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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Gone Fishing (02/01/07)

TITLE: Can you see the lighthouse
By Louise Grobler
02/05/07


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Lighting flashes piercing through the sky and waves slamming against the boat causing the beat of my heart to rise. A full blooded storm is on its way.

“We need to turn around and head back to the land. Let’s Hurry; before the storm catches us!”

“But Captain, the nets are still down under. You know it will take at least 20 minutes to pull the nets up.”

“We don’t have the time Johnny-boy, the storm is here. Cut loose the nets!”

“Aye Aye Captain”

….

“Captain, the men refuse to cut loose the nets. The loss will be too great for them. We haven’t had a catch of fish like this in a long time, Captain. The men are busy pulling up the nets.”

My blood boils; they are putting our lives at danger for a few fish. My anger rises up inside; Is it really worth the risk?

“Alright then! As soon as the nets are up we must leave.”

The wind picking up from the west side is against us. We are never going to make it back to shore in time, I think out loud.

“Father, please be with us through this storm. Let us make it back to shore in time.”
I prayed with my face lifted towards the heavens, and the rain pouring down on my face.

….

“The nets are back up, Captain.”

“Tell the men to lift the sails Johnny-Boy; time is against us.”

“Aye Aye Captain”

The wind is now whining in full force, causing vicious waves to break over the deck of the ship. The afternoon light, and the dark clouds hovering above us contributes to the thick atmosphere aboard the ship.

“Lord, I surrender to you, take over as captain of this ship.” Another whisper is send up to the heavenlies.

The darkness has caught up with us and with no harbour in sight.

Where is the lighthouse? I thought to myself.

“Johnny-Boy, can you see the lighthouse?”

“No captain.”

Another thunder stripe shoots like an arrow through the heavenlies; you can smell the danger in the air. A few minutes pass by before I break the silence again.

“Johnny-Boy, can you see the lighthouse?”

“No captain, no lighthouse.”

The sea has turned into a violent force out on mission-destruction. Drenched in rain bucketing down, mixed with salt water crashing on the deck, I break the silence once again.

“Johnny-Boy, can you…. “

And then it appeared in front of my eyes. A lifesaver; firm and calm as if unaffected by the raging storm.

“I see the lighthouse! We made it back home!”

A roar of voices rises up from the ship in excitement.

“We’ve made it!”

I fell down on my knees out of exhaustion together with adoration.

“Thank You God for being the captain of my ship.”


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Jan Ackerson 02/08/07
Pretty exciting, and I love the symbolism of the lighthouse.

Be careful of switching tenses--most of this is in present tense, but you slip into past every now and then.

I really like the way you put us right there in the boat.
cindy yarger02/09/07
I especially liked the repetition of if Johnny could see the lighthouse. Good job.