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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Write in the ROMANCE genre (04/19/07)

TITLE: Class Reunion
By Joanney Uthe


June 8
     I’ve graduated college with one week until my class reunion. Has it really been five years? Seems like yesterday I sat with Alec at the senior class picnic, splashing him with water after eating. If only I had known what that night held.

     I dread seeing Alec the most. I don’t care if most of my classmates are married with good jobs while I’m single with no boyfriend and no real job. The pain of Alec’s comments five years ago almost stopped me from even going. “You may be the prettiest girl at Jefferson High, Sandee, but next year I’ll be playing for a college team. There’ll be better girls to choose from.”

     I don’t know what I would’ve done if Collin hadn’t been in his yard when Alec dropped me off that night. I’d always thought of the boy next door as my brother’s friend, not mine, until he joined me on the front step as I cried my eyes out. He didn’t say much that night, he was just there. He spent the summer encouraging me. I probably wouldn’t have gone to college if it weren’t for Collin. “Choose a college based on your goals, not someone else’s.” I found a good drama program at an out-of-state college. I haven’t seen or heard from Alec since.

June 13
     I got a phone call today for a second interview at the Children’s Theater. It wouldn’t be the most prestigious job in the theater, but it would get my foot in the door and I do want to work with kids. I want this job.

     Also got a call from my brother, Jacob, regarding picking me up at the airport tomorrow for the reunion on Saturday. Mom saw an ad for a drama coach at a local theater. I know she would like me to move back, but it’s not what I want. I haven’t been home much over the last five years, and never for more than a long weekend. Just haven’t been willing to face the humiliation of not being good enough for Alec. I’m sure he did well in college ball and perhaps even went on to the pros. I stopped paying attention to football and have no idea if he made the draft or not.

     Jacob said he talked to Collin, and he asked about me. He’s never missed a Christmas or birthday card, and has even sent occasional emails over the last five years. I need a few more friends like Collin. None of the guys I knew at school cared about me as a person the way Collin did. If he had asked me out that summer, I would’ve gladly gone. Instead, he repeatedly told me to wait until I no longer hurt over Alec before I dated anyone.

June 16
     Last night’s class reunion couldn’t have gone better! I’ve not laughed that hard in a long time. And the exciting news of everyone’s lives! Becky and James are married with two delightful little girls. James works hard to provide, but they are so happy together. Alyssa, so quiet and studious in high school, is a deejay on the radio.

     The biggest shock of the night was Alec. He looked like he’d aged ten years instead of five. Turns out, he didn’t get to play football at State. Ineligible due to grades most of the time, he also had a few run-ins with the law. The loser had the nerve to ask me to dinner, to “pick up where we left off in high school.” I don’t think so.

     This morning’s church service was better than the reunion. Collin, now a seminary student and the guest speaker, talked about integrity and living our faith in front of other people. Every point he made in his sermon this morning, he practiced in how he helped me through that summer after high school.

     I talked to Collin after church and he’s going to start an internship at a church in my city next month. Not the church I regularly attend, but I have friends there.

June 28
     In the two weeks since the reunion, I have enjoyed reconnecting with Collin. I’ve learned he’s liked me all along, but didn’t want to push. He starts his internship on Monday, July 1, the same day I start work at the Children’s Theater. He moves into an apartment tomorrow, and then we are going out for dinner. I can’t wait.

“Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs 12:18 (NIV)

“Righteousness guards the man of integrity, but wickedness overthrows the sinner.” Proverbs 13:6 (NIV)

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LaNaye Perkins04/27/07
I really like how this was set up to tell the story as if we were reading her journal. Great story and message here.
Chrissi Dunn04/27/07
This was a very good idea. I'm glad she picked the guy with integrity after all. She was a bit harsh in calling Alec a 'loser' I felt though, especially since the sermon had been on 'living our faith out'! Then again, I suppose he was the one he lost out on the relationship.
Sheri Gordon04/28/07
I liked this. Nicely written and easy to read. Really glad to see the 'good guy' get the girl, and vice versa. Cute romance.
Julie Arduini04/29/07
I liked the format and the characters. Good message and a sweet romance after all!
Myrna Noyes05/01/07
Very sweet story! I was rooting for Collin all along and found the ending very satisfying! Good writing! :)
Lynda Schultz 05/01/07
I would have been interested to see how she would have reacted to Alec if he had turned out to have been a huge success, rather than a "failure." In any case, good writing.
Jacquelyn Horne05/01/07
All in good time. All in God's time. Sounds like a good, solid relationship brewing here. Good job.
Cassie Memmer05/02/07
Nice story. "Loser" really stuck out at me, I felt it was out of character after she had once learned the sting of words. But very nice tale of building a lasting relationship, doing it God's way. Good idea.
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/02/07
I love how this played out. It was an excellent story.
Loren T. Lowery05/02/07
Renminds me very much of Garth Brook's "Sometimes I Thank God for Unanswered Prayers"
Enjoyed the romantic trip down memory lane and the very real emotions you've touched upon in the piece.
Sara Harricharan 05/02/07
I like the diary format of this. It reads easy and deep at the same time. I'm glad she and Collin made a good couple though. Can't think of anything to improve, so good job! ^_^
Cheri Hardaway 05/02/07
I like the diary approach. Can't really add more to all that's already been said. Good work. Cheri
Laurie Glass 05/02/07
Oh, I like this. I enjoyed the diary format and liked seeing how the story unfolded.
Valora Otis05/02/07
I loved this format! It flowed nicely and the romance grew as she matured. It was very natural and honest. Great job!
Edy T Johnson 05/02/07
Even though "Alec" is a favorite family name, I think I'd call this Alec a jerk! How could anyone be so cruel? But, thanks be to God, He provides the Comforter, sometimes even with skin on!

This is a very appealing story. The reader is hooked right from the start and can rejoice in a satisfying wrap-up in the end.
Pam Carlson-Hetland05/02/07
Putting this wonderful story in the form of a journal was very clever. It gave it much more of a personal touch. I really liked how the crushed spirit was revived. All the details of the job, etc. were great contributions to the story and the romance still played the main part. Absolutely wonderful.