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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Help (02/20/06)

TITLE: Are You Sure?
By L.M. Lee


The Voice: May I help?

Infant: No! I do it myself!

The Voice: Are you sure? You look like you could use some help.

Infant: No! Me big. Me do it all by myself!

~ * ~

The Voice: May I help?

Child: No! I can do it by myself.

The Voice: Are you sure? You really do need some help.

Child: No! I can take care of it by myself. Iím in first grade now. I know my alphabet, my numbers and all my colors.

The Voice: Okay, if youíre sure. But anytime you need my help, Iím available. You just have to ask.

~ * ~

The Voice: May I help?

Teen: Are you kidding? What you think Iím helpless? Look, Iíve got this all under control, so just leave me alone.

The Voice: Are you sure you want me to leave you alone?

Teen: I said I did, didnít I? I mean I didnít stutter. So bug offÖleave me alone.

The Voice: Are you really sure you want me to leave you alone.

Teen: Hey look, I told you I donít want your kind of help. So get off my back. I need my personal space. Donít wanna warp my psyche do you?

~ * ~

The Voice: May I help?

Young Adult: No thanks. Things are going great. My life is completely mapped out. Iím right on track. Iíve studied all the angles. Why my futureís so bright I gotta wear shades, but Iím sure youíve heard that ole line before.

The Voice: Yes, I have, but if youíll allow me, I can make a few suggestions that could increase your overall performance.

Young Adult: Look, I know you mean well and Iím sure youíre sincere, but things have changed over the last few decades. Hey this is the 21st Century, every thing is new. What worked in the past, doesnít apply now. This is the Information Age, and not to be rude, you are a little ďdated.Ē

The Voice: Are you sure?

Young Adult: Yeah, man. Thanks! But I tell you what; Iíll keep your card and your information handy. If I get in a bind, Iíll call you.

The Voice: Iíd prefer to help now before an intervention is necessary.

Young Adult: Great line! Thatís really funnyÖgood to see youíve kept hip with the sound bites. Catch you later.

The Voice: I certainly hope so.

Young Adult: Heís such a kidder!

~ * ~

The Voice: May I help?

Adult: Nawh, Iíve got this pretty much under control. Now the wife, she may be interested. Iíll let her know you stopped by.

The Voice: Yes, Iím sure she could use my help, but I thought Iíd offer you my assistance first. You are the head of the family. You generally take the lead.

Adult: Are you kidding? What planet have you been living on? Man this is the 21st Century. The women are equal, I ainít no ďheadĒ over her. Our marriage is a 50-50 partnership. Weíve got this thing all planned out. Weíve got our careers, the kids, the cars, the mortgage, the IRAís and the vacation season arranged. What youíre suggesting would just slow us down.

The Voice: Maybe, but slowing down might be the help you really need.

Adult: Look, I appreciate the offer, but Iíve got 15 more years to cap off my retirement package and then weíre home free. Iíll get back with you then, when Iíve got a little more time.

The Voice: Are you sure? I really think you need my help nowÖbefore itís too late.

Adult: Hey, donít try that high pressure sales pitch on me. Besides, who ever said I needed your help anyway?

~ * ~

H-E-L-P! God! Where are you? I was only joking!

~ * ~

But He gives more grace. So that the Writings say, God is against the men of pride, but he gives grace to those who make themselves low before him. (James 4:6 BBE)

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janet rubin02/27/06
Great. I really enjoyed "the Voice"
Lynda Schultz 03/01/06
Well done - I could almost see our "hero" clutching his chest as the pain assaulted his body.
Lynda Schultz 03/01/06
Ö in my version, anyway!
terri tiffany03/02/06
This was really very good. You portrayed people putting off God so well. Nice craetive way to do this.