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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Salt and Pepper (07/24/14)

TITLE: Shaken By The Truth
By C D Swanson


"I can handle the most difficult combinations and bring about a transformation upon each attempt."

"So what's so great about that? I can do all of which you so eloquently stated and more."

"Yes, but people relish and long to be fulfilled. I'm the one they usually choose for that kind of enjoyment. I stand by ready for any assignation that will surely bring delight to those who choose me."

"How do you come up with that brilliant deduction? Do you have a record to bring to the table?"

"There is no need to conjecture, all you'd have to do is observe. Stand right where you are and learn. Take note, and shake, as you prepare to be enlightened by my presence, and the effect it has on others. It's mesmerizing."

"Ahem! I think I hold the record for all of the above, and then some."

"I don't think so. Nice attempt to disengage from reality my friend. However, when you come down to earth you'll see that I'm preferable to what you have to offer. In fact, I've been the topic of many gatherings. Even in medical conventions. The doctors know me well.

Ha! I bet they do. They've probably been trying to warn everyone to stay away from you. They come to me freely, and I'm good for them."

"Ha! Now who is the jokester? The reality is most will choose the light over the dark.

"I don't think so! I've been known to be chosen over the light upon many occasions. You know that!"

"Yes, that is true...sadly, not the majority of time."

"Look here comes a couple let's see who they'll choose tonight. Are you ready for this?"

"Don't get too shook up when you see who they'll pick."


They waited patiently as the couple spoke to each other lovingly. They talked about the good times, and the bad times in the world. And, finally their meals arrived.

The salt shaker was lifted first and used sparingly. The white pepper was used by the female only, leaving the black pepper alone on the shelf.

"See, as I've said and predicted repeatedly my friend. I hate to break this to you but light pepper is the choice over dark pepper. But the undeniable truth is I'm the preferred choice of all seasonings. I bring out the God-flavors of this earth. If people lose me how will they taste godliness? How will they taste flavor? I'll always be a worthy candidate for those willing to use me, and I'll never be thrown out."

The black pepper and the white pepper stood side by side as the salt proved them wrong yet again.


Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. (Matthew 5:13 KJV)

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PamFord Davis 08/01/14
Shake, shake, shake! I can visualize animation salt and pepper characters involved in conflict and competition!

Wing His Words
lynn gipson 08/01/14
Oh, yes, this is by far the most creative piece of writing you have done thus far. Salt will win every time, and this is a most delightful way of telling it. I, too, could see the salt and pepper shakers talking.

You never disappoint, and this is genius! Excellent writing, my friend.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/01/14
This is quite creative. I knew right away the MCs were salt and pepper, but didn't think of white pepper to the end. I truly enjoy reading the personification of inanimate objects. I did get a bit confused about who was who. I'm not sure if it would have been possible to do taglines, but I think it would help it click more. You definitely covered the topic in a fresh and interesting way. The Bible verse tied in with the message in a grand way.
Robert Douglas Brown08/01/14
I read this article 3 times, and each time I found something that I did not see the previous read. A great article no doubt, and one that should do very well. I love your work, and look forward each week for a special treat!

God Bless!
Phillip Cimei08/01/14
A fun piece to read. Good job. It is a joy to read something that tickled your senses. I am 65 and feel like I have lived a sheltered life. I asked my wife if she had ever seen white pepper and she hadn't. What world am I living in? Enjoyed.
Dannie Hawley 08/02/14
This is an absoultely delightful read! I had to go read it again, once the shakers had been identified. I loved it and the vivid truth it displayed. Since we can only get black pepper where we live, I can only say that I do love a bit of black pepper on most foods. Maybe I'll look for some white pepper when home next. Thanks for putting a smile on my face to begin the morning.
Joyce Krznaric08/07/14
Clever and enjoyable!