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Monthly Writing Contest

June 2006 Winner: Barbara Schnell , Illumination
Honorable Mention: Carol L. Gandolfo, Gray Lady
Honorable Mention: Mike Dunn, Moving On
View the 2006 Will Write 4 Food catalogue of winners & honorable mentions. View the contest rules.

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June 2006 Honorable Mention
Gray Lady
by Carol Gandolfo

Rue stood at the attic window and watched as the crimson sliver slipped into the deep blue sea. The white-washed wall of the tower just 100 feet away, brightened and dimmed as the light revolved at the top of the lighthouse. Rue turned away from the darkened window and moved toward her favorite chair. The attic door opened and a young man entered. His right hand still held the doorknob and there was a flashlight in his left hand. As he looked at Rue, his blue eyes widened and his mouth dropped open. Slowly, he began to back up and then fell backwards down the five steps to the first landing. He lay on the floor for a full minute before painfully getting to his feet and walking into the living room. He was about to tell the lighthouse caretaker and his boss what he had seen, but stopped himself. It was only his imagination. A few days later, when John accidentally broke an attic window while moving a ladder away from the room edge, he refused to go into the attic to make the repair. Instead, he replaced the window from the outside. When his boss reminded him a few days later that they needed to clean up the broken glass, John hesitated a little too long. Then finally told his boss what he had seen. His boss grabbed a dustpan and broom and headed up the stairs. John followed behind. In the attic, they both stared in surprise at the neat pile of glass on the floor. In the corner of the room, a rocking chair began to move to and fro. Rue looked on sadly as both men ran from the room.

 

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