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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Embarrassed (07/19/07)

TITLE: Oh, the Irony
By Ruth Neilson


“This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!”

This cannot be happening to me. I was the one who was suppose to be receiving this treatment, it was I who found a way to save the kingdom money, and it was my idea to get rid of these leaches on the government...those...ugh...Hebrews.

“Make way! This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!”

Yes, please, just get out of my way before anyone that I know sees me. I should have done this early in the morning. So only the women (who would believe them) would witness this.

It didn’t help this morning that the servants didn’t help me find a robe for Mordecai. They spent the morning laughing at my predicament. If the household servants were not bad enough, the stable servants were nowhere to be found. But, after I found and saddled the horse, I came across several servants lounging in a pile of straw, snickering!

How did I get volunteered for this to start with? I thought everyone in the palace know how I felt about this man. Oh, that’s right. I decided to seek permission from King Xerxes to hang Mordecai.

“This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!”

Serves me right for going to ask permission of the king to hang Mordecai...I should have just gone and done it, and begged for mercy later. That’s it, that’s my new policy for life; act and then ask for mercy.

What did I do to offend the gods such? I sought their wills on what day the Jews were to be wiped from Xerxes’ kingdom and this is how they repay me?

“This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!”

Just get out of my way people. Stop gawking and let me finish the king’s will so I can go home. Yes, home, just think of your wife and friends. Pretend that you aren’t escorting Mordecai the Jew through the capital. That’s it, just keep your head high...only a little bit further and this will be all done and over with.

“This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!”

Ugh, I can’t get that saying out my head. A quick kiss on the cheek for my wife, a smile for my friends, and now to get cleaned up. Now off to the royal banquet hosted by the queen...will this day ever end?
Esther 6:9 b

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Dee Yoder 07/27/07
Oh yes, this day will end for YOU, Haman!

I just know you wrote exactly what he was probably thinking as he led Mordecai through the crowd! Poor Haman, even his wife, whom he went rushing home for sympathy from, knew he was doomed. Your story perfectly captured this scripture passage. Riveting!
Seema Bagai 07/27/07
Great job bringing this story to life.
Joanne Sher 07/30/07
This is the PERFECT bible story for this topic, and you did a wonderful job of getting into Haman's head. Excellent.
Sheri Gordon07/30/07
I love this! This is one of my favorite Bible stories. This is such a unique perspective. You had me chuckling throughout. Great job with the topic.
Kristen Hester07/31/07
Oh Esther is one of my favorite books of the Bible. He got what he deserved, didn't he? Great job on this story!
Jan Ackerson 08/01/07
This would be great performed as a dramatic monologue as a lead-in to a sermon on this book. Very well done!
Verna Cole Mitchell 08/01/07
How very cleverly you presented this. I could just see his embarrassment and his desire for honor that would never come to him now.
Sara Harricharan 08/01/07
Wow. I've never quite thought of Haman from this POV before. Great job, it's very realistic and it certainly fits well. Awesome job! ^_^
Loren T. Lowery08/01/07
The thought "just desserts" comes to mind while reading this wonderful take on the Book of Esther.
For me, as only a suggestion, I would have liked to have seen a little more time and place setting at the very beginning to ready me for the unfolding events. Great job!