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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Break (02/06/06)

TITLE: The Break Janice Craved!
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02/08/06


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It was Christmas 2007 and everything in Janice’s life was a mess. She and her husband of 10 years had just separated, her family lived 100 miles away, her job as dental assistant was going nowhere and even her golden retriever, “Ollie” seemed indifferent to cuddling and walks in the park. And, to top it off, she was getting nowhere with her diet—eating three grapefruits a day before meals! Who was the brain surgeon that thought that plan would work! How many diets did she stop and start, only to find out that they were nothing but a scam…

What was a woman like Janice to do with such a spiraling downside of a life and why was all of this happening to her? Janice sat at her dining room table, with hands on her face and elbows planted firmly on the table and moaned, “If only someone would help me, show me the way—how to make my life better! There has just got to be a way out of this!”

She sat there, hunched over and depressed for a good 10 minutes and then something unusual happened..

There was a knocking on her back kitchen door. Actually, it sounded like a gentle tapping. Her curiosity stirred, she opened the door. For a few seconds it was hard for her to comprehend who/what was there.

It was a little boy of about three or four and he moaned softly, “I’m so cold, can’t find mommy, can you help me?”

“Of course, come in.” The little tyke walked in, shivering and scarred. He had on a jumpsuit outfit, with only a light sweater to keep him warm.

“Who are you and how did you get here? Can you remember what happened, or who you were with?”

He replied, “Oh, I’m Henry and I was with mommy but she left me and went into a big store. What should I do? Can you help me find my mommy?”

The conversation went on for, what seemed a long time and then…

She blinked her eyes, shook her head, straightened up in her chair and found that it was all just a dream. She went over to the kitchen door, looked out the window and saw nothing…except for a few small footprints in the snow, leading up to her back door..…Days later, more strange but wonderful things began to happen. Her job, for reasons she couldn’t understand, became more enjoyable—her employer-- more helpful, her dog began wagging his tail wildly when she walked into a room, her husband came back two days later--they resolved their differences and months later she became pregnant with her first child.

You guessed it, nine months later to the day, she had a baby boy and she called him Henry II!


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Lynda Schultz 02/14/06
I might just be me, but there seems to be a big leap between the little boy in the dream and the resolution of all the problems. You might have to rework this idea so that the slow ones like me can put the pieces together. Keep it coming.