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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Truth or Dare (08/28/08)

TITLE: Who, What, When, Where, and Why
By Carole Robishaw


Youíre sure you really want to know about me?

Well, I guess I should start with the fact that Iím a seeker.

Thatís what I am as well as who I am. Always have been, from my earliest memories. Most kids drive their parents nuts when they go through that ďWhy?Ē stage. I was no different, except I never outgrew it. My mom always said I was going to be the death of her. Why is still the most important word in my vocabulary.

My actual title is ďReporter.Ē I work for the local rag, itís not much, only comes out twice a week. But itís a job, well, actually, I guess itís a little more than a job, you see, Iím also the owner, editor, printer and distributor. Itís a one-man, uh, make that one-woman, shop.

But it lets me ask all the questions I want, and believe me, I do. Funny, how people will say almost anything to get their name in print. They all want their 15 minutes, donít they?

So Iím the one in the know. I know all the answers around here, and there are a few that call me a ďKnow it allĒ but I donít think they mean it as a compliment.

But whatís a gal to do, I mean, it gets pretty difficult to decide where the line is sometimes, that nebulous line between gossip and truth.

You see, thereís also another side to me. Iím a Christian. That means I have this list of doís and doníts that are more than just social suggestions to me. So that makes reporting an art. I have to apply my skills of discernment and seek the truth of the matter. Then I have to decide if it should be reported or not. I mean, take, for example, the fact that pretty much everyone knows that thereís a certain couple that are meeting for more than coffee, if you know what I mean. So, do I look into it, and tell the story, or do I decide that it would do more harm than good if I printed it?

Than thereís the story of Betty Louís Blueberry Buckle. Sheís taken the Blue Ribbon at the County fair for longer than I care to comment onóitís not polite to give away a ladies age, after allóup till this year.

This was the year of the upset; Anna Mae won the Blue Ribbon, for a Blueberry Buckle that was remarkably similar to Betty Louís. Now this was a story I could sink my teeth into, pun intended.

For years Betty Lou and Anna Mae have been, or more correctly, were, best of friends. They were part of a card group that got together every week to play Bunco. Well, from what Iíve been able to find out so far, things must have gotten a little out of hand the week the games were being hosted by Betty Lou.

Betty Lou started in on Anna Mae, bragging about how she was obviously the best baker in the county. Now, everybody knows that Betty Lou keeps her prize-winning recipes in a locked box in her kitchen, to keep them safe from snoops. But Anna Mae was determined to find a way to get a copy of that Blueberry Buckle recipe. Mary Ann insists that she saw Anna Mae snooping around near the kitchen shelf where the recipe box was kept.

Now this was a real mystery that needed to be solved. Did Anna Mae succeed in getting into that locked recipe box, as Betty Lou insists she must have, or do we believe Anna Maeís declarations of innocence?

So in an effort to dig a little deeper, I talked to Anna Maeís daughter. It seems that they made a trip to the city that same week, where they visited an elderly aunt. This aunt Mabel just happened to have been a prize-winning baker back in her prime. I talked to Anna Mae again, and she broke down and confessed to sneaking a peak at the Blueberry Buckle recipe. The surprise ending though was that the recipe she looked at wasnít Betty Louís; it was Aunt Mabelís.

So, I had found the truth, and of course I dared to print it. It was quite a feather in my cap.

So, now itís your turn, why donít you tell me a little something about yourself?

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Beckie Stewart09/04/08
This was a great take on this difficult topic. Loved it.
Sunny Loomis 09/05/08
Good creative story. Nice descriptions. Thanks for this piece.
Shirley McClay 09/08/08
I loved how you started and ended. Very in-character! Great story.
Leah Nichols 09/09/08
You do an excellent job telling the story. One way to draw in the reader more would be to show the story....describing the background of the situation, having your MC meet with Anna Mae, and the breaking down confession. In this piece it's almost like you're telling two stories - the MC's, and Anna Mae's. Otherwise, great job on the small-town interests; excellent writing!
Jan Ackerson 09/09/08
I really love the voice of this character--felt like I'd love to get to know her over a cup of coffee.

Kristi Peifer09/09/08
I liked the different take on the topic! This was easy and entertaining to read. The small town feel definitely comes through! The commas/punctuation sometimes threw me off a bit, but not enough to disrupt my enjoyment of your piece!
Marlene Austin09/09/08
Good voice. Liked the rivalry of the baking contest. :)
Sheri Gordon09/10/08
I really like the last line, and the voice of your MC made me want to actually share something with her. Nice job with the topic.
Betty Castleberry09/10/08
Loved the easy, conversational tone of this. I also happen to think Betty is a great name. ;0) Kudos for an entertaining read.