Reminiscing Over the Day Passed

The two remained silent for the duration of the car ride. Dusk was fast approaching as they arrived at the doctor's office building.  They both stepped out of the car.

"My mother should be here in a few minutes." said Nathaniel, closing the car door.

The doctor nodded, though he didn't seem to hear what the boy had said. His face was distorted in thought. He sat down on the curb and beckoned Nathaniel over.

"We'll wait here for your mother."

Nathaniel sat next to the doctor, descending into the thoughtful aura which surrounded him. The events of the day flashed before his eyes: The dream, the church, the confession, seeing her, speaking with God... It all seemed just too incredible to comprehend. At that moment, a melody floated into his thoughts, providing a meaningful overtone for his pondering mind.

When I find myself in times of trouble, mother Mary comes to me,
speaking words of wisdom, let it be
And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me,
speaking words of wisdom, let it be

He smiled softly, the pleasant image of Mary lifting his heart.

"Thank you." he spoke, relieved.

For a moment the doctor seemed to be pulled out of his state of deep mental concentration. He smiled gratefully at Nathaniel.

"No, my boy, thank you. This day has been truly incredible and eye-opening."

Nathaniel chuckled, "figuratively and literally."

The doctor laughed heartily and patted the boy on the shoulder. He spoke when he had finished.

"I do still wonder though... about your eyes changing color. It's so very odd and mysterious. I've never seen anything like it, really."

Nathaniel nodded; a thought came to him.

"What shall we do tomorrow?"

The doctor thought on the question for a while before answering.

"There is another place I would like to show you. It's a bit farther than the church; I hope your parents don't mind."

"I'm sure they won't, as long as it's all part of the 'counseling experience'."

The doctor nodded, "Of course. And maybe we'll go see an eye doctor as well."

Nathaniel smiled in amusement, still slightly awe-struck by the novelty of his changed eye color. A few moments passed when a black SUV pulled into the parking lot.

"That's my mom.  I'll see you tomorrow, same time?"

"Yep, and you might want to pack a lunch."

Nathaniel laughed, "Okay, see you tomorrow."

"Bye," the doctor waved to Nathaniel, then to his mother; she waved back politely.

As the black SUV pulled out of the parking lot, the doctor felt the atmosphere grow slightly heavier around him.  He was alone, and the dark clutches of night began to creep onto his skin. He shivered and stood up abruptly to head inside. Mary had left a while ago, and the office was slightly disheartening when it was empty, especially at this hour. The doctor reached for the keys in his pocket to lock up for the night; as he pulled them out, he was struck suddenly by a memory. 

The End

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