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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: End (02/13/06)

TITLE: Not a Storybook Ending


“Daryl, I have been listening to your lame excuses for the past fifteen minutes! Pictures don’t lie! Her flaming red ponytail was unmistakable!” Jenna screamed into the telephone.

“What? What? I don’t know what you’re talking about! You’re always listening to outsiders who are jealous of what we have.” His voice began to rise as he tried to argue his way out of yet another mess.

Jenna clenched her teeth and hissed, “Good bye, Daryl, and don’t ever call me again!”

Wow, was it really over?

Jenna could hardly believe that a three year relationship could end in less time than it took to cook a Lean Cuisine.

After she hung up the telephone she picked up the Caught-In-The-Act envelope that contained glossy 8x10 photos of Daryl with the woman that the investigator referred to as the red-head. With tears streaming down her face she cried out, “Lord, I don’t know what to do. If I turn a blind eye again to his cheating ways I know he will continue to hurt me.”

The next morning Jenna woke up tired after a night spent tossing and turning. Before heading out to work she called her best friend Chris and lamented, “I feel as though I have reached the end of a book only to be disappointed by the ending. If only I were able to rewrite the last page.”

Chris knew how she felt, “Hey Jen, I know you feel rotten right now and even though you can’t understand why this had to end this way, you need to trust that the Lord has it all worked out. He can add more chapters to your life story than you could even imagine.”

Jenna pondered on Chris’ comforting words all throughout the day and that evening she wrote in her journal:

February 14th, 2006

Dear Lord,

It was so hard for me to get through my first Daryl-less day. The fact that it’s Valentine’s Day didn’t help either. All day there were roses and balloons being delivered to my job for everyone else except me. The only red that I ended up seeing at my desk was my blood-shot eyes as I looked into my mirror.

I ripped the card I bought for Daryl into a million pieces and the teddy bear that was to go with it is still propped up on my dresser taunting me with its smile (note to file – discard the bear). How silly was I to think that Daryl could change, even the bear knew this notion was a joke. Whenever I recall the reservations we had for tonight at The Palm Palace Restaurant it upsets me. Instead of a gourmet meal I had a TV dinner which now feels like lead in my stomach.

I thought hard about what Chris said to me and even though I feel bad right now I know if I trust in You I will be able to look back on this situation weeks, months and years from now and marvel at how You were the author and publisher of every page, chapter and volume of my life.

All these things I ask in Jesus’ name.


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Jan Ackerson 02/20/06
Chris was very wise. Good story but very familiar territory; consider adding some kind of twist to take away the element of predictability. I like the little touches of wry humor.
Marilyn Schnepp 02/22/06
Very well written story, but I tend to agree with Jan; it's one of those stories that has happened to everybody...needs a different twist, something unique, a surprise ending. Nicely done, however!
c clemons02/22/06
I disagree with the other reviewers, for some the story never gets told enough because when we're the ones in that kind of relationship it's good to see it put down on paper by someone. Good job.