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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Concentration (07/24/08)

TITLE: The Rope


Bill was a challenge; there was no doubt in Nora’s mind about that! He was always doing something different—something that was often difficult and/or hard to comprehend. Nora, his long-time friend and soon-to-be wife, knew from the beginning that a relationship with him would be a challenge but her love for him overshadowed events that were forthcoming.

It was on a cool October evening when Nora was finishing up her master’s program course on accounting when she received a call from her classmate and friend, Eve. Eve was a good student but Nora was far above her; mostly because she studied, relentlessly. Nora was in the planning process of working for Jeff Boomblau, an attorney who worked in the downtown Columbus, Ohio area.

Eve had distressing news and was quite emotional. She said that she saw Bill talking with Jeff Boomblau and they were having an argument, an argument where Bill began shoving Jeff, and Jeff ending up off the sidewalk. She thought Eve should know because this is a side of Bill that neither had seen before.

Nora thanked her friend and hung up the phone. Her face disclosed how she felt—nervous, unhinged and quite emotional. Bill had always shown kindness and helpfulness but often he showed a temper that sometimes scared and disturbed her.

She would have to talk with him, to find out what brought on such anger.

Bill had called her days ago, wanting to set up a date for dinner and a movie on Saturday. This would be a good time to find out about the argument and what brought it on.

Bill arrived around seven that night and looked so handsome she thought that talking with him about the subject would be a waste of time. After all, how could someone this handsome have a temper so out of control?

Dinner went well and Bill was in a wonderful mood. He had just finished his Master’s and had been approached for a job at Cal’s Law Firm on the East Side. He would be starting out as an apprentice, helping with research on lawsuits. He was excited and happy.

Nora felt that all was well and decided that perhaps Eve was being overly dramatic about what she saw. After all, perceptions are often unclear.

The movie was over around 11 and soon they were back at her place.

“Thanks Nora, for a great evening! Looking forward to next weekend. Let’s check out the zoo next week. I’ve heard they’ve got some great new things to see this fall.”

“Sure. That would be fine. I’d invite you in but I’m kind of tuckered tonight.”

“No problem. Take care, love and I’ll see you most likely Monday or Tuesday…”

They kissed at the door and then Nora went inside.

Next morning came sooner than expected, with gray clouds and the threat of rain moving in.

It was around ten in the morning when Eve called. She was nervous and upset and reluctant to talk. But, talk she did.

“Nora, you won’t believe what I just heard on TV! Brace yourself! The police just discovered the dead body of Jeff Boomblau. His body was found….You won’t believe where they found it…The body was found burned and decomposed at the city dump! They’re investigating it now! Can you believe this? You don’t suppose what I saw the other day….”

Nora didn’t say anything; she was stunned and confused. Her whole life, her future life with Bill was going up in smoke and there appeared that nothing could be done…But surely, Bill didn’t do this! He was just too nice, too good looking and she loved him!

Months later, with no killer found in the Jeff Boomblau case and no evidence leading to anyone, Nora and Bill were married. It was speculated that Jeff was killed by a rival, desiring only to get even.

Years later Nora was cleaning their new home, she found something that gave her a jolt.. She found a long rope deep lying deep inside a large trunk, filled with old clothes and such. The rope was an ordinary rope but on the rope she was something written in ink. It was an initial. “J.B.” The question now was, “What to do?”

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Sunny Loomis 08/03/08
Good story. In the third paragraph, I think Nora and Eve got mixed up. Nora should have listened to her intuition. Good descriptions.
M. R. Davenport08/05/08
This was an interesting story. You should make sure you proof read before you submit and I'm not the sharpest knife, but I missed how this relates to "Concentration?"