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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Hot and Cold (04/09/09)

TITLE: Ask, Seek and Knock


Clare was a good woman; a Christian who tried to do right in every situation. She was the kind of woman who liked helping others and in return, was also given help when needed.

But after meeting and talking with a new co-worker who began work at Jean’s Clothes Repair Shop, she knew she had finally met someone she instinctively disliked and knew that working with this woman would be a challenge and a pain.

It didn’t take long for Carene Hill, the new employee, to show her true colors. It was on Day Two when she began a series of obnoxious work habits; the first of which was playing a radio too loud. Clare let it go for awhile, as the noise wasn’t so bad that she couldn’t concentrate at her desk in the back room. But, on Day Four Clare couldn’t take the noise any longer..

It was around three in the afternoon on a Wednesday when Clare marched up to Carene’s desk, took a deep breath and said, “Carene, I consider myself a calm and understanding person but the noise that comes from your desk is much too loud and I’m going to ask you to turn it down, for it is interfering in my work.”

Carene looked her steady in the eyes and replied, “Sorry that I have been disturbing you Clare, but I was told by Stacy our floor manager, that it was alright to play my music as long as it wasn’t too loud or disturbing.” She grinned a most sardonic smile and from her eyes Clare knew she was in for more heartache.

“Yes, I understand that it’s alright to play music if it is low, but your music is interfering with my work. So, please, turn it down.”

She left and walked back to her workstation, knowing full well that Carene would not turn the music down.

As she walked away, she heard Carene laughing softly and could tell that the music was louder. She sat down and continued her work. At the end of the day she was tired and stressed out. She made up her mind if the situation was the same or worse the following day, she would once again talk with Carene and if that didn’t work, would talk with Stacy.

The next day she arrived at work around 9:15. Carene was not at her desk but around 9:20 she walked in sporting a “catch me if you can” kind of look, snickered as she walked by and then walked directly to her desk and flipped on her radio.

Clare ignored her and began her morning work. As the morning progressed, the music got louder and Carene began talking with several men employees. Loud words were exchanged and later she noticed more loud music.

Clare murmured to herself, “That’s it! I’m going directly to Stacy and tell her how I feel. I cannot work in this hostile work environment.
Minutes later she knocked on Stacy’s door.

“Come in.”

“Good morning, Stacy. I need to talk with you about Carene. She has been playing loud music ever since she began working here and I can’t tolerate it any more. Her music and loud talking is interfering with my work and I would like for you to talk with her and explain the situation.”

“Yes, I understand. Several other employees have complained about the noise. I was hoping that you or one of the others would take care of the problem, because I’m just too busy to do this. Couldn’t you talk with her and take care of the situation?”

“I have tried to talk with her and it didn’t do any good. Please talk with her soon. If this can’t be resolved, I will have to move on.”

“Oh, alright. I’ll talk with her this afternoon.”

Minutes later Clare was sitting at her desk and said a short prayer, “Lord will you help Carene to turn down the music? Reach her soul, Lord, and bless her in every way.”

Around two in the afternoon Clare was working on a project and noticed that no music or any kind of noise was coming from Carene’s desk.

She went to thank Stacy for helping her out but she replied, “Oh, I didn’t talk to her about the music but I’m happy that she’s doing better.”

As Clare walked away she whispered, “Thank you, Jesus! I should have come to you first.”

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Joanne Sher 04/20/09
I love the way God works when we just ask. Thanks for the reminder.

Just a hint - it can be confusing when two characters in the same story have similar names. Try to not have characters with names with the same first letter in your story - the reader is less likely to confuse them. Also not sure of your tie-in to the topic, but I might have missed it.

This definitely felt like a real-life situation. Good job.
Sunny Loomis 04/21/09
We ought to focus on the One who can solve the problem. Good story.