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Topic: Write in the HISTORICAL genre (05/03/07)
TITLE: Micah's Gift Chapter1 The Piece Of Linen
By R.K. Minor
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Chapter 1: The Piece of Linen
Shivering off the chilling wind, Micah walked into his little stable proudly holding up the piece of linen he had just purchased at the marketplace. Micah had sold several lambs the day before and had enough silver left for such a luxury.
“See this baby lamb,” Micah said, “ I will wrap you in this when I leave tonight. This linen will help keep you warm tonight since you do not have a mommy.”
Just then, there was a knock on the door. A strange voice, “Excuse us, but there is no room in the inn and my wife is with child, and we have traveled far. Would you have room to spare so we could sleep?”
Micah turned and saw a man and his wife who looked very tired. Micah hesitated at first but said, “Yes you can sleep in the corner if you don’t mind my animals sharing it with you.”
A smile crossed the tired mans face, “No son, we won’t mind if they don’t.”
“Is there a place I can feed my donkey?’ the man ask.
Micah pointed to the corner of the stable by his cow. “As long as the cow doesn’t mind your donkey can share a stable with her.” Micah said.
Micah turned and grabbed a bucket of water and some fresh straw for the donkey.
“My name is Micah, what is yours?” he asked
“ I am Joseph and this is Mary my wife. We have traveled very far for the census. We are tired and thirsty,” Joseph said.
Micah turned to his cupboard, grabbed two cups, and dipped them in the pitcher of water. He handed one first to Mary and then Joseph. Micah walked over and grabbed his bag. His mother had packed some bread and fruit for him to eat as he prepared his animals for the cold night.
Micah said to Joseph, “Here take some of my bread and fruit and eat as much as you need.”
Joseph looked at Micah, smiled, and thanked him. Joseph then divided the bread and fruit between Mary and himself. Micah was getting ready to leave for the night when he heard Mary tell Joseph that time had come for her to have the baby. Micah gathered the animals together and placed them over on the side of the stable. The donkey that Joseph and Mary had come on was being stubborn.
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