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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Write something suitable for CHILDREN (05/31/07)

TITLE: Moving Forward
By Melissa Morony
06/02/07


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Olivia stared at the chess board and contemplated her next move.

Out of the corner of her eye she spotted someone amble into the library. It was Jenna - a girl new to the school. Although not in Jenna's grade or class, Olivia knew that Jenna was having trouble making friends. Apparently she didn't measure up to the coolness standards of Tara and Nitza - the grade five coolness judges. So, Jenna was alone; and lonely by the looks of things. Olivia guessed Jenna had come to the libary because she wanted something to do during lunchtime. Something that would distract her from her loneliness and hide the embarrassment she must be feeling at not having anyone to spend lunch with.

Olivia moved her bishop diagonally, onto a square occupied by her opponent's rook. She took the castle -
the rook - with flair. She had captured a major piece.
"Ah, I can really hurt you now!" her opponent Amber exclaimed, cocking an eyebrow.
Olivia gasped.
In her thoughts about Jenna she had made a move that left a spot for Amber's knight to take her king.

After Amber had won the game, Olivia got up from where she and Amber were playing; she went to where Jenna was standing looking blankly at the fiction section.
"Hi, I'm Olivia," she said, "I'm in Miss Piran's grade six class."
"Oh! I know you!" Jenna said, "you live down the street from me!"
"Do you want to come and join Amber and me playing chess?" Olivia invited.
"Well, I don't really know how to play chess. Draughts I know, but not chess," said Jenna.
"Well, why don't I show you how to play chess?" Olivia suggested.
"That sounds like fun. Thank you," Jenna accepted graciously.
Together Olivia and Jenna pulled up chairs for the white side of the chess board.
"Now we move first, because white always has first move in chess. These are pawns," Olivia stated, "a pawn can normally only move one square forward, but on their first move they can move two squares forward."
Jenna looked at Olivia and smiled.
"Looks like I'm moving forward as well," she said.


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Jacquelyn Horne06/09/07
Nice account of someone making another feel wanted. Written in a friendly manner.
Joy Faire Stewart06/12/07
Love the thoughtfulness of the MC. Excellent example to teach children to think of others.