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Alisha's Contract

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The contract had been signed and now there was no turning back. Alisha had been so desperate to get away, as far away as possible, that she was willing to agree to almost anything to make it happen.

At first it had seemed like an ideal offer, but now that she was on the plane and headed to Ethiopia in the horn of Africa, Alisha wasn't so sure.  Her friend Lemma had begged her to accept the teaching position, believing that education of Oromo children was the only hope for their future in a country where the ruling minority stopped at nothing in their efforts to suppress them.

The plane landed safely and taxied to the gate as Alisha gathered her resolve along with her belongings and headed inside the terminal to find Lemma waving excitedly in her direction. 
Soon they were in his car and headed for the remote village where the members of his extended family that had thus far managed to escape execution by the government had roasted a goat and prepared a feast to welcome the new teacher who would soon take part in the revolution that was to change their lives forever.
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I'm linking up with the ever-awesome Ivy Walker at "Uncharted"
for Six Sentence Stories where the cue this week is "CONTRACT"
Come and read what others have written and share a story of your own! 

19 comments:

  1. Yum, roast goat! That would be really brave given the unsettled political/religious situation in northern Africa, without some form of government protection however it looks as though she is already on the wrong side!

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    1. You are right, Old Egg, this falls under the heading of "what are you willing to die for" because in going there to do something she believes in, she is well aware of the risk involved.

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  2. A wonderful story. I'm sure Alisha has many conflicted thoughts and feelings about this life change, but it sounds like it will be personally rewarding.

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    1. Thank you, Val! I agree, she must have quite a mix of excitement and anxiety, but most certainly it will be the adventure of a lifetime, and will change her in ways she can't even imagine!

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  3. I always wonder about the amount of resolve it takes to make moves like this one....especially with the death threat hanging over your head.

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    1. So true, Ivy, going willingly into an environment which you have very little control over, and no quick exit, while the threat of death looms largely is the ultimate act of bravery. I doubt that I could do it, but maybe at 20 or 30 I might have!

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  4. (we're all, apparently keying in on the roasted goat!)…nice touch! nicely engaging story (which, in the land of six, is the highest of compliments)!

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    1. I'm chuckling about the roasted goat, Clark! I have it on good report from Papa Bear that it's actually quite delicious. I was once promised one if I went to Ethiopia to visit my friend there. I am sad that I wasn't able to do so.

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  5. Yup, roasted goat is what jumped out at me as well. Good story.

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  6. What an adventure! I hope everything works out for her.

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  7. People who can move far away for a cause that means so much to them always intrigue me. Excellent story!

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    1. I agree Mimi, especially far away to such a volatile place. But we need people who care to do just that, and the world needs to know what happens to the Oromo people and other ethnic groups like them.

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  8. I would have had to get on the next plane if I were served goat.

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    1. In the Southwest where I live now roasted goat is considered every bit as good as a roasted pig or beef, Dianne. I haven't had the opportunity to eat it, but I certainly would try. Papa Bear says it's very good! I'm sure that Alisha was in for quite a drastic change of dietary ways in her new home in Ethiopia! :-)

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  9. i wonder what goat tastes like?

    I know... I know....tastes like chicken! (Deosn't everything?)

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    1. LOL, Brenda! I was once told that frog legs taste like chicken, and no, they don't, but they are good in their own way, just more fishy in flavor. Perhaps we need to meet up at a festival that serves roasted goat and other delicacies so we can find out! :-)

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  10. OK, goat would be a bit much for me just coming off this stomach bug, but what an adventure otherwise! I can imagine the mix of excitement and nervousness she must feel.

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    1. Yes, I think in your case, it might be a good idea to pass on the goat and try the fruit and vegetable dishes instead, Lisa! But yes, even just visiting such a foreign culture would be a tremendous experience. Planning to stay there for awhile would certainly be an amazing education in life!

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  11. I am certain she made a wonderful difference there!

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