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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Blog (10/20/11)

TITLE: Overshadow Me
By Ruth Neilson
11/01/11


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Welcome to Overshadow Me.

Eric Johnson stared at the website as if it mocked him. The blog's author claimed to be a fourteen year old Christian and unfortunately, it seemed that this...child loved to thumb his nose on a daily basis. As the leading officer in the W.A.D Unit, it was his task to focus on the under aged trouble makers. Those that are actively proselytizing in different arenas, whether it be by speaking or the written word—all of it was under his unit's careful eye.

I gave this blog this name because this is my prayer that God will overshadow me and cause my words to be used for His glory—no matter what happens to me. I'm fourteen years old, almost fifteen.

Eric pushed back from his desk and paced the length of his office. Whoever was writing this blog had to have some sort of adult help. There was no way that a teenager would be able to figure out the Tor network set up unless an adult helped them. To make matters worse, the network housing the Overshadow Me blog was refusing to surrender any information about this elusive blogger. Whoever this blogger was, they were improving their techniques on a monthly basis. Eric had to find a way to stop this teenager.

If you have found this blog and you are still reading it, that means that you know who I am and you read this for encouragement during these dark days. Or, that means that you are curious about my title and I can only pray that God will draw you with my words. And I promise to you, my dear readers, that I will continue to blog as long as I can.

An email caught Eric's eye and he smirked. His IT people finally made some sort of a break through. He moved through the drab hallways and popped open the door.

"So, what do you have for me, Kevin?" Eric asked.

Kevin offered his boss a rare grin. "Your info boss, I found the information on that elusive blog, and this time it's more than an IP address. I've got a name and address. The blogger's name is Jennifer..."

"Send it to my..." Eric attempted to cut Kevin off. But, Kevin waved his hand.

"Already sent it to your phone, boss."

"Thank you."

"It's my pleasure, sir. I'm going to be working on some of these podcasts next."

I know that in reality my time is limited on the internet. Any day the cops, despite all of my protections, will find me. And on that day, I know that I will be left firmly in the hands of Christ. But, until then, I will continue to blog daily and lift the name of Christ. I promise you this and I pray once again, that Christ will overshadow me in everything that I do. And, if something is to happen to me, I will see my brothers and sisters in Christ on the other side.

Until then, God, overshadow me with Your presence.



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Rachel Phelps11/04/11
Your premise intrigued me and the posting from Overshadow Me was heartfelt and moving. I felt as if the conflict fizzled a bit, and a few details were left hanging. As much as I'd hate to see the blog post cut, I feel that some of those words could have been better used in furthering the plot and character development. Clever and unique look at the topic.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/06/11
You had a terrific start it drew me in immediately. This is well-written and flows effortlessly.

My only comment is I've read so many stories with this message. The ending was predictable.

However, with that said, theway tines are today, the possibility of this scenario scares me. We need to do everything we can to prevent this. Keep up the great writing.
Linda Goergen11/07/11
A scenario that seems closer and closer to becoming reality in this world today! Great job!
Jennifer Suchey11/07/11
Your story drew me in.

I like the idea behind this story, but got confused with the ending. It seemed to stop mid-story. Are we to assume, having figured out the name and address of the blogger, that she was caught and reprimanded in some way, maybe even killed? I kind of feel like I was left hanging.

I liked the story idea and the writing. This simple sentence stands out to me: "Kevin offered his boss a rare grin." I like your choice of words. You could have plainly said "Kevin grinned", but you made it interesting, while revealing a small detail about Kevin ... that he rarely smiles.

Nice job. :)
CD Swanson 11/09/11
Wow - good job with this! It kept me riveted wanting to see how it would turn out. Nicely done! God Bless~
Noel Mitaxa 11/13/11
Very intriguing scenario, but I was left looking for more of a build-up towards the end, as you were well within the word-limit.
Beth LaBuff 11/14/11
I LOVE this! Your whole setting (future for us--but possibly the present for some in this world) and your gripping story was chilling and uplifting at the same time. Great work!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/17/11
Congratulations for ranking 7th in your level and 13th overall!