Clarence visits Earth one last time before moving on.
|Clarence stared at the date on the newspaper lying on the table next to him.
October 11, 2019.
This wasn’t what he expected.
You can go back to Earth one last time.
His last memory was blacking out while talking to the next-door neighbor across the fence. Time must move different between worlds. To him, it had just happened. According to the newspaper, it was thirty years later.
Where am I?
The office park was beautiful with trees showing hints of the red, gold, and orange of fall, but he didn’t know this place. Fried smells floated from the food truck parked in the center court.
Why am I here?
A woman emerged from the line and stood beside him. “Don’t tell my husband I’m having a cheeseburger for lunch.”
He stared at the face, and then the nametag that read “Sherri” hanging from a lanyard around her neck. Shock waves ripped through him.
She still loves red meat, just like I did.
The woman tipped her head, staring at him. “I’ve seen you somewhere before.”
“I beg your pardon?” he asked.
“You look familiar, like somebody I knew a long time ago.” She shook her head. “I meet so many people. The population in this county has exploded. People come and go all the time. So much has changed since I was a kid.”
Clarence nodded. “It’s a different world.”
“It really is,” she said as she retrieved her food from the vendor.
“Goodbye,” he said softly.
She smiled at him. “Have a nice day!” she said, and walked away.
Clarence sighed. The world had moved on, and his youngest granddaughter had grown up without him.
They were right. Everything was fine and now, he could truly rest in peace.
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