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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: At the Pulpit (11/15/07)

TITLE: A Frog and the Barf-bag
By Ruth Neilson


It was muggy out and Billy was ready to shed his white choir robe. The bright light was inviting him to break away from the children’s choir to jump in the fresh mud puddles. He grinned crookedly as he shifted once.

Suzy was getting ready to sing her solo, but he could see her sway nervously. Billy knew that Suzy always got sick when she got nervous. He shifted and hitched his robe up. Suzy was gonna need her barf-bag.

He curled his toes in his new leather shoes and grinned at his mom and dad. His pastor winked at him, and then nodded at Suzy. He stared in amazement as Suzy’s pale face start to turn green. He ain’t ever seen someone turn that color before.

Why did Suzy always get the solos anyways? Everyone knew that she got sick when she sang. Oh, that’s right; Pastor was Suzy’s dad. Pastor was nodding crazily at Suzy and Billy blinked in confusion. He had been day dreaming about the mud puddles again.

He dug out the bag from his pocket, frowning as loose marbles, a piece of purple bubble gum, and a frog escaped from his pocket.

Billy leaned forward and whispered, “Pass this down to Suzy. Now!”

It was too late. Suzy was leaning forward. Her long brown hair was surrounding her face; Billy forgot about his lost frog as she moved in slow-motion making a gagging sound. Billy couldn’t see Suzy blowing chunks, but he could smell it.

Mandy was screaming and Billy could see where Suzy had targeted. Pastor was jumping up from his seat on the front row, running up to Suzy, and took her and Mandy down from the stage. Billy grinned; this was way better than running and jumping in a mud puddle.

Miss Rachel was trying to get the choir’s attention, standing in front of the pulpit that went up to her waist. She was tapping her directing stick on the pulpit when Billy heard a rib-bit over the chaos.

Miss Rachel screamed and Billy couldn’t hold it back any longer, he laughed and knew that this was the best church service in the world!

Who woulda thought that excitement happened at the pulpit!

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Ed VanDeMark11/22/07
Definately a creative approach to the topic. Are you, or were you Billy or do you just enjoy little boys sick senses of humor? As a grown up little boy I can understand how this was the highlight of a young life. I have a friend who is an excellent public speaker. He always gets sick (not quite barf-bag sick) just before he speaks to a crowd but he keeps speaking for the Lord in spite of his inevitable upset stomach. It takes love for the Lord to continue when sickness preceeds a victory in Jesus name.
Laury Hubrich 11/24/07
I think your title is drawing people to read this entry:) Very funny. Good job!
Beth LaBuff 11/27/07
A lot of fun and orneriness packed into this. Great writing!
Kristen Hester11/27/07
Yes, a boy would get a kick out of that. Poor Suzy. This was fun and creative. Good job.
Dee Yoder 11/27/07
Oh man, am I glad I already had dinner earlier. I knew a girl who was just like this one, and a boy who could sometimes be sick, too. Ugh. But the MC in this story is ALL boy! Funny!
Jan Ackerson 11/27/07
Cute--my only complaint is that I wish it were longer!
Betty Castleberry11/27/07
Little boys and frogs are always a cute combo. This was entertaining. Nicely done.
william price11/27/07
Oh, Ruth, you are getting so good. Great visuals. You also get my award for best title. God bless.
Temple Miller11/28/07
Yukky. So good I got nauseaus!
Verna Cole Mitchell 11/28/07
Beckie Stewart11/28/07
Very enjoyable story. I am with Billy....pastor daughter or not, a child should not be pressured to do something would result in so much trauma...vomiting.
LaNaye Perkins11/28/07
This was great! I raised two sons, and now have a grandson that were/are just like your MC. You captured the essence of an ornery young boy and their twisted sense of humor to a T! Well done!
Joanne Sher 11/28/07
Oh, what a HOOT! Love the boy's POV especially. Great detail (I was right there, though I wish I hadn't been LOL).
Patty Wysong11/28/07
I kept hoping the frog would somehow distract Suzie from barfing--LoL. What a fun read--wish there had been more. :-) Good job! :-)
Loren T. Lowery11/28/07
This was a cute and fun read and probably shows what really goes on behind the scenes than we think.
LauraLee Shaw11/28/07
You cracked me up with this one! I'll have the visual in my head for a week! :0
Shari Armstrong 11/29/07
LOL Love it! I can just see the whole thing.