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Topic: Unsung Hero (12/07/06)
TITLE: "When the Rooster Crows"
By Annette Ciaravino
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That night Laura drifted off to sleep easily. No subway sounds, no sirens, and no boss! Ahhh…just the sounds of nature. She loved it all, except for the incorrigible rooster that would inevitably crow at 3:45 am. She wondered why God had made such a horrible creature whose only purpose seemed to be the interruption of her sleep. Oh well, maybe this time she would be able to ignore it.
Thankfully, Mrs. Murphy, who lived a mile down the road, never chose to ignore the rooster. In fact, she welcomed the reminder to rise up out of slumber. By 4:00 am, Mrs. Murphy could be found kneeling upon a pillow on her now arthritic knees as she eagerly sought out her morning assignment. This day, as she moved her lips in prayer, an unsettling image came to mind. A man in his mid-thirties was leaning on a windowsill as he stared with trance-like eyes at a sleeping woman inside.
With militant fervor, Mrs. Murphy began to speak forth the Word of God, taking authority over the unseen forces of darkness. She called forth legions of angels to guard and protect the sleeping woman as she diligently persevered in prayer for the evil intents of the man to be stopped before he could do any harm. She continued in this manner for the span of one hour until suddenly her lips became peacefully silent.
Down the road, a prowler was enjoying the sight of Laura covering her head with a pillow to block out the sound of the rooster. The prowler thought the pillow might be equally effective in drowning out Laura’s screams. After a time of watching her, he walked around to the front porch and easily pried open the aged lock. He entered and paused for a brief moment as a twinge of guilt played tug-of-war with his cold conscience. A cuckoo clock announced it was 5:00 am.
He headed towards the bedroom only to be distracted again by the sound of footsteps moving across the wood floor. He tried to run, but was frozen in place as a large man moved in his direction. The prowler cried out, “Please don’t hurt me! I promise I’ll never bother her again!”
Hearing muffled screams through her feather pillow, Laura reached for the phone and called the police. The man’s desperate pleas continued as Laura quickly got dressed, tiptoed to the door, secured the lock, and peeked through the keyhole. To her surprise, the man’s voice belonged to her coworker Dave!
Laura’s shock was interrupted as the sheriff arrived with his gun drawn expecting to find a dangerous criminal. Instead, he found crazy-eyed Dave yelling at a blank wall in the hallway of the Ellis’ farmhouse. After cuffing the man and putting him in the squad car, the sheriff called Mrs. Murphy to come sit with Laura until her nerves calmed down. Mrs. Murphy arrived just as the sheriff drove away.
“Oh, Mrs. Murphy, thank you for coming. I was so scared! That man kept hollering at the wall as if someone was actually there telling him not to hurt me…talk about crazy! I hope all the commotion didn’t wake you up.”
“Oh no, dear. Don’t you worry about that. I always get up when the rooster crows.”
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