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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Before and After (05/14/09)

TITLE: Scarred Heart
By Kimberly Curry
05/20/09


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Chloe watched the sun fall into the hills and the stars spark into the dusky sky. The everyday artistry of nature put her expectations into perspective.
She had been dating Horatio for three months tonight. This was officially the longest relationship she’s had since her mid thirties. Never before had Chloe liked a man as much as Horatio. His warmth was in his eyes, his voice, his every gesture. It was simply a part him. After the last heart rendering relationship, Chloe knew that she needed more than the mysterious connection she shared with a man who, as it turned out, would rather dwell in the problems of life, rather than solve them. In retrospect, Chloe was a bit frightened that she felt such intensity for someone so negative and literally prayed to God that if she fell in any kind of love again, it was with a man who calmly looked for solutions as a way of life. It occurred to Chloe that she might have found him in Horatio. That scared her. Or at least she thought it did. It should. Anything remotely like this had set her reeling before in her life. She looked up into the now darken sky and let her heart conflict lift out of her and rise up to the One Who could handle it, because she knew she could not and the last thing Chloe wanted to do was hurt Horatio due to the after effects of a scarred heart. The cell phone starting singing to her and the caller ID read ‘Horatio’.
“Hi, Horatio,”
“Hi, Chloe,” the warmth of his voice filled the cyber distance between them.
“I just wanted to let you know I’ll be about a half hour late. A water line broke in the city and traffic is being rerouted.”
“No problem. Thanks for calling so I didn’t have to worry.”
“You don’t have to worry about me, but it’s nice to hear you do.”
Chloe smiled.
“Tell you what, next time I get the urge to worry about you, I’ll just ask God to bless you, where ever you are and what ever you’re doing.”
“I already do that for you, Miss Chloe. See you soon.”
“Bye.”
Folding up her cell, Chloe thanked God for what Horatio had said to her, “I already do that for you.” Instead of worry, blessings. Positive, rather than negative. No reason to fear. Her scarred heart would not hurt Horatio or herself.


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Jan Ackerson 05/21/09
This was very short--I'd love to have known why Chloe's heart was scarred.

A sapce between paragraphs, please?

I like the way you protrayed this nice relationship.
Mary McLeary05/22/09
A wonderful example of how a relationship could grow if build on a foundation of prayer.
Janice Fitzpatrick05/22/09
Aw, I wanted more-this piece had me interested in Chloe's situation. This was good, I just wanted to find out more about Chloe's past and maybe a little more development of relationship with Horatio. Well done. :0)