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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Space (01/23/06)

TITLE: Just Like Joseph
By Shirley MC


‘Go back inside, there isn’t any space.’

Jenny started to cry as her sisters drove off in the car.

‘Why can’t I ever go with them, God it’s not fair!’ She screamed at the top of her voice.

‘Jenny what’s the matter?’

‘Dad, they left me again, they said there wasn’t any space. I feel like Joseph rejected by his brothers.’

‘Now there, they didn’t reject you, like you said there wasn’t any space, besides doesn’t Joseph come out on top in the end?’

‘Yes he does, but it takes years!’

‘You know with God, years are the same as days.’

‘Oh dad, you just don’t get it.’

Jenny stormed off to her room and jumped onto her bed, she slowly cried herself to sleep. Being the youngest she was always left behind.

The next day Jenny decided to take the dog for a walk. When she went out to the backyard she heard voices coming from the neighbour’s backyard.

‘That’s strange Scruffy, I never knew we had new neighbours moving in.’

Jenny was just about to have a peak through the fence when a ball came over the fence.

Scruffy went running after the ball.

‘Scruffy come back!’

‘Oh I’m sorry, I didn’t mean for your dog to run after it.’

Jenny turned around, she saw this guy climbing over the fence.

‘Oh it’s ok, he’ll be back, I hope.’

‘So are you the new neighbours?’

‘Yes, the rest of the family is coming with the truck, they didn’t have room on it for me and so my friend dropped me off. By the way my name is Thomas but you can call me Tom.’

‘Oh hi Tom, umm my name is Jenny, you can call me Jen. I know how you feel, there seems to never be room in the cars whenever my sisters go out.’

‘Yeh, well things will be different now.’

‘Why do you say that?’

‘Well at least now if they can’t take you out with them, I’m right next door if you want to watch a movie or anything.’

Jenny’s cheeks went bright red.

‘Well nice meeting you Tom, I better go look for Scruffy.’

‘Ok Jen, I’ll see you later.’

Jenny found Scruffy and walked him to the park, on the way she remembered what her dad said about Joseph and him coming out on top.

‘I suppose it didn’t take years Scruffy or even days, God took just one day. Dad was right it’s not too bad being like Joseph after all.’

Jenny headed back home; the rest of Tom’s family had arrived and started to unload their belongings.

Tom waved at Jen as she ran by with Scruffy. Her sisters bumped into her as they were walking out the door.

‘Are you going out again?’ said Jen as she let go of Scruffy.

‘Yes, there is a shoe sale on at the moment; we’re picking up the other girls.’

Jenny started to walk into the house with a sad look. She didn’t bother to create a scene this time as she knew Tom was around.

She didn’t want too be humiliated in front of him. She knew her sisters would give her the same excuse that there isn’t any space.

‘Where are you going Jenny?’

Jenny turned around; a tear fell from the corner of her eye.

‘Come on Jenny, we can squash up, there should be more then enough space for all of us.’

Jenny wiped the tear away and had the biggest smile on her face.

She started to run towards the car and noticed Tom walking towards her.

‘Umm, don’t worry, I don’t want to go now.’

‘What do you mean, it’s ok we can squash up there’s enough space for you.’

‘No, I want to stay home this time, have a good time, I’ll see you later.’

Her sisters drove off and Tom walked over to Jen.

‘I see you have been left behind again, let me guess no space?’

‘No there was space, but I thought I could show you around instead?’

‘Oh I think I can squeeze some time in my busy schedule, meet you in about an hour?’

‘Sure no problem, see you then.’

Jenny went running into the house.

‘Thank you God.’

‘I’m so sorry Jenny.’

‘Sorry for what dad?’

‘For your sisters; making you feel like Joseph again.’

‘Oh dad, don’t be sorry, I’ll be Joseph any day.’

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Phyllis Inniss01/30/06
Nice little story. Being left behind is not always so bad. There are some biblical lessons to be learnt as well.
dub W01/30/06
Nice little story. I enjoyed it.
Grace Sempa01/30/06
I loved this, and enjoyed reading it.
Sally Hanan01/30/06
Quotation marks for speech are double, "like this ". The other quote mark is this 'one', which is used in England for famous/book quotes, but in the US only for possesive nouns like Susie's.
janet rubin02/01/06
Yes, this was a cute story. There were lots of spelling and punctuation problems though. Try taking a little more time to edit and it will be even better. Keep writing!