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

TITLE: Room Enough for Two?


Living in Oklahoma, with so many wide, open spaces, you’d think that more space would be the last thing a woman would want but not for some. Ann Kline often thought about all the years she lived in Oklahoma—she reckoned around 20. Still, the need for space was constantly on her mind.

Widowed at 55 and working as a writer, she kept busy most days writing articles for fictional magazines. Her small home provided little opportunity to grow and develop and most likely that’s why she longed for space—such a little home, she thought, with no children, grandchildren or husband to keep her busy….

Thank goodness for Lady, her beautiful collie. Why, without Lady loneliness and depression would swallow her up..

It was on a beautiful fall day that Ann went searching for a bigger place to live. She decided to travel down a lonely side rode, just five miles away. She remembered seeing a lovely “cottage” type home for sale several weeks ago. She remembered it because in Oklahoma, that kind of house was rare.

Just nine o’clock in the morning and she thought to herself that she’d never seen fall leaves as pretty as they were that day…

“Ah, she thought. There it is! Just as pretty as I remembered…” The house was blue in color, with white paint framing the doors and window panes…So peaceful looking and with more than enough space for her and Lady..

She pulled into the driveway and seconds later someone came out and walked toward her. It was an older man and he looked and walked as if he were happy to see her.

As she got out of the car he yelled, "Well, hi there, little lady. Can I help you with something?”

“Yes, I’m interested in your home. Looks like it’s still for sale. Can I see it?”

“Why sure. Come on in.”

As soon as she walked in, she knew it was for her. The beige paint on the walls, the way the living room edged into the dining room. Why, it was perfect!

It wasn’t long before a deal was made and the closing of the house, completed..

About a month later she and lady moved in. For several weeks, everything was perfect and then something strange happened that changed everything…

Close to Thanksgiving, a moving van pulled into a home about 200 feet down the street. With only 10 homes on that lonely country rode, here was someone moving in, and so close to Thanksgiving!

For weeks she didn’t see “hide nor hare” of anyone and then five days before Christmas, a stranger came to her door.

She opened the door and knew that her lonely days were over; for right before her was an older, good-looking man and standing right beside him wagging his tail happily, was a beautiful male collie!

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Paul Mobley01/30/06
A good story. And I like the ending for there should always be room for one more.
Rachel Rudd02/01/06
Sweet story!
Lynda Schultz 02/02/06
Neat finish and nicely done throughout. A couple of details easily fixed—I don't think you meant to say that this lady was writing for a "fictional" magazine, unless it was imaginary - fiction magazines I think is what you want. And, though I didn't double check I think you meant: "hide nor hair". But none of that takes away from a good read.
Marilyn Schnepp 02/04/06
Very sweet story, but could use some editing throughout. Thanks for sharing this delightful slice of life.