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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Reading (01/25/07)

TITLE: If All Else Fails
By Shari Armstrong


“What happened to the directions?” She stood next to the couch.

He looked away from the television long enough to acknowledge her presence. “What directions?”

“The directions for that new gizmo you bought me for my birthday. I’m tired of seeing it sit there on the shelf. The box got thrown out, but I thought I put the directions in the drawer with the other ones.” She sighed. “I can’t figure the thing out, so I decided I might as well try to read the directions.”

“I’m sure it’s around.” He grabbed another handful of popcorn and tossed some in his mouth.

She walked away, shaking her head. She decided to dig through the drawer one last time. As she pulled, it stuck, almost wrenching her arm. She reached in, and pushed the offending object down. She pulled it out, and discovered the book she’d been looking for all along. “Hmm, that’s odd.” She turned it over in her hands, “At least I found it.”

She curled up in the chair in the corner, tucking her robe around her feet. Turning on the gizmo, she set it on her lap and opened the book. Looking over the directions, she realized that she’d missed the menu function.

Pushing the button, the screen flashed, and showed some selections. “Cool. I can get different cartridges to go with it. Classics, kids books, all kinds of things.” She continued to thumb through the pages.

Her husband looked up. “What did you say?”

”Oh, nothing, just thinking out loud.”

He grinned, “That could be dangerous.”

She tossed a pillow at him, “So could irritating your wife.”

As she tapped the keypad, she realized that the system came with a Bible built in with a search feature. She glanced at her spouse and shook her head and entered “husbands” into the search block.

She selected one of the verses from the list “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.” She read a little further and came to another verse that caught her eye. “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.”

“Isn’t that interesting…”

“What is?”

”Oh, this thing has a Bible in it.”

”Yeah? And?”

”Just found an interesting verse.” She read the second verse she found to her husband. “See? It says in the Bible you’re to love me.”

”Good thing I already do, huh?” He tilted his head. “Hmm… I seem to remember there are some verses about wives and submitting?”

She smiled, “True.” She moved and sat next to her husband on the couch. “Did you have anything in mind?”

”Oh, maybe.” He grabbed the remote and pushed the off button.

* Ephesians 5:22, 25 KJV

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Pat Guy 02/01/07
I loved this 'slice of life!' So true! ;) Great dialogue and atmosphere - one the reader can connect with. Kudos!
Verna Cole Mitchell 02/01/07
This was a delightful story--some Scripture...some humor...some romance--all put together very well.
Amy Michelle Wiley 02/02/07
Hehe, cute!
Marilyn Schnepp 02/03/07
Loved the mystery of the "gizmo"; enchanted by the husband/wife dialogue; loved the whole aspect - and a great read! Snazzy title too...which doesn't sink in until the last sentence. Hmmm?
Great Job here! Kudos.
Jan Ackerson 02/03/07
Cute! Love the ending, and your very entertaining exploration of some male-female stereotypes. Lots of fun.
Allison Egley 02/05/07
Hehe This was so cute. And especially relevant to me, as my Bible study group is going through Ephesians 5 and 6 this week. Hehe This was very realistic.
Patty Wysong02/06/07
What a fun read! Easy to relate to, too. hehe.
Dennis Fletcher02/07/07
Great, sounds very realistic, at least in my house.
Julie Arduini02/07/07
A fun, delightful read I could relate to!!
Myrna Noyes02/07/07
Hmmmmmmmmmmm! That "gizmo" sounds very interesting! I wish I knew exactly what it was, so I could get my husband to buy me one, too! :) Very well-done piece!
Donna Powers 02/07/07
Hee! Loved the ending. Very cute. Thanks so much for sharing this.
Sharlyn Guthrie04/30/07
This is such a sweet story...it would have worked as a romance this week...and here I though I was done reading romances! I thought maybe you would enjoy getting a comment on SOMETHING this week. I enjoyed "snooping" around at some of your past writing. Nice work!