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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Sad (07/26/07)

TITLE: Free Parking
By Virginia Gorg
07/30/07


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The four friends took their usual places at the picnic table. The Bibleopoly game was spread out in readiness.

“I get to be the banker,” Darlene reminded the others.

“I brought some fresh salad,” Lauren announced.

George remarked, “I really like this pavilion and tables the church built. Sure makes playing Bibleopoly a lot easier than sitting on the ground. Praise God.”

“I was sad about that, especially when it rained,” Lauren declared. The friends laughed because Lauren was known to be prissy and didn’t like being wet. Yet they loved her.

“Everyone want their usual game pieces?” Harry asked as he passed out a Bible, a cross, a stone, and a donkey.

Lauren rolled first. “Oh, double fours. What a way to start.” Eight spaces later, she landed on Deuteronomy. “I’ll buy that. I love the law.”

Harry rolled and landed on Matthew, one of the four Gospels, set equidistant apart on the board. Soon, all four Gospels were purchased, and Harry owned three of them.

George landed on the Road to Calvary, the second-last space on the board. He carefully counted out his money. “Just enough, with $200 left over.” As of yet, no one owned the Empty Tomb, the last space on the board.

Darlene worked a deal with Harry. “I’ll trade you the last Gospel, John, if you’ll give me your Light. Then I’ll have salt and light and be able to save some souls.” Harry agreed.

“I like playing this game, as it promotes fellowship and teaches us how important it is to instruct others about our God.” Harry’s toothy smile was prominent once again.

“Oh, boy, a Chance,” exclaimed Lauren. She looked sad as she read: ‘you have used all your missionary funds. Pay a fine of $100 for a new steeple or spend one turn in the fish’s belly.’ I guess I’ll be sitting out this round,” she said with a sigh.

George laughed, “I get free parking! Look at this, there must be $1000 here. I’ll build some churches for the new Christians.”

As the evening progressed, the four friends gathered souls for the cause of Christ. “I am so glad that we can buy the books of the Bible and teach people about Christ.” Darlene was very caring and always praised God. The game was exceptionally lively and time passed swiftly.

A short distance away, Holly suddenly paused in her morning run and rubbed her eyes. ‘Four deer sitting at a picnic table? I must be drinking way too much coffee.’ Rubbing her eyes, she looked again and they were still there, playing a board game. Stunned, she stepped behind a large bush and sat on the ground, concealing herself. Astonished, she simply stared at the unbelievable scene in front of her. ‘Where is my camera when I need it? No one will ever believe this.’ Holly could barely hear the clicking and nickering sounds the deer made. She wanted to move closer, but was afraid she would scare them off, so she just sat and watched the mind-boggling scene.

“We’re late, everyone. The sun is about to rise and the humans will be here soon. Lauren, what are you looking at?” George asked in alarm.

“I thought I saw something in those bushes. You don’t suppose it’s a human, do you? We wouldn’t want them to know what deer do all night long.”

The four deer stared at the bushes. “There’s nothing there, dear. But just in case, let’s hurry home.” George put the game in a drawstring bag, and the four furry friends scampered into the woods, vowing to quit their game earlier the next night.





Reference: The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights. Habakkuk 3:19


NOTE: There is a board game called Bibleopoly, but I’ve never seen it. This version was created in my imagination.


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Dara Sorensen08/02/07
I'm not really sure where the topic plays into this...but it is rather humorous picturing deer playing Bibleopoly. Though it is a bit sad that it's deer playing and enjoying the seemingly forgotten game rather than people.
dub W08/03/07
I suppose, being sad about a previous rain qualifies. Although an overtone of this delightful essay is that the deer are playing a game, and a human is standing around watching - hmmm,there's a sad state for sure.
Dee Yoder 08/04/07
What an incredible twist! You caught me up in the playing of the game. All the while, I was wondering when the punchline was coming, and then, zap, deer gamers! Never saw that coming and I doubt anyone ever would. You've got an amazing imagination!
valerie chambers08/05/07
This was super dee duper.
Verna Cole Mitchell 08/05/07
This was a most intereting story. I loved the twist.
Allison Egley 08/06/07
Hehe This was so cute! "...join any reindeer game! (Like Monopoly!)" Maybe, to integrate the theme a bit more, you could have done it from "Rudolph's" point of view and had someone left out. And if you didn't get your inspiration from the song I quoted, then never mind. ;)
Joy Faire Stewart08/07/07
Love it! You found a very unique take on the subject, excellent twist.
Bonnie Way08/07/07
What I found sad was the thought that all these people were sitting around playing a board game, but probably not ever actually reading their Bibles, building churches, or evangelizing others. To make the players deer only emphasizes the point. Do we take our Christian beliefs too lightly, treat them as a game sometimes?