric is that you are you ok?” Eric sat upward dropping the phone his chin wobbled up and down, Bert reach over taking the phone hearing someone calling out for Eric “Hello’ Eric’s right in front of me he’s ok”

Penny with a sign of relief “Thank God he’s ok’ who am I speaking to?”

“Bert Gallagher and your Eric Mother?”

“No My names Penny’ we’ve been looking for him over a week”

“A week he’s been gone’ he said he was from Rhode Island heading to his Fathers”

“Eric is not our son and how do I say it’ he’s trying to get here hoping will take him in”

“I’m not sure I understand’ all this but I have plenty of time”

“Mr. Gallagher Eric just lost is parents and was placed in a home, that he ran away from”

“Ok’ I understand’ Eric just sit down everything’s fine here” Bert reach over taking a bag off the counter setting it in front of Eric, Eric slow took the bag looking inside seeing bagels, smiling back pulling one out, While Penny explain on the phone about Eric, Bert got out the cream cheese and shared it with Eric letting the phone rest on his shoulder while they enjoy bagels together, penny just keep talking Bert could only smile at the phone a few times with A’ha  O’yea understand, sure a’ha. Watching Eric sitting enjoying himself smiling like nothing happen as long as he was eating.

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