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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Red (10/01/09)

TITLE: Of All the Colors...


Of all the colors in the rainbow, blue was Maya’s favorite color. That is, until one day when she was shopping for fall clothes. She would be her first year at college and she was hoping to find several nice outfits in blue.

Shopping at Haggle’s on Fifth Street in downtown Parkesville, Ohio was always fun. She remembered shopping with her mother on many occasions looking for clothes and always going for lunch afterwards at Hank’s Luncheoette. She missed her mom so much. Watching her die from cancer was unbelievably stressful and depressing. But, before her mother died she said, “Maya, I want you to go to college. It is the one thing I regret that I didn’t do. Please, don’t grieve for me, for I will be with the Lord. And, always know how much I have loved you.”

Thinking about that time brought tears to her eyes. She had to sit down for awhile to collect herself and just to think. She still missed her Mom and remembered everything her Mom did to help her out such as always preparing breakfast for her every morning before school and always encouraging her to do her best at school, and to help those who needed and wanted help.So many times she heard her mother say, “Well done! You did a great job, Maya, and I’m so proud of you.!”

After she rested for awhile, she decided to continue her shopping. She really wasn’t in the mood to shop now but she did need some new clothes. Minutes later she was in a women’s clothing store, one of her favorite stores and saw a beautiful blue blouse. It was her style and definitely her color but another object caught her eye--a beautiful dress--and the color wasn’t blue. In the corner of the store among a rack of other lovely dresses she saw a beautiful dress that she instantly knew she had to have. But, the strange thing was, it was red and the most beautiful color of red she had ever seen.

Funny, she thought. “I’ve never had any interest for clothes that were red, but this one…” About two aisles down she was overheard by one of the store clerks who seconds later replied, “Yes, that is a beautiful dress, isn’t it?”

Numb with shock at looking at the dress and knowing at the same time how unusual it was to be attracted to a color she once thought was too bright and too intrusive, she simply wandered over to the dress to get a closer look. The closer she walked toward the dress, the more she became emotionally excited and happy.

Carefully, she touched the dress and noticed how smooth it was. The material was of silk and the combination of the v-neck collar with colors of blue and white, made the dress stand out from all the others.

“I’d like to try this on.”

“Sure. Here is the key.”

As she slipped into the dress she noticed how perfectly it fit and how the color of red brought out her brown eyes and strawberry blond hair. She looked at herself in the mirror for what seemed a long time and later came out and headed toward the cashier.

“Why, you still have the dress on! Quite unusual! Don’t you want to take it off and put on your other clothes before going home?”

“No, I took off the price tag, and I want to pay for it now and wear it home!”

As she left the store, she felt unusually giddy. She loved the dress but of all the colors she couldn’t understand why she picked red. But as she turned the corner, destiny hit her suddenly as to why she had that red dress on; for coming around the outside corner of the mall she saw and focused on one great looking guy who soon would become her buddy, her best friend, and future husband.

Funny, all Steve Hudson knew besides enjoying his budding computer career and a love for football, was that he was searching for someone to love and make his life more complete and fulfilling.

Want to guess what his favorite color is?

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Jan Ackerson 10/08/09
Awwww...very sweet and romantic.

There were a few wordy or awkward sentences, but this is really a fun story.

My daughter had a similar feeling, only with her wedding dress...she was practically drawn to it by an unseen hand.
Myrna Noyes10/09/09
I love stories with a hint of romance! :)

This is a nicely-told piece, and I enjoyed reading it!
Shilo Goodson10/14/09
I enjoyed this story. I felt, though, that at the end you were trying to wrap-up the story too quickly. Maybe that was because of word count limit concerns. Still, it was a nice story.