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  • Writer's pictureHenery X (long)

The Encounter

A short story

This is a collaborative offering I did with Dr. Norma Gray

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The Encounter

2023, Henery X and Dr. Norma Gray

While in a crowded airport, two people destined to meet were present.

Hennessy Jones spotted someone he admired. The person in question was someone he dreamed of meeting, but never thought he would. So, this was an opportunity he had no attention of letting pass him by. He envisioned this person working alongside him to help further his dream along.

Hennessy got up and walked toward the person who had his undivided attention, but then a wave of people interrupted his flow. After they passed, the person was gone from where they had been sitting. He scanned the space and saw them walking. He pursued. The person stopped to text something on their phone, and this was when Hennessy made his move.

“How are you doing today, beautiful? My name is Hennessy Jones.”

“I’m fine. And yourself?”

“You’ll get no argument from me. And I’m grateful. So, do you have a few minutes to talk?”

“Depends on what you want to talk about. You know time is money, right?” The woman smiled.

Hennessy chuckled, “Indeed I do. Nothing in life is free, especially the things we can’t get back. I have something I’d like to run by you.”

“You know who I am, right?”

“Of course I do. You’re Naomi Green, the international super model, who is so much more than that.”

Naomi flashed a spectacular smile. She removed her sunglasses and stared into Hennessy’s brown eyes, and she liked what she saw. His boldness had more than piqued her curiosity. She was interested in hearing what he had to say.

They moved over to a bench and sat down.

“So Mister Hennessy, since you know me, what made you step towards me seeing as you see me trying to be incognito? You want an autograph, a selfie or what?”

“Well, Naomi. May I call you Naomi?”

“Okay, Mister Hennessy.”

“Excellent. Well, Naomi. I’ve been looking for a special woman to work with me at an organization I created and that’s dedicated to helping motivate the youth to be their best. Though I have a good rapport with the young women, and there are other capable women involved, I know their interest would improve tremendously with you on board.”

“Really? That’s funny that you would approach me with this. What’s the name of your organization? How did you get started with that?”

“The organization is called Future Ready. I started the organization because I saw my sons and their friends doing a lot of nothing after school. So, I said I’m going to create a place for them to be, and make sure it’s full of productive things for them to do. Things such as learning trades and how to network effectively.”

“Wow!!!. I said it’s funny that you would approach me with this because I’m waiting for my agent to meet me here. She has been wanting me to speak more in cities everywhere I go. I’ve been turning down opportunities, feeling like who wants to hear me speak when what I’m known for is how I look. Did you know I was born in the inner city Street of Jersey?”

“God makes no mistakes, Naomi. You rejected those opportunities because of the one you’re destined to be a part of. Like I said earlier, you’re much more than an international super model. I’ve been following you for a while now. I’ve watched all your interviews. I’ve listened to everything you’ve ever said. Your intellect is impeccable. And yes, I knew your journey began in New Jersey.”

“So you really follow me, and not just in airports,” Naomi and Hennessy laughed. “It would be my honor to embark on this venture with you. It would be like putting a real stamp on the super of the model, the example and opportunity that awaits young minds. Do you know where the name Naomi comes from?”

“Excellent, Naomi. Everyone is going to be so excited to know you’ll be joining us. I’m totally blown away. I never thought I’d get the chance to speak with you. And now, you’re going to be working alongside me to show love to the young adults. Wow! And no, I do not know of the origin of your name. Please, enlighten me.”

“My mom said she named me after a woman in the Bible and for the many challenges she faced throughout life. After overcoming adversity, she became a compassionate example. I guess this is my time to do exactly that.”

“Now I know where your way of being originated from… your mother. Do you have time for me to treat you to lunch? I can tell you a bit more about Future Ready while we eat.”

“Actually, I just got a text from my agent. My plane will board soon. However, here is my personal contact information. Send me the information on your organization and the first meeting you want me to be a speaker, and I’m there. Hennessy, this has been the best encounter of destiny for me. I thought you were just a fan at first. But you’re a man with vision and a plan.”

“Alright, Naomi. Thank you for making two of my dreams come true. Meeting and speaking with you, and you agreeing to work alongside me. I’ll be calling you soon. Yes, I’m a man with a vision and a plan, but I’m also a huge fan.” Hennessy and Naomi laughed. “Safe travels.”

“Same to you. Misterrrrrr Hennessy.”

They both stood up, shook hands, and then went their separate ways.

When all else fails we should never lose confidence in our will to win and victory shall be ours.-Henery X

Thank you for taking the time to acknowledge my offering. May all you deserve and desire flow abundantly into your life, as a river does into a sea.

Remember. I’m not here to convince you to believe. I’m here to offer you something else to consider.

May we never lose our desire to outdo what we’ve already done.

Continue to be a lighthouse for all those who feel lost in the sea of life.

Peace, Love, and the utmost Respect.

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