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Salvation - 40. Chapter39

“Never thought you would ask. Here’s my list.”

Looking over the list, “Peter, we will need to take the truck.”

“Does anyone know where Daniel is?”

“I’m here, sir.”

“Daniel, we have to go and get you some new clothes, so if you’re ready, we can leave now.”

The first stop was clothes for Daniel, J.C.Penny’s would get another chunk of my money. I watched Daniel as we picked out his clothes. When I picked up the sweats, he smiled. The next stop was the pet store for collars and name tags. I bought collars that could be adjusted as the dogs grew. I knew I’d need to buy more as the dogs mature unless I took care of that with the collars I just bought. While there, I bought more dog food, two 50 lbs bags

Finally, we went to the wholesale center to fill Maria’s list. As we walk around with the cart, I noticed Daniel looked at specific items. “Daniel, if you see something you would like, pick it up and put it on the cart. Just make sure you put enough for everyone because they’ll all want some.” I was surprised, he’d pick up an item, look at it, read the label and then put it back.

Going into the cold box, Daniel got stuck at the seafood counter. “Sir, what is this?”

“That’s salmon, it’s very good. No, you like fish?”

“I only had it once. It was very good.”

“Then I think we should have more.” I bought enough salmon for fifty people. Being a supply house for restaurants, they had no problem with that order. I asked if they had lox, he told me we could find it in the refrigerator section. I asked Peter to go and get it, enough for at least fifty people, two servings.

“Daniel, do you like shrimp?”

“What’s shrimp?”

“These are shrimp. They are very good.”

So I bought several boxes of cleaned shrimp. I looked around. They had lobster tails, which were about 12 oz’s per tail. I bought fifty of those. Peter brought a box of lox and wanted to know if that is what I wanted. I said yes, and he went and brought 25 boxes. The next stop was for butter and some garlic. We were ready for a feast when we got home.

The boys met us as we pulled in front of the house. I gave them the pet collars, treats, handbags of food.. They took off, and the older boys helped to unload the truck, taking it into the kitchen where Maria told them where to put the packages.

Daniel took his clothes upstairs to his room. He came down wearing his new clothes with a smile.

“Did you miss anything?”

“I don’t think so. You know, as we shopped, I never realized that the boys missed out on so much, never had salmon, never had shrimp nor lobster. Not that I had that every day, but I knew about them, and on occasion, I had some. Daniel didn’t know any of that. He said he had some fish once. Now we’ll have some and see if the boys like it, and then maybe we’ll have it more often. There are other fish we could eat, tuna, snapper, bass, all good fish.”

“Carleton, which fish do you want for dinner tonight?”

“Let’s have the salmon. Daniel was fascinated with that at the wholesaler.”

Maria taught Ron and David how to prepare the salmon. I knew we’d have that more often.

Later that evening, Sal mentioned that Alex said that one young man started saving these boys.

I looked at him, my eyes were teary, “Yes, there was. He drives me to save these boys. I can’t forget him.”

I thought about my lost son. I knew what I was going to do. The next day I went to the coroner and asked if he a picture of the boy. I had to relive the murder all over again. He membered because the boy was so young. “A man paid for everything. If I remember, he was pretty shocked. Yes, I have a file picture. I’ll get it for you.”

I waited about 30 minutes when he returns with the photo. I thanked him and quickly left. When I got in the car, I started to cry. After calming down, I called Judy. I asked her to do a search and find me a good artist who paints in oils.

She called back 4 hours later, saying her friend at the art galley recommend an artist. “You have an appointment tomorrow at 10 am.”

In the morning, I told Peter the address. When we arrived there, I took the picture. The artist was working on a portrait when I knocked. I introduced myself, explained what I wanted, showed him the picture.

“This child is dead?”

“Yes” I told him the story and what I wanted. “He haunts me, in a good way, not a bad way. Because of him, I have saved over 30 boys from the street. I need a portrait of him, and you have been recommended.”

“Okay, it’ll take me a while. What color was his hair and eyes?”

“He had light sandy hair and blue eyes. Could you put a smile on his lips.”

“Sure, how big do you want it.”

I looked around, “How about the same size as the portrait you’re now working on.”

He said okay, I gave him my card. “Do you need any money upfront?”

“No, you can pay what you think the picture is worth when I’m done.”

“Peter, let’s go to that place.”

Peter drove me to my lost son. I sat in front of his grave. I talked to him, told him about the number of boys living with me, told him about the dogs and making a speech at the United Nations. “I wish I knew your name, I’m having your portrait painted. I’m going to find out your name, my son. I live that day over and over again. Every time a young lad goes to the men’s room, I have a nervous reaction. I’m hoping I’ll get over this by having your picture and knowing your name. I’m so sorry.”

I sat there and cried like a baby. I hated all men with those twisted thoughts. I hated that there were bigots who toss these boys away like garbage. I must have sat there too long. Peter came and sat down beside me. I was still crying. He put his arm around me; it didn’t help.

“Peter, I’ll never get over this. The cruelty of that man, the innocence of this child, where was God. His father and mother, where were they, and why did they not protect him. Peter, why didn’t I go into the bathroom with him to help him get cleaned. All I have are questions, no answers, no relief from my guilt.”

Peter put his arm around me, “Let’s go home.”

Robert set the book on the desk.

“I can’t do this. I’m not Carleton.” Tears ran down his cheeks as he looked at the book. “I’ll tell Steven that I’m not the right man for this.”

Going to bed, sleep didn’t come easily. He drifted off, but he wasn’t alone. He had a dream, a young boy and an old man came to him. They nodded yes, the young boy came, with tears in his eyes, kissed Robert on the cheek. Robert woke up, and felt the tear on his cheek.

Not being able to sleep any longer, he went to the kitchen. There on the breakfast bar was the book, opened to where he left off, a tear marked the spot,

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Great chapter, I hope that he does find out his name, it will I hope give more meaning to his mission of rescuing boys off the street

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Loving the story, and totally in love with Carleton. He needs to forgive himself or he'll end up with a zoo never mind more kids. I had four of my own and that was enough. Looking forward to finding out who the boy is and what his story was. Also would love to see how this new guy Robert develops... so please sir I want more :)

 

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3 hours ago, weinerdog said:

I thought that was a possibility.I guess we'll find out in the coming chapters but how much time has past?I'm thinking Robert could contact some of boys who I guess are now men if I'm comprehending this right.

Steven is the son who gave Robert the book to read.

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5 hours ago, purrbaby said:

Steven is the son who gave Robert the book to read.

I didn't notice at first LOVE!!! Your profile picture 

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1 hour ago, Anton_Cloche said:

Chris, allow me to offer my take on your questions. After reading the Prologue,  I wrote the following: "... if Steven's father (Carleton)  was adept enough at business, and set his children up in successful businesses, why didn't he: (a) set up automatic payment to keep from defaulting,  (b) give his son Durable POA, (c) ensure Trust was either a Living Trust (staying in family) or a Legacy Trust (SD Reg) to be Tax-Free?"

TBC?

You make excellent points but with his duties as an attorney plus he was constantly adding kids he had a very full plate .I bet he was planning these things before he met with an untimely demise. My guess is the kids that were already there got taken care of but after that it couldn't be continued. We will find more details as we go along. 

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9 hours ago, weinerdog said:

I thought that was a possibility.I guess we'll find out in the coming chapters but how much time has past?I'm thinking Robert could contact some of boys who I guess are now men if I'm comprehending this right.

There is a lot that will happen over the next few weeks. Carleton isn't finished.

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9 hours ago, Chris L said:

WOW! Intriguing! I'm gathering all the previous chapters were Robert reading the book, Carleton's reflection? I know I'm jumping ahead, do we ever get to find out what exactly happened to Carleton and the boys he left behind? One would've thought we were in the very latest part of the 20th or early parts of the 21st century when reading through the book? If the youngest was 7 and we're in 2020, Carleton couldn't have been gone that long. I guess my intriguing mind has so many questions at this point....

I hope I can answer them in the coming chapters.

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8 hours ago, Terry P said:

I wanted to let you know how much I'm enjoying this story.  It's truly amazing.

 

Thank you. A writer always appreciates a readers comments. 

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7 hours ago, mikedup said:

Great chapter, I hope that he does find out his name, it will I hope give more meaning to his mission of rescuing boys off the street

I hope he does as well. It will be a difficult search.

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7 hours ago, Kev said:

Loving the story, and totally in love with Carleton. He needs to forgive himself or he'll end up with a zoo never mind more kids. I had four of my own and that was enough. Looking forward to finding out who the boy is and what his story was. Also would love to see how this new guy Robert develops... so please sir I want more :)

 

Thanks, there are quite a few more chapters before we leave Carleton, or Carleton leaves us.

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6 hours ago, purrbaby said:

Steven is the son who gave Robert the book to read.

Yes, Steven is his first son.

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2 hours ago, Anton_Cloche said:

Chris, allow me to offer my take on your questions. After reading the Prologue,  I wrote the following: "... if Steven's father (Carleton)  was adept enough at business, and set his children up in successful businesses, why didn't he: (a) set up automatic payment to keep from defaulting,  (b) give his son Durable POA, (c) ensure Trust was either a Living Trust (staying in family) or a Legacy Trust (SD Reg) to be Tax-Free?"

TBC?

I am sure Carleton is smart enough too have set up some form of trust to continue to fund what he started 

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32 minutes ago, weinerdog said:

I didn't notice at first LOVE!!! Your profile picture 

Are you asking me for my picture? I did send it to a reader one time, he said when he opened it, his computer went dead. So are your sure?

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12 minutes ago, chris191070 said:

Awesome chapter. Looking forward to reading more 😀 

Thanks, there are quite a few more.

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5 hours ago, Anton_Cloche said:

Chris, allow me to offer my take on your questions. After reading the Prologue,  I wrote the following: "... if Steven's father (Carleton)  was adept enough at business, and set his children up in successful businesses, why didn't he: (a) set up automatic payment to keep from defaulting,  (b) give his son Durable POA, (c) ensure Trust was either a Living Trust (staying in family) or a Legacy Trust (SD Reg) to be Tax-Free?"

TBC?

Thank you and yes, I would completely agree with the assessment. I had forgotten Steven was the one that offered Robert the book to read which is helpful based on Steven owning his own business. Just a thought, Robert purchased the home at the "approval" of the council for "back taxes." One assumes the "council" was a government body - but maybe not. Could it have been The Hague who kept the trust and properties until someone of like mind and means was able to pay the "taxes" that were in arrears? One has to think, if taxes are too far in arrears, the government entity sells the property at sale to the highest bidder and this did not occur. 

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Absolutely amazing! I haven’t read any comments other than the first because I think the end foreshadowed some things. What a great read! Thank you!

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I was confused by some of the comments and had to go back and re-read the prologue.

I totally forgot about that. 

Now I really need to know what happened to the House, why it is empty, why none of the Boys took over their Father's "legacy", etc. It seems said that the House is currently empty - no Carleton, no Boys, no Alex, no Peter, no Maria, no Dogs...

How is Robert supposed to fund the continuance of this legacy, etc? But really, why has no-one else continued Carleton's work?

Will have to wait and see I guess...

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9 hours ago, Buz said:

I was confused by some of the comments and had to go back and re-read the prologue.

I totally forgot about that. 

Now I really need to know what happened to the House, why it is empty, why none of the Boys took over their Father's "legacy", etc. It seems said that the House is currently empty - no Carleton, no Boys, no Alex, no Peter, no Maria, no Dogs...

How is Robert supposed to fund the continuance of this legacy, etc? But really, why has no-one else continued Carleton's work?

Will have to wait and see I guess...

Yes, questions questions, which are the result of aa questing mind. I hope qs you read you will find your answers.

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