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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Write in the SCIENCE FICTION genre (05/10/07)

TITLE: Time Alteration
By Rita Garcia


Billowing clouds allowed the morning sun to create radiance on the streets of gold. Shirley Goodness was taking her morning stroll, soaking in the glorious beauty of the heavenly realm.

“Blessings, Shirley Goodness.” Mercy Grace fell into step with her tutor.

“It’s a lovely morning, Mercy Grace. Shall we sit for a while and watch the activity in Mecca Cove?”

“With all the romance and new babies soon to be born, it is an enchanting little cove these days. I’m thankful I was assigned to you for my training.”

“Shannon will soon find out she is having twins, I can’t wait for Doctor Phillips to tell her the news.” Shirley Goodness shifted just a little, so as not to crush her wings.

“I wonder what God’s plans are for the wee little ones yet to be born?”

“Shall we fast-forward time in Mecca Cove and take a look?” Shirley Goodness looked at Mercy Grace with a smile.

“Can we do that?” Mercy Grace clasped her hands together.

“Watch carefully or you’ll miss the time alteration.”


“Mom.” Josh’s voice rang out through the house. He knew that Lady II would hear him. He scanned his entry clearance modulator and let himself in.

“Josh, what a surprise, I didn’t expect you this morning.” Shannon came in from the back deck. Lady II had alerted her that someone entered the house.

“I wanted a chance to visit with you before I go off planet. Where’s Dad?”

“He’s having breakfast off planet with Uncle Jerald, taking the new Inter-Galaxy Mach III out for a test spin.”

“You and Aunt Margie should go with them sometime.”

“Margie and I prefer to have our feet right here on planet earth.” Shannon gazed turned upward. “I don’t think I will ever get used to seeing all these off-planet travel machines traveling back and forth.”

“What’s my lovely sister up to, I haven’t seen her in a few weeks?”

“Sarah is wonderful, as you know, she is almost done with her studies, however, I’m not sure if you know about the new man in her life.” Shannon looked closely at her son.

“You sound like it could be serious.”

“I have my suspicions. With all the changes in the world around us, it’s comforting to know some things, like young love, stay the same.”

“Speaking of change…do you mind if I clean up and change while I’m here?”

“Sure, you can use your father’s chamber. He has a new one, the beams will measure you and then you can select the style and color you want. It’s quite the latest in fashion chambers.”

“I’ve heard of them, I can’t wait to try it out.”

“When I think of the mounds of laundry I did when you children were young, who knew I would live to see a time when doing laundry would be eliminated completely by all the new fibers.” She laughed. “Push a button and a bed refresher replaces the linens and deposits the old ones in the fiber reducer.”

Most change is good, Mom, it’s the adjustment that can be difficult.” Josh placed his hand on his mother’s hand.

“A very wise son I have.” She turned her hand and gave his a squeeze. “How are your plans for the off planet worship-center?”

“That’s why I wanted to visit you, I will probably be gone for a couple of months, we are ready to set it up. Our first gathering is scheduled the beginning of summer.”

“I’ve been thinking I’m going to talk to Margie--it may well be our first time off planet.”

“You would do that! It would be the ultimate for you and Aunt Margie to be there. Sarah and dad will be, and of course Uncle Jerald.”

“Winning souls for the kingdom is as vital as it was before all this new age travel and gadgets.” She beamed. “Go on up and use dad’s chamber and I will program the food processor and we can enjoy a nice meal together.”

She wiped the tears off her cheeks as she selected the food items. She whispered a prayer of thanks that her son had heeded God’s call and followed His plan.

Mercy Grace wiped her own tears. “With all the changes it’s comforting to know that family value remains alive and well.”

“Yes, and Josh will soon be finding a bride, and Shannon will be a doting grandmother.”

Shirley Goodness smiled on her assignment and prayed that God would continue to bless her.

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Sue Dent05/18/07
And this has no comments why? Oh, because there are so many to read. I liked this a lot. Refreshing to see how new technology is potrayed the same way it is today. Very nicely done, I thought. :)
Myrna Noyes05/18/07
Very creative story! I enjoyed reading it! :)
Julie Arduini05/18/07
A great take on Sci Fi and I love the heavenly names most of all. Nice job!
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/18/07
Oh, I just love this story! I want one of those fashion chambers!!! I like that the changes you made in the future were all such good ones--not changing the glory of the gospel and the beauty of young love. This one is a keeper!
Kaylee Blake 05/20/07
My fav quote: "Most change is good, Mom, it’s the adjustment that can be difficult.” What wisdom in those words. Good job with this!
Seema Bagai 05/20/07
I liked how in the future, God and love are still foundations of life. I want one of those bed refreshers.
Jan Ackerson 05/21/07
Very charming! I was most amused by the names: my mother, whose name is Shirley, used to think her name was in the 23rd Psalm when she was a child. So I was entranced by Shirley Goodness and Mercy.
Joanne Sher 05/21/07
Charming is the perfect word for this piece. I truly enjoyed it. A nice change from some of the action-packed entries I've been reading. Refreshing piece!
Betty Castleberry05/21/07
So when are you going to mass market the bed refresher and fiber reducer thingies? I'm first in line.
The technology made me think of the Jetsons.
Good message, too. Well done.
Marty Wellington 05/23/07
Well done, creative entry. I loved the technology you included, but kept the old-fashioned family values.
dub W05/23/07
Very creative and a nice read, loved the ending - very heartfelt.
LaNaye Perkins05/23/07
You did such a great job on this story. I really liked it alot! Well done!
Pat Guy 05/23/07
Refreshing take on the genre! Well done! I really enjoyed the flow, storyline and ending.

I LOVED all your concepts! Wouldn't they be so nice to have! ;) *sigh*

Loved it! :)

Edy T Johnson 05/23/07
“Push a button and a bed refresher replaces the linens and deposits the old ones in the fiber reducer.”

You better get a patent on this idea quick! I'm with Betty. I want this one asap for emergencies and for travel---but I'll keep a few "old" towels around to hang on the line (I love the heavenly fresh aroma :)

I sure appreciate your creative genius, and I love the names, too.
Patty Wysong05/23/07
Oh, how neat! I'll be first in line for one of those food processors--do you think they could have it to me in time for supper tonight? :-) Very well done and enjoyable!!
Catrina Bradley 05/23/07
Great imagination at work - wonderful job. I love the fabric reducer!!
Lisa Walker Thomas05/29/07
"The adjustments can be difficult" if we all would embrace change and acknowledge we'll have to bend a little we would all be better people, thank you as always for keeping us grounded, your writings as always deserve a voice, they are vividly written, thank you for continuing to bless us! God Bless you always.
Val Clark06/09/07
Shirley Goodness and Mercy, you had me smiling from the first word! A light, entertaining and encouraging piece. :-) yeggy