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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Bookends (01/30/14)

TITLE: Between Two Elephants
By Shanta Richard


’Between Two Elephants

Margie opened the gate and stepped into the garden of what had been her parents home. Tears filled her eyes as she saw the sign,"For Sale". This would be the last time she would go into the house so full of beloved memories.

She walked through the house to her father's study. Her father had been a freelance writer and a lay preacher. She sat in his leather chair and gazed across the large oak desk. Beyond the ancient typewriter, against the wall were a pair of teak wood elephants carved to form bookends. Between them were some composition note books, leisurely leaning against each other. Margie reached over and picked up the books and the book ends.

She opened the note books and found that it contained her father's hand written commentary on the Book of Psalms titled,"Despair to Deliverance - Vol.1 to 5." Realizing that she had no time now to go through them she decided to take them with her along with the book ends. She left a note to her brother,Andy,"I am taking a few of Dad's manuscripts and a pair of book ends. The remaining are all yours. Bye for now." She locked the house and left for home.

The next weekend it started to snow heavily. Margie was forced to stay indoors. It was an ideal day to curl up on the sofa with a hot cup of chocolate and read a book. It was then that she remembered her father's manuscripts. She brought out the manuscripts and the book ends and placed them on the coffee table along with the hot chocolate. Making herself comfortable on the sofa she commenced to read.

Margie found the commentary on Psalm 30 specially interesting. Although she had read this passage many times, her father's comments shed a new light on it. King David, the author of this psalm, described the ups and downs in his life and how in his greatest need God had always responded to his cry for help and crowned him with success. Her father had related King David's experience to a Christian's life explaining that God's grace was the indwelling power that gave the penitent sinner the promise of triumph over all life's trials.

The bookends seemed to convey the same message. One elephant was kneeling on his forelegs, with his trunk curled under him and his ears flat against his head, a picture of despair and surrender and the other stood tall, his head lifted up his ears flared and his trunk raised to touch his fore head, a picture of jubilant victory and between them were the books containing the promises of God.

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CD Swanson 02/06/14
I don't know if this is a true story or not, but it resonated as if it were.

It touched my heart, and I am always excited when people can apply the Bible scriptures to "present day times" -- as the MC's father did so well in this extraordinary and moving piece.

Loved it!

God bless~
Larry Whittington02/09/14
I have thought for some time on this writing. I have finally come back to it to comment.

I find it well written but I find it not like real life that the sister would only take some of her Dad's writings as her share of an estate and let her brother have what was left.

Otherwise a good writing.
Grace Merkey 02/10/14
This sounds like a true story to me too. I enjoyed reading it.