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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: The Media (in any form) (11/11/10)

TITLE: Behind the Scenes
By Mildred Sheldon


Luis arrived at the office early Monday morning. He wanted to familiarize himself with all that had been happening since his vacation. He loved working behind the scenes at one of the largest TV stations as a corporate lawyer. He glanced up from a brief and saw Connie walking quickly to her office. He loudly cleared his throat and Connie looked over at Luis.

“Well hello you sweet thing. How are you this fine day you gorgeous delectable creature. You look mighty fine all decked out in your beautiful blue outfit. You are a sight for sore eyes and mine sure ache to look upon your beauty.”

Connie rolled her eyes and pretended to be upset by Luis’ remark.

“Why Luis, you devil, I bet you tell all the women who strike your fancy how beautiful they look and how they are a sight for your sore eyes to feast upon. Luis you are indeed your father’s son. I’ve heard dad tell mom the same lines thousands of times and then they both laugh and give each other a peck as dad puts it. I love you and have to get this research finished before Polly’s show. Give me a call when you can go to lunch. Okay?”

Connie was busily researching material for Polly Maxwell’s show, and not paying any attention to the time when the phone rang. Without looking up from her work she picked up the receiver.

“Hello this is Connie. How may I assist you?”

Luis cleared his throat took a deep breath all the while chuckling.

“How may you assist me. Hum! Well you delectable, gorgeous, desirable creature you may assist me with my hunger. I have a couple of hours free for lunch so if you could, would you please meet me in the parking lot? I will anxiously await your arrival. Where would you like to dine my angel? How about some secluded spot?”

Connie couldn’t restrain her laughter at her husbands outrageous antics.

“Luis if our co-workers didn’t know we were married they would think we were having a very torrid affair. You know we always eat lunch at my parents or your parents house. You are so devilish and that is one of the reasons I love you so. Your mom is expecting us, and I think my parents will be there. You know how they love to keep abreast with all the happenings in the news business.”

Luis and Connie walked into their parents house and made their way to the kitchen. Louisa and Crystal were busy preparing lunch while Ramon and Kurt were in the sunroom discussing current events, and the state of the economy. Luis and Connie stopped giving their mom’s hugs and kisses before heading to the sunroom and greeted their fathers warmly. After a delightful lunch and a rousing discussion with their parents they returned to the office.

“Well, my love back to the legal beagles department for me and you to your fact finding research group. I’ll see you when it’s quitting time which maybe 6:00 or 6:30 this evening. Don’t work too hard. I would like to have a rousing discussion about all the facts you uncovered today. Must keep abreast of any potential legal snafu’s that can occur. Love you my sweets.”

Time flew by, and before Connie realized it the clock on the wall read 6:15 P.M. She tidied her desk and called Luis.

“Well, Luis, my love I’ll meet you in the parking lot, and we can stop at that new restaurant for a lovely quite meal before heading home.”

“Honey, I find it amusing that the general public don’t truly think about all the people behind the scene of running a large TV station. They see the people in front of the cameras and occasionally those running the cameras, but many don’t stop and think about all the different aspects behind the scenes. I love being a legal beagle, and I know you love your research department. I wouldn’t trade my job for any other, and I know you feel the same. How blessed we are that God has found us the perfect job.”

“I agree Luis. I’m looking forward to a quiet evening of reading our Bible, and pondering all that has happened today. I never dreamed working behind the scene of a large TV station could be so rewarding my love.”

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Jan Ackerson 11/20/10
Nice to read about such a loving family!

I felt that some of the dialogue and the situations (lunch with all 4 parents, every day?) were somewhat unrealistic. Also, you really should avoid using the same characters (the parents, in this case) from week to week--the judges may start to recognize your work, making it no longer anonymous.

This had a joyous feeling, quite refreshing from the cynical mood we often have about the media.
Joanne Sher 11/21/10
Delightful read.

I found some of the dialogue a bit stilted. Try reading it aloud and see what you can do to make it sound more natural.

Enjoyed this.
Brenda Rice 11/22/10
The title fits the article well. The information about behind scene jobs is interesting. I feel the coziness between the in-laws was a bit unrealistic. thanks for writing.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/25/10
You did a nice job of remembering all the people behind the scenes. It takes so much more than the average person realizes to get the news out.