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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Outlandish (05/19/11)

TITLE: Abandoned?
By Rhonda Egging



Brenda walked through the dark corridor, she could feel her hands sweating and her heart racing because of the news she just read on the internet.

“Brenda … what happened? Are we going to be able to fly out of here?”

“Let’s sit on the bed, do you have any of that water left?”

“Benda, you look terrible … oh no! You have bad news don’t you!”

“Remember, before we left for this mission trip I told you to be prepared for the unexpected. We just have to trust that God holds us in the palm of his hand.”

“That is so easy for you to say, you didn’t leave small children at home.” Luda said as she wiped at her eyes with the corner of her sweater.

“The airline website said the Ash Cloud could last for as long as a year.”
“What?” Anne chimed in, “Are we stuck in Kiev for a year? The mission doesn’t have room for us after Tuesday. Where will we live?”

Luda sobbed, “My babies, my babies will grow up without their mother.”

Anne watched Luda curl up at the head of the bed. She got out the last chocolate bar from their food stash and offered Brenda a piece.

Brenda took a bite of chocolate, “This is starting to feel like bible warnings, you know, end times. Who but God could cover the sky over Europe and prevent all the planes from flying indefinitely.”

Anne bit into her chocolate as she patted Luda on the foot, “I’m ready … bring it on Jesus!”

The euphoria of the chocolate gave Brenda a push of courage, “I noticed something else while I was surfing the web.”

Luda sat up, “is it good?”

“Well, kind of good. It made me realize that just because we can’t communicate with anyone else in the world doesn’t mean they aren’t praying and trying to help us.”

“So spit it out, what else did you read?” Anne said grabbing Luda’s foot and Brenda’s hand.

Brenda opened her bible to Psalm 138:8 and began to read, “The Lord will work out his plans for my life, for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.”

Brenda felt a lump in her chest. She felt responsible for inviting these two on this trip. She planned every detail. She promised their families to keep them safe. Now she felt like a tiny carrot in a giant beef stew, just floating, waiting for the inevitable.

“We all signed up to represent Jesus on this trip. He chose us for this particular time and this particular place. Like that scripture I just read, He will not abandon us. We are his.”

Anne sat up and pulled Luda with her, “Your right Brenda, the adventure is not over yet, Praise Jesus name.”

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Lisa Fowler05/26/11
Nice story. You did a good job of holding my attention to the end. Thanks for sharing.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/27/11
You did a nice job creating an exciting story and good characters.

Remember to proof it for little things like you're vs your.

I really liked how you left it open ended because that is often how life is. Nice job.
Leola Ogle 05/29/11
Good story! I especially like the line "a tiny carrot in a giant beef stew." Made me chuckle! God bless!
diana kay06/02/11
this story feels like part of a bigger one. I am so curious :-) The ash cloud is certainly topical in the UK as we have had another scare with an icelandic volcano in the last coupe of weeks.
I like your characters and their anxieties. i am not sure how neatly it fits into the weeks theme but maybe i am missing the obvious :-)