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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Embarrassed (07/19/07)

TITLE: The Yesterday Show
By Seema Bagai


“Welcome to 'The Yesterday Show’. I’m your host, Jen Isis. The topic for today’s episode is embarrassment. Our panel of guests will each be sharing their most embarrassing moment. It looks to be a fabulous show.

“Our first guest has quite a story to tell. From outside the Garden, please welcome Eve to our show. Eve, please tell us about your embarrassing moment.”

“I was out in the Garden one afternoon, picking fruit and enjoying the sunshine. The next thing I knew, the serpent came up to me and told me about the tree in the middle of the Garden, the one we weren’t allowed to touch. The fruit on that tree was the most beautiful of all the fruit in the garden. I believed what the serpent said about gaining wisdom. It sounded tempting and I gave in. I ate the fruit and gave some to my husband. Immediately after that, we realized we needed to cover ourselves with leaves. Then the LORD came looking for us and we hid from Him. Adam blamed me, but it was the serpent’s fault. He told me the lies about the fruit and I listened. Now we can’t live in the Garden anymore. I’m so ashamed.”

“Thanks for sharing your story with us. Our next guest is Sarai, sorry, I meant Sarah. Glad you joined us. Please tell us about your embarrassing moment.”

“I was sitting in our tent when my husband, Abraham, burst in and told me to bake bread for some visitors. While they were eating, the LORD said I would have a son. I started laughing. It was the most absurd thing I’d ever heard. Women my age don’t have children. I laughed and then lied about it. Not my proudest moment. I really didn’t God would give me a child. Fortunately, the LORD was gracious and gave Abraham and me our precious son, Isaac.”

“Sounds like your story had a happy ending. But, you have another embarrassing story in your past. Here to tell it in her own words is your maidservant, Hagar.”

“My mistress was unhappy all the time because she did not have any children. Day after day, she worried and complained about it. One day, she gave me to her husband to be his wife. After she found out I was to have his child, she treated me harshly. So, I ran away from her and went out into the desert. I did come back, though, because the LORD came to me and said I had to return.”

“Sarah, looks like you forgot that Hagar having a child was your idea. Thanks, Hagar, for sharing. Moving on, our final guest for today is Jonah. He’s come all the way from Nineveh to tell us his embarrassing moment.”

“The LORD asked me to go to Nineveh to preach. I was terrified. They were our enemies. So, I jumped on a ship that was headed as far away from Nineveh as I could get. Once we were out at sea, a huge storm came and scared the sailors. They knew I had run away from the LORD. The storm was all my fault, so I told them to throw me overboard, which they did. The next thing I knew, I was inside an enormous fish that had swallowed me whole. It was dark, cold, and smelled disgusting. For three days and nights I was trapped inside the beast. I was humiliated, but, once I prayed, the LORD released me. I obeyed Him and went to Nineveh.”

“Thanks, Jonah. Viewers, you’ve heard some truly embarrassing stories today. Tune in tomorrow for part two of our show when our guests will include Martha, Peter, and Thomas. Thanks for watching 'The Yesterday Show'.”

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Joanne Sher 07/27/07
Cute! Love the host's name. This actually gives me hope - remembering that some of God's "favorite people" made fools of themselves. :)
Dee Yoder 07/27/07
Very clever! Your format is so interesting and entertaining, that I didn't notice that you were getting a very important point across, until the end. Wish I could "watch" tomorrow's show!
Verna Cole Mitchell 08/01/07
I like your format for putting these embarrassed characters together. Excellent writing.
Joy Faire Stewart08/01/07
Unique look at familiar Bible stories. I enjoyed it and great title.
Jan Ackerson 08/01/07
This is clever!

It'd be even more engaging, I think, if not told as all-dialogue. Consider either making it a skit (with stage directions and parenthetical notes to the performers), or a narrative story with some description and action between the dialogue.

Love your last line about the next days' guests--I can just imagine what embarrassing stories they'd tell!
Sara Harricharan 08/01/07
Nice! I like this piece. I wish there was some more to it and that the stories were a little more expanded, but you did great. Good job with it, especially with Jonah! ^_^
Patty Wysong08/01/07
What a good idea! Embarrassing ourselves certainly isn't anything new, is it? I liked your MC's voice. :-)
Loren T. Lowery08/01/07
Very creative take on the subject and I especially liked the way you were able to incorporate Biblican figures, showing that, after all, they were only human, too.
Kristen Hester08/01/07
This is a very clever idea. That's one way I know the Bible is true. If someone made up heros of their faith, they would leave out the embarrassing stories. The Word of God is full of them. Praise God for that. You did a good job here. Thanks!
Catrina Bradley 08/01/07
A very creative entry - I like the format! I wish you had more words to add a little more dialog from the host between embarrassing moments. Your characters did a good job of retelling their stories. I enjoyed it!