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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Truth or Dare (08/28/08)

TITLE: He asked?
By Catharine Smith


He sat there, eyes glued to the pre-revolutionary door. Shoulders square, eyes focused he refused to answer the questions anymore. Questions being asked in rapid succession, like a machine gun, being asked one after another. He was never given the opportunity to answer or explain. No longer did he care what others thought. No longer did he believe in Justice for all. He had shut down, until Marcus walked into the room and his Life was once more filled with hope and pride. What was lost was found through the deliverance of one small man who believed in Justice, Decency, and the power of God. Marcus; a public defender, was an acquaintance of John’s from church.

John Shelly was a well liked mechanic who lived in Little Junction all his 31 years, had never even received a parking ticket until the day. The day; Julie, his recently estrange wife turned up dead in a creek less than a mile from their former house. At the time, John did not know why the officers had pounded than entered his home that day. He nestled with his 2,4, and 8 year old awoke slowly and confused. Then Officer Wyatt demanded he call family or friends to watch the children. Without a thought he called Mary; his wife’s Mother, who lived only a minute away and adored her grandchildren. Mary seemed tense as she said she would pick up the children, he explained he did not know what was going on; but, not to worry he would stand behind Julie no matter what the problem was. Mary, yelled at that moment; someone killed Julie? Life would never be the same; he was handcuffed and brutally stuffed in the back of the squad car.

Officer Wyatt, and Lt Kelly had spent the last 12 hours documenting, processing and then interrogating John Shelly. He was the obvious choice, estranged husband, having to care for three small children. They understood how his frustrations had cumulated into the death of his wife of 10 years. They had done everything right except to realize that John Shelly would never have left his children alone or with someone he did not totally trust, nor did he have the capability to hurt the mother of his children. He had waited patiently, since the birth of two year old Serena for Julie to return to normal and love her children. Something happened to Julie during the birth but she no longer cared about the kids, John or herself. It started innocently not wanting to hold Serena after birth. As time marched on excuses became lamer and John pleaded for her to seek help. He even asked Pastor Shaun to intercept and then for guidance when the inevitable took place and Julie packed her bags and walked out three months ago.

When Marcus arrived, he asked for a moment with his client, then an there he looked John in the eyes, held his hands and asked would he mind if he prayed first. John starred at him for a moment then smiled. Marcus prayed for guidance and strength for John and the family during the months ahead. Marcus then asked John if he was willing to talk to the Officers once more and John with head held high and spirit and soul refueled once more continued with the endless questions.

Later while reporters surrounded Officer Wyatt and Lt Kelly explained the investigation to the press. Explaining with John’s Attorney’s assistance they were able to make a timeline on when and where Julie was for the last three month’s. She always called them at night even when she was with her new acquaintances. These leads led to a deranged young man whose mother had abandoned him as a young child. Without the lord’s guidance; and a families love, this man had funneled all his rage on Julies actions.

John will never know if his beloved wife would have ever came home, but he does know that whatever happen from this moment own God would definitely be his companion on life’s journey for him and his children. He is thankful everyday that Marcus took the time to allow John to open his heart and soul and let God left the burden of sorrow, guilt and defensiveness for a marriage and life short live and allowed the officers to conduct a unbiased and open investigation and ultimately find the misguided soul who took his wife’s life.

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LauraLee Shaw09/04/08
You have some great ideas for plotting and telling an exciting story. I don't see the topic "truth or dare" well-defined, however. Your hanging ending was very good.
Catharine Smith09/05/08
I normally would not respond to my own article except to help with clarification of my interpretation of Hide and Seek. I tried to put it on an obscure level with the police using obvious pressure "Dare" to get confession from in this case innocent husband.