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The Shoemaker: A Short Story

Gabriel lives with her family on the Island of Madeira where a warm climate provides the perfect environment to enjoy the outdoor life.

A Rainbow

A Rainbow

Many years ago when the world was a simpler place there lived a shoemaker. He lived in a small village; busy with passing trade. He was a happy little fellow and loved his job. The Shoemaker always dressed in his brown leather apron and dusty black boots. He rarely left his shop. People came from far and wide to get their shoes made by the jolly little chap. The Shoemaker made every kind of shoe, slipper and boot you could think of. He used wonderful silks and delightful soft leathers to make the most dashing of footwear. Colourful shoes lined the shelves of his little store and could be seen from the street if one peered through the window.

One particular little girl often peered through the window. Her wide eyes soaking up the wonders of the shoe shop. One day while the little girl, Rachel was looking through the window at the delightful bounty of colourful shoes, The Shoemaker appeared at her side. He rubbed his white bearded chin with his hand and smiled. ''Well dear. Which shoes would you take?''

Rachel was surprised as she hadn't notice the chubby little man standing next to her. ''Oh! I... I was only looking.'' Rachel stammered. ''I wouldn't ever take anything that doesn't belong to me.''

The Shoemaker cocked his head to one side. ''Hmm... I never said you would. I meant to give you a pair as a present.'' He said. A twinkle in his eye. Rachel stared at The Shoemaker. A small pointed ear was poking out from underneath his faded green hat. The chubby guy noticed Rachel's curious gaze and quickly fixed his hat tightly over his ear. ''So! shoes or no shoes?'' He asked.

Rachel smiled at The Shoemaker. She liked his ruddy red cheeks and his shiny nose. It didn't matter if he had pointed ears. ''Why don't you wear a pair of your own fine shoes?'' Rachel questioned The Shoemaker, glancing down at his tiny feet.

The little fellow followed her gaze to his dusty black boots. ''I'm always working and have no need of fine shoes.'' He explained.

Rachel's smile faded. ''I have no need of fine shoes either.'' She said. Her voice small and sad. The little girl turned on her heel and with a pitiful swing of her left leg she limped away.

The Shoemaker watched her till she was out of sight. ''I have work to do.'' He said to himself. With a tinkle of the bell above the shop door he disappeared inside.

A few days later Rachel was making her way past the shoe shop; suddenly it started to pour down rain. Huge heavy drops fell from the sky and landed on her head. she was getting very wet! Her hair was sticking to her face. The Shoemaker opened the faded grey door of the store. Rachel looked toward the door as she heard the bell tinkle. ''I never heard that bell tinkle the other day.'' She said.

The little chap beamed at Rachel. ''Sometimes we don't hear and other times we don't see. Come, you'll get soaked.'' He beckoned her into the shop.

Rachel stood and gazed at all the beautiful shoes. ''You have every colour of the rainbow in here.'' She said with amazement. Rachel was in awe of all the wonderful colours.

The Shoemaker came and stood beside her. Gently he laid a hand upon her shoulder and said. ''They are the colours of the rainbow Rachel. Each and every pair are the exact colour you see in the rainbow.''

Rachel looked at The Shoemaker and then back at the shoes. ''I don't understand.'' She exclaimed. The Shoemaker walked over to his little desk. Opening a drawer he lifted out the most beautiful pair of shoes Rachel had ever seen. The shoes glittered like jewels; a brilliant green with the most gorgeous little ankle straps and perfect shiny buckles with golden sparkles. Rachel's hand flew to her mouth. ''Oh! my goodness! Those shoes are soooo beautiful!''

The Shoemaker approached Rachel holding the precious shoes. ''These shoes Rachel, give the rainbow it's magical green colour. Every fifty years the colours of the rainbow fade. The only way to bring the colors back to their full glory is to find seven special children. Each child must wear a pair of the magic coloured shoes. Seven pairs of magic shoes for seven special children. I have found six other children to wear the other colours. And now Rachel I have found the seventh special child to wear the last and most important colour. You!''

The Shoemaker knelt in front of Rachel. Gently removing her heavy black shoes, he laid them to one side. Her left foot was badly disfigured. The Shoemaker carefully placed a brilliant green shoe onto each foot. His weathered hands fastened the beautiful buckles. He stood and surveyed his work. The shoes shone brighter than any ray of sunshine. ''Take a walk Rachel.'' He grinned.

Rachel stared at the shoes; a tear fell softly down her cheek. ''I... I can't.'' She stammered.

''Yes Rachel, you can.'' The Shoemaker encouraged.

Rachel stood up straight; slowly, deliberately she took a delicate step. Followed by another and another. ''I can do it. I can do it.'' She squealed walking with ease across the floor.

The Shoemaker laughed heartily and said. ''I told you they were magic shoes." But of course he knew the magic was really Rachel's. She was the magic the shoes needed to work.

"Oh! look the rain has stopped.'' The Shoemaker stepped over to the old grey door and opened it. ''Rachel,'' he called ''Look at the rainbow. The green. It's so dazzling. I knew you were special.''

Rachel hurried outside. A beautiful bridge of colour stretched across the clear blue sky. ''Wow! Amazing! The colours in the rainbow are so clear and bright. I have never seen anything like that before.'' Rachel exclaimed. The Shoemaker smiled happily. The rainbow was fully restored to a most exquisite arch of brilliant colour; the centre of the rainbow glowed the most fabulous colour green. The heart of the rainbow had finally been found.

''Well, I best get back to work. Can't be standing around all day gazing at rainbows.'' The Shoemaker grinned mischievously and turned to go back to his work inside the shop.

''Look!'' Rachel cried. ''Your old grey door... and your hat... they're... they're green. A gorgeous glossy green.''

The jolly little fellow nodded his head. He looked directly at Rachel. A great big smile on his face; his green eyes sparkling marvelously.

''Yep!'' The Shoemaker said. "The colours sure do fade after fifty years.

Another Story...

© 2011 Gabriel Wilson

Comments

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on April 11, 2017:

We all fade a bit at times, don't we: there is nothing like a child's smile to make us feel brilliant again. And their little smiles do that every time for me. Thanks for reading and I especially mean that because I wondered about the ending. Delighted you liked it. Sending you rainbows :)

johnmariow on April 10, 2017:

A wonderful story! I enjoyed reading it and I especially liked the ending!

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on May 26, 2012:

Tanx for reading and for your time vikkijov :)

vikkijov from Mystic, CT on May 26, 2012:

Very well written. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on February 08, 2012:

Hi Tultul. I am so glad you popped in; tanx for your time :)

Tultul Ganguly on February 07, 2012:

The story is nice,immaginetion is colourful.Inside the story the hidden product saleing opportunity is best.

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on December 20, 2011:

Hi B. A. Williams, tanx for reading and for your kind comments :)

B. A. Williams from USA on December 19, 2011:

I enjoyed your story and it was such a good read for the holidays. Very uplifting and creative.

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on December 13, 2011:

Hey WillStarr. Tanx for your time and your comment; very much appreciated :)

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on December 12, 2011:

Excellent! Good work. Voted up and awesome.

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on August 07, 2011:

Hi Tatara; yes me too. A little positivity can do wonders for the soul. Tanx for reading.

Tatara from Asia on August 07, 2011:

This is uplifting fiction for me. I've always been a fan of positive literature. Thanks!

twinmo on August 06, 2011:

Thanks, Gabriel.I hope to make that a reality.

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on August 06, 2011:

Tanx for reading and for your delightful comments; I really appreciate your time.

I'm sure the more you write twinmo the more your imagination will grow. You're in the right place for that to happen :)

twinmo on August 05, 2011:

OMG, I am a noob Hubber..just signed on today. I LOVE this story!! You have such a wonderful imagination and colorful description. Imagination is one thing I hope to improve as I write.

Paradise7 from Upstate New York on August 05, 2011:

Totally charming story. Thank you! (Tanx)

poetvix from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. on August 05, 2011:

What an enchanting tale you have created. This was really wonderful.

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on August 03, 2011:

Hi msdee115. Nice to meet you and tanx for stopping in:)

msdee115 from Stone Mountain, GA on August 03, 2011:

Heartwarming story!

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on July 15, 2011:

... and I appreciate your time, fashion. I hope you'll read more articles from other hubbers here on hubpages; it's a great place to express yourself :)

fashion on July 15, 2011:

Very nice hub.I enjoyed reading it and I appreciate your effort.

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on July 02, 2011:

Hi htodd. They're pretty cool aren't they, great for St. Patrick's day. Tanx for reading :)

htodd from United States on July 02, 2011:

Great shoes...nice

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on July 01, 2011:

Hi Kamalesh050, I'm glad you stopped by, tanx for reading :)

Kamalesh Chakraverty from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India on July 01, 2011:

Beautiful story, enjoyed reading it. Well done.

Best Wishes.

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on June 30, 2011:

Tanx clintonb. I seem to need a little fantasy now and then lol :)

clintonb from Adelaide, Australia on June 29, 2011:

It sounded more like a fanatsy. But I did like it. Good work!

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on June 29, 2011:

Tanx for popping in chelsea4music :)

chelsea4music from az on June 29, 2011:

I loved this story, beautifully written.

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on June 28, 2011:

I appreciate your time and comments. Tanx for reading :)

ershruti304 from Shimla on June 28, 2011:

Really a nice story. Keep it up

carolinemoon on June 27, 2011:

Great hub!I like the story. It's interesting.

Linda Rawlinson from Lancaster, UK on June 27, 2011:

What a joy to read. This was lovely, a very pleasant surprise as I was just browsing :)

Linda.

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on June 26, 2011:

Tanx for reading and for your time:)

htodd from United States on June 26, 2011:

Thanks for the great hub..

smith624 from Raceland, louisiana on June 25, 2011:

Touching and Imaginative.

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on June 24, 2011:

Hi Marlin. Tanx for reading :)

Marlin 55 from USA on June 24, 2011:

That was different. I really enjoyed reading your work.

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on June 22, 2011:

Tanx for your time Robin Kommer:)

Robin Kommer from Australia on June 22, 2011:

lovely story

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on June 15, 2011:

Hi PiaC tanx for popping by:)

PiaC from Oakland, CA on June 14, 2011:

What a wonderful and moving story!

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on June 13, 2011:

Tanx for reading Web :)

Web World Watcher on June 12, 2011:

Very good, My sister makes custom shoes...that's why i stopped. I'm glad I did

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on June 11, 2011:

Tanx for stopping in jem :)

jem on June 11, 2011:

sweet.

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on June 10, 2011:

Tanx so much for reading and for your comments:)

TroyM on June 10, 2011:

Nice story...Interesting.

Talha Rehman from Lucknow India on June 10, 2011:

Good one!

snehal welde on June 09, 2011:

Beautiful ...you have the making of a storyteller...I was transported to my chilhood days.

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on June 08, 2011:

Tanx ameliejan, glad to meet you:)

ameliejan from Alicante, Spain on June 08, 2011:

Lovely story!

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on June 08, 2011:

Hi baygirl33. Yes I read that story years ago when I was little; it's a beautiful story.Tanx for reading:)

Tanx for reading sonia05 :)

sonia05 from india on June 07, 2011:

very sweet story! great hub!

victoria from Hamilton On. on June 07, 2011:

Lovely story.I love shoes ,have more than I need .

I thought for a moment you were going to tell about the Elves and the Shoemaker,a lovely story too.

Have you heard it?

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on June 07, 2011:

Tanx for reading Ieni sands:)

Leni Sands from UK on June 07, 2011:

I really enjoyed this story. Thank you.

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on June 07, 2011:

HI rorshak sobchak. I'm so glad you liked it :)

rorshak sobchak on June 07, 2011:

What a wonderful story.

rorshak sobchak

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on June 07, 2011:

Hi IzzyM. Tanx so much for reading :)

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on June 07, 2011:

Tanx for stopping by BPC :)

IzzyM from UK on June 07, 2011:

What a wonderful story and so well told! Many thanks!

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on June 07, 2011:

That was a lovely comment mel. Tanx for reading :)

Book Publishing Company on June 07, 2011:

A very well written beautiful story. :)

mel on June 07, 2011:

i can't remember when i saw the rainbow last time.however,you did give me the chance to see it once more.

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on June 06, 2011:

Hi Thelma; told you I could bore you to death with short stories! Glad you popped in to read this one :)

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on June 06, 2011:

Tanx for reading Laura. Your comment means a lot :)

Thelma Alberts from Germany on June 06, 2011:

Wow! Beautiful story! Thanks for sharing.

Laura Ginn from UK on June 06, 2011:

Oh wow what a lovely story... I was almost welling up towards the end! This was beautiful!

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on June 06, 2011:

Tanx Anne Oddity :)

Anne Oddity on June 05, 2011:

Lovely story, and well written!

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on June 04, 2011:

Tanx for reading and for your comments; much appreciated:)

maria.smarto on June 04, 2011:

cute loving story.

SUSANJK from Florida on June 03, 2011:

I love shoes and I love children's shoes. Very good hub.

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on June 01, 2011:

I loved this heartwarming story and the vivid imagery. Then again I have a fondness for rainbows and the song Somewhere Over the Rainbow was my favorite as a child. Your writing is really magical and inspired me to leave you some fan mail.

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on May 20, 2011:

Perhaps our imaginations get lost from time to time; I'd like to think we all have an abundance to offer; it's finding the solitude at times; that's the real challenge... don't you think?

MrHunter from Highway 24 on May 20, 2011:

Thanx for the imagination. There's a lack of it.

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on May 16, 2011:

Glad you read it; Tanx.

dusy7969 from San Diego, California on May 16, 2011:

Good Story.I like it very much.So thanks a lot for this interesting sharing.Interesting hub

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on May 15, 2011:

Tanx for reading.

sunchild28 from Nigeria on May 05, 2011:

persuasive hub.

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on May 03, 2011:

Cheers; tanx for commenting.

hewhohn on May 03, 2011:

Very nice story.

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on April 29, 2011:

Tanx for your time. Go steady.

nicolerkilpatrick on April 28, 2011:

Nice stuff.

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on April 28, 2011:

Tanx for popping in jacobkuttyta.

Jacob from Delhi, India on April 26, 2011:

Very touching story.

Thanks

Gabriel Wilson (author) from Madeira, Portugal on April 25, 2011:

Tanx for reading manthy

Mark from Alabama,USA on April 25, 2011:

Cute & Original

God-bless

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