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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Walk (07/20/06)

TITLE: The Decision
By Christopher Randolph
07/25/06


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Chilled, panting waves licked my ankles as gulls sang praises overhead. The sea’s center clung to its cooling calm despite the arid winds pacing its shores.

“It’s time to choose.”

“I like it here. It’s peaceful.”

“And safe.”

“Yea. And safe.”

Schizophrenic dust devils scattered millennial dust and debris in no particular direction; a pointless tantrum of excess energy.

“The winds look desperately frenetic.”

“They are insatiable.”

Perhaps on cue, a snowy capped wave leaped at my chest, nearly toppling me into the deep had my Master’s hand not steadied my stance. We pressed onward still, toward the distant shore.

“If I go, will I succeed?

“You may. You may not. It is not for me to say.”

“But there will be others?”

“Most certainly. You know that.”

“If I don’t go, the plan will succeed anyway, right?”

“His will be done.”

“Then I could stay and everything would be OK, right?”

“You could stay.”

“And my friends and those I will know?”

“Time will tell, but there are no guarantees even if you do go.”

The final rays of the sun scoured the boney mountain peaks ahead even as a chill sea breeze moistly nudged my shoulder blades.

“I’ve got to go.”

“I know.”

“Thank you.”

“For?”

“Walking with me.”

“Thank you for walking with me. See you soon.”


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Brandi Roberts07/27/06
This was a bit awkward, as there isn't really any hint as to what the plan is or the reason for the walk. You have vivid descriptions which are awesome, but I was left wanting.
Marilyn Schnepp 07/29/06
I love it! But how can I love something I have no clue as to what it is? What it means? What it is telling me? I want to yell "Help", as I desperately want to know what this "Decision" is... and why I believe it pertains to me somehow - and why I love it so...

My mind is working overtime on this one. Nicely done.