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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Charade (08/14/08)

TITLE: Wanted: Cute Boy That Loves Jesus
By Leah Nichols


Walking into the sanctuary of the church building, I scan for my prospects.

There's Robby. He's liked me for at least three months, but who's counting? I like him, but I don't LIKE like him. A haircut would do him a world of good, and he's a bit too short for me – we're basically at eye level and I'd prefer to gaze up into my husband's eyes. Yet he has a heart of gold, and he loves Jesus, so I'd say yes if he asked me out. Which he won't.

Yikes....better move off to the right, as I can see Aaron on the left side of the room. He likes me a lot – probably a bit too much. I catch him staring at me constantly, and he will hang around me within a few feet when I'm talking with others. If he has a moment to butt in, he'll inevitably ask me personal questions and if that falls flat, at least where I'm going to hang out after church tonight. I've dropped subtle hints and not-so-subtle hints that I'm not interested but to no avail.

Oh! There's John....my latest crush. He just joined the church a few months back, but he's followed Christ since the age of fifteen. He's got a sparkling personality, brilliant blue eyes, and passion for kids, just like me. It seems as if he enjoys talking to me, and he's always asking me questions. But is it just to get to know me since we work together?

So plays out the game of charades, singles style.

I like Boy A, but Boy A doesn't like me. Boy B likes me a lot, but is too scared to ask me out. I drop hints left and right to Boy C, but he's clueless even if I make him dinner at my house! Boy D has no less than 34 girls believing that he might possibly like him.

It's all in the indirect cues.

I can't even pretend to know what the guys are thinking....all I know is from the girls' perspective. Body language says it all. Leaning in toward the person, maintaining eye contact, laughing frequently at appropriate times, briefly touching an arm or shoulder, smiling like it's going out of style – all very important nonverbal cues. Asking questions about one's childhood and past, personal interests and what one likes to do, current week's schedule, tonight's schedule – all very important verbal cues. Girls understand this. We're watching and listening!

Problem: there's absolutely no pattern with the boys.

One guy gives the cues but wants to be just friends. Another gives the cues but asks another girl out. Yet another gives the cues and won't take “no” for an answer. Another gives the cues but fears rejection, so he'll never ask.

A girl can give cues to a guy for two years straight and he still bounces from relationship to relationship, asking other girls who don't really like him but will give him a chance. Another girl can relate with absolute neutrality to a guy, and somehow he thinks she must like him. Still another simply has to smile, and she has three dates lined up in 10 minutes.

Oh the anguish of waiting for one's spouse! Will I ever like a guy that likes me back, and equally? Will I ever have a date that I don't count the minutes till the end? Will my heart recover from years of crushes that never went beyond “Hi”?

(Will I think my husband's the hottest guy on the planet?) That's what I'm really thinking, of course. And that both of us will delight in the fact that we're the luckiest couple ever. If I EVER find him.

Back to the present. I guess I ought to find my seat and get my mind focused on Jesus....and....who's that guy? I don't think I've seen him here before. Wait, can't see – oh, there's his left hand – and the ring finger is bare! Possibilities await....does he love Jesus? Does he like hiking? Reading? Baseball? The symphony? I'd better go meet him and ask.

Someday I'll win, but for now, bring on the game!

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Sara Harricharan 08/21/08
Heehee...what an engaging character. You craft someone that's original and true with a flaws and reasons and I loved watching this game play out, the title fits perfectly! What an interesting read, I was giggling part way through this, 'cause I could see where it was going. Nice job. ^_^
HQ Creston08/22/08
I can see this happening, lots of reality in it good job
Hannah Hunter08/22/08
In enjoyed this. You expressed so much of the turmoil of forming relationships.
Sarah Heywood08/22/08
I enjoyed this. I remember, too well, those days of searching and hoping for my husband. You captured it well.
Patricia Turner08/23/08
Ooooh! Put me right in the middle of the singles scene - and I wanted right back out!! Good job of writing a fun read.
Patricia Turner08/23/08
Ooooh! Put me right in the middle of the singles scene - and I wanted right back out!! Good job of writing a fun read.
Patricia Turner08/23/08
Oops sorry about the double comments. Didn't think I'd clicked the button.
Jan Ackerson 08/23/08
Great job with the voice! This was really a fun, fun read.
Joshua Janoski08/24/08
The questions you asked in this are the very questions that I ask on almost a daily basis. I guess we both just have to continue to wait for the answers.

I like how you took this serious subject and made it a fun read.

Keep hanging on. I know. It's easier said than done, but God has someone out there for you.
Joanney Uthe08/26/08
I enjoyed this entry and am soooo glad I am no longer in the singles scene. Great job with the voice.