Wednesday, March 17, 2010


I just saw who won the story contest I entered..and it wasn't me. Oh well. Here's the page along with my story.....

Vision Forum is pleased to announce the winner of the 2010 Vision Forum catalog cover essay contest. As promised this contest awarded a prize of $1000 in Federal Reserve notes granted to the man or woman, boy or girl, knight or vassal, royal or commoner, who drafted the most compelling story that artfully told the “true” tale of the individuals, events and the monstrous beastie depicted on the cover of the 2010 Vision Forum catalog.

Congratulations to Our Essay Winner!

Anna Francis, FL
It was the summer of 1326. At this time of year, Ireland’s beauty was at its peak. The green grass, blue sky, and clear lake in front of the castle Unity not only offered a panorama of color, but also was a place where one could enjoy its tranquility. Read the Full Essay

Honorable Mention (alphabetically)

Travis Childers, SC
Woodchips flew, and the sound of axes hitting their marks filled the air as Eric stopped for a moment to catch his breath and wipe the sweat from his face. Read the Full Essay

Mrs. Daniel Swank, NH
“Do you want to play thief?”
“Yeah. Dory can be the store lady, and I can be the owner. You can rob us. Are you going to have a gun or a bomb?”
“Maybe the thief can be really terrible, like the one who-”
“Steven, could you please come here a minute?” Read the Full Essay

Kathy White, NY
The schoolwork was finished, the chores were all done.
Mom said they were free to go play in the sun.
Three siblings, delighted, with cookies in hand,
Charged out of the house as a right merry band. Read the Full Essay

My Story:

Provision and Protection

Virginia shivered. She was cold and hungry. It was dark in the cave she was living in with her family. How Virginia wished she were at her real home! She could not go home though, because her home was destroyed. The evil and powerful dragon named Apollyon had destroyed it. Apollyon, who had yellow eyes, long shiny teeth, thick green scales, long tail, and fire coming out of its mouth scared the entire village. Most people had died of starvation or Apollyon had killed them. Virginia and her family of ten had been fortunate to have at least a cave to stay in and some bread. Virginia looked around at her family in the light of the fire. She loved them so much. Big brothers Joshua, Justice, Honor, and Providence always protected her when Apollyon stopped by their cave for a “visit”. Big sisters Liberty, Jubilee, and Faith were so loving and kind. Virginia was grateful to have such a family. Virginia snuggled up where she was sitting in Daddy’s lap. She always felt safe there.

Virginia was about to fall asleep when Mother turned to big brother Joshua and said, “We’re all getting hungry. Would you please serve us some bread?”

“Yes, Ma’am!” cried Joshua, who jumped up from his blanket. Joshua walked across the cave and looked into the bread sack. His face turned white as he said, “Mother, there’s no more bread left.”

Mother’s face turned white, too, in the light of the fire.

“We shall all die.” said Daddy, sadly. All eight children were quiet.

Suddenly, a voice, which Virginia knew was Apollyon’s, cried out in an evil way,” Oh, my friends, you shall not die, if only you pay a small price.....”

“He’s just outside the cave!” cried Faith, throwing her arms around Mother.

Joshua, interested, exclaimed “What price shall I pay?”

Apollyon answered slyly, “You can have riches, peace, food, and a beautiful home if you simply give me your smallest child, Virginia.”

Virginia’s eyes opened wide. That mean old Apollyon wanted her! Virginia buried her blond head in Daddy’s lap.

“Never will I hand her to you, Apollyon! Get out of my sight!” Daddy cried.

Apollyon said,” I shall leave for now my friends, but you shall see me soon.” Virginia heard his wings flapping and his evil laugh as he flew away.

Virginia looked at Daddy and asked, “You won’t let him take me will you?”

Daddy gave Virginia a reassuring smile and said, “No, I will never let Apollyon have you. You just lay right here and sleep.”

Virginia looked up and whispered, “Goodnight, Daddy.”

Time passed as Virginia fell asleep. Virginia woke and felt a wind as cold as ice. She pulled her blanket around her little body and snuggled up closer to Faith. Suddenly, a shadow Virginia had never seen before fell over her. Virginia pulled the blanket over her head as she felt two spiny claws with long nails pick her up. Virginia squirmed, but the claws still grasped her. Virginia looked up to see who was holding her and saw that it was Apollyon. Virginia was about to scream, but Apollyon put one claw to her mouth. Then, still holding Virginia, he carried her out of the cave and into the darkness. Once they were a little ways into the woods, Apollyon sat Virginia down and hissed, “Now, you be a good girl and don’t cry. I’m not going to hurt you, just keep you in my den.”

Virginia looked up, and burst into tears. “I wanna go home! Daddy, help me!” she wailed, holding her blanket.

Apollyon bent down and whispered in Virginia’s ear, “Your Daddy isn’t going to hear your whining. He’s sleeping.”

That just made little Virginia cry more. Apollyon shook his head and took of flying to his den. When Apollyon reached his den, he walked inside and sat Virginia down. Apollyon turned and lit a candle. Virginia stopped crying and looked around, curious. There were two little jail cells in the corner and a pile of bones in another corner. Virginia winkled her face at the smell and tried to hold back tears. She wanted to go home. Virginia twisted one of her pigtails and hugged her blanket. When he was through with lighting the candle, Apollyon reached up, grabbed a ring of keys, and opened one of the cells. Apollyon held the door open for Virginia and said, “Walk on in here, lest you want trouble.” Virginia sure didn’t want trouble, so she walked in the dim cell. Apollyon smiled and locked the door. Virginia peeked through the metal bars. Virginia bit her lip and tried to be brave. Realizing she couldn’t get out, Virginia turned, sat down on her blanket and fell asleep. She was tired.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Three weeks later....

“Want any food? Wake up, you little pest!”

Virginia woke and found Apollyon looking down at her, holding a bowl of soup. Virginia was a little hungry, so she took the soup, but eyed it suspiciously. “Thanks.” She said politely.

Apollyon grunted and locked the door. “Think I would let you starve?”

Virginia looked up from the bowl, surprised. “Why wouldn’t you?”

“Listen kid, the only reason I took you is simply to get your father over here. Then we can have a battle and I’ll win!” Apollyon laughed and went out of the den. “Bye for now! I must find food for myself!”

Virginia turned and lay back down on her blanket. She wasn’t tired, though. But there was nothing else to do! And how greatly she missed her family! Suddenly Virginia heard someone calling her name. “Virginia!” the voice called over and over. Virginia realized that the voice was her brother, Justice!

“I’m here!” she shouted with all her might. Justice came into the cave.

Justice’s face lit up as he called, “Father, Mother, Virginia is here! She’s safe!”

Virginia’s parents came into view and Virginia ran to the door of the cell. “Let me out, let me out!” she yelled.

Daddy laughed his jolly laugh and asked happily, “Where is the key?”

Virginia pointed to the top of the cell, jumping up and down. Daddy opened the door and Virginia ran to him. Just then, Virginia noticed that her parents and Justice were clothed in beautiful clothes.

“Where did you get those?” she asked.

“Providence killed Apollyon, and as soon as died, we all had these clothes on!” Justice said with a smile.

“Apollyon’s dead!?” Virginia asked, dumbfounded.

“Come outside, and you can see him dead. And I’m sure your siblings will want to see you!” Mother exclaimed.

Virginia skipped ahead and stopped to pick some flowers. She looked up and saw that all her siblings were royal knights and ladies. Honor, who was king, was crowning Providence prince, because Providence had killed Apollyon. Apollyon lay dead next to Providence.

“Long live the Prince!” Honor cried.

Virginia sat down next to Honor and looked out at the lake and their new castle. Virginia smiled. She was home.

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