He lifted the stone to his lips and kissed it. He closed his eyes and threw the stone out into the water. “Go and give your gift to another!” he called out.
Michelangelo turned and started to walk away. The small stone, caught up in the ripples and waves, rolled back to the shore one last time, as if to tell the aging man “goodbye” after which it was then caught up in the waves and washed out into the water. Michelangelo stopped and turned to watch the stone float away. His sadness was reflected on his face as one who has to say goodbye to a loved one. The stone began to glow softly, sending ripples of light through the water. The rings of light and color made the old man laugh, and he waved to the stone. Michelangelo turned and lines formed around his eyes and mouth. His hair, streaked with gray before, rapidly started to gray even more and he stooped slightly as he shuffled away from the water and back toward the inland area. From then on, his works would reflect darkness and would lose the light and life that those works had seen in Rome during those seven years.
Throughout history, small mentions of the stone have been found in the writings of the Wright Brothers, Vincent Van Gogh, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and even as recently as Steve Wozniak. Any records of the stone indicate that possession only lasted a few months at the most, with the exception of Michelangelo. No one knows exactly why that is but there is certainly plenty of speculation.
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