Bryson City Seasons — The Parade of the Century (Part 2)

This is from the thirty-fIfth chapter from my best-selling book, Bryson City Seasons, which is the sequel to Bryson City TalesI hope that you’ll enjoy going back to Bryson City with me each week and that if you do, you’ll be sure to invite your friends and family to join us.


THE PARADE OF THE CENTURY (PART 2)

Then the crowd grew strangely silent. No one moved. For a moment, I was confused. What is happening? I thought.

Then I heard a whispered gasp spread through the crowd. We were standing under an awning and didn’t realize as quickly as others that the eclipse had started.

It began to get dimmer and dimmer. People were in the streets, looking up at the sun with specially designed glasses. As it grew dimmer, the air grew palpably cooler—almost like a spring evening. Suddenly a cool breeze blew across the street and rustled the edge of the awning. I felt chill bumps growing quickly on both arms.

Then Rick exclaimed, “Look!”

I had been looking at the crowd and missed what was right at our feet. Rick was pointing down at the sidewalk. There at our feet were hundreds of small suns, each beaming its way through the pinholes in the awning.

The cool breeze, the approaching dusk, and the chill in the air combined with the scene at our feet to create a surreal, almost haunting setting. We watched the pavement in amazement. As dozens and dozens of moons slowly moved in front of an equal number of miniature suns, we saw the suns slowly begin to disappear.

When the full eclipse reached its peak, the entire town was suddenly dark—not completely dark, but twilight dark. As I looked around, it appeared that the entire town was frozen. And the town was completely silent. Hundreds of people were standing in the streets—and not a single person was making a sound.

Under the awning of Charlie Robertson’s office, we saw not one full eclipse of the sun but hundreds.

Then slowly the street became brighter, and the crowd began to come alive.

We stayed under the awning, watching a hundred suns come back to light.

“What an eclipse! Wow, I’ve never seen one!” cried Barb as little Scott snoozed in his carrier.

“Wow, what a parade!” Kate chimed in. “What a day!” exclaimed Rick.

If we had only known what lay ahead.

TO BE CONTINUED

PAST STORIES FROM BRYSON CITY SEASONS

  1. Dead Man Standing (Part 1) (Part 2)(Part 3)
  2. Eyes Wide Open (Part 1)(Part 2)
  3. Auspicious Accidents (Part 1)(Part 2)
  4. Answered Prayers (Part 1), (Part 2), (Part 3), (Part 4)
  5. Rotary Luncheon
  6. Death by Emotion (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)(Part 4)
  7. The Invitation (Part 1)(Part 2)
  8. Barbecue and Bacon (Part 1)(Part 2)
  9. A Touchy Subject
  10. Family Time (Part 1)(Part 2)
  11. Chicken Pops(Part 1)(Part 2)
  12. Swain County Football (Part 1)(Part 2)
  13. Hospital Politics (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  14. The Bobcat Attacks (Part 1)(Part 2)
  15. Dungeons and Apples
  16. A Tale of Two Surgeons (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  17. Tanned Feets (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  18. Wise Counsel (Part 1)(Part 2)
  19. An Anniversary to Remember (Part 1)(Part 2)
  20. Mrs. Black Fox (Part 1)(Part 2)
  21. The Littlest Cherokee (Part 1)(Part 2)
  22. Christmas Firsts (Part 1)(Part 2)
  23. The Silver Torpedo
  24. Another New Year’s Catch
  25. Turned Tables
  26. Doctor Dad (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  27. The Phone Tap (Part 1), (Part 2)
  28. Labor Pains (Part 1), (Part 2)
  29. Staph and Staff (Part 1), (Part 2)
  30. The Ribbon Cutting
  31. Mountain Breakfast
  32. Walkingstick (Part 1), (Part 2)
  33. One Big Fish
  34. Memorial Day (Part 1), (Part 2)

PAST STORIES FROM BRYSON CITY TALES

  1. The Murder (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  2. The Arrival (Part 1)(Part 2)
  3. The Hemlock Inn (Part 1)(Part 2)
  4. The Grand Tour (Part 1)(Part 2)
  5. The Interview (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  6. Settling In (Part 1)(Part 2)
  7. First-Day Jitters (Part 1)(Part 2)
  8. Emergency (Part 1)(Part 2)
  9. The Delivery (Part 1)(Part 2)
  10. The “Expert” (Part 1)(Part 2)
  11. The Trial (Part 1)(Part 2)
  12. Shiitake Sam (Part 1)(Part 2)
  13. Wet Behind the Ears (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  14. Lessons in Daily Practice (Part 1) — Anal Angina(Part 2)(Part 3)(Part 4)
  15. White Lies
  16. The Epiphany (Part 1)(Part 2)
  17. Becoming Part of the Team (Part 1)(Part 2)
  18. Monuments (Part 1)(Part 2)
  19. My First Home Victory (Part 1)(Part 2)
  20. Fisher of Men (Part 1)(Part 2)
  21. Fly-Fishing (Part 1); (Part 2)
  22. Something Fishy (Part 1)(Part 2)
  23. A Good Day at the Office
  24. An Evening to Remember
  25. Another New Doc Comes to Town
  26. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (Part 1)(Part 2)
  27. A Surprising Gift
  28. The New Year (Part 1)(Part 2)
  29. The Home Birth (Part1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  30. The Showdown (Part1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  31. The Initiation (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  32. Home at Last (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)  
  33. One Big Fish
  34. Memorial Day (Part 1); (Part 2)
  35. The Parade of the Century (Part 1)

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