Mom Is Sure She Buried Son a Year Ago, Finds Him Living at Deserted Gas Station — Story of the Day

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Mom Is Sure She Buried Son a Year Ago, Finds Him Living at Deserted Gas Station — Story of the Day

A bereaved mother sobbed uncontrollably every time she entered her son’s bedroom after he passed away in an accident. One day, her neighbor said that she had seen the child in question. The mother exclaimed, “That’s impossible!” immediately after the neighbor presented her with the proof; nevertheless, she quickly took back her statement a few seconds later.

In a nearby plant, Melissa was employed in the weaving department. After the passing of her husband, the widow had to put in a lot of effort to provide for her daughter and herself. David, the woman’s one and only kid, was completely reliant on her, so naturally she wanted nothing but the best for him.

She put in long hours of work, and David’s ambition of one day becoming a pilot inspired her to push herself even further. His father gave him a model aircraft when he was only three years old, and it quickly grew to be his favorite toy throughout the years. Even after he turned 18, he continued to be preoccupied with it and would carry it about with him everywhere he went.

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David’s enthusiasm for piloting airplanes only became stronger as he got older. He put forth a lot of effort in order to get into the top flying school in the nation. He stayed up late preparing for the entrance exam, and a few weeks after completing the exam, he was sent a letter informing him of his results.

After reading it, he said, “Mom! Mom!” again. “I can start my career as a pilot at last!”

When Melissa found out that the flying school had given David a scholarship based on his academic record, she was ecstatic and couldn’t contain her happiness. She rejoiced within as she saw her kid bring his fantasies into the world.

Even though it was difficult for Melissa, she made the decision to move her son David, who was 19 at the time, to another state so that he may pursue his education. She gave him a bear embrace just before to his getting into his vehicle and driving all the way to the airfield.

“I’ll miss you, Mom!” David said when he was firmly embracing his mum.

Please continue to send me pictures and videos of yourself, all right? While she did so, Melissa gave her kid a peck on the cheek and patted his back.

“I promise to, Mom. Don’t be concerned, “He offered Melissa a kind grin. “Watch your step!”

“What?” Melissa could feel her heart pounding inside her chest.

David had kept his favorite model airplane in his car because he felt motivated whenever he looked at it. After saying goodbye to Melissa, David pressed the gas pedal and left for his destination. He was excited to take his first training flight there.

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Six hours later, Melissa’s phone rang. She was lounging on the sofa in her living room when she heard her phone ringing. She sprang to her feet and went to get it since she was sure it was David calling her.

On the other hand, she grimaced when she looked at the screen of her phone since it wasn’t him.

“Hello. Am I talking to David’s mum at this moment?” an unidentified lady on the other end of the line asked a question.

“Yes. The lady you see here is David’s mother “While she was thinking about how to respond, Melissa strained to identify the other woman’s voice.

“I am calling to you today, Ms. Melissa, on behalf of the flying school that your kid attends. Earlier on this evening, we were informed of a terrible event that had taken place, “the lady remarked while making an apology.

“What exactly happened?” It was interrupted by Melissa. She experienced a palpitation of her heartbeat.

“There is no longer any trace of your son David. He was killed in a vehicle accident on the route to the military installation where he was stationed. My deepest condolences go out to you, Ms. Melissa, on your recent loss “the female speaker said.

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“What?” Within her own chest, Melissa could feel the rapid beating of her heart. “That is not going to work. Listen up, lady or whatever you are, you have some serious fact checking to do.”

The lady repeated her apology, this time addressing the recipient as “Ms. Melissa.” While we are making the funeral arrangements, a vehicle will be sent to fetch you up tonight. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

“But I was just talking to him this morning before I left! I’m going to give him a call straight now “Melissa gave a curt nod before hanging up the phone.

Then, she tried calling David’s phone, but she was unable to get through to him. “To your feet! Pick up, David!” Melissa remarked as she held the phone up to her ear while doing so.

The distraught mother eventually came to the conclusion that the lady who had contacted her earlier was not telling the truth. It was difficult for her to accept the fact that David had passed away. Her one and only child, who had been the joy and pride of her life, had passed away.

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Later that day, Melissa sat in the car sent by the flying school. Hours later, she wept while resting her head on her little boy’s coffin.

“Why did you leave me so soon?” Melissa cried.

“What am I going to do without you?”

Melissa was comforted by David’s instructor, who also shared with her the story of how he found out about the tragedy. After that, the guy extracted David’s model aircraft from its luggage and handed it over to Melissa as a gift.

The guy remarked, “We discovered this stuck under David’s damaged automobile.” “We found this caught under David’s damaged car.”

Melissa snatched the aircraft away from David’s instructor and leaned in to give it a passionate kiss. She laid it on her chest and closed her eyes as images of her son when he was younger playing with the aircraft ran through her head. She had no idea that flying in this itty-bitty aircraft would soon alter the course of her life.

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Melissa’s world had turned upside down after David’s unexpected demise. She couldn’t bring herself to believe he was no more. She lived alone in her tiny house, and the emptiness made her question fate’s plans.

“It’s… it’s David,” Melissa gasped and covered her mouth with one hand.

A year after his death, Melissa was sitting on the couch in her living room, looking at her son’s photo on her phone, when the doorbell interrupted her thoughts. When she opened the door, her neighbor, Mrs. Frank, was standing on the doorstep.

“Melissa! You won’t believe this!” she slid her phone out of her pocket and frantically tapped her fingers on it.

“What happened? Is everything okay?” Melissa asked worriedly.

“Look at this!” Mrs. Frank turned her phone screen towards Melissa.

The grieving mother squinted her eyes and then took the phone in her hands to look at the photo closely. A few moments later, her eyes widened when she realized why the boy in the picture seemed so familiar.

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“Melissa, I saw this boy at the gas station today. He resembles David so much! I almost thought it was him,” Mrs. Frank exclaimed.

“It’s… it’s David,” Melissa gasped and covered her mouth with one hand. Then, tears started rolling down her cheeks, and she felt her body shiver.

“Hey, Melissa? Are you alright?” Mrs. Frank held Melissa’s arm and took her inside. “Please sit down.”

Mrs. Frank offered her a glass of water, but Melissa shook her head and rose to her feet. “I need to see him now,” she said and grabbed her car keys before leaving her house.

On her way to the gas station, hundreds of questions popped into Melissa’s mind. What if I don’t meet him? What if he’s not there? What if that boy isn’t my son? She wondered while trying her best not to crash her car. She was driving fast, hoping the boy wouldn’t leave before she reached there.

After arriving at the gas station, she parked her car and hopped out. She looked everywhere, her eyes searching for her son, David. In the corner of the gas station, Melissa saw a boy sitting with his face away from her. It’s David! She thought and ran towards him.

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When Melissa put her hand on his shoulder, he looked at her and shrugged it off. “Who are you? Why are you touching me?” he yelled and turned towards her.

“I can’t believe it’s you, sweetheart!” Melissa cried. “Where have you been?”

“Excuse me? Do I know you?” the boy was puzzled.

“It’s me,” she smiled, slightly taken aback. “I’m your mom, David! I used to work as a weaver, remember?”

David shook his head. “I don’t know what you’re talking about!”

“Don’t you remember your love for airplanes? You always wanted to become a pilot, and I worked so hard to fulfill your dream, honey,” Melissa tried her best to remind David of his past life.

“I’m sorry, but I think you’re mistaken!” David said. “My parents are alive, and I have lived with them since I was born. I don’t know what passion you are referring to.”

Before Melissa could ask him anything else, he stood up and left the gas station. Melissa was shocked because she couldn’t understand why David didn’t recognize her. Instead of heading back home, she decided to follow him.

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David walked down the street and knocked on a house’s door. A tall, bald man opened the door and asked David to come inside. Once he entered the house, Melissa got out of her car and secretly peeked inside the house.

“David! What happened to you?” she asked worriedly.

What she saw inside shocked her even more. David pulled out a stack of dollar bills and handed it to the unknown man. Meanwhile, the man smiled and patted him on the shoulder.

“I know my son will never disappoint me! Thank you for working at the gas station and repairing it for me!” the man said.

“Anything for you, Dad!” David replied.

Before David could come out, Melissa rushed back to her car and drove away. Son? Dad? What’s going on? she wondered. Then, Melissa thought of the right person to enquire about the unknown man. One of her friends who lived in the neighborhood was associated with the criminal investigation department. Melissa thought he could tell her about that man.

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After talking to her friend, Melissa learned that the man David called his father was a cult leader. He made people work for him, took their money, and asked them to live on the streets. Melissa was sure the man had brainwashed her son into believing he was David’s father.

“I need to report this man to the police!” Melissa told her friend.

“I don’t think that would work, Melissa,” her friend said. “This guy has registered his cult as a company, and the police can do nothing to retrieve your son.”

After learning that there was nothing the authorities could do, Melissa decided to save her son on her own. Instead of reminding David about his past life, Melissa thought it would be better to become his friend first. She told him she wanted to join his cult and spent time with him at the gas station.

As days passed, Melissa bought him food, clothes, pillows, and a comfortable mattress. Soon, the young boy began to trust her and told her about his past life.

Melissa realized that the cult leader had brainwashed her son to believe he was a poor kid who needed to work hard to survive. He was living at the gas station to learn how to survive in difficult living conditions.

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After working day and night to please the cult leader, David eventually fell sick. Since he had lived at his mother’s house all his life, living at the gas station wasn’t his cup of tea. When David asked his cult leader for medicine, he refused.

“We don’t use chemicals. They’re bad for your health,” the cult leader told David.

The poor boy had no option but to accept what the cult leader told him. He wrapped his blanket around himself and rested on his mattress at the gas station, hoping he would resume work tomorrow.

However, before he could fall asleep, the cult leader approached him and asked him to move out. “You’re not part of my team anymore. I want you to leave!” the man said.

David was shocked, but he had no idea why the cult leader kicked him out of the gas station. Since David had fallen sick, the evil man thought he was useless and decided to hire someone else to work for him.

“But I am sick… I can barely walk. Please let me stay for another day,” David pleaded.

The cult leader pushed David out of the gas station and asked him to leave. “I don’t want to see you around again!” he yelled.

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Feeling helpless, David sat on the side of the road, shivering because his body temperature had suddenly become too high. His head spun, and his skin felt too hot to touch.

A few minutes later, a car stopped in front of him, and Melissa emerged from the driver’s seat. “David! What happened to you?” she asked worriedly.

When she held his hand, she realized he had a high fever and needed immediate medical attention. “C’mon, get in the car! I’ll take you to the hospital,” she said.

The worried mother helped her son get in the passenger seat and drove him to the nearest hospital. On the way, Melissa asked him what had happened, but he didn’t say a word. Instead, he stared at the model airplane on the dashboard.

“But I still can’t recall everything, Mom,” David replied.

While looking at the airplane, something clicked in his mind. A few memories from his past flashed before him, and he suddenly fell unconscious.

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An hour later, David opened his eyes in the hospital room and heard Melissa singing a lullaby while sitting right beside his bed. “Mom?” he whispered.

Melissa burst into tears when she heard that one word from her son’s mouth. Then, she asked him what had happened when he left home to visit the airbase a year ago.

David revealed that he met a homeless man on his way who also wanted to go to the same state to visit his family. David agreed to drop him there, but they never reached their destination.

On the way, David’s car slipped and crashed into a truck. Luckily, David jumped out before the collision, but the homeless man died. When the first responders arrived at the accident site, they found David’s documents inside and thought it was his body.

While the first responders took the homeless man away, David was lying in the nearby bushes. When he woke up, he couldn’t remember anything. It turned out he had lost his memory after hitting his head on the ground while escaping from his car.

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David mustered the courage to stand up and search for help. After walking a few miles, David reached the cult leader’s neighborhood and knocked on his door, unaware that the man would soon brainwash him.

When the cult leader realized David had lost his memory, he pretended to be his father. Soon, David started believing that the cult leader was his father and did whatever he said.

“I’m so sorry you had to go through all this,” Melissa hugged David.

“But I still can’t recall everything, Mom,” David replied. “I just remember that little airplane and your lullaby.”

After the doctors assessed David’s condition, they told Melissa that her son would eventually regain his memory. They asked her to take him home and show him his bedroom and the things he owned.

Weeks later, David regained his memory and embraced his long-lost passion for becoming a pilot. He pursued his interest in airplanes and became a professional pilot years later. Meanwhile, Melissa attended church meetings regularly because she felt grateful to God for her son’s miraculous return.

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What can we learn from this story?

  • There’s always light at the end of the tunnel. While Melissa thought there was nothing to look forward to after her son’s demise, everything suddenly changed after Mrs. Frank saw David at the gas station. Melissa had no idea that her son was alive and that she would meet him one day.
  • The truth always comes out. The cult leader tried his best to brainwash David, but his memory returned once he saw his favorite toy airplane and heard Melissa sing him a lullaby. The young boy finally learned the truth.

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This piece is inspired by stories from the everyday lives of our readers and written by a professional writer. Any resemblance to actual names or locations is purely coincidental. All images are for illustration purposes only. Share your story with us; maybe it will change someone’s life. If you would like to share your story, please send it to info@amomama.com.

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I'm Olamilekan Atolagbe, I'm fueled by my passion for understanding the nuances of cross-cultural publishing. I consider myself a "forever student," eager to both build on my academic foundations in programming and computer science and stay in tune with the latest content publishing strategies through continued coursework and professional development.
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