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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: End (02/13/06)

TITLE: I Wish It Was the Beginning
By Susan Gurney
02/19/06


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“The End.”

“Those words are so final: the end… The end! The end? Why did It—you, know--THE END--have to come so soon? I thought I had longer, so I didn’t…I just didn’t...I didn’t… Oh, I didn’t do a lot of things I would have done, had I known the end was today!”

“If I’d know it was the end I would have told them I loved them one more time. I would have hugged my kid one more time. I would have danced a last dance with my wife, and petted my dog one last time, and smelled that rose at the end of my driveway, and helped my neighbor carry in her groceries, and listened to my daughter play the piano--one…last...time. –And…I definitely would have stayed home from work today! Hmm, in fact, if I had done just that one thing, it wouldn’t have been the end, today…the end of me. I wouldn’t have gotten distracted by the cell phone ringing as I drove to work, and I wouldn’t have missed that stoplight, and that big truck wouldn’t have ploughed into my car, and I wouldn’t be…wouldn’t be…well, then it wouldn’t be the end…”

“Gosh, I’m only 35…and what is my wife going to do? What are my kids going to do? I never made a will. I never even bought life insurance. I always thought there would be time enough for all that. There isn’t even that much in the savings account. How are they going to make it without me? Oh, I wish it wasn’t the end. I wish I could turn back the clock. I wish it was the beginning, and…not…the…end!”

“—And I wonder what’s next? Isn’t there suppose to be a bright light, and a great peace, and a man in shining robes, and a long tunnel and my long-gone Grandma Kelly waiting for me at the end? But it’s just dark and lonely and scary…and I don’t feel a bit peaceful! Oh, no! No! No! I think I know where I went wrong! I had a chance a long time ago—and now that I think about it--a couple more chances just recently--to accept Jesus as my Savior and Lord, and I turned Him down. I said no to Jesus—no to the Son of God! Can you believe that? I said NO to the Son of God! I thought I would have time--all the time in the world—to change my mind and say yes. But I didn’t—oh, I didn’t! --And now it’s the end…and how I wish it was the beginning!”


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Jan Ackerson 02/22/06
You did a very good job with the voice in this end-of-life stream of consciousness. I think you can eliminate all the quotation marks; since the "speaker" is the same throughout, they're unnecessary. A well-written cautionary tale.
c clemons02/26/06
I agree about the quotations but that's why we're here right, to help each other. I liked this very much and I hope you keep writing.