That experience had a very unsettling effect on Adam. Now he thought he was hearing things that weren’t there. Why should he hear a phone ringing out in a field where there was obviously no phone? And why should that Ben say Adam was probably hearing a phone when there was no phone? Was he going crazy and they all knew it?
He needed to be by himself to try to straighten things out in his head. He walked down to the stream which was now looking more like a small river. He stood at the edge of the water and watched it flowing over the rocks, gushing around them in small whirlpools and listened to the splashing sound and the deep rumbling of the rushing water.
Suddenly something struck him like a blow in the back of his head. He stepped out on a rock just to make sure. Yes, he said, I’ve been here before. I don’t remember it. I don’t remember when it was but I know I’ve been here, I’ve seen this river before. I’ve stood right here before.
He stepped off the ledge he had been standing on down to the rock below but was astonished that he was in the water which was now gushing around his feet in a cold and fast embrace. He stepped back. Where was that rock? he wondered. He knew he had stepped down onto it before or thought he had. But now there was no rock.
Apart from him a few feet the river was gushing around a large stone. Could that be the rock, the same rock, broken off and filling the side of the river? It was smoother than the one he remembered, but it could be the rock that once he stood on when… When?
He felt his own presence standing there, a person like himself only different, someone important, someone with authority, someone with a purpose.
He removed his shoes and socks, rolled up his pants legs and stepped with both feet into the cold river. Standing in the middle of the river he looked up. He saw swirling lights above him and a whispering childlike voice said “Hello Adam. Happy to see you again.”
From the bushes on the other side a bird, light blue in color, flew over to him, circled around his head and then flew off.
(To be continued.)