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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Writer's Challenge (NOT the FaithWriters Challenge) (06/10/10)

TITLE: The Last Place He Thought He Would Find Her
By Wendy Gunn


It was the last place he thought he would find her. The door creaked with a drawn out sadness as he opened the door at the bottom of the steep stairway, ducking to get his height through the door. With a glance around the room, he took it all in, as he stepped over the neon yellow warning beneath his feet which read, "Watch your step". The lower level of the antiquarian bookstore had long been the haunt of those who loved old books. The building itself an historic landmark, the treasured volumes felt at home there. Floor to ceiling bookshelves overflowed onto small tables and into corners. Narrow aisles led to nooks where one could lose oneself for hours with a "good read".
At first glance, he seemed strangely out of place. Standing tall at 6'3, with an air of confident, good-natured charm, and rakishly handsome good looks, he could have been intimidating, yet there was something about him that was instantly likeable. Perhaps it was his ready smile or his caring eyes. Those who knew him were always impressed with his impeccable manners and genuine humility. But only those closest to him knew how lonely he had grown.
Only just aware of it himself, he realized it was time. He needed that someone that he had always known God had for him. He needed to find her. He just never thought it would be here.
His love for books had led him down these stairs, and into this place time had forgotten. Reading always calmed him. Just being here made him feel somehow better. Some men played sports. He read. And that was where he'd found her. Back in the historical fiction section, he had startled her. She thought she was alone, and how long she'd been standing there reading, she had no idea. A little flustered, embarrassed, they had laughed nervously, and then struck up a conversation. They had everything in common, it seemed. Especially their love for books. They married one year later to the day, and moved into an old house with character. Of course, they filled it with good books. They kept on coming back. They loved this place. Eventually they bought the bookstore and shared their love for books with others. It seemed so wonderfully right that they should always be here. But, it was the last place he had thought he would find her.

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Rachel Burkum06/18/10
What a sweet, romantic story! And what a handsome character. ;-)

A little polish here and there would help and don't be afraid to put two hard returns at the end of a paragraph/thought so there is an extra space (easier to read here in the Challenges).

I found myself wanting to know the details of this couple's story. Good job!
Dolores Stohler06/18/10
I didn't think I would find such good writing at the beginner's level, but here it is. Loved your descriptions of the bookstore and the gentle romance. Nice job!
Dee Yoder 06/20/10
I love the gentle romance of this entry. It is wonderfully told.
Mildred Sheldon06/20/10
What a beautiful tender romance story. You drew me in and held me entranced to the very end. A bit of wisdom. Please put a space between paragraphs. You definitely have a flair for writing. Good job and God bless.