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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Bookends (01/30/14)

TITLE: Look of Death
By Sharon Dow


Look of Death

Abraham looked toward Sodom with great sadness in his heart. Lot, my nephew, how I wish you had taken another way.

The gateway to the city was a busy spot. Travellers passed to and fro; a small caravan created noise and havoc with shouts from slaves, bellows and hisses from camels; and as always, the street dogs rushed between legs, barking and snapping at everything.
Lot was installed beside the gate. He reclined on a padded cushion and observed the traffic. In the distance he could see two men walking toward the gate. They seemed unusual to him. When they neared the gate, he rose to meet them.
With a low bow, he greeted them. “My Lords, welcome to our city. I would be honoured if you would come to my house. I offer food and shelter to you.”
The two men looked at each other before replying. “Thank you for your kind offer, but we have plans to spend the night in the town square.” They inclined their heads.
“But I must insist. Please reconsider and come with me.” He bowed again.
The men consulted each other, then turned to Lot. “We will come with you.”
He prepared a meal for them and served them himself. In his heart, he knew these men were different. He wasn’t yet able to determine what made them unusual.
Now Sodom was filled with evil, and it wasn’t long before men from the city were pounding on his door. They, too, had seen the visitors arrive, and desired to meet them. Lot left the visitors and faced the men. Angry words were hurled at him, but he was determined that they would not meet his guests.
“Out of our way,” one of the men yelled, and the whole group surged toward the door. “You’ll regret not letting us is. What we’ll do to you, you can’t even imagine.”
Lot remained strong.
“Break down the door!”
The door opened and the two guests reached out and pulled Lot in, then shut the door.
Lot looked at his visitors in amazement. Who are these men? I’m sure they are angels sent from the Lord.
“What family do you have in the city? Sons, sons-in-law, daughters?” The two looked intently at Lot. “You must leave the city before we destroy it. The Lord has sent us because of the evil that resides here. You must get out, now!”
Lot swallowed several times. Fear rose in his throat. “My wife is here and so are my two daughters. They’re pledged to two men in the city.”
“Then go and find the two men. Plead with them to leave with you.”
He left the house quickly. It was now quiet in front of his house. He could still hear shouts from the men who had tried to break in, but he went in the opposite direction where he knew he would find his sons-in-law. When he approached, they seemed surprised to see him.
Lot grabbed their arms. “You must leave the city at once.”
The younger one shook off Lot’s arm. “What do you mean we must leave the city? Have you lost your mind?”
“You don’t understand. The Lord is going to destroy the city and if you don’t leave, you’ll be destroyed, too.” He tried to make eye contact with each of them in hopes of making himself clear.
“He has lost his mind,” the other one said, and both men laughed openly at him.
“Please, I beg you, listen to me. There isn’t much time.”
“Oh please, Lot, you need to go home and get some rest.” And they laughed again.
Although he pleaded with them, they would not listen. They finally walked away, and their laughter drifted back to him. In defeat he returned to his home. When he approached the house, the first streaks of dawn were staining the sky.
The men were waiting for him. “You must go right away. Take your wife and two daughters.”
When he hesitated, the men grabbed their hands and hurried them out of the city. Once through the gate, they stopped.
“Go as fast as you can. Don’t look back and don’t stop until you reach the mountains or you will be destroyed, too.”
Lot, his wife, and daughters ran from the city.
But his wife looked back toward Sodom. With that final look at a place so filled with evil, she too was destroyed and became a pillar of salt.

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Brenda Rice 02/06/14
Nicely written. Thanks for sharing.
Francie Snell 02/08/14
I like this story and the descriptions you used. You captured well the hussle-bussle of the city street.

There needs to be spacing between the paragraphs. Also, the dialogue needs to be separated out from the rest of the text.

Great telling of a story. Thank you for sharing.
C D Swanson 02/12/14
Good job with the topic at hand...nicely written overall. I enjoyed this.

God bless~