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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Sibling(s) (05/01/08)

TITLE: The Meeting
By Annora Williams


In a diner, two men sit across from each other at a corner table. The silence seems to thicken and become more uncomfortable with each tick of the clock in the background. To other customers they appear to be almost strangers. However, if a closer look were taken, similarities could be seen in their coloring, the set of their jaws, and the way they both grip the cup in front of them, albeit with opposite hands.

What has brought them to this place and this situation is the prodding of a man who loves them both. Only the respect that they have for that man could bring them to this meeting. The man is a grandfather who believes strongly in family, and at the table sit two of his grandsons. In fact they are brothers, born of the same mother and father but so different from each other.

It has been at least ten years since they have seen, or even spoken to, each other. They both have their own families and their own lives. Even on this day neither has much faith that the chasm that lies between them can be bridged. Yet, here they sit, staring intermittently at the cups in front of them and a distant spot behind the others head. They have met to appease their grandfather. They love him and therefore they now shift nervously in this awkward silence. Both are wondering what Gramps had hoped would happen if they sat down together. Did he expect his God to work a miracle and bring them together as loving brothers should be? Can God heal the hurt that lies there festering like a great open gash?

The love and respect they have for Gramps has brought them this far but now the task is in their hands. The next step must be taken by them and only them. God can mend past wounds but the healing must be desired for it to take place. So the decision must be made, by both of them. Do they step out and choose to work towards building a relationship? Or do they part ways and continue as virtual strangers claiming that they gave it their best?

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Sara Harricharan 05/08/08
What a meeting! I want to know what they chose and how it worked out! This read like a short scene from a longer piece, like the story was just getting started. Great job with keeping this reader interested! ^_^
Julie Paulsen05/08/08
How many families could have a "meeting" just like this...it's so sad. I agree, I'd like to hear the rest of the story. This really touches so many hearts. Good job.
Carole Robishaw 05/12/08
Very well written. I can relate to this very well, some of my family members are in a very similar situation, but there are no grandfathers left to try to make them come together.
Beckie Stewart05/13/08
You left me wondering what they were going to do and what was the rift...and wanting to see them reconcile.
Sheri Gordon05/15/08
Congratulations on your Highly Commended. I, too, want to know the rest of the story. :)

Nice job with the topic.