Marimba Buddy
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Author has written 2 stories for Spiritual, and Historical.

Greetings. I'm Marimba Buddy. I'm 18 and I live in Michigan. Not much to know about me except I like writing stories and music.

"A teenage girl about 17 named Diane had gone to visit some friends one evening and time passed quickly as each shared their various experiences of the past year. She ended up staying longer than planned, and had to walk home alone. She wasn't afraid because it was a small town and she lived only a few blocks away.

As she walked along under the tall elm trees, Diane asked God to keep her safe from harm and danger. When she reached the alley, which was a short cut to her house, she decided to take it. However, halfway down the alley she noticed a man standing at the end as though he were waiting for her. She became uneasy and began to pray, asking for God's protection. Instantly a comforting feeling of quietness and security wrapped round her, she felt as though someone was walking with her. When she reached the end of the alley, she walked right past the man and arrived home safely.

The following day, she read in the newspaper that a young girl had been raped in the same alley just twenty minutes after she had been there. Feeling overwhelmed by this tragedy and the fact that it could have been her, she began to weep. Thanking the Lord for her safety and to help this young woman, she decided to go to the police station. She felt she could recognize the man, so she told them her story. The police asked her if she would be willing to look at a lineup to see if she could identify him. She agreed and immediately pointed out the man she had seen in the alley the night before. When the man was told he had been identified, he immediately broke down and confessed. The officer thanked Diane for her bravery and asked if there was anything they could do for her. She asked if they would ask the man one question. Diane was curious as to why he had not attacked her. When the policeman asked him, he answered, 'Because she wasn't alone. She had two tall men walking on either side of her.'"

This was from CGWOlf'13's profile page. I reposted it because I believe in God. I also believe that this could happen to anyone who believes in God, because when you believe, you are truely never alone. This actually reminds me of a similar tragedy reported on TV. An old woman was in the road and a truck came hurtling toward her. She asked God for safety and survived. She described her savior as a young man in all white who appeared right in front of her. She called him an angel.

MESSENGER OF FIRE: Characters and Symbols

Randy Welkins: The protagonist and narrarator. Randy is a 17-year senior at Littleton High School in Colorado. He starts off as an immature guy who wants nothing more than pleasure, but by his brother's constant motivation, he reads a Bible and gets called by the Lord by doing so. Although he struggles in many ways, he is intelligent and able to understand something once he catches the drift of it.

Jonathon Welkins: Jonathon, or "Jon", is Randy's year-older brother. He's been saved for over a year and is constantly pushing Randy toward salvation as much as possible. But he can only do so much. He is part of a group of Christians who try to win souls for Christ.

Jennifer Finnely: Randy's girlfriend. She is in the same grade as him, but goes to Columbine High. She used to date William Belgan, but dumped him because she had a soft spot for Randy and hated Belgan's jokes against him. In a way, she symbolizes Mary Magdalene.

William Belgan: Jock of Littleton High. He's been pushing Randy around for six years. He always makes sure he is doing whatever he does better than Randy ever would, and boasts about it a lot. He also has a loud, trumpet-like voice. For these reasons, he symbolizes the Pharisees...along with the older brother in the parable of the Prodical Son at one point.

Roger Feliciano: One of Jon's Christian friends. He represents the apostle Peter a lot. Both Roger and David Moore had pre-conversion fantasies of being fishermen. In addition, Roger dreamed of being a professional protestor due to his ability to debate well. The Lord used him to spread messages, mainly inside the library to anyone who is willing to listen.

David Moore: Another one of Jon's Christian friends. He symbolizes the apostle John. Both David and Roger Feliciano had dreams of being fishermen. However, when they were saved, the Lord had them use their abilities to spread the message of Christ. While Roger spoke, David wrote essays about Christ and his joy in Christ, impressing even the mayor.

Alyssa Sutman: The final group member of Jon's Christian group. She used to be a slave to masturbation, but finally fell into the arms of Christ. She noticed Roger speaking in the library one day and, also being aware of David's essay to the mayor, joined them.

Andrew Sutman: Alyssa's younger brother, whom Randy becomes good friends with. Because both he and Randy have an older sibling in a Christian group, the two of them often communicate with each other in order to talk about events or anything else they choose to. Although Andrew does become a good friend of Randy's, he doesn't make an major appearances in the story.

Mrs. Rachel Curtis: Randy's English teacher. She is respected by, not only Randy, but many others as well, including David Moore. She enjoys whenever students give her something to be excited about, encouraging Randy to write something grand for his essay due at the end of the year.

ON THE FRONT LINES: Fictional Characters of the 29th Infantry Division

Private James Peterson II: Protagonist and narrator. As a farmer from Cleveland, Peterson came as a new recruit to assist the 29th Infantry Division for Operation Overlord and its following battles in Europe. A wild stretch out of his comfort zone, Peterson must reach beyond his own limits to survive.

Private Gerald Powell: New recruit met by Peterson on the flight to the St. Athans base in the UK. Powell's heart is in the right place, but his greatest enemy is his own excessive eagerness.

Private Melvin Daniels: A fisherman and hunter from Cincinnati. He becomes close friends with Peterson and they tend to help each other out numerous times throughout the war.

Private Scott Jeffrey: A new recruit first seen with Daniels. He fights valiantly but doesn't appreciate anything that slows down progress.

Private Robert Johnson: Fought with the division in the Pacific. His inital attitude towards the new recruits is that of distaste. He does fight to the best of his abilities, though.

Corporal James "Ken" Kenneth: Fought with the division in the Pacific. Out of all of his squad mates, he treats the recruits with the most respect and is typically the best morale support for them.

Corporal David Vensley: Fought with the division in the Pacific. He dislikes recruits the least because of their lack of experience. However, he can warm up to anyone if he sees a reason to.

Corporal Jack Davidson: Fought with the division in the Pacific. He is an average corporal dedicated to the best for the squad and the army.

Sergeant Douglas "Doug" Ratchet: Fought with the division in the Pacific. He led the squad through the Pacific and shows no reason to avoid going into Europe. He is mainly friendly, but he gets tough when he needs to be.

Corporal Don Badger: Fought with the division in the Pacific. Died at the hands of the Japanese in the Philippines.

"If I have to make up my mind, maybe now is the time to decide.

Every minute makes it harder on me. Why must it be now or never?"

Kenny Loggins-"Now or Never"-Leap of Faith

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On the Front Lines
James Peterson II is a farmer from Cleveland who is recruited into the army in preparation for D-Day. He and his new best friend and squad mate, Gerald Powell, go into one of the deadliest wars as privates, but it seems not everyone realizes that some will never return home.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,309 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 8/12/2013
Messenger of Fire reviews
Randy Welkins was an immature 17 year-old whose only goal in life was pleasure and self-satisfaction. But when God calls him, his life, along with the lives of everyone around him, will change...forever.
Fiction: Spiritual - Rated: K - English - Spiritual/Supernatural - Chapters: 4 - Words: 6,184 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 2 - Updated: 6/1/2012 - Published: 5/21/2012