Tom Sawyer scratched his head. “This here’s the bust of our invisible man?”
“The poor fellow had terrible burns and injuries. His scar tissue means that he can never be totally invisible again,” said Captain Nemo.
Nemo frowned perturbed. “Dr. Jekyll said the invisibility potion only affected our friend’s epidermis but once that was burnt off in the explosion, it meant he would have obvious scarring.”
“He saved us all, ya know. I thought his skin would heal. I wouldn’ta left so long but there’s been rumors. Some say, Allan’s alive, that he dug his way out of his grave. I had ta investigate.” Tom spit on the flour, angry at himself.
“This is true. It’s said Africa would never let Allan Quatermain die. As for our invisible friend, Mina told me he was handsome once. Having half his head and face deformed was difficult for him.” Mina Harker appeared in the hallway suddenly.
“We haven’t seen him yet, Mrs. Harker, Ma’am, but the Captain and I were talking about him.”
She touched the invisible man’s bust. “There’s no telling where our friend went. However, I heard most of your conversation.” Mina tapped her ears inducting her improved vampire senses.
“Earlier you said you had been searching for Allan when you left us. Maybe the invisible man is searching for someone to help him too? Did you find Allan?”
Tom shook his head and Mina smiled, “Young Tom, Allan Quatermain is alive. He’s a youth like you now, but with much more experience at hiding. African Shamans have brought him back to life to fight with us again. I saw him in a vision; a great evil is coming and Allan is the key to stopping it.”
Mina tossed back her hair. “Once we find Allan, he will help us unravel our other friend’s disappearance.”
“Then it’s settled,” Captain Nemo said. “I will tell the crew to sail towards North Africa. There, our next adventure begins.”
“I’v never seen a Rhino before Dallas, they’re cute.” Tanya told her fiancé.”Out of all these exotic animals we’ve seen on the Safari, I think I like the Rhinos by our hotel the best.”
“Why do you love the Rhinos the best Tanya –they’re ugly. All they’re good for is their horns!” Dallas remarked off handedly, grinning at Tanya. “Too bad I can’t hunt one of them while we’re here.”
Tanya’s eyes darkened with anger and her body went stiff.”Excuse me?” Tanya said to Dallas, “we’ve seen all these beautiful creatures and learnt about hunters who are poaching them even on wildlife sanctuaries made to protect exotic animals, and you think a rhino’s worth is only in his horn? What if I told you, you were only good because of your horn?” Tanya ranted poking Dallas in the chest and looking down.
“Well,” Dallas said confidently, “You’d be right to assume it’s one of my greatest attributes. That’s if we’re thinking about the same ‘horn.'” Dallas said winking at Tanya.
“Dallas this isn’t about your ‘horn,’ this is about preserving exotic wildlife. If we hunt these animals they will become extinct, one species of rhinos almost is extinct. As for your ‘horn,’ it’s not as good as you think. If you were a rhino, you’d live a long life.”
Dallas’s face went bright red and he looked away from Tanya who couldn’t stop laughing.
Today I was thinking about how when you meet someone, you never know what kind of place that person will have in your life? Or what affect they will have on you or what lessons they will leave you with. Some types of relationships such as some family, for example, will last a long time but with other people it is hard to know. What exactly determines that that little girl you played with on the playground when you were 5 years old, will through the years become one of your best friends? How come that person you had so many good times with in university – is now just an estranged acquaintance? Whatever the case, I think that people come into our lives for a reason – to fulfill a need or play a role that is important in our lives or theirs. The bad side of this of course, is when you cannot determine that reason someone is in your life or that they will unexpectedly leave your life after meaning so much to you; such as a friend who suddenly moves away for a new job, a divorce after 20 years, or a grandparent that suddenly passes away.
I truly believe though that whatever the reasons people ‘come’ and ‘go’ through out our lives, all we truly need are a few people to depend on – some good friends and family to help us get through the bad times, and for us to help them. But you never really know the effect you can have on a stranger. $5 dollars can mean the world to someone homeless who is actually hungry, or sponsoring a child for $30.00 dollers a month can create a whole new life for a child in Africa, a smile can instantly make someone having a bad day feel better especially if that person smiling is attractive (but not only!). The little ways people affect each other can help us get through a horrible day or just a boring one, can give hope where it is needed, and faith in human kind.
Sometimes the lessons we learn from other people are not always the nicest but they can be profound. My first adult crush taught me to look beyond a handsome face, that chemistry is not everything, and someone who will talk to you and make an effort for you is better than someone who only wants to play games. It was the first time I was really hurt by a guy in that way, but the lessons I learned were invaluable. My great grandmother told me not to cry for her when she died because she would be in heaven. This was also a hard request to grant but an utterly vital lesson to learn, that although this life on earth seems like it is important, what is more is our lives with Jesus in Heaven after we die. Another thing I learned from my grandpa (besides his wicked ability at chess) was when he told me that I would always be his little girl. So I always think back to my grandpa and the lessons he taught me and even though it has been thirteen years since he has been gone, the things he taught me will carry on through me and one day through my children. How we affect each other’s lives is vital especially if we look to helping others, and hurting people the least we can.
So I challenge you to go out into the world and affect people for better, think about the change we can cause in other people, think about the lessons we can learn and be taught. There are so many people in this world and you never know how you will each touch each other’s lives, negatively, positively, or neutrally. But we can try to work with others and hopefully not against them, if indeed time will allow.