"Something else was happening, too."
"He heard voices and looked away from his own dead body to see people gathering around him. They were all so delighted to see him. Only one looked familiar, though: the man who gave him the Guarneri, Mr. Ephraim, the groundskeeper at the last orphanage where Peter lived before he went off to college. The old man was much more youthful-looking now. "You left this," he said to Peter then handed him his violin. He gave Peter a welcoming hug and a couple of pats on the back, then stepped back and pointed toward the others. "And someone else wants to say hi." Hero pushed through the crowd and raced to greet Peter who knelt to nestle his face into the exhuberant kisses of his treaured dog. There was never a better time in Peter's life -- certainly not Before the Common Era, nor since. How sublime it was to see Hero's black coat restored to its youthful obsidian luster.
W 12" x H 12"
oil on canvas
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