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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Cyber Communication (email, IM’s, etc) (11/04/10)

TITLE: Missionary Laughs
By Jesus Puppy
11/05/10


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Jim sat quietly before his computer, reading the latest gossip on Face-Book, his heart though, was five hours away in a coffee shop. He was so pleased to find the little brunette was interested, and had even agreed to have lunch with him, he just had to share this bit of good news-- but with who?

He realized the one person that would be most thrilled, and clicked the icon for his Email and typed in his cousin's address.
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"Jenny Martin" {JeN4271(at)MissionNet.org}

Hiya Cuz, how’s life in the field? Anymore earthquakes down there?

I have to tell you, this week has turned out great for me. Remember that girl I told you about? I took your advise and spoke to her. Guess what? She didn't hear a word I said - she's deaf. Cool huh? Mom was thrilled when I told her, she wants me to ask if she could do the group's youth camp this summer. I was like, “Give me a break Mom, I just met her.” I told her she could drop me off and ask her herself.

Anyway, we have our first lunch date today, in just a few hours actually. I am thrilled, but nervous. :-/

Your home-bound cousin, Jim.
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After the message was sent, Jim began to get ready for work. Showered, dressed in above normal clothes to look good for lunch, he headed for the door, stopping only long enough to remind his mother not to forget to come by the library before noon.

He knew it was rather mean of him to keep the secret from the girl, but felt she would find it funny. Especially after making it seem like I wouldn't like her, just because she was deaf. He laughed to himself as he imagined the look on her face when she found out.

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Rachel was also nervous about the coming day. Not only did she have a test first thing that morning, and scared she might not pass it anyway, but having thoughts about her date that afternoon only added to the distractions. After she finished her paper for Literature class, she decided to check her messages before school.

The awaiting note from her Pen-Pal was always a blessing. Her church youth group, years before, had started correspondence with other kids around the country. For Rachel to find one that was also hearing impaired was an added bonus, and they had kept in touch since they were both pre-teens. The other girl, two years older, had gone into Missionary work; Africa, China, and now helping as a nurse in Chile.

Her lifetime friend was happy for her, finding a good guy was one thing, but one that did not look down on her as "Handicapped" was a God send. In total agreement, Rachel sent off a quick reply before she headed for the bus stop.
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Greetings PenPal :-D

I know what you're saying, I feel the same, it’s definitely from the Lord. Though we have only spoken in a few Texts so far, Jim seems like a real nice man. I am a little nervous about lunch though. Kellie told me about some terrorist group from Maryland and it brought on bad dreams-- just because Jim's family moved from there. I know, it's just nerves. Strange how dreams seem too real sometimes. Will write back this evening and let you know how it goes.

Your SISTER in the Lord, Rachel.
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In a hurry, she practically ran out the door, even forgetting to shut down her computer. Seconds after the door closed, the light above Rachel's desk top flashed when her Messenger chimed in. Her Pen-Pal had been online, read the Email, and tried to catch her before she left.

JennyM: 8:25AM; Rach, you still there?

JennyM: 8:25AM; Did you say his name was Jim? I have a cousin from Baltimore named Jim, who told me about some girl he met.

JennyM: 8:26AM; Wouldn't it be funny if it was the same guy and you two hit it off and get married? Then we would really be family. :-)

JennyM:8:28AM; Oh well, you must be gone. TTYL cousin-n-law. :-D


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DK Landers11/11/10
Oh it is indeed a small world! This is a funny story and I enjoyed it. With the WWW it is entirely plausible.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/12/10
This again is perfect. You have mastered the art of creating suspense -- I can't wait to read more
But the article can stand on it's own. It reminds me of when Stephen King wrote the Green Mile in installments to prevent readers flipping to the end because they are too eager to wait and find out what happened. But each installment stood on it's own but was wonderful too when all were read at once. Well that was a great compliment just in case you couldn't decipher all of my babbling. Keep up the GREAT job!!
Lollie Hofer 11/12/10
In case anyone has problems with this "coincedence"...I have a couple stories which would send goose bumps up and down your spine. Good use of this week's topic. Loved the ending. I'm rooting for them both. Well done.
Henry Clemmons11/13/10
I really enjoyed the story. It had my full attention. Good use of plot and suspense to keep my interest. Loved the ending. Very clear writing. Great job.
Brenda Rice 11/15/10
Very interesting. Well written and good twist at the end. Great job with the topic too.
Caitlyn Meissner11/15/10
This was lots of fun to read. I guessed what was coming, and was happy to be right. Good job!
Catrina Bradley 11/15/10
I love how you tied the characters together. I saw it coming about half way through, but you wrote it so well I didn't mind! So much story in so few words - Great entry1
Verna Cole Mitchell 11/16/10
Indeed, I laughed. I really loved the story, and I'm curiouser and curiouser.
AnneRene' Capp 12/05/10
I didn't realize I had missed all of these, so am going back and catching up. This is so fun because the suspense would kill me if I couldn't go to the next one right away, so actually, it's been worth it! :)

I don't ever want this story to stop!