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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Reading (01/25/07)

By Genstacia Bull


“Don’t you think it’s about time we start a family?”

Greg asked rhetorically when Vicky discovered the Parenting magazines stashed in his car compartment.
Vicky’s car refused to start that morning and Greg offered to give her a ride. She bumped into them when she spontaneously decided that Mozart was not the way she wanted to start her day and reached for some jazz CD.

“We have been though this so many times Greg. I am at a crucial point in my career and been pregnant at this point will not do me any good.” She declared not hiding her irritation.

“You have been saying that for the last five years! It’s always about you and your precious career. That’s your baby isn’t it?”

“That’s below the belt, Greg.” She said as anger flashed in her eyes.

She stomped into her office, though she managed to paste a plastic smile on her face as she hurried past her editorial assistant. Her plush office with mahogany furniture and fluffy fawn carpet and lingering smell of lavender pot pourri offered her no comfort today.

Conscientious Emily sensing her mood brought her a cup of black coffee and quickly left the office.

Vicky brought the hot liquid to lips leaving oyster pink stains on the mug. She wrapped her around the hot mug hoping that the heat would match the rage going on inside. She stared at her emails and the line up of article submissions, she sighed and opened the first one. The opening was so predictable and bone dry that she rolled her eyes and moved to the next one.

She was hooked by the lead of the article but as she read on she was disgusted that the article was peppered with errors so she clicked on the next one..

The third article thought using different colours in her article would be seen as been created. Vicky saw red and skipped to the next one.

She read a few more and they got worse. Emily would have a few rejection letters to send out.

Infuriated she opened one more before moving on to the next task on her schedule. She stared at the title. “Breathe new life into your marriage.” Her heart pounded, she gulped the remains of her coffee that now tasted like warmed up liquorice. The article was about selflessness and a willingness to see things from a spouse point of view. The article closed off with the importance of honesty and openness in a marriage.”

Vicky’s eyes were clouded with tears. The article was not only well written but it fed her soul. She smiled and decided to get the latest issue of Parenting magazine on her way home.

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Kathleen Morris02/01/07
I really loved this. It kept my attention all the way through.

The reason I read yours first was because of the title....very fitting.

Keep writing!
Jacquelyn Horne02/03/07
Enjoyed this. It has a good moral without being over "moralized".
joe hodson02/05/07
The title made me want to read your story - good job! Also I liked your use of description, especially the coffee, to help color Viky's emotions...You may want to stay away from certain phrases like, "Conscientious Emily" and "Bone dry." But over all I liked it and had a good feel for the conflict and the characters! Good Job!
Donna Powers 02/06/07
Very nice story and very believable. I enjoyed this. Thanks so much for sharing it.
Kurt Youngdale02/07/07
The thing that struck me about his story is the role reversal angle. Isn't it usually the woman who wants children first? It did keep me reading to the end of the story so that was good. I thought the main characters change of atitude was rather abrupt. If I had more insight into the character it would feel more natural. All in all I found your story enjoyable. I read your article because it's down at the end of the list and not as many people may read it as they would read the stories at the top.