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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Dropout (05/12/11)

TITLE: Give and Take
By Lois Farrow


They call me a dropout, but I disagree. I call myself a drop-in. Sure, I dropped out of college, but academic knowledge isnít everything. Sometimes an opportunity comes along and you just drop in to it very naturally, like I did.

My practical skills in carpentry are my best asset in my new career. My inventiveness is pretty handy too. I learned these things from my old man, whoís away for a bit at the moment, but I wonít make his mistakes, and have no intention of joining him.

Donít pass on my secret, but let me tell you about my current little income earner. I make donation boxes. That may not sound exciting, but there is much demand for my boxes, with their nifty design, multiple lined compartments, ease of emptying, and most of all Ė security. Security is important for receivers of donations. They donít want any old Joe emptying out the boxes, not at all. It is always done with two people present and a secure code to open the box. That gives them peace of mind.

Churches and pubs are my biggest customers. A funny combination, you might think, but I donít mind, anyone who will buy my product is welcome, I say.

Mondays are my busiest days. I go around all the churches, and with the minister or secretary we go to a little back room to empty their box. I have the code, two of us are present, and we count and record the money together. No cheating there. What they donít know, is that when they leave the room for the receipt book or whatever, I can release the catch of the hidden bottom compartment and remove the contents before they return. A small ledge inside ensures some of the coins each week are funnelled in the direction of the secret compartment. The soft lining helps dull the noise of coins dropping in and skittering hither and thither.

It takes me three days to get around all the pubs. The routine is always the same. We empty the box together, and then they have to leave the room for something. Always gives me the opportunity. If for some reason, I donít get my cut one week, it can wait till the next, no problem. No one sees me, and I can easily pocket my share.

Now, hereís a funny thing. The churches like putting up little slogans all over the place. Things like GIVE GENEROUSLY by the donation box or JESUS LOVES YOU in the foyer. Doesnít bother me, I just ignore their sayings, got nothing to do with me. I just want the money to keep dropping in and dropping out and all is sweet with the world.

But hereís a weird one. At one church last week in the back room where we count the money they had a new notice: THOU GOD SEEST ME. Now, what does that mean, I wonder? I looked around, but I couldnít see any God, and Iím sure no one was watching me. It gave me a funny feeling, though. What if someone were watching? Would I be able to keep doing my job? I donít want to join my old man doing time. All Iím doing is a bit of give and take, nothing wrong with that. All the same, I wouldnít like to think anyone was watching.

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Verna Mull 05/19/11
What a good illustration of how Satan gets a hold on people, just a little at a time. This is a good thought-provoking article.
Jennifer Hill05/19/11
You gave me chills of some sort. His sin made me feel sick to my stomach. You describe one who is truly lost perfectly. Maybe you can continue the story this week, I hope he repents!!!!
Belinda Borradaile05/20/11
So nice and casually told. It gave the feel of how casual this fellow is about what he does that is clearly so wrong to us... how much do we do that is clearly so wrong to God that we justify to ourselves in our ignorance! Thank goodness we have His grace and forgiveness to turn to when we figure out where we have left a foothold for the enemy!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/21/11
I love this! You get an A plus for originality. You did an outstanding job making me feel like the MC was right in the room with me telling me his secret and fears. This is one of my all-time favorites!
Bonnie Bowden 05/22/11
I loved the energy and creativity in the story. I think it not only about Satan, but about how we can rob God of our time, money, and talents and think He's not watching.
diana kay05/24/11
great! so original and clever. I think it is a winner on many counts.At the start I thought it was going to be the same as some of the other entries college drop out come good but you were so clever in keeping up the twisted POV right through and added the God sees all message as well. Lets hope this character gets more than he bargained for!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/27/11
Congratulations for ranking 9th in your level!