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The Star of Hope

Written By: Martine Jardin
Published by: Devine Destinies
ISBN #:978-1-55487-755-3
Word Count:25519
Page Count: 90
Heat Level:Not Rated
Price: $3.99
Available in: Adobe Acrobat, Palm DOC/iSolo, Microsoft Reader, Hiebook, HTML, Mobipocket, Rocket, Epub, Sony PDF, Sony LRF

    “How long does it take to get there?” she shouted.
    
    “You don’t have to yell. I’m not deaf. We’re almost there.”
    
    “I can’t see a thing. I don’t even see any stars. All I see are huge rocks.”
    
    “Those rocks are your stars. Down on Earth, the moonlight lights them up and they become what you call stars.”
    
    “Is Kelhatmor another planet? I’ve never heard of it.”
    
    “Kelhatmor is only known to us and the children who are fortunate enough to visit it.”
    
    “I’m going to look stupid in my nightie. I wish I could have put on some clothes. What will everyone think?”
    
    “All new arrivals first come that way, either in a hospital gown, pajamas, in your case a nightie, and sometimes only underpants. No one will laugh at you. You’ll be welcomed in our midst with joy.”
    
    “Wow. It must be some kind of a magical place. At home, if anyone would see me like this, they’d all make fun of me, just like some kids at school made fun of my bald head.”
    
    “Children on Earth can be cruel sometimes. They don’t understand. But you haven’t gone to school very much. Didn’t your mother teach you at home?”
    
    “I went to school sometimes. I even started high school, but then the tumors in my head grew again and I had to go back to the hospital.” The memory of those days made her sad for a moment, and then the thought of her parents sitting by her bedside. “I guess they’ll be very sad for a while after my funeral,” she told Rhuntana.
    
    “Funeral? Girl, I don’t want to hear you talk of death again. You’re very much alive.”
    
    “Sorry. Then it’s a dream. Never mind, I’m enjoying all this even if it isn’t real.”
    
    Rhuntana didn’t answer her this time so Polly assumed she was right, she was dreaming. The vast space around her suddenly got brighter and she thought she saw a light in the distance.
    
    “We are approaching Kelhatmor. You’ll see it soon,” Rhuntana said.
    
    Polly strained to see through the dim light and yes, soon she saw something. At first it was just a dot, then as they flew closer, it resembled an island. Long vines dangled from the bottom. It didn’t seem to be attached to anything, just floating free in space. The area around them brightened even more until it became a vivid mauve. Above the island Polly saw a brilliant sun surrounded by a mauve halo sending mauve beams in all shades down to the island. Peeking out from behind the sun was what looked like a very purple planet.
    
    “What’s the name of that planet?”
    
    “That’s Zultfor. We go there on field trips sometimes to study its exotic animals and vegetation.”
    
    “Wow. I’m going to love it here.”
    
    “Pollyanna, no one stays on Kelhatmor permanently, but yes, you will enjoy your visit with us. Get ready to land now.”

    Polly Parker is tired of hospitals, needles, surgeries and chemo. She wants nothing more than to be a normal teenager, to go to school, to make friends, but it will never happen? There is no cure for her. She knows she hasn’t got long to live and has accepted it. She is at peace, knowing she will finally be free of pain, but did it have to happen around Christmas? While reading a book on her laptop, she quietly slips into a coma, but is awakened by what she thinks is an angel who calls herself Rhuntana. Has Polly finally been released from her pain? When she sees her parents’ grief and Rhuntana takes her away, she believes she has died and is going to Heaven, but is it really called Kelhatmor? Or is it a final strange fantasy dream before she passes away…

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