A young girl who befriended an old man she saw being yelled at by her son. She went to visit him one day as usual, but found many people gathered at his house. In a fit of kindness, she decided to take in her cat and was unexpectedly rewarded.
It was a great evening, and Linda Beckham was heading home after a long, stressful day at work. She was a waitress in a restaurant, which meant she had to be on her feet all day, tending to customers who were sometimes very arrogant with her.
Linda hated that. She had never dreamed of becoming a waitress. She wanted to go to art school to become a professional dancer, but her parents were relatively poor and could not afford the tuition.
Linda was a waitress at a restaurant, which meant she had to be on her feet all day | Source: Pexel
They couldn’t help her save money either, because her mother was bedridden. His father was just a simple worker in a factory, and he didn’t earn much. Thus, most of his income was used to pay his wife’s medical bills.
Linda then had to realize very quickly that her dreams should only be financed by herself. As soon as she was able to work, she started doing so, as she also wanted to ease her father’s burden while planning to fulfill her dreams.
It wasn’t always an easy task, because of the rude customers. Sometimes some even got violent – throwing things or food in the hall. But Linda always remained courteous, not wanting to let anything compromise her goals.
“It’s just for a short time,” she whispered whenever she felt depressed or on edge.
She never argued or answered, because she had a goal in mind. Every day, the girl took the same route home from the restaurant. She passed the butcher shop, and two blocks down she took an intersection that brought her home.
That day, she had just passed the butcher’s shop when she heard screams from the other side of the road. She passed a bus blocking her view and saw an elderly man and another man arguing about something.
Linda had just passed the butcher shop when she heard screams from across the road | Source: Pexel
It seemed quite intense, and she stood there watching for a few moments. “Should I try to intervene?” she wondered. However, she knew she shouldn’t do anything, lest she incur the younger man’s wrath.
He seemed to be the more furious of the two, and at one point he knocked the groceries out of the older man’s hands and then stormed off.
After he left, she stood frozen in place, stunned by the violence and disrespect of this person. Then she watched the older man bend over painfully to pick up his things.
A minute later, she came out of hiding and rushed to help him. They packed the groceries together and she offered to help him carry them home.
He tried to refuse, but she insisted.
“What kind of person would I be if I let you carry such a heavy load?” She asked him happily, so he agreed to let her.
As soon as they entered her house, she noticed how scruffy she looked. There was little furniture, and the place was so small that a cabin would be a better description.
Linda offered to help him carry his groceries home | Source: Pexel
A few steps further, Linda noticed a black blur coming out of one of the rooms and rubbing against her leg. She almost screamed, but soon realized it was just a cat.
“What a cute cat,” Linda said, dropping the groceries, and leaning down to pet him.
“It’s Mrs. Bun, my companion,” said the old man, who had introduced himself as Richard.
“Wow, that’s a cute name,” she said, listening to him purr.
“Thank you, she’s been with me since my wife died years ago, and sometimes she seems like the reincarnation of her,” the man exclaimed, still visibly in love with his late wife.
He offered her a cup of tea after she helped him pack up his groceries, and as she enjoyed his company, she happily accepted.
After sitting down for tea with some nibbles he had prepared, the man told her his story. He revealed that his son, Clement, was the one who spilled the supplies.
“We’ve been arguing since he found out I left him nothing in my will except Mrs. Bun. But that’s because she’s my greatest treasure,” he says with a smirk. .
Linda sat down for tea with some snacks while the man told her his story | Source: Pexel
Linda remembered that she had to go home to cook her parents’ dinner, so she excused herself and thanked him for the tea. Before leaving, she apologized for what her son had done.
The elderly man seemed sad to see her go, so she promised to visit him every time she passed his house on her way home. Hearing this, the man smiled happily.
The next day at work, she worked her butt off yet again, but she was also eager to meet the charming elderly man and his black cat.
As soon as her service was over, she took the path she already knew, but this time she stopped at the man’s house and knocked on his door. When he opened the door, she told him she had brought some muffins which would go well with the tea, and he gave her another smirk.
“It’s lovely,” he said. “Muffins go very well with tea, so come in.”
She visited him like this two other times, but on the fourth day she met a large crowd near his house, then saw the ambulance waiting on the sidewalk.
As soon as her shift ended, Linda went back the way she already knew, only this time she stopped at the man’s home and knocked on his door | Source: Pexel
Linda sped up her pace and arrived just in time to see paramedics pull a lifeless body from the man’s house. She suspected it was Jim, and it broke her heart.
People started to disperse after the ambulance left, and she was about to leave too, when she saw her cat sitting quietly on the porch.
“What will happen to him now?” she asked the man next to her, gesturing towards the cat.
“Oh her? She’s probably going to be taken to a pound where she’ll do the long walk,” he replied.
“The long walk?” She asked, watching the man make a beheading gesture that shocked her.
Linda couldn’t imagine letting the cat experience this fate, so she offered to take him with her. But, of course, no one else was willing to do it, so no one stopped her.
She took the cat home, and while grooming it sadly, she noticed that it had a lot of dust on its coat, so she decided to bathe it. After putting it in the sink to clean it, she noticed a collar that had been hidden under her long fur coat.
On one side, she saw an inscription that read “my dearest treasure”. On the other side, she saw a yellow stone that shone in the light.
She cleaned the cat and put the stone on her table. While doing her household chores, she couldn’t get a strange idea out of her mind.
“And if it was a precious stone?”, she wondered.
Linda couldn’t imagine letting the cat know this fate, so she offered to take him with her | Source: Pexel
“No,” his mind told him. “Why would he have such a thing and still choose to live in this house?”
Finally, unable to take it any longer, she decided to go see a jeweler who confirmed to her that the stone was not only precious, but also of great value.
“Where did you find such a pure sapphire?” he asked her, with greed in his eyes.
“I inherited it,” she replied quickly, but as she turned to leave with it, he offered her $50,000, which she immediately accepted.
On her way home, she pulled up outside the older man’s house, and it was like she could see his smirk. Then she remembered what he had said.
It was then that she understood what he meant when he told her back then that Mrs. Bun was his greatest treasure. It had never been the cat. Even if he had loved her, it was her necklace that was in question.
With the money she got from selling the sapphire, Linda quit her job, paid off her parents’ debt, and went to her dance school to pursue her dreams.
Linda decided to consult a jeweler who confirmed to her that the stone was not only precious, but also of great value | Source: Pexel
What have we learned from this story?
- It is necessary to respect the elders : always respect people older than you, just for fun, regardless of how you feel at the time, because anger makes us do or say things that shouldn’t have been said, and it can hurt to our relationships. Respect your elders if you also want to be respected later.
- Do good to people, and it will come back to you in greater quantity : one good turn always deserves another, and the cycle will continue. Good people will always be rewarded in some way, so always strive to be good.
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