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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Outbreak (04/07/11)

TITLE: Trouble At Camp
By Ken Ebright
04/11/11


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It had been a quiet week at the Jones' household. Their teenage daughter, Jana, was at camp. Mariaís, Janaís mother, enjoyed a quiet drive home from work. Maria turned on the radio, "Breaking news, there were 16 children that have a case of food poisoning at All God's Children Camp in Pevely, Missouri. The source of the food poisoning is unknown at this time. Some kids have been taken to area hospitals The camp has been shut down until further notice."

Maria freaked out when she heard the news. She grabbed her phone and checked her messages. One was from the camp and three were from her daughter."Oh no I forgot to turn my cell phone back on."

She quickly pushed the dial button on her phone, "Honey, I just heard the news, I'm sorry I didn't know. Are you okay?"

Jana started to cry "No I am... not, I puked three times last night. My stomach hurts and I have diarrhea."

Maria angrily said, "Why didn't you call me last night?"

Her daughter yelled, "I didn't want to bother you. I knew that you and dad were looking forward to a quiet week."

"Honey, I appreciate you thinking of us, but donít put your health ahead of our desire for me and dad to have a week alone together."

"Mom, I would have been okay. I could a toughed it out."

"No it's not, your health is important. When you got sick you should have called me last night."

Jana got angry, "I love you, thanks for your concern."

"Jana it freaked me out to hear on the news that the camp was closed. I would have liked to have heard from you personally."

This made Jana more frustrated, "I did call, you didnít answer."

Mom calmed down again, "I know you did, I got pulled over and got a ticket for using my cell phone this morning. I forgot to turn it back on. I goofed, Iím sorry."

"Thank you mom."

"I need to stop off at home for a second and get gas. I should be there in two hours to pick you up."

"Okay mom I will be looking for you."


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Gwen Plauche04/14/11
Anyone who has had teenagers can certainly relate with the emotion-filled conversation that you so beautifully conveyed in this piece. Well done, thanks for sharing your work!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/14/11
As A mother of two words who have worked at summer camp I know how awful it would have been for an outbreak of food poisoning. Your ending was a tad sudden, you had some great opportunities to make the reader laugh. Don't be afraid to be funny. Nice job!