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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Gossip Mill (05/08/14)

TITLE: Betrayed
By gloria pierre dean


The small groups dispersed hurriedly as I entered the room. The expressionless faces returned to their individual work areas.
The air was pregnant with the unsaid.

The silence was deafening as I took my place in my cubicle in the middle of the room; cubicle number fifteen.
I wanted to hide, to be invisible or even to scream. This often noisy room was now as quiet as a grave.

A small hesitant `hello' sounded from Heather in cubicle fourteen. I smiled weakly and nodded my head.

Everyone knew.
My boss Cynthia told me “You can stay if you like or go home for the rest of the week”.

It was in the daily news. Gossip was rife. It was headlined on ITV, BBC, in the Daily Mailer and the Torquay Heraldry; now it was no longer a secret. Everyone knew that my husband Mike had been arrested for a crime against the state.

Mike was an ambitious junior government minister and he had disappeared about one month ago. I did not know where he was until last night when he was arrested in a European country. He was being returned home to `face the music'. He had been accused of stealing and selling government secrets to the enemy and now we must bear the shame.

I refused to hide. `Let the rumors fly' I thought bravely while shaking inside.
Mike's mother panicked and went into hiding. The press was daily outside her front gate and so she bolted to an unknown destination.

Thank God that our children were safe in their boarding school. It was no fun for them but at least there was no press, no shunning and no public shame.
Each newspaper and reporter had their own version of how and why Mike did this shameful treasonous act. I was as surprised as everyone else.

The awful truth is that I loved my husband and my heart bled for him. Maybe next week there will be some other distraction in the news. My pastor and his wife had proved invaluable as friends in need and I hope that they would not desert me.

One thing I knew for sure; the Lord Jesus still loved me and he loved Mike.
My hope is that this will all prove to be a huge error, but why did he run away?
So I wait for the truth.

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CD Swanson 05/17/14
Great imagination!

I loved your entry. It always makes me smile when I read stories, it fascinates me because we're all writers, and we all have different sides to present in stories. This was well done, and I really enjoyed the intensity and your approach to the topic.

Great job!

God bless~
Yvonne Blake 05/20/14
Oh, wow....what a good blurb for the back of a novel! This could easily be made into a much longer story.
Larry Whittington05/20/14
It is many times the one who has done nothing that get caught suffering from the gossip.

You showed this nicely.

The article was easy to read and has some tense moments because of the "mystery" connected to the gossip.

I liked what you did.