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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: The Book Store/Library (06/03/10)

By Jean Beier


“Shut up!”

“I’m not kidding. There she was standing at the paperback romance section.”

“Dude, Travis says. Listen while I tell you how it all came down.

Mom was listening to one of her daily talk shows on TV. They were discussing where a woman or man could go to find eligible singles. They suggested church, grocery store, bowling ally, recreation center, and the library.”

“Travis, you didn’t let your mom know you were listening?!”

“No, no way man. What do you think I am a nerd?

But I was thinking, church, I don’t think so. After all, I am a teenager. What teenager wants to be seen going into a church? I have a reputation to protect.

Then I pondered on the grocery store idea, which didn’t sound like too bad of a choice. At least there is plenty of soda, chips, and candy there to satisfy ones appetite, if by chance no hip chicks are shopping at the same time as me, if you know what I mean.”

“Yeah, I know what you mean.”

“I gave the grocery store a try but all I accomplished was to use up all my allowance. There was not one person of the opposite sex under thirty. It was just a bunch of old ladies, and not one of them looked single or available.”

“Bet you were getting pretty desperate by then.”

“Sure was. My love life was looking more and more like it was not happening.

I decided to bypass the bowling ally and recreation center. The library seemed as unlikely a place for a teen boy to be seen as a church, no less finding a girl. But I decided it was worth the risk.”

“I can imagine it now, how you walked into the library and strutted your stuff. Dude, I sure would have liked to have been there for that.”

“Hey, I did a pretty good Justin Bieber, minus the singing.”

“You wish.”

“As you said, I strutted into the library like I knew what I was doing. I walked right pass the circulation desk without even a glance at the Librarian. While knowing right where I’d find a girl looking for love, I moseyed right up to the paperback romance section. Sure enough, there she was, the most beautiful girl I had ever laid eyes on. She seemed to be just my age. I could tell she was checking me out, even though she did not look directly at me.

Not wanting her to think I am a sissy by browsing the romance books, I turned to the shelves behind me, where I found the nonfiction Christian books. Not exactly what I was interested in, but they were far enough from the girl for me to not be too obvious as I was mesmerized by her, yet not too close to be offensive.

I grabbed a book off the shelf and slowly moved back towards the girl. I said hey, you looking for a good book? With deep brown eyes she looked deep into my blue eyes, and said, yes, you have a suggestion? And just as I raised the book in my hands up for her to view, I realized that I had grabbed the Holy Bible. Mortified was I.

Brandon, stop that! Brandon, if you don’t stop laughing. If you don’t stop!

Do you want to hear the rest of the story, or not!”

“Sure, this is the most fun I’ve had in all my life. Tell on, Travis.”

“Well, there I was with the Bible raised high, flush in my cheeks, and not a sound could come out of my mouth.

It seemed like an eternity but only seconds, when the girl’s sweet soft voice caught hold of my heart and branded it for life. ‘Oh, that is my favorite book of all, have you read it? Because if you haven’t it is the best book on love that you will ever lay your eyes upon. You really must read The Song of Songs, only after reading John 3:16’

“a…. My name is Travis. Do you live around here?”

“Yes, I live just a couple of blocks from here. My name is Jillian. The Librarian suggested I try out one of these Christian romances. I usually don’t read fiction.”

“Would you like to hang together?”

“Sure, would you like to go to church with me on Sunday?”

“Brandon, my friend, and that is how it all happened.”

“Shut up!”

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Timothy Klingerman06/10/10
Great story from beginning to end. Very clever. However, I was distracted by the way you used quotation marks. Other than that, one of the best I've read.
Maria Egilsson06/11/10
The dialogue was very good and carried smoothly all the way through. The twist of irony and the angst of this teenager boy was great.
Joanna Stricker06/13/10
I enjoyed the your twist on a library romance. I did question a teenage girl recommending "Song of Solomon" for first reading to a boy, but maybe she was just swept away in awe by him. Good job in interjecting humor into this story and despite the quote problem, enjoyed the wording that kept the boy's language "real".
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/14/10
This is really exciting and set at a great pace.

I think the dialogue is a little off. i thought with many of the words the MC was using it was set in the 70s until I came on the Justin Bieber reference.

But it's still a fresh take on the topic and with a little updating some of the words would make a great article for a pre-teen-teen magazine.