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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Luggage (08/15/05)

TITLE: Travelling light (ii)
By Melanie Page
08/18/05


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“No Mum, I’m not sure how long I’ll be gone.”
“Well, make sure you take some spare warm jumpers.”
“It’s not that cold!”
“Better to be…”
“Yes, I know, safe than sorry. But truly, I don’t need them.”
“Well, some thermal underwear, for those cold nights. You said you might be sleeping out.”
“Well yes, but he said not to bother.”
“And you are taking your spare boots. Just in case something happens.”
“There’s no need…”
“No need, what are you thinking? You’ll be walking everywhere. Miles and miles. Of course you’ll need… and some extra thick socks. Just a few pairs…”
“He said not to bother…”
“HE SAID not to BOTHER!”
“Well yes so…”
“What kind of a mad idea is this? All that way, into who knows what, with just the clothes on your back as like as not…”
“Mum, it’s OK…”
“It most certainly is not… You can’t go traipsing around the countryside, through muck and mud and dust and desert too, I’ve no doubt… with just what you stand up in.”
“He said not to bother taking…”
“I don’t care what he said… you can’t tell me he knows more than your own mother what’s good for you. Never mind that this is a wild idea in the first place, but to go with no luggage…”
“Mum, I can’t stay and truly, I don’t need to take anything. I love you. I’ll come as soon as I get back, I promise.”

With a kiss he was gone. The doorway was empty. She turned back to the bedroom. Everything she had begun to pack for him was still there. How would he cope? There was nothing more important than being prepared…

“Mum, I’m back!”
“Oh darling, how wonderful to see you.”
“It was great mum! Miracles followed miracles, just like he said! We prayed over the sick and they were healed! Demons cast out! And the multitudes that listened to what we said and repented. Truly the kingdom of heaven is here!”
He kissed and hugged her and rushed out, eager to go back to his master.
She sank onto the bed and sighed. Her downcast eyes fell on the suitcase tucked away in the corner. He hadn’t needed it. Truly; he’d been prepared in the only way that really mattered.

Mark 6: 7-13


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Rita Garcia08/23/05
Great story, blessings, Rita
Tisha Martin08/24/05
I enjoyed the dialogue.