Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: PUZZLE (11/24/16)
- TITLE: Interlock
By Donna Powers
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My boyfriend, Gavin, had promised a “special surprise.” I couldn't wait.
After too many years in the dating scene and not being able to find the right person, I'd decided a year ago to leave it up to the Lord. A few weeks after that, I'd met Gavin in the produce section of the supermarket, as we both tried to select the same avocado.
In time, I'd come to love everything about Gavin. I especially love the way he tries to follow the Lord. He also loved surprises. Our time together so far had been an unfolding adventure.
I didn't yet know where dinner would be tonight. Gavin had told me he'd let me know today, and it would be a surprise.
When I opened the screen door of my apartment, a small package dropped onto the floor. It had to be from Gavin. I quickly opened the box and found something wrapped in tissue paper and a note. The note said,
“This is the first of three puzzle pieces. Please open it and follow the directions. Each direction will lead you to the next puzzle piece. When you have all three, you'll learn the location of your birthday dinner.
“I love you,
I laughed. and unwrapped the small oddly-shaped piece of cardboard. On one side, in Gavin's writing, were the words, “Go to the place we first met.”
The supermarket? Well, that was easy. I quickly got back into my car and drove to the supermarket.
As I pulled into the parking lot, I wondered where in that big store I was supposed to go. Should I go to the produce aisle and wait for an avocado to give me a clue? I locked the car and walked toward the market.
There, standing in front of the entrance door, was Gavin's sister Gayle. She smiled and held out an envelope.
“Do you know what's going on, Gayle?” I asked her.
“Nope,” she chuckled. “Gavin only told me to stand here and hand you this envelope.”
“OK,” I laughed.
“Can I see what's in there?” she asked.
“Sure,” I replied. I opened the envelope and unwrapped the second puzzle piece. I told Gayle about Gavin's note. This puzzle piece (which fit perfectly into the previous piece) told me to go where we'd had our first kiss. “Awww,” we both said, simultaneously.
As I studied the two interlocking pieces, I realized they formed the top part of a heart shape.
I was glad the next destination was nearby. By now, my excitement and joy in this process was growing. I told Gayle I'd call her later and headed toward the park gazebo. This was turning out to be one of Gavin's best surprises.
As I pulled into the parking lot, I looked around to see who might be waiting. As I walked into the park, I saw my sister, Penny.
“Penny!” I called.
“Rosie!” she answered. Smiling, she held out an envelope. “You'd better tell me all about this,” she chided me. I assured her I would.
I eagerly unwrapped the next piece. It was completed the heart perfectly – except for a circular hole in the center. What in the world....?
This piece directed me to “our table at our place.” This was the easiest clue of all, because I'd expected tonight's dinner to be there.
I was grinning by the time I reached the restaurant. I kept smiling as I neared “our table
And there was Gavin … matching my smile. He stood and gestured at a waiting chair.
“Thank you so much!” I said. “That was really fun!”
“So, what did you think of the puzzle?” he queried.
I held up the three connected pieces and pointed to the empty center circle. “What's up with this?” I chided.
Suddenly, Gavin dropped to his knees, and ….Oh, my gosh...!
He was holding up small velvet box, and I was pretty sure this wasn't a puzzle piece. But, as he pointed to the sparkling ring inside he said, “I think this may fit in that hole in the puzzle.”
“Oh, Gavin,” I sighed.
And the next phase of our adventure began.
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