Mini Challenge Week 1 of September Break (2008)
Jan's Master Class
Topic: Man vs. Man
“Psst! Chandra! What's a hypotenuse?” whispered Eric.
Chandra stared back, irritation reflecting in her hazel eyes. “I have no idea.” She despised math, and taking this geometry class alone would be miserable enough. Taking this geometry class and sitting next to Eric Hampton, star runningback of Valley High's football team, made it ten thousand times worse.
Chandra leaned back into her chair and folded her arms across her chest. Sighing, she tried to concentrate on the lecture.
Eric leaned and whispered, “Can I see your notes for a sec?” He smiled, his blue eyes sparkling.
“What notes?” she hissed back. “I can't even keep up with what he's talking about.”
Eric had lettered as a freshman; now the star runningback as a junior, he was favored for a university scholarship even before his senior year. All the teachers lauded his incredible talent as well as his sparkling personality.
Chandra rolled her eyes, disgusted. She knew the real math: football star equals jerk-of-the-world! She had heard the team members as they sat around their own table at lunch, making fun of everyone in the school they disliked to affirm their superiority among the masses. She made her own clothing, had multiple ear piercings and a tattoo on her wrist, and listened to loud metal music. Not the cheerleader type by any stretch of the imagination.
What a jerk! she thought, shifting in her seat. I have no idea why he's being “friendly” to me, but I'm not going to swoon over him like all the brainless girls in this school.
Uh-oh. A warning bell rang in her heart. She knew God could not be pleased with her attitude, but she desired to justify her thoughts.
Love your enemies.
Yeah, yeah, I know, Lord. But you don't understand what I have to go through every day. They call me a freak!
They called me a freak first.
Chandra closed her eyes. I'm sorry, Lord. You're right. They did call You a freak, and You were perfect. I'll try to be nice to him. Even if he makes fun of me just like the rest of those jerks....
The bell rung just as she finished her prayer. As Chandra gathered her books and notepad, she noticed Eric staring at the tattoo encircling her wrist.
“It's some words in Hebrew.” She volunteered the answer to his likely question.
“What does it mean?”
“The Lord is my light and my salvation.” She smiled briefly. Satisfied that she had done her Christian duty to love her enemy, she turned to go.
“Wow.” he spoke, but she did not look at his face, nor wait for the expected question about how she could call herself a Christian and not look nor dress like one. Slipping out the door, she hurried to her locker for her lunch.
Carrying her art supplies and sack lunch, Chandra ventured to find a seat in the lunchroom. Every day the same loneliness would descend upon her as she walked the godless halls of her school. She longed for someone to share her faith, but she knew of only a few other Christians.
“What's going on, Freak?” Great. The football team had spotted her. “What happened to your hair? Did you have an accident with a paint can?” Laughter erupted among the members.
Chandra eyed the table, immediately noticing that Eric had not laughed with the others. “Cut it out, guys. Leave her alone,” he spoke firmly.
“What, you know her?” They laughed again.
“No, but it's just not acceptable.” He took his tray and stood up.
“What's wrong, man? It's not that big a deal!”
Chandra turned from the table and began walking quickly toward the corner of the cafeteria. “Chandra! Wait up!” She stopped and looked back, seeing Eric hurrying after her.
“What?” she snapped. “You gonna apologize for all your friends making fun of me?”
“Yeah. I'm sorry those guys called you a freak. But let me clarify one thing: they're not my friends.”
“Oh? So why do you hang with them?”
“To be a light to them.” He smiled. “You're a Christian, too, right?”
He's a Christian? She closed her eyes and quickly repented. Judge not, lest you be judged....Lord, forgive me!
“Yeah.” Chandra smiled genuinely this time.
“Cool. So, you want to sit down and eat some lunch?”
“Sure.” Thank you, God. From now on, I'm loving my enemies....I would never have known he could be my friend!
I know it's a bit cheesy, so tear it up....I kept it under 750 words to practice for the regular writing challenge, so that doesn't leave much room to really develop the story, but you get the idea! :)
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