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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Irritated (11/08/12)

TITLE: New Hope Rises At Angel High
By Vicki J. Cypcar


The sound of trumpets resonated down the alabaster halls of Angel High. With eyes filled with angst Gabriel stood at the front of his class, his silver wings folded behind him. “It seems the humans continue to ignore our plight, they block out our pleas with the latest gadgets. They have become self-serving and insensitive to the needs of those around them. I fear we are losing the battle.”

A tall black haired angel named Joshua rose to his feet. “I am irritated by the acts of my human. He has done something evil and shows no sign of remorse.”

Gabriel asked, “Now what has he done?”

Joshua answered angrily.”He buried a litter of newborn puppies alive! I tried to tell him not to do it; but his heart is full of hatred. He doesn’t hear me Gabriel! I fear the worst is in store for him.” With irritation and fury Joshua clenched his fist.

The neighboring angel named Sarah stood to her feet to speak. “I know how you feel Joshua, last week my human deserted a small kitten on a country road. She placed the kitten inside a paper bag and discarded it like a piece of trash.”As tears filled Sarah’s eyes, she folded her ivory wings in front of her, a futile attempt to guard her heart. “I was screaming as loud as I could, begging her not to do it, but she just kept turning up the stereo in the car.” Tears streamed down Sarah’s cheeks. “I give up… I don’t want this human anymore!”

Joshua outreached his right wing to wrap around Sarah as she wept. He then looked sternly to Gabriel. “God never told us how painful our vocations would be Gabriel. He never told us how hard and dark the human heart could become. These humans don’t want us Gabriel! How are we to help them do what is right when all they care about is themselves?”

Gabriel stood speechless, his dark eyes full of despair.

It was then that Chloe, the youngest angel in Guardianship 101 stood to her feet; her wavy blonde curls framing her cherub cheeks. Barefoot she walked to the front of the class, her oversized, tattered wings dragging behind her. A small, moth-eaten brown dog followed. The mutt pounced on Chloe’s wings as she walked; its tail wagging wildly. Students snickered at the pathetic sight of Chloe and her cocoa colored companion. Chloe stood on her toes to whisper into Gabriel’s ear, “I have good news of the humans.”

Chloe looked to the dog before speaking. “This is Annie.”Chloe placed her delicate ivory hand on Annie’s forehead. “God placed me with Annie over five years ago. She was all alone and abandoned next to a highway. She had no food, no water, and no people. I know I am a young angel, and I could not figure out why I was assigned to ‘just a dog.’ But like Annie, I had nowhere else to go, so I just waited, and prayed…and then something wonderful began to happen.” Chloe’s eyes widened. “One day a car stopped, and a human got out with a bottle of water and a small bowl. The next day, another car stopped, and a nice lady gave Annie some dog food. Then a man in a truck showed up with a doghouse and a quilt! None of these humans knew one another, and yet together they made the difference between life - and death. They were all good humans, and you know what they say about humans, behind every good human is a good angel.” Annie gave a bark of approval and Chloe giggled. “One day a kind man picked up Annie to take her home to his family for Thanksgiving. Annie was weak and had grown very old and tired. At the end of her earthly life she was surrounded by a family that loved her very much. They took Annie’s ashes and spread them in that small patch of woods and posted a picture of Annie on her doghouse. People still stop there to remember Annie.”

Chloe looked to Annie with a smile. “I know at times we grow irritated and weary, but we must never give up – because there is always hope, isn’t that right girl?” Annie barked in agreement, her dark eyes bright and full of heavenly light.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/15/12
You had me at the title. The thought of Angel high piqued my curiosity and I had to read on. I enjoyed the tongue-in-cheek irony of how the angels were ready to give up on their humans. This is a beautiful message full of hope and compassion. I think you covered the topic in a fresh, yet fun way and still managed to bring out an important message. I could see this story being used by animal rescues all over the world. After reading this story, I think many would want to contribute to the organization. You've highlighted the plight of the animals, as well as the need to nurture the humans who casually throw away a living creature. This is a thought-provoking, well-written story.
Beth LaBuff 11/21/12
You top the charts on the creativity meter. I enjoyed your warm-hearted approach to the issue of animal cruelty with a poignant story.