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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Vines (11/21/05)

TITLE: We Did It Together
By Allison Millward


Looking toward the top of the small broken down castle, I wondered how I could climb the jagged and rocky staircase. My heart sank as I looked into the hollowed out stairwell and noticed thick and out-of- control vines blocking my path. I had to get to the top; there was an urgency to get to what I had once hidden away for safekeeping.

The light was dimming - this was my last chance. Tearing at the vines with bare hands I cried out, " Please Father, help me to reach it!"

With bleeding fingers I clawed and snapped the vines, knowing that I had to reach the top of the castle remains. I would not be back - it had to be now...or never!

With darkness now upon me and only a lighter I had found deep in my pocket, there was a fear that I would again fail my mission. Breaking off a thick piece of vine, I used the lighter to set it alight. I could see crushed stairs above me and what looked to be broken windows to the side but I had to press on.

Suddenly there was a wide gap where stairs once were...too wide to stretch. Looking around I saw more vines...they seemed to be coming from one of the broken windows and wedging themselves along the wall.

Grabbing at a thick piece of the vine with one hand and trying to hold onto the lit piece with the other hand, I managed to haul myself to where there was a small place to put a foot in the wall, and then step across to a pile of large rocks.

Ripping away the last of the vines, I made my way to the top. I looked toward the place where there had once been a small room that had served as a lookout. Everything looked so different...cold and uninviting. Moving to the main watch-point hole I was confronted with more vines. They had climbed up and through it, wedging themselves in the crevices around the hole.

I had no way of knowing if I could find the pocket above the window. The small space I had hidden what I was now looking for. Laying aside the slightly burning vine on the floor, I pleaded, "Once more Father I ask for your help - these vines.. I need strength to break them."

Grabbing at the vines and sucking in my breath, I gave one mighty heave backwards and heard the loudest 'snap' I had ever heard. Falling backwards, I watched as some stones fell with the vines. Gathering up the barely burning vine, I poked about above the hole then stopped - tears began to well up - my fingers touched something; it was there.....It was still there!

Reaching my fingers in a little further, I started bringing it out. My heart was beating so fast. The tears just rolled down my cheeks as I held it in my hand. There was no more light! Pulling out my lighter and grabbing another piece of the vine from the floor and lighting it, I gasped. My eyes fell upon the dusty brown leather....."Father you did it! How can I thank you? It's here!"

Crying and laughing I dropped to my knees, touching the leather of my very first Bible. I had placed it in a leather binder to keep it safe forever. As I opened the cover I found a card that had been given to me by someone very special...It was given to me the day that I truly accepted Jesus into my life. I wept as I remembered my friend who was no longer alive...but they were tears of joy.

There was my baptism certificate, and a precious letter. Carefully opening the letter it began with: 'TO MY CHILD'. It was called The Father's Love Letter....and it was about my Father....and it was to me - and it was signed: 'FROM YOUR DAD'.

My mission was complete. My Father and I had done this together - and those vines can only be called blessed now. It seems that God's love attaches like those vines - winding and twining itself through every fibre of our being - hiding the treasure of this love from the timeless weathering away, so that it always remains warm and just like new.

Thank you Father. I love you.

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Nina Phillips11/29/05
This story was pretty well done. Would have like to have had some type of reflection on how the Bible came to be there to begin with. I was kind of in the dark about that. Nice work. God bless ya, littlelight
Janice Stotz12/01/05
I'm not sure I understand this story, but you caught my interest from the very beginning! Keep writing from the heart.
Sandra Petersen 12/02/05
I was immediately drawn into the struggle to get to the hiding place in the castle wall. Good description. I wondered what happened that the castle had been abandoned. So many questions came into my mind. Who was the narrator and what role did he play in the past of the castle? Why could he not return? Wondered if this would be part of a longer work. The end was somewhat predictable, that he was seeking a Bible he had hidden. But the reason he hid it was not so clear. This story has mysteries that leave me wanting answers.
Teresa Hollums12/05/05
There was a lot of drama. How did the Bible get in the vines? A little unclear, but good suspense