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

TITLE: The Truth Sets You Free
By joy clarkson


Filly was distraught. She had just returned from the Central Jail, after visiting her father. But this wasn’t the reason for her anxiety. She had been going to meet him for the past six years and it no longer distressed her as it used to. It was another prisoner who was the reason for her worry.

She had met Charlesworth, a foreign national, who was serving time for fraud and cheating. In fact it was her father who had introduced her to him. Filly’s dad had been an Army officer, and was convicted under charges of sedition, which he and his family constantly maintained were trumped up charges and he had been framed. During his incarceration he had begun to write. Not just a day-to-day record in his journals but poetry. He had the flair and in the circumstances that he found himself in, his emotions took flight and soared, then slowly found their way down and nestled on the dirty brown pages of his note-book.

Charlesworth, was wanted in many countries on various charges, and even for murder, but as evidence was inconclusive, he had managed to evade conviction. He was unfazed by all this and his flamboyance and evil charm had a way with every one. So when he had seen Filly on one occasion, he decided to use his infamous animal magnetism on her. He became friendly with Filly’s father and soon was enquiring if she could edit his writings for him. He had indeed been writing his memoirs and had completed quite a few chapters. Filly was only too pleased to help her father’s “charming” co-prisoner.

How she got under the spell of his writings and when she became infatuated with him, was beyond comprehension. Her young mind was filled with romantic rubbish, whispered to her through the prison bars, while he held on to her fingers. And one day he declared that he wanted to marry her. He was sixty-five and she was twenty. Charlesworth was in the news a lot in those days, as stories of his crimes trickled in. He was the media’s favourite criminal. So it wasn’t surprising that this announcement made headlines the next day. Pandemonium broke out as Filly was mobbed by journalists and berated by society. It became impossible for her to step out anywhere. She cowered in fear within the safety and security of her room.

She had ventured out this day to meet her father as he had specially asked her to come. And Charlesworth had not missed the opportunity to tell her that she should leave home that night with a person who would be waiting for her at the corner of her home. She balked at that and he had reassured her, “Don’t be scared. You are the great Charlesworth’s bride- to-be. Can’t you do this much for me?”

On the other hand, Filly’s father had talked to her gently and lovingly. Not condemning her, nor judging her. He spoke to her of the deception in the Garden of Eden. “Eve allowed her feelings to override discernment. She allowed her emotions to be stirred up and so believed that what the serpent was saying was actually the truth. And in the heat of the moment she had committed the gravest of sins,” he said.

“I don’t know what to do Papa,” she said helplessly, as her flesh squirmed in the clutches of vile temptation.

“You won’t get much from the emotional decisions you make. Even the Bible urges us to use wisdom, not emotions. Filly my girl, power your thoughts with God, and be a victor rather than a victim. I’ll be praying for you.”

At the appointed time, Filly stood by the door. The silence of the night was almost palpable. Her heart beat wildly. She only had to open the door and step out…..she reached for the bolt….. “Filly,” she heard her name called. Filly slumped to the floor in fright.

Early the next day her mother found her at the door. She had listened for the voice of God and was not deceived……..John 10: 3-5 “……..and he calleth his own sheep by name…………and a stranger will they not follow but flee from him; for they know not the voice of strangers.”

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Beckie Stewart09/04/08
This is a very interesting story with great takes in it.
Helen Murray09/05/08
These are the great victories, so often hidden from general knowledge, yet this is where the battles are fought - in the personal choices people make. So many issues arise from this one.
Marlene Austin09/05/08
Lots of action going on here, good characterizations, but the plot left me with unanswered questions - but, that could just be me. :)
Sunny Loomis 09/06/08
Good descriptions. Temptations, but overcome with right decisions. Well done.