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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Winter (the season) (08/13/09)

TITLE: Winter Boundaries
By Lizzy Ainsworth
08/16/09


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I held his hand as we walked along the street. Our footsteps were synchronised; it had only taken one day of our courtship to perfect our steps so that we walked in rhythm. A cool breeze wafted past and I shivered slightly. Slipping his hand out of mine, he placed it around my waste and drew me closer.
“Won’t it be nice this winter when we can hug together and keep warm?” I suggested shyly.
“Mmmm, definitely.” He murmured as we continued walking in the twilight before turning back towards his family’s home.
However, before long the ideas of a snugly winter were rudely interrupted by others who were observing the propriety of our courtship, and in all truth our actions deserved interrupting.
It would seem that we had strayed from the physical boundaries we had laid out at the beginning, and others seeing, had brought it to our attention. Although we were not entirely convinced of their necessity, new physical boundaries were put into place.
Stifled at first by the strictness of only holding hands, and brief side hugs upon greeting or leaving the other, it seemed all dreams of hugging together in winter to keep warm had left.
By and by it seemed the restrictions loosened until we authored and presented our own list to the guardians of our courtship, to which they agreed.
We have passed two winters since we wrote the guidelines, which allow us time for a warm hug, before capping any other extravagant embraces. We can wait in expectation for the future time, when under the banner of marriage the hugs can continue. But for now, we live in the season of courtship encircled by these boundaries, glad they protect us.
What would have happened by the time of winter if there had been no boundaries? Would our relationship have continued with a hug or would our relationship have been scarred by tears and regret?


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Patty Wysong08/24/09
The beginning of this has a cozy feel. You could expand this more to explain more about your courtship and why you're approaching things as you are. In a sex-saturated world, it'd be a good piece for many to read.
Patricia Turner08/25/09
Your title is perfect and I really like the theme and the way you told this. Just put a space between paragraphs and do a little spell checking too - I think you meant "waist" instead of "waste" - though MS Word's spell check won't necessarily catch that.
Suzanne R08/30/09
This winter, eh?!?!?!

A unique and very lovely way of teaching a lesson about appropriate boundaries - well done!