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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Year(s) (01/20/11)

TITLE: My Friend Steve
By Ken Ebright


Ken just couldn't wait; it had been years since he had seen his friend, Steve. What did he look like? How had he changed? Did he ever get married?

A grey-haired man with black framed glasses walked up to him at the restaurant. "Ken, is that you?"

"Steve." Ken reached out and shook his hand.

"Good to see you after all these years. I haven't seen you since we graduated High School."

Both men chatted as they walked to their table.

Ken sipped his glass of water, "You ever gotten married? Do you have children?"

Steve's face lit up like a Christmas tree, "I've been happily married for 30 years to a lovely wife named Joyce. I have two kids, Bud and Cathy, they're fully grown. How about you?"

Ken sighed, "I've never been lucky enough to find the woman of my dreams."

Steve sipped on a glass of water and cleared his throat, "Remember when we were in high school when we hung out all night long?"

"Yeah, I did. Did your dad ever forgive you for almost losing his car keys?"

Steve chuckled for a second, "Yeah he did, now we can now laugh about it. The most amazing thing about our childhood is we both had alcoholic mothers."

Ken interjected, "Both of our mom's were alcoholics. If we had known during the time we could have been there for one another. It was hard for a 15 year old to deal with my mom committing suicide. How did your mom make out?"

Steve let out a deep breath and looked down at the table for a second, "Well, about ten years ago, her drinking finally caught up with her. She died when her liver gave up on her."

Ken frowned, "That's sad, although through this experience, has the Lord taught you things?"

Steve smiled, "The Lord taught me that I need to depend only on him."

Ken's glowed because he could relate with his friend, "I have learned the same lesson. I had a hard time because my parents were not normal. I have had to struggle with everything. Although those years have paid off. I have never been closer to the Lord."

"Ken, I am happy for you. The Lord has really blessed both of us. Maybe someday the Lord will bless you with a women. The most important thing is the Jesus is in both of our lives."

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/27/11
This is a good story. You touched on a difficult topic. Almost everyone knew someone whose life has been changed by suicide.

My biggest suggestion would be to use contractions to make the dialog more natural.

But you did a good job relating to the reader.
Laury Hubrich 01/30/11
This is a great reunion story. So many shared memories of hard times but great faith in the days ahead. Please be sure to proofread your work. I read mine aloud to catch errors or have a friend check. It's hard sometimes to catch our own mistakes. Good job!
diana kay01/31/11
good reunion piece. I would have liked a bit more description of the two people and a little less dialogue.
Bonnie Bowden 01/31/11
A touching reunion, even though you both grew up in such difficult childhood situations.

I am happy that your circumstances lead both of you to a closer walk with God.