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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Huh? (01/21/10)

TITLE: A is for Almighty
By Allison Egley
01/27/10


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Where am I? What just happened? It's so dark. I can't see anything.

Why can't I move?


"Help!"

I seem to be trapped somewhere, but where? Come on. Think. What's the last thing you remember before waking up?

I remember... going to work. I was sitting there, and then... screams. I remember the screams. And then.... nothing. Was I in a disaster of some sort? An earthquake? Tornado?


"Help!"

I wonder if anyone can even hear me? How long have I been here? A few minutes? Hours? Days?

"Can anybody hear me? I'm alive!"

Maybe if I knock on this block above me here.... But what if I have some sort of back injury? Or what if all this debris shifts? I'd better stay as still as possible.

"Hello? Is anyone there?"

I'm tired. So tired. But I'm afraid. If I go to sleep, what if I don't wake up again? Must stay awake. Must keep my mind occupied. They'll find me eventually.

"Help! Someone, please help me."

Nothing. Maybe I should save my voice until I know someone's out there who can here me. Must keep my mind occupied. I'll do what I used to do as I was falling asleep. Except I won't fall asleep. Okay. Attributes or names of God, A to Z. Let's see...

A is for Almighty.
B is benevolent.
C is for caring....

Wait a second. I think I can here something.


"Help!"

No, probably just my imagination. Now where was I?

D is for Deliverer. Lord, please deliver me form this pit.
E is for Everlasting....
I wonder how long it's been since I woke up? A few hours? Or did I fall asleep again at some point? I wish I knew... something. Anything. Maybe I should try calling out again.


"Hello? Is anyone up there?"

Come on... Someone. Anyone. Please find me.

Is that barking I hear?


"I'm here! I alive! Someone please help me."

I... I think it's getting closer. Yes. Definitely getting closer. The dog sounds excited. Maybe he can smell me. Maybe I'll get out of here after all. I think I hear something shifting.

"Is anyone down there?"

"Help!"

"We hear you, sir. Can you hear us? Don't move, and don't try to help us. This may take awhile. When you see sunlight, let out a shout. We don't want to get too close to you with these tools. It may get loud for a bit... Try not to think about it too much.

Where was I in my alphabet game? F, I think.

F is for faithful.
G is for great.
H is for Healer. Lord, please heal my injuries....
.
.
.
T is for Truth. You are the Truth.

Hey, what's that... Is that...


"Light! I see light!"

If I can shift my arm a bit... and reach up... warmth. And... a hand?

"I've got you sir. Don't let go."


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In honor and memory of those touched by disasters of any kind.


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Charla Diehl 01/28/10
As I read this I had all the victims of Haiti's earthquake on my mind--and the miracles of those that were found alive after days of being buried in the rubble.
Patricia Herchenroether01/29/10
Intense and well-written. I was there with the victim and realized that these emotions were no doubt felt by many Haitians.
Celeste Ammirata02/01/10
You had me from the first word. If I am every in a situation like that, I will keep this story in mind, and keep talking to the Lord. Well Done!
Beth LaBuff 02/01/10
Creative in more ways than one. This is perfect for the topic and I like the "game" your MC uses to stay awake. Nice work on this homage to disaster victims!!