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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Life (06/15/06)

TITLE: Welcome to Life Quest
By Dr. Sharon Schuetz


Welcome to Life Quest? We have an exciting show planned for today. Both contestants committed treason and our studio audience will determine who will live and who will die. And now, the host of our show—Steeeeve Becker.” Steve Becker sprinted in from the left side of the studio.

“Hello everyone, are you ready to play, Life Quest?” The audience erupted into wild applause. “As you know, we will ask each contestant one question and you, the audience, will decide their fate based on their answers. The loser gets life in prison and the grand prize winner will get to go to heaven tomorrow night on CBS’s new reality show, Send Off.” Steve Becker smiled into the camera, “Today we have a great program, so let’s meet our contestants.” Applause filled the studio as the camera moved in for a close-up of the candidates, chained to a console.

“Contestant number one is Elizabeth Winters, a housewife from Lexington, Kentucky. She was caught teaching Bible stories to innocent children and says she must obey God and not man.” Elizabeth Winters donned a black eye and split lip from her jailer’s beatings. Tear-filled eyes looked down at her restraints as she contemplated her children’s fate without her.

“Our second contestant is David Albright from Houston, Texas. His family, loyal to our Messiah, reported his treason. David is guilty of hiding traitors and having Bible studies in his home. He says he would rather die than take our Messiah’s mark.” David’s jaw tightened as he closed his eyes, seeking mercy for his tormentors.

“Are you ready? Let’s begin. Elizabeth Winters,” Steve directed the camera to Elizabeth’s bruised face, “what is life?” The audience waited breathlessly for her condemning answer.

Her beauty was marred by her wounds. Tangled dark hair hung loosely around swollen cheeks. Longing for the release of death, Elizabeth smiled through cracked lips, “Life is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.” Frenzied, the audience shouted for blood.

“David Albright, same question. What is life?”

Balding and rotund, David Albright smiled in spite of the pain inflicted by his tormentors. “Knowing Jesus Christ as my Savior.” Though he could barely stand, David spoke with power; his deep voice resonated throughout the studio.

His bold declaration nearly sent the audience over the edge. More guards ran from the rear, erecting a barrier around the platform. A few audience members leaped from their seats, rushing the stage. “Ladies and gentlemen, I must ask you to keep your seats. You’ll have a chance to be heard.” Steve Becker consoled. The audience murmured and reluctantly returned to their chairs.

“I think we’ve heard enough, don’t you?” Elated, Steve Becker turned to the agitated audience. He loved their reaction to such headstrong contestants. “Audience, it’s time to choose who lives and who dies, Elizabeth Winters or David Albright? You’re the judge and the jury. Cast your votes on the console on your right.”

This was Steve’s favorite part of the show. He thought it strange that Christians wanted the grand prize, death. It did bother him to see contestant like Elizabeth Winters beaten so badly. However, she did break the laws of the New World Federation. Steve Becker smiles directly into the camera. “It’s time now to find out who will live and who will die.”

Lively music played as he raised a hand toward the contestants. “What’s your verdict for Elizabeth?” Every eye turned to center stage as the word DEATH lit up the console.

“Okay, how about David?” The console flashed, DEATH.

“Okay folks, it looks like we have a tie. Before the show our producers drew a name and sealed it in this envelope in the unlikely event this would happen.” He held a white envelope up to the camera.

Elizabeth and David held their breath, waiting. Steve slowly opened the envelope and pulled out its contents. “Ladies and gentlemen, be sure to watch right here on Channel 11 tomorrow night as the new reality show, Send Off, gives a World Federation send off to, Elizabeth Winters, our grand prize winner.” The audience went wild.

Elizabeth turned her face toward heaven and wept openly, giving thanks to God. David Albrights held his head down, a single tear escaped. He knew what prison meant.

Steve Becker smiled into the camera. “Coming up next, stay tuned to CBS, for the 2012 Oscars, hosted by Hollywood's newly reunited Brad Spit and Jennifer Annister. Good night everyone. We’ll see you next week on, Life Quest."

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Sue Dent06/22/06
Wow!:0 What emotion! The grand prize is . . . death . . errr . . .Life! Talk about making someone think! Fantastic job! Oh, did I say WOW!
Rita Garcia06/22/06
Creative and thought provoking. I am once again awed by the masterfulness of your writing. This is an ispired and anointed story.
Laura Wilkinson06/23/06
Very imaginative article and thought provoking. Sometimes your changes in tense confused me. But I enjoyed!
Jan Ackerson 06/23/06
This is really great, and one of the best uses of the topic that I've yet read. I'd change one tiny thing: the punctuation after the first sentence. Otherwise, perfect, and very thought-provoking.
George Parler 06/25/06
Wow, very thought provoking and aggravating. I wanted to slap Steeeeeve Becker into next week. (And then pray for him of course.) Good job.
Sherry Wendling06/26/06
I'm breathless. Gripped from start to finish, and then some! Sharon, this is awesome, inspired writing. Totally believable...It melts my heart thinking of brothers and sisters in other parts of the world who are currently forced to this same decision daily. May this piece be favored by the Lord it honors, and find a wide, open-hearted audience!
Ann Grover06/26/06
Totally believable. Thought provoking... Reminds of the old question... "If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?" Good writing.
terri tiffany06/26/06
Great job!! You wrote it in such a way that it was interesting, action filled and 'showed' more than told!! Loved it. I did notice one time when you used present tense for Steve talks...:) (just in case you send it in somewhere)... But otherwise terrific!
Pat Guy 06/26/06
Wow! You had me sitting on the edge of my seat! That's some great writing! Wow!I loved it! :)
Kimberly Mitchell06/26/06
This is an amazing story. I hope it places. :)
dub W06/26/06
Almost didn't read this. Sure glad I did. Very well composed and creatively presented. Bravo.
Brenda Craig06/26/06
Awesome! So creative, demanding a deeper look into our own hearts. You inspire me.
Linda Watson Owen06/26/06
What a skillful and crative treatment of 'life'! You wove a spell, keeping this reader and I'm sure every other reader pinned to your page! The wrenching contrast between the comic and tragic elments gave me pause at first, but you made it work so effectively. Great story!
Marty Wellington 06/26/06
Awesome entry. Very creative take on the topic. Terrific writing and action held my attention throughout.
Jan Ross06/26/06
Oh my! What a powerful story that catapaults the reader into the not-so-unbelievable, not-so-distant future. If it places here or not, it has a purpose in the mind of God. It is awesomely compelling ... excellent! God bless! :)
T. F. Chezum06/27/06
Great story. Very well written. An enjoyable read.
Trina Courtenay06/27/06
Sharon, this has got to be one of my favorites this week. Sure hope it places! Oh and if you decide to publish it, I noticed your first para is missing opening quotes.

Looking forward to seeing what you have up your sleeve for next quarter!

Anna Gane06/27/06
Gripping! I love it.
Jen Davis06/27/06
A very clever and creative entry. You captured the reader's attention with your descriptive writing. Well done.
Garnet Miller 06/27/06
A game show--how interesting. If life was a game show, how many of us would come out winners? Great article!
Marilyn Schnepp 06/27/06
An engaging story for sure! But it isn't so far-fetched as we may think. A time of Trouble IS coming for Christians according to the Bible. Great job of premiering what it will be like then - and how fascinated we all were reading this scene as it might be played out. Kudos to the author of this masterpiece! Great Write!
Kaylee Blake 06/27/06
2012...it makes you really think.
Shari Armstrong 06/29/06
A not so unlikely look into the future. (noticed a verb tense/typo) Creatively done :)