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Monthly Writing Contest

September 2005 Winner: Carol Gandolfo, The Shadow
Honorable Mention: Paul Halewijn, All Fall Down
Honorable Mention: Dr. Joyce Wheeler, Shadow Sibling
View the 2005 Will Write 4 Food catalogue of winners & honorable mentions. View the contest rules.

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October Honorable Mention
All Fall Down
by Paul Halewijn

     It was my turn to watch the children and playing outdoors seemed like the best thing to do. The sunny morning made it easy for the children to go outside and out they went running through the doors eager, smiling under the blue sky above. The children were being just that, children. It was early and still cool so we played a game of fall down. They would follow me around crouched low watching my steps closely until I sprung high shooting my arms and hands to the sky. They would quickly drop and cover themselves. The last one down would be out. My version of musical chairs was also my secret code for duck and cover. They loved our game and giggled, screamed and cried when we played it.
     The last duck and cover drill ended when my fingers melted together, my hair burst into flames and my clothing became my skin. A flash, a sting, and then silence. I am drifting now watching the men look for us. I didn’t know concrete could burn, but it does and has a very strange smell to it.
     When they finally came to find us we were all but gone. The children were now little piles of stuff that showed where they were that last split second. I was turned into a filmy human negative, emulsion of molecules and matter once belonging to the soul. The children simply ceased but my lucky shadow remained.
     The bomb dropped on me today.


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