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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Game of Life (09/11/08)

TITLE: Daily Choices
By Johnna Rollins


As Selena approached her destination she pulled her coat tighter around her small frame. It wasn't so much the cold as it was the looks from faces in the crowd as she started towards the stairs to the clinic. She tried to block out the jeers but each one was like a stab in the heart.
She wished things were different. She wished she had a home to go to. She wished that someone could really see her and the pain she was feeling. Most of all, she wished that the horrible event last week had never happened. That couple had seemed so caring. They opened their home to her, fed her and listened as she talked about why she had to leave home. But after they drugged her and tucked her safely into bed they took advantage of her. Once again she felt betrayed by adults who said they cared. Once again she was being made to pay for things they had done to her.
Inside the clinic the staff were kind but all their kindness could not replace the dread she felt when the doctor gave her the news that she did not want to hear. The test was positive. She sat for an hour in the waiting room, thinking about life.
Where was that God that her grandmother had always talked about. Grammie used to say that God watches out for children and fools, maybe he was just sleeping on the job.
Why do people play with other peoples lives? From her experience it was like a game to them to see how much they could take without giving anything in return. As she thought more of all she had been through and of the life growing inside her, she came to the conclusion that she couldn't make this child pay for the actions of others. The more she thought, the more hopeless she felt until she decided that her only solution was to end her own life.
She left the clinic in a daze, not even hearing the jeers of the crowd. As she walked to her place under the bridge she didn't notice the woman trailing behind her. She sat down with her eyes closed, trying to hold the tears in. The woman, her name was Rowena, sat down next to her and started to talk. Rowena told her that she knew she had been hurt a lot and now felt hopeless but that God had sent her to Selena to let her know she wasn't alone and that He was going to give her hope. He had seen all that had been done to her and His heart was breaking over what had happened. Selena let the tears fall as she listened to that sweet voice. They sat under the bridge for 3 hours talking. Then Rowena took her home with her.
Selena realized that day that life wasn't a game but it was daily choices. The choices we make each day affect not only our lives but the lives of those around us. Rowena chose to listen to the voice of God and in the end saved the life of two people.

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Joanne Sher 09/18/08
What a heartbreaking situation, and what incredible truth you wove into this. I hope this isn't true. Thank you for sharing.
Shelley Ledfors 09/22/08
Thank you for sharing this story. You have presented some important truths here. One way to make it stronger would be to add some dialogue. A conversation between Selena and Rowena, for example. Thanks again for sharing, and God Bless!
Valarie Sullivan09/23/08
How touching! I agree, a little more dialogue would be nice. Great job!
Allison Egley 09/23/08
This was good. I could really feel her pain.

Adding an extra line between paragraphs makes it easier on the eyes.

I'm so glad she found someone she could trust in the end. Great job.