(my old stomping grounds…Almost Avalon soon to be published!)
Good Evening again!
I am now posting our last finalist in The First Annual Peggy Dobbs’ Write-of-Passage Contest.
I will let all the stories settle a while, and tomorrow I will submit a post that will allow you to tell me who is supposed to win.
The winner will be announced Sunday afternoon.
This final entry is sweet, because it refers to Peggy herself, who inspired this contest.
As you decide your favorites, please remember that the winner will not be determined by the touchy-feely nature of their writing, but by its literary merit, regardless of whether it inflates or deflates you. Got a few downers in the pile, but if they are well written, they are still in contention for winning the $500.
by Contestant #7
The empty pages of the scrapbook fluttered in the wind as I stared out towards Catalina Island, blotted out by fog.
I wanted her to see the coastline of California—the promised land for those enslaved by endless mainland. What failing health prevented her from experiencing first hand, I at least wanted her to see in pictures. Scrapbook and camera in hand, I was ready to renew her faith in this world.
But by then, it was too late. Her faith in the next world had just been rewarded.
The wind blew harder, turning the pages. My face burned red—the way it did when my notebooks were void of the homework I should have done.
“What are you waiting for, honey?”
Is hearing a voice in the wind an indicator to switch to decaf coffee?
“Grab your camera! You don’t get a clear view of Catalina too often!”
“There’s still fog,” I protested.
“So? The water’s pretty, too. Just take some lovely pictures to put in that album!”
“But why? This scrapbook was supposed to be a gift for you.”
The sun’s light pulsed brighter for a moment.
“Well, now this scrapbook can be a gift for you instead. It’s yours, honey; make sure whatever you put in it makes you happy.”
As I picked up my camera, her voice carried over the water, blowing away the clouds that obstructed my view of Catalina Island.