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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Break (02/06/06)

TITLE: A Stranger's China
By Edy T Johnson
02/08/06


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Patty’s grandmother had a thing about second-hand dishes. But, Patty’s husband loved
estate sales. So, while her grandmother’s warning gnawed at the back of her mind,
Patty’s built-in china closet groaned under the weight of beautiful sets of porcelain, once
the property of strangers.

On the phone, one day, while visiting with her cousin, Patty heard an awful crash.
“Karen, I’ll have to call you back!” she said, dropping the phone. Rushing into the dining
room, from whence the noise had arisen, Patty was dismayed to discover that the shelf in
the china closet with the latest of her husband’s acquisitions had collapsed. As she picked
through the broken bits, checking to see if even one piece of china had survived (nary a
one) she got a shock to send shivers up the back of her arms. The only thing to make it through
the crash, unscathed, was a crystal cream-and-sugar set, a gift from her grandmother.
Lying across them, an old photo of Patty’s grandmother smiled up at her, as if to say,
“Didn’t I warn you, child, not to bring a stranger’s dishes into your house?”


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Lynda Schultz 02/14/06
Now that's one I haven't heard before. I never knew you weren't supposed to bring a stranger's china into the house — and I have quite a bit of it! YIKES. A bit of application at the end would tie this all together.
Phyllis Inniss 02/16/06
A new one for me too. We live and learn.
Marilyn Schnepp 02/18/06
A brilliant Write, and an enjoyable Read! Loved it! It was short, sweet and to the point! It doesn't take hundreds of words to send a message, make a point, or cover the topic! Kudos! Great Job!
Marilyn Schnepp 02/18/06
ps: I forgot something...it was PERFECT. Couldn't find any boo-boo's, errors, or typos. (Smile/ms)
Edy T Johnson 02/23/06
Note from the author: Just to clarify (re-read the first sentence), it was only Patty's grandmother who was superstitious about other people's dishes. Patty's husband obviously didn't mind, leaving Patty caught in the middle :)
Jacquelyn Horne03/23/07
I'm really late reading this, but I think it would make a good story if it were expanded. If you haven't already, maybe you should consider it again. Good job.
Rita Garcia07/07/07
Wonderful first entry. I would love to read an expanded version of this story. I think it could even be expanded into a novella. Is it true, that some believe, you should not bring a strangers china into your home?
Joanne Sher 07/07/07
I can see your voice in here - you have certainly grown, but you haven't stopped being the delightful writer you started out as. :)