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The Rest of My Life: A Short Story Response to a Creative Writing Challenge Issued by Billybuc on HubPages

Updated on September 04, 2016
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Theresa has enjoyed participating in writing challenges on HP. It is satisfying to her to try to write in another genre out of her norm.

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Peering out of an opened window of the tower of the 107 year old Queen Anne Victorian home, overlooking one of the most gorgeous and breathtaking views of the alpine lakes, Matthew’s young and muscular body soon begins to cool from the brisk mountain air. He had just finished repairing one of the creaking boards of the wooden floor in the room. The allure of the intoxicating scent of Lavender in the air takes his mind back to his youth and time spent with grandpa who had since passed on just a few years earlier.

Matthew spent many summers up at the home during his youth with his grandpa where they both enjoyed trout fishing in Washington’s High Lakes. Matthew so enjoyed exploring the remote trails into mountain potholes and remembers wandering across flowered meadows, all the while with grandpa trailing behind him trying to keep up.

One particular day of fond memories entered Matthew’s mind, thinking of the time after he and grandpa came to the end of a particular trail, where they sat under the shady forests of cedar, fir and hemlock. Matthew remembers asking his grandpa why the trout were so fat. Grandpa bellowed at Matthew’s question, and went on to tell him that the trout grew so plump here because they fed on mayflies, midgets and other minute delectables. “Oh cool!” shouted Matthew, as only a young boy would, at such a thought.

Matthew also remembers asking his grandpa the reason why the lakes were called “high,” when they were on the ground. After another deep bellowing laugh from grandpa, he went on to explain to Matthew that the lakes were considered “high” because any lake above 2,500 feet elevation qualified as a “high” lake. Needless to say, after spending a little over two decades of summers up at the home with his grandpa, whom he so adored, Matthew knows anything and everything there is to know about trout fishing.

Matthew’s grandpa left the home and the land to Matthew after his passing. Matthew was having difficulty thinking about living up there by himself, especially since his beloved grandpa was no longer around. Matthew’s parents were still living and lived their lives as missionaries, traveling to poverty-stricken areas around the world. At the present, they were in a small settlement in Zambia, located in southern Africa, to install a well of fresh drinking water.

Although there is no shortage of people around the old homestead with approximately 100,000 anglers and a million hikers roaming Washington’s high country each season, Matthew still felt alone in the big old house. High lakes trout fishing is one of Washington’s premier recreational pastimes.

Matthew just graduated from college with a degree in Environmental Science, and so his thoughts were to his future. He knew he never wanted to have to give up the old homestead and land. Then, a lovely thought crossed his mind of a sweet angel of a wife living there with him one day for the rest of their lives. Well, he thought, it is good to dream of such . . . better yet, he knelt down and prayed right then and there, while the old wooden floor still creaked underneath him, thinking he was crazy . . . Heavenly Father, I’m praying to ask you to send me the one you would have me spend my life with; the one who will love me the rest of my life and live with me right here . . . please provide a way.”

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That was that, he thought, and he got up, threw on a shirt and then remembered earlier in the day noticing at the bottom of the foothills in the small town of Winding Ridge, a flea market. So he hopped into his grandpa’s old green 1954 Chevy pickup 1300, loaded with items from the home he knew he could sell at the flea market and off he went. Matthew made a pretty penny for his wares. Afterwards, he ran into the vine-covered shed to get his hiking gear, thinking it was a perfect day for hiking.

Soon, Matthew found himself in a stunning meadow of Starflower, a native plant to the area. Suddenly out of the blue, Matthew heard a voice, a voice he had never heard before, “Hi there, my name is Anna Grace.” Matthew turned, almost as if in slow motion, to see to whom this angelic southern voice belonged. He thought he was dreaming, as there stood right in front of him, the most beautiful girl he could have ever dreamed of, with eyes of emerald, reflecting the shimmer of the sunlight from the lake, while her long, silky beautiful hair danced in the breeze, the color of honey, so pure and beautiful. Smiling beautifully, while walking towards him with those long tanned legs and holding out her petite hand . . . Matthew forgot his own name!

Anna Grace was there working with a foundation whose mission is to assist with the creation, rehabilitation and stewardship of the native plant communities.


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Together there, sitting on that high ridge, looking down on the beauty below, holding each other’s weathered-worn hands, oh so gently, Matthew could not help but to think back to that lovely day over 60 years ago, when heaven sent him his angel to be with him the rest of his life. Thank you, thank you, Matthew thought as he looked towards heaven.

You see, that very day they fell in love. When Anna Grace saw the old home, she immediately felt as if she were home, and shared with Matthew her dream of one day owning a beautiful Victorian Bed and Breakfast. The Starflower Bed and Breakfast soon became known far and wide to anglers and hikers while they were enjoying the area’s premier recreational pastimes. Matthew became the area’s most well-known tour guide and expert in the area of hiking and trout fishing, and with his degree in Environmental Science, he made sure the area stayed pristine.


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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I will read this over the weekend. Thank you my dear for entering the contest.

      love,

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks so much Bill. And I am sorry for the late entry.

      Hugs and blessings your way. Have a lovely weekend of reading.

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      I'm gld I'm not Bill. So many god entries and now One More! I enjoyed the read. Thank you.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Mh,

      So good to see you stopping by for a visit. Yes, poor Bill! Yet, another entry. I just came under the wire at the last moment. I am a non-fiction writer, but thought I'd give it a whirl, and I had fun.

      I appreciate the kind words.

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      What a sweet story, Faith Reaper! I enjoyed the fact that you are, so far, the first one I read that is not of the "horror" genre! Thank you for sharing! Up+ Good luck in the contest!

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Dear Faith, this was such a delightful story with all the important elements of love, stewardship of nature, faith, and the amazing relationship between a grandparent and grandchild. I loved it! Voted up+++

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Randi,

      Thanks so much for taking the time to read. Gypsy's was another one that is not of the "horror" genre. I am glad you enjoyed it.

      I appreciate the vote up and share.

      Hugs and blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Linda,

      Great to see you here reading and leaving such great comments. I do so appreciate that you loved it and the vote up! That means a lot to me.

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Without a shadow of a doubt, my sweetest friend, you are a born writer.

      My glasses are off and the tears are flowing! You have totally taken these pictures and made them a warm, loving and meaningful connection filled with love and "faith". Your story is as beautiful as you.

      The last entry is not the least by a long shot!! Voted UP and UABI!

      Love, Maria

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Maria,

      Wow, I am so very humbled by your kind words, especially being this is my first real "fiction" write here on Hubpages, as I am a non-fiction writer for the most part. However, I do have an active imagination, always daydreaming as a child.

      Oh, I am so glad to know this write touched you so much to bring on the tears . . . which makes me feel much better about my writing and my last minute entry! Poor Bill, he will have much to read this weekend no doubt, but I know he will enjoy reading them, as I have, with all of the wonderful entrys. I would not want to be the one having to make a decision for sure, as it would be a very difficult one.

      I do so appreciate your encouragement here my precious friend, Maria. You are such a treasure to me.

      Thanks for the vote up.

      Love and hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Sunnie Day 4 years ago

      Dearest Faith...This is just beautiful and do you know what I loved the most is your heart as you saw something so beautiful and loving out of these pictures. You always make the Lord shine in all you do. Wishing you the best in this contest as you have a winner here!

      Love and hugs,

      Sunnie

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Sunnie,

      Thank you so much for the lovely comments here. I wish you the best in this contest too, and I really loved your submission too. Bill has a tough job ahead of him no doubt.

      I appreciate you taking the time to read my late entry here and glad you liked it.

      Love and hubs,

      Faith Reaper

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I don't envy Bill for one minute, he has a huge task over the weekend.

      I loved your story Faith, such a delight to read.

      Good luck

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Rosemary,

      So glad you enjoyed my story. It was fun to write, as I am a non-fiction writer for the most part, especially with the challenge of the 1,000 words or less. Had to wind up editing out a lot to meet that requirement.

      I appreciate you kind words.

      Yes, Bill has a tough decision ahead of him no doubt with all the wonderful entries.

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      jaydene 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi Faith, I really enjoyed reading this, I admire anyone who can write fiction. You have done a great job here, I love the House at the top., It looks so romantic.

      Best of luck to you :)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi jaydene,

      Thank you so much, especially since I am a non-fiction writer for the most part, and just thought I would give fellow hubber, Billybuc's Fiction Writing Contest a whirl. Billybuc provided the guidelines of 1,000 words or less, which was a challenge, and he also provided the photos, which we were to be utilized in the specific order, as shown above, in our creative writing of fiction.

      I love Victorian homes too.

      I am so happy you loved my story. Billybuc has a tough job this weekend of choosing the winner of his contest. My entry was so very late on the last day, yesterday! I really enjoyed writing it, as it was a change for me to write fiction. So, I really do appreciate your kind words.

      Thanks for stopping by to read and thank you so very much.

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Sunnie, of course I meant . . . love and hugs . . .

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Faith, a wonderful read, good luck with the competition. Poor Billy must be pulling his hair out by now :).

      Take care now, love Jo

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jo,

      I appreciate you stopping by to read. Thanks so much for the lovely comment and best wishes with the competition. Yes, Bill has his job cut out for him with all the great writings no doubt!

      I know I came in under the wire.

      Blessings and love to you, Faith Reaper

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      skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Faith I love this precious story.. LOVE IT. All of us long to meet our special one, someday. This was a dream setting and a dream life. I love how you pointed out matthew was a beleiver early on in the story. God does answer our prayers~

      This was a nice way to start my morning. Very nice Faith with a big thumbs up girl. Love you, Skye

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi skye2day,

      So glad you enjoyed my fiction creative writing piece. Thank you so much for reading and leaving such lovely comments. God really does answers prayers, as I know all to well!

      This is my first fiction writing on HP, for I am a non-fiction writer for the most part. I thought I would give Bilybuc's contest a whirl, and I had fun writing this fiction, and it was a challenge with the limit of the 1,000 words or less rule.

      God bless you. Love you too, Faith Reaper

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Beyond the beauty in your art, Faith, I felt a personal awakening in the fact that the few individuals I've met in life that sincerely "Let go and let God" are happy. It seems beyond coincidence that these individuals enjoy what is given to them, are not consumed with money or greed or what's in it for them, but are satisfied when they find their purpose and fulfill a need. I was struck by the pure innocence of the two adults in your story who found each other after the young man's prayer. Though I am certain their lives, like every human being's, would have had trials and tribulations, losses and gains, yin and yang, but it's not so much what we are given, but how we use it. Beautiful story that made me think about the fact that the more I rage, the more I find to rage about! I need to talk to God more. Thank you, Faith, for a meaningful story that doesn't preach, but flows perfectly into the corners of my mind.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Amy,

      So glad you read my fiction submission to Billybuc's contest. Wow, your thoughts put a whole lot more meaning behind the story than I did when I wrote it, as I was thinking so hard to stay withing the guidelines of the rules of the four photographs in a particular sequence and then the 1,000 words or less challenge too! Needless to say, I did a lot of editing. Plus being, I am for the most part a non-fiction writer, so this was fun.

      Yes, in a real life scenario, there sure are a lot of trials and tribulations to go through, and I know, as I have been married for 34 years! LOL Given the word restriction, there was not a lot of room to expand on what happened throughout their 60 years of marriage, but just to get to the point of their devotion and love for each other into their twilight years, is what was most important to me in my mind.

      I know Bill is sure going to have a tough decision on his hands with all the great entrys being so very unique, which made this a very interesting contest, as we all had the same four photos and guidelines to follow, and all came up with very different stories.

      I appreciate your lovely words here, which mean the world to me. You are a treasure here at HP, and all are blessed to, not only enjoy your presence here, but your amazing gift of writing that is beyond words!

      Hugs and love to you, and hope your weekend is lovely, Faith Reaper

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Wow what a beautiful inspiring story! Makes one wish I were young enough to live this dream. How like heaven it would be I can really imagine. Great writing girl and the words painted so many pretty picture!

      Good luck and God bless.

      * I did figure out the link box, just have to round up my facts! Thanks again.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi my sweet southern friend, Jackie,

      Thanks so much for your wonderful comment here. They mean so much coming from you, as I aspire to be even just a bit as great of a writer as you already are one day! My first fiction write here on HP, and it was fun.

      I appreciate the well wishes, but I know Bill has his work cut out for him in the decision, and I would not want that job, especially with so many great submissions.

      I am so glad you got that box figured out, and I knew you would no doubt.

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up for sure. This was a wonderful story and if things were different I would want to open up a bed and breakfast myself in a lovely old house. Good luck in the contest. God bless.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Gypsy,

      Thanks so much for your lovely comments. Me too, I would love to have a Bed & Breakfast myself.

      I appreciate the vote up. Best wishes for you in the contest too. I just loved your story.

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      O it makes me want to check into that B&B and never check out, Faith.

      This was a story I did not want to end--you know, like some books you read. You want to know more about the characters and what happens next.

      Great job. Bill has a hard job ahead of him for sure.

      Sending Angels your way :) ps

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi PS!

      Your words mean so much to me, and I really did have to edit with the 1,000 words or less limit! It was great fun writing fiction for a change. I could have kept writing on and on, (as I do normally - lol), but of course had to cut it off and leave the rest up to everyone's imagination.

      Yes, Bill does have a difficult choice to make with all the great entrys in the contest. I know I would not want to be him right now.

      Thank you for your encouragement and support as always.

      Love, hugs and Angels your way, Faith Reaper

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Faith..This is simply a wonderful story.. a story of faith and love.. God's love for us if we just ask. You did a wonderful job on this story.. You have to write more.. I insist..

      God Bless you my sweet friend

      Debbie

      sharing

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks Debbie,

      I value your opinion so much, as I do not write fiction. Thank for the lovely words of encouragement here.

      God bless you too dearest friend

      I appreciate the share

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Faith, what a beautiful story. I love the ending. This is one of my favorite ones so far. Blessings. Voting up!

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      Zipper 4 years ago from United States

      Good story I felt I was there with Matthew your detail was very well described and believable. Thank you!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Marlene (lovedoctor),

      Thanks so much for the encouraging words. I am so glad you like it, especially since I do not usually write fiction. I loved your story too.

      Bill has a hard decision with so many great entrys.

      I appreciate the vote up.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hello ZipperConstantine,

      Thanks so much for your great comment and encouraging words, as this is my first fiction write here on HP, so I thought I would give it a whirl and have fun with it.

      I appreciate you.

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Beautiful story. I somehow missed it.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Becky,

      Thanks so much for reading and I appreciate the kind words. Well, there have been many entrys and I entered on the last day.

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      I love our shared idea, Faith - that the beautiful house should be a guest house, making it possible for many to enjoy the heavenly surroundings.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Martie,

      LOL, yes, our shared idea, from horror to beautiful B & B! LOL. Isn't is great that so many had different ideas from the same set of four photos.

      I thought of the B & B idea, as the house actually reminds me of one here in my state, which is a B & B, called Camellia House, and it is blue too. However, it has beautiful Camellia plants all around the grounds and each room inside is beautifully decorated with a different theme, i.e., Hummingbird Room, Hydrangea Room, Rose Room, etc. Then with Bill being from Washington State, I thought I'd do a little research of the area, as I am a non-fiction writer for the most part, and do not write fiction, and that is how I came up with the beautiful setting for my story.

      I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment. Best wishes in the contest. I just loved your thriller!

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, PS Martie, I found out from researching Victorian houses, that a lot of them are now Bed & Breakfasts, so there you go, and then I happened to hear a song on the radio about an angel of a wife for a lifetime or something like that. Funny, what stirs the imagination and combination of many things going through our minds.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Well, if this is your first real fiction my friend, it had certainly better not be your last. Inspirational beauty is what comes to mind when I read this lovely story. A man of faith finding the girl of his dreams. Truly a beautiful story.

      Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Dearest Mary (Till)

      I am so humbled by your kind and encouraging words here. Yes, maybe I will try my hand at writing a little more fiction here and there.

      I do so appreciate you and the vote up.

      God bless you always. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Chris Merritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Nice job! Wonderful story.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi CMerritt,

      So glad you stopped by to read and I appreciate the lovely comments.

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Ann Carr 4 years ago from SW England

      Slowly making my way through the entries; another brilliant one! I love the gentleness of this one, especially as the house inspired a gentle response in me when I first saw the photo. Up and beautiful. Great read. Ann

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hello annart,

      So glad for your visit here this day! Thank you so much for leaving such wonderful comments here. I am so humbled by your lovely words.

      I appreciate the vote up.

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, P.S. Martie,

      The only reason I even knew of Zambia in South Africa was due to members of our former church in the city had actually traveled there to do just that . . . put in a well for fresh drinking water, as the people were having to walk miles to a river where crocs would sometimes eat them alive! It was so very dangerous for them to just obtain water suitable for drinking.

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Funom Theophilus Makama 4 years ago from Europe

      This is such a fantastic story... Please Faith, where can I enter such contests? I never knew we have such contests here on Hubpages..

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Funom,

      Thanks once again for reading and leaving such lovely comments.

      This is just a contest this particular hubber, Billybuc, came up with on his own. I am a non-fiction writer, so this was a nice change for me and it was fun. I also enjoyed reading all the other entries, as we all had taken the same four photos and came up with totally different stories. The winner has already been chosen, a great hubber named BraveWarrior.

      God Bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Faith,

      I am so glad I came back to this story today. I read part of it a few days ago, but I must have gotten distracted, because I noticed I didn't finish the story or comment on it.

      Another hubber mentioned your story as one of a few that featured the house in a non-scary way (I had commented that almost every entry had the house as the scene of a scary or sad story. Including mysellf). It is a beautiful house, so I'm glad some people made it the scene of a happy story.

      Anyway, this is a really sweet story, and I enjoyed reading it.

      It is so fun to read so many interpretations of the same photos! I'm glad Bill put out this contest.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Kathryn,

      I am so glad you came back to finish reading, especially with this being my first actual write of fiction here on HP.

      Thank you so much for leaving such lovely comments here. Yes, it is great fun to read so many interpretations using the same four photos!

      I am so glad you enjoyed reading my story. That house really did remind me of an actual Bed & Breakfast here in the South, so that is what put that thought into my mind about writing about such. It is interesting as to what our brains can come up with when just looking at different photos, and the scenarios are endless.

      Have a lovely Sunday, Faith Reaper

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      Ghaelach 4 years ago

      Hi Faith Reaper.

      Please excuse me for missing your entry into Billybuc's writing contest. How I missed it, I've no idea.

      You've written a lovely hub going back some 60 years.

      I enjoyed taking part and writing my entry as well.

      Have a nice day.

      LOL Ghaelach

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Ghaelach,

      Thanks so much for reading and leaving a lovely comment. Yes, it was great fun to write fiction for me, as I usually, for the most part, write non-fiction.

      Lots of Love to you too and blessings, Faith Reaper

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      stars439 3 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      A very lovely hub precious heart. A wonderful story. GBY.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi stars,

      So glad for your visit, and I appreciate your kind words here.

      God bless you too, Faith Reaper

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Did you win? You should have! Voting up and sharing even if it is too late! lol

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jackie,

      LOL, no I did not win. There were a lot of great entries. I also entered the second one, then I decided to withdraw it, as I decided it just didn't have that magic ...something missing. The funny thing is, is that I still have it unpublished and its score remained so high, so maybe I should have let it remain in that second contest. LOL Oh, well. I think the first contest had a lot more entries. I believe Bravewarrior won the first one.

      Thank you for reading and it means a lot to me that you think I should have won, especially being I do not write fiction!

      I appreciate the vote up and sharing, even though it is too late, as far as the contest. : ) You are sweet to do so though.

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Whatever happened with this? Must have been before I was reading billy. Hope you won!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jackie,

      Sha (bravewarrior) won. It was a fun for me to write a fiction piece, being I am a non-fiction writer for the most part. Plus with the added challenge of just 1,000 words and the requirement to use the four photos that Bill provided in that specific order, one really had to be creative.

      Well, I see you commented before : ) hehe It is hard to keep up with everything around HP Town.

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      What a sweet story!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Audrey,

      Thank you so much reading! Have a wonderful night.

      Faith Reaper

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      sujaya venkatesh 3 years ago

      good luck on further venturefaith

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello sujaya venkatesh,

      Thank you so much for reading! It was a lot of fun to participate even though I did not win. I think participating in such contests allows us an opportunity to maybe write in genres we normally do not write in and just see.

      Have a great weekend,

      Faith Reaper

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      Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I don't know how I missed your entry in Bill's contest, Theresa. I thought I'd read all of them but apparently not. This tale was well written and I enjoyed your storyline. It was a fun contest but I'm too long winded to stay below the 1000 limit. lol! You should write more fiction. :)

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Randy, thank you so much. Your comment means a lot coming from you, an amazing writer of fiction! Many people have told me that I should write more fiction, especially after entering another creative fiction writing challenge that was on the dark side. It was fun. So funny you should mention about being long-winded, as I am too. Therefore, with that being the case, it was even more of a challenge. : ) I will continue reading your amazing writing and become even more inspired! Blessings

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      John Hansen 6 months ago from Queensland Australia

      This was a lovely story, Theresa, and I only came upon it accidentally. Nellieanna included it in the links on her hub to Bill's latest challenge and because I hadn't read it I clicked on it. For some reason I don't always get notification of your new hubs. Perfect ending.

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      Faith Reaper 6 months ago from southern USA

      Hi John,

      Thank you! Oh, this was my response to a challenge of three years ago! Nellieanna is such a sweetheart for linking this one, even if it's not for the latest challenge issued by Bill. I remember it was so much fun to enter three years ago when Bill issued it with photo prompts as well.

      I have this one and the one I entered that was issued by Frank, which was also a lot of fun too and stretched my comfort zone out of my norm. I was pleasantly surprised at how well-received both of my past responses to challenges were received.

      I have immensely enjoyed reading all of the fine responses to Bill's Mountain challenge this round. I plan to publish one to Bill's latest challenge too. My two grandsons are up this weekend, as I may have mentioned on your grandparents' hub. Charlie is only 9 months old and trying to attempt to walk but not quite ready yet, so we have to keep a close eye on him.

      As soon as they return home, I will finalize my response to this recent challenge of Bill's, hopefully.

      I appreciate you reading my response here to a challenge of years ago.

      Blessings

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