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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Social Media (12/01/11)

TITLE: A True Friend
By Vickie Wright
12/12/11


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“Did you see the recent post on the Social Page?”

Jessie looked up from the library book she had been reading. “I’m not on the Social Page anymore. I closed my account. It has just become a site for gossiping.”

“You really should check it out since it has to do with Beth and Andy.”

Jessie didn’t bite. She closed the book and put it back on the shelf. Then she gathered her things and headed off. “Not interested.” she tossed over her shoulder.

Several people had already made sure she had learned of the message. According to a “reliable” source, Beth, her best friend and Andy, her boyfriend had been seen coming out of a cheap motel. The insinuation was plain. And if Jessie was honest it hurt.

“Hi sweetheart. How was the library?” her mother asked as she entered the house.

“All right.” Jessie answered glumly.

“Doesn’t sound all right. What’s wrong?”

“Mom, it’s terrible.” Jessie cried flinging her arms around her mother’s neck.

“There, there.” her mother soothed. “Tell me what has you so upset.”

Quickly Jessie told her the entire story including the incident at the library.

“Have you talked to Andy or Beth about this?”

Jessie shook her head. “No,” she said forlornly, “and I don’t want to.”

“You can’t just assume that what was written was correct. You must find out from them.”

Jessie wasn’t sure she wanted to know. As long as she didn’t talk to them she could remain ignorant. And ignorance was bliss - or was it? She couldn’t seem to get the images out of her head.

Later as she was reading in the Bible, she read the story of the woman caught in adultery who was brought before Jesus in an attempt to trap him. When Jesus said, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”(John 8:7b NIV), Jessie felt a tightening in her stomach.

There had been times when she had done things she shouldn’t, but Beth had stood by her. Was Jessie really ready to jeopardize their friendship - over something posted on the Internet?

Just then, Jessie received a text from Beth. It simply read, “Can we talk?”

Instead of replying to the text Jessie called her friend. When Beth answered she was crying. “I’m glad you called. I was sitting here hoping you would reply to my text. Have you heard what happened?”

“If you mean about the post on the Social Page, yeah I heard.”

“Jessie, it’s not true, at least not all of it. Andy and I were at the motel...” Beth began.

Jessie felt her heart drop. Maybe this hadn’t been such a good idea she thought.

“My cousin called and she was in bad shape." Beth continued. "She had shot up on some drugs and I thought she might die. I didn’t want to go alone to that part of town, but no one was at home. Andy came by wanting to talk to my dad about something. When I told him what was going on, he offered to take me. The paramedics said we got there just in time. My cousin would have died if they hadn’t arrived when they did.”

Jessie was speechless.

“You know what worried me most about this incident?” Beth asked.

“No. What?”

“If my cousin died, she would have been lost - for eternity.”

Jessie said a silent prayer of thanks for God letting her learn the truth about the event. “Let’s pray right now and ask God to work in the life of your cousin.”

“Sounds great, Jess. Thanks.”


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CD Swanson 12/15/11
The "social media" has become somewhat of a blight on society...Although it can be useful in keeping in touch with friends-it also can be a platform for gossip and bullying.

Having said that, I really enjoyed your heart rendering story and thought it rang true. Thank you. Good job.
God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/15/11
This was a riveting story. The ending was a tad predictable in that it was a misunderstanding but I like the way you developed it. I did wonder who the instigator was in the library. It wasn't relevant to the story but since you opened with her talking I did pause and reread it to see of I missed something. You did a great job of covering the topic. You made me curious right away with an interesting conflict and you resolved it nicely.
Helen Curtis12/18/11
It's funny how gossip and slander are just so tempting to people, isn't it! I imagine that there are many "Jessies" in a lot of pain these days as they read hurtful gossip and try to navigate through the rubbish to the truth. Well written, well done.
Martha Black12/19/11
When you hear something hurtful, it is so important to confront the issue. Doing so, may not have the result you want, but truth is less painful that what we can conger up in our minds. It seems it would be very difficult to glean only good out of the social media without finding youself tangled up in the gossip and backbitting that are possible. The story was very thought provoking, and that's good!
Verna Cole Mitchell 12/25/11
Excellent story with an creative take on the topic.
CD Swanson 12/29/11
Nice job - congrats on your HR standing. God Bless~