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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Fruit (10/10/05)

TITLE: Strange But Fruitful Ending


Jenny was sure that she made the right decision. It felt right, was easily made and brought her feelings of relief.

Yet, there was a slight “twinge” of guilt the moment she made the decision. But, after all, didn’t she have the right to make that decision? It was up to her to make it, wasn't it?

Two days after Jenny’s decision, the fruit of that choice came to her front door. There was a gentle patting on the door; actually it was more like a kind of “scratching.” Right then, she knew something was wrong.

She walked down the long flight of apartment stairs, grabbed the door knob and then carefully opened the door. Right in front of her was the choice she had made earlier and that choice was not a happy trooper.

Staring right into her eyes was Jojo, a dog she bought only a month ago. He was looking at her with eyes of condemnation and a stare that would penetrate the coldest of hearts..

She couldn’t believe it as she scanned him from head to tail. He was dirty, unkempt and with an attitude of “Why did you do this to me and what are you going to do now?”

“Jojo, how did you get here?” I guess she knew deep down that he might try and return; she just didn’t think it would be this soon.

Jojo gave her another look as if to say, “Why did you abandon me on that lonely dirt road? What did I ever do to you that made you do that?”

Jenny left him on that country road because she didn’t know what else to do. She talked with all of her friends and family but no one had a place for him, or time to care for him.

She wasn’t unhappy to see him but she knew she couldn’t keep him; the landlord had made it clear: “No dogs in this apartment house!”

What could she do? She loved Jojo but rules were rules. Then, something came to mind….

Maybe she could talk with the landlord and tell him that she would take extra good care of him, take care of his daily transactions and pay a bit more for the rent. Well, it was worth a try……

That afternoon, after she took Jojo up to her apartment, made him comfortable with water and food, she went downstairs to talk with Mr. Edmund. She knocked on his door and walked in.

“Mr. Edmund, I’d like to ask a favor of you. I know you don’t allow dogs here but Jojo came back and he’s in bad shape. If I paid you more money and made sure to clean up after him and so forth, could I keep him?

Mr. Edmund looked at her with the meanest look she’d ever seen and said….”On one condition…”

“Yes of course, what is it?”

“That you make sure you and Jojo have a daily visit with me and that you help others here with their pets, should others want what you want……”

“Yes, I can do that! Thank you, thank you so much, Mr. Edmund. You won’t regret it!”

She went back upstairs and as soon as she opened the door, she saw Jojo and thought for sure she saw a smile on that raggedy old face of his!

This new decision would bear happy and good fruit. She knew that just by looking at Jojo's face!

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darlene hight10/17/05
Very clever!
Linda Watson Owen10/19/05
Who can resist a pet story! It tugs at the heart strings !
Alexandra Wilkin10/20/05
The thing about dogs is that they know exactly how to make us feel guilty... nicely done. God bless.
Anita Neuman10/20/05
Cute take on the topic, and an enjoyable story. Well done.
Kathryn Wickward10/22/05
A little hard to believe, since you made it so clear the landlord said no dogs. Needed some transition there.