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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 10:02 am    Post subject: 500 X 04 Lady Liberty Reply with quote



This is from a public domain site. I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with. Sorry, I'm so late with it.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 3:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello, Marlicia!

This topic is very interesting, but we had too little time to write something on Sunday, I think.

"Lady Liberty" - it's a nice name, I like it.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 6:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Lady in the Harbor

by Harry Buschman


He was twenty three and she was eighteen. The baby would be born three months to the day after the two of them landed on Ellis Island. It had taken them six months to reach New York after leaving Hamburg. The last thing they did in Germany was to get married by a justice the morning of their departure.

Martha had been sick almost every morning of the voyage, but today she was too excited to be sick. The moment they sighted land she wanted to be on deck with her husband so they could see the Statue of Liberty together.

They stood on the steerage deck and stared openmouthed at the giant statue. Every detail of the crown was clearly visible even though it was still a mile away. “What a country this must be,” her husband marveled, “have you ever imagined such a thing. They say people can climb stairs inside her and go all the way to the top.”

“A fine country to raise a family,” Martha smiled. “There is a poem written on a tablet at the feet of the statue. It says ... I cannot say it in English, but in German it is , ‘Ich hebe meine Lampe neben der goldenen Tür auf!’... it is meant as a welcome for us.”

“Our son will say it in English for us, Martha.”
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kate had left everything: job, family, friends, country, and the old continent to come to the Dream Land. She had made her decision suddenly without any doubts, as though it was a natural thing.
But she feared to think of that – she could get scared and change her mind, and she didn’t want it at all.
She had had much time on the ship to make plans for the future.

First of all she must to get to know Mark better. He waited for her in the harbor, and probably he also wrestled with his thoughts…
One year ago they had met in the Internet. Currently she was his fiancée although it sounded amazing.
One thought was still hunting her: Will it be possible for them to recognize each other at once on the basis of the photos they had been sending with abandon? Her grandma had said that he would be an old man with a criminal past who only lurks waiting for young stupid girls…
Kate got suddenly cold feet. Mark is no criminal – that was for sure. But Mark may be a quite different man than she expected. He had been writing nice and wise letters to her, but… actually he could have copied them from the Internet!
And what will she do if Mark turns out to be a big mistake?

The Statue of Liberty appeared on the horizon line, which moved all passengers on the ship.
Well, thousands of her fellow countrymen came to America – the symbol of freedom and wealth… And what was freedom to her? Was she forced to come here to find it? Will she find her own destination in the foreign land? What chances does a young girl - from the other continent without big money in her wallet - have?
She was not certain at all whether she wants to stay in the country for ever or not. Kate began to miss her home… Her little town with familiar people seemed to be so far, so far away…
And the big ship was like a bridge between her familiar past and the new land that promised nothing…

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 10:44 am    Post subject: Lady Liberty (WC 499) Reply with quote

Lady Liberty
© Marlicia Fernandez 2-6-06 (WC 499)



“Papa, look. What is it?”

The tall man took his small daughter’s hand and looked at the rows and rows of images. “What’s what, little one?”

“There, Papa.” She lifted on arm and pointed. “It’s not like the others.”

“No it’s not.” He smiled at the curiosity he saw in her expression, the eagerness to know and understand. Too bad it would trained out of her before she reached the age of ten – just as it was dozens of other promising but questioning minds. He squatted to look into the little girl’s bright blue eyes. “Would you like to take a closer look? Mr. Benson might be persuaded to let us inside the barrier if you ask him.”

She clapped her hands and bounced, sending her brown ponytail swinging. “Oh, yes, Papa, but what is it?”

Papa spotted the curator. “Why don’t we let Mr. Benson explain?” He beckoned to his old friend, meeting him in front of the image. “Betsy is very interested in this piece. Do you think we could have a closer look?”

Mr. Benson frowned. “I don’t know… It’s highly irregular.”

“Oh, please Uncle Benny…”

“What will you give your Uncle Benny for such a privilege?” he asked with a smile.

Betsy opened her arms wide. “I’ll give you a Betsy hug and a butterfly kiss.”

The curator scooped the little girl up in his arms. “How could I say no to that?”

She giggled and hugged him tight. The she put her cheek against his and fluttered her eyelashes. “Can I see it now? Will you tell me what it is?”

Mr. Benson set Betsy down and looked along the corridors. Everyone had gone home. “I think that will be all right.” He took out a key and put it in a wall lock. “To turn off the alarm and allow us inside the barrier,” he explained. Then he led Betsy and her father closer to the image. “Now don’t touch, this picture is very old. As you can see it doesn’t even have color and it’s preserved on some type of paper.”

Betsy’s eyes grew wide. “What is it?”

“It’s called a photograph. It’s how people used to capture people, places and things they wanted to remember long after they’d left them behind.”

“You mean they didn’t have holograms and holographs?” Betsy’s eyes widened. “How did they get the image to stay on the paper?”

Mr. Benson laughed. “They used a device called a camera and a process no one can remember now.”

“What is it a photograph of?”

The laughter faded. “The photo is of Lady Liberty.”

“Who is Lady Liberty? Where is she?”

Papa and Mr. Benson scanned the corridors. “She’s been gone a long time now.”

The little girl’s face fell. “You mean I can’t go see her? Why? ”

“No, you can’t.” Footsteps echoed in the hallway. Mr. Benson ushered them away from the image, locked it up and escorted them in the opposite direction. “Lady Liberty disappeared long ago.”


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Harry,

I like your little tale (as always). It ends on a note of hope. Actually, the whole thing is hopeful. I think my favorite line is:


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“Our son will say it in English for us, Martha.”


Well done. Very Happy

Jolanta,

This is a moving little piece, blending the past with the present. (I thought it was in an earlier time until you mentioned the internet. LOL). She comes all the way across the sea full of high hopes that disappear one by one, into uncertainty and doubt. You leave it open as to whether or not Mark will be a disappointment, which is an cool way to leave it because it allows the reader to determine what happens between them. As for me, hopeless romantic that I am, I hope everything works out for them. Wink

You're doing great with these. Keep up the good work.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's interesting Marlicia -- you looked at the object and Jolanta and I looked at the subject. The object used to be called silver-gelatine printing, (silver grains in gelatin on paper) and the subject, let's hope, never disappears. I like both your stories, completely different and both completely absorbing. Jolanta, you need have no fears -- anyone who can turn the Statue of Liberty into a backdrop for romance is on the road to story telling.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like your stories very much. They are quite different - I liked the very interesting remark of Harry (subject-object).

The Satue is also exciting. I am wondering whether Harry can see it from his window...

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