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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Enter (02/27/06)

TITLE: Enter, Maria!
By
03/03/06


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Maria Campbell saw the sign on the door. It read “Please Enter.” She reached for the knob, turned it and gave it a slight nudge and nothing happened. Well, he didn’t say anything about the place being unlocked, she thought. So, she waited patiently.

She was told to be at 252 Hollow Lane at 10:30 and meet with Theodore Binkley. Theodore was a real estate agent and he was to show her an older but very well-kept, townhouse that was available. Maria was anxious to look it over, as she had only three weeks to find another place. The townhouse she was in was getting too noisy and she was seeking something more traditional and a quieter atmosphere.

She tried the knob again; still nothing. Where was Mr. Binkley? From here phone conversation, he appeared to be so punctual; so on time.

She returned to her car and waited…and waited…and waited. Still no sign of what she was now calling him, “dear Binkey.”

Finally around noon he pulled up in his green Jaguar and leisurely climbed out of his very trendy, sports car.

He looked tired but ambitious.

“Well, hello Ms. Campbell! May I call you Maria?”

Maria felt tired and a bit perturbed but she replied, “Yes, that would be fine. Can we look at the townhouse now? I’ve got to get back to my freelance job at McCarthy’s Newspaper in half an hour.”

“No problem. Let me open the door and let’s see what you think. It’s about 20 years old but in good shape.”

They walked in and at first, Maria felt something was wrong; she didn’t feel comfortable at all with the place. Not until they checked out the library on the second floor. That’s when it all changed.

There was a feeling of “calmness” and “inclusiveness” that she had never felt before. He led her through the entire townhouse and before they reached the front door to leave she replied, “I love it and I’ll take it right now!”

“What made you decide so quickly,” he asked.

“It was the library. I felt such a warm, calming feeling being there. It was irrestable!”

“Funny you should say that…the previous owner Mr. Tidewater died calmly just two weeks ago and I was told his last words to his wife were, “I can go now, Elizabeth. Christ has blest you and me and this house and he told me he would give it to someone who needs peace.”

Maria just stood there speechless and knew in her heart that this house was for her!


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Lynda Schultz 03/09/06
I'm not sure I understood the connection between the library and the peace that Maria felt that was absent in the rest of the house. Perhaps a little more explanation to bridge that gap would be good. But interesting idea and well done.
Virginia Gorg03/10/06
Intresting, but a bit hard to follow and glean the meaning. Expanded a bit with explanations of how she came to find peace would have been helpful. But overall nicely done.