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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Craft (as in handcraft) (02/08/07)

TITLE: Heritage
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Lailah sat down on a bench that was in the shade of the tent and wiped her brow. Her hands were red and cracked. They ached from the day's work. She let her mind drift back to a time when she was much younger. She was standing in the center of the marketplace underneath the tent of a rich merchant who was selling many varieties and colors of fabric. Lailah's mother was standing in front of her. Her mother looked back and quietly whispered, "Be still now." Lailah listened as her mother spoke to the merchant. She watched her mother present her craft to him. The merchant crossed his arms over his chest as Lailah's mother began to unfold a bolt of smooth silk-like material. The material had been dyed to match the color that only royalty wore.

Lailah's daydream was suddently interrupted by two boys who were chasing after each other. Their eyes and facial structure were similar in appearance. One was shouting, "Go back home! Quit following me! Listen. Do you not hear mother calling?" The other boy, much smaller in stature, was crying. Lailah called out to the smaller boy, "Come here." The little boy stopped running and looked toward Lailah. She asked him, "What is your name?" The little boy whimpered, "Joseph," while trying to catch his breath.

Lailah slid over on the bench and motioned to the boy to come sit next to her. He hesitated for a moment, then slowly walked toward the bench. She smiled and said, "Joseph, would you like to hear a story?" The little boy nodded his head. She began by asking him a question, "Have you ever heard of the man called Jesus?"


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Jan Ackerson 02/17/07
I wanted so much more of this one! It was very intriguing, and I definitely wanted to know more of Lailah's story. Your writing is good, so I'd encourage you to use the full 750 words!