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A chapter in the book An Angel in the Meadow

An Angel in the Meadow-Chapter 1

by Commando

An Angel in the Meadow, Chapter 1
Greetings, Friends!
Cathy Waldron, (aka Tootie) and me, Bill Bishop, (aka Commando) are co-authors of this book. Our wish is to make you laugh and cry, then leave you in a state of uncertainty as to what will happen next. We invite you to follow along with us, and will appreciate your feedback and recommendations for improvement. As always, thank you for reading and best wishes wherever you are.
Who are Angels?  Do they truly walk among us on Earth?  Cathy and I say, "You betcha!"  Others say, "They are just a figment of the imagination that only appear in fairy tales."  As you read along through the novel, give the following some thought: Do angels have wings to tug at our heartstrings?  We believe so, and as well, they make the world a better place to live and remind us that human kindness does exist. Angels are everywhere. The Bible tells us, "Do not show hospitality to angels without knowing it" (Hebrews 13:2).  Again, Cathy and I truly believe that angels are around us this very moment. They were sent by God to guide us on Earth.  Having said this, we'll move onto "An Angel in the Meadow."  Hope to see you there.
Special Note!
Some words in our book are written in a way that is appropriate for Smoky Mountain folks; yet, are not always grammatically correct. Characters will reflect earlier scenes in their lives at times. Wider space between words are due to full justified formatting.
*About the Authors*
~Bill Bishop~
Bill Bishop, co-author of  ''Love Long Distance," spent the earlier years of his life in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.  After graduating from high school in Gatlinburg, he went on to attend Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville.  Entering the U.S. Air Force, he served 30-years of active duty, then retired to the Panhandle of Florida.  Afterward, he began working with: Joint Services Commando Advisory Operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Turkey; American Legion; Disabled American Veterans Organizations--both Local and National; and St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.  Bill is quick to say, "I love America, baseball, apple pie; and am honored to co-author with Cathy Waldron an awesome writer."
~Cathy Waldron~
Cathy Waldron is a fiction author and a former newspaper reporter, columnist, photographer, realtor, and business broker.  Her debut novel, ''in Polyester Pajamas,'' won the New Hampshire Writers' Project 2013 and 2014 Readers' Choice Award for outstanding work of fiction.  Her second and third novels, ''in Woolen Bikinis'', and ''in Leather Chaps," were sequels to the first novel.  Together, they make up the Jean and Rosie series.  She is also the author of the Christmas novella, "Music, Memories & LOVE."  All four books were published under her former name Catherine Dougherty.  Cathy is currently attending Southern NH University to obtain her BA in Creative Writing/English. She is also President of  ''Give a Salute!'' --- a marketing and publishing company. Her office is located in Central New Hampshire, within the oldest, unaltered brick textile mill in the United States. Cathy is quick to say, ''Give a Salute,'' and "I'm honored to co-author books with Bill Bishop, a very talented writer!"
Bret, age 16; yet, mentally and physically advanced..................................Bill
Angel, age 16 as well; yet, more sexually advanced than Bret.....Cathy 
Cecile............................................................................................................Cathy's Mom 
Chapter 1
As I walked into the meadow, I felt angry with God.  Why had he taken Grandpa away from me so soon?  I stopped, spread my ol' wool blanket on the grass, sat down, wiped the salty tears from my eyes, then returned to my seventh Christmas...  
"Grandpa!  Why didn't Santa leave me a little red wagon under the tree?" I was determined to plead my case. "I worked hard picking cotton to earn extra money so I could buy him a big treat to eat. I knew he'd be hungry after carrying around all those presents for God's little angels.  I'm so disappointed; I wanna  cry." 

"Aw, Bret, big boys don't cry.  But if you just gotta, then go out behind the barn so no one will see you." 
"But,  I'm not a big boy, Grandpa.  I'm still a little one." 

Tick Tock goes the clock! Where did the years go?  Lying back on the blanket, I watched the beautiful monarch butterflies flying' high into the sky, then disappear as nighttime drew near.  Still there after dark, I saw thousands of fireflies light up the sky.  I closed my eyes and tried so hard to sleep, but could not. Instead, I continued to weep. 
"What am I doing here?  Please, God, send an angel down to help me--I'm lonely! Together, we can walk under brighter skies as we travel down the pathway to happiness.  Do you hear me, Father, do you... huh?"
"I'm always with you, don't you forget. Yes, I hear you, Bret.  Yet, it's going to take an angel who is an expert on human behavior because she must contend with your 'attention-seeking, dramatic way of speaking, rapid shifts in emotion, and self-centered personality.' Have faith in me, my son--I'm looking."   
Grandpa's words, "Aw, Bret, big boys don't cry," continued to ring like church bells in my ears. I remembered crystal clear the year before he joined God to help catch a heap of fish for all of his little angels.  Times were extremely hard back then, but we somehow managed to fill the cupboard with food, lamps with oil, stocking with treats, and our hearts with the Spirit of Christmas. 

I finally fell asleep under the big bright stars, along with the sounds of nighttime creatures that hoot and howl in the meadow. Some of 'em even prowl, but God must've protected me. When I woke, the sky was clear, the sun was shining, but I was still so sad. 

"Are you still looking for that special someone, God?" I prayed.
"It's me, Bret!  I'm here under the willow tree nearby... and you may call me Angel."

I couldn't believe my eyes! There she was only about ten feet away.

"Oh, my God!  Thank you, Father--she's beautiful."

"Just so you know, she is also a black belt in the martial arts, Bret.  Don't say I didn't warn you!"

"Aw, that's okay!  I'll just watch for her hands and feet.  Of course, I'd watch for more,  but, you'd get mad at me."

"I, as well, have an insatiable appetite for adventure and romance," Angel said.  She crooked her finger, beckoning me.

"Although my name is Angel, don't be fooled by thinking I'm one who doesn't believe in having some fun. So, that being said, why don't we play 'Catch Me If You Can?'"

"Okay, Angel--YA, YA, YA," I said!  "Guess what?  When I catch you, and I will,  I'm gonna kiss you, too!"

"Oh, goody, goody! I'll let you do more than that. You betcha!"

"Oh, my God!  Please, tell me, have I died and joined You up there? Or, am I dreaming that Angel has a way with that sway of hers down here?  Just look at her over there wiggling this way and that! My word, what a tease! Are you sure this is the Angel you want for me? Of course, You know, that I chase after any beautiful woman who wears a skirt; but, she...well...she's a special one, ain't she?"
"Ordinarily, I'd tell you to watch out for someone like that, but Angel is special, indeed! She's beautiful inside and out, and you will soon find that although she's a playful sort, she's, also, genuine and true.  She will love you with all of her heart.  However, every person has their cross to bear. Don't forget Bret, along with a great capacity to love comes a great sensitivity. She's not rough and rugged like you. Instead, she's as fragile as a butterfly. Her heart has been broken before and needs to mend. Please, take good care of her.  Do it not only for yourself, but also for Me."

"Ready, Get Set, Go...Are you sure you're ready, Beautiful? You know, I can run faster than a squirrel up a tree, and you know as well, you don't stand a chance of outrunning me."

"Run, run, run, Angel!  Halfway across the meadow, I caught her, kissed her lips, and Cupid's arrow pierce my heart.

"What a wonderful world I made in six days, Angel! Now, as I did on the seventh day, I'm going to sleep and rest," God whispered down!

Angel and I were exhausted from our run and laid down on the blanket. There was a chill in the air as we snuggled there, but our body heat gave us a treat.

"Aww, my Darling!  Did you hear God say He was gonna sleep and rest?  So, why don't you and I be kinda naughty, but nice, and see if I can figure out how to unbutton the blouse you're wearing?"

"Hmm! It shouldn't be that hard, Honey, 'cause it only has three buttons.  So, what is taking you so long?  God will wake up and see us if you don't hurry along."

"Brrr! It's getting a bit chilly, Angel. Would you pull the blanket up around us?"

"Of course, Bret.  Oh my God!  I've just been bitten by a snake. Please help me Bret!"


Ouch!  Will Angel live or die?
Stay with us. . .Chapter 2 is just across the meadow.
Thanks for reading, and your continued support.
May God bless you in the year 2020. . . and always.
Respectfully with Admiration, 
Bill (Commando) & Cathy (Tootie)



Greetings, our friends! A "Salute" to Cathy for creating the awesome cover. She is an astonishing writer, and I am honored to write at her side. Thank you for following along as we write this "special love story." We encourage comments and suggestions for improvement. Your thoughts matter to us. Hope to see you in Chapter 2. Best wishes wherever you are and God Bless. Respectfully with Admiration, Cathy and Bill.
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