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Short Story: The Critical Countdown

Gila Arnold

Tirtza Blochman usually needed an alarm to wake her, but this morning, she awoke with an odd quiver of anticipation in her stomach. “Something feels different today,” she said to herself, and bounced out of bed, with strange eagerness.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

“Children, wake up! Wake up! Oh, it’s going to be a wonderful day today!” she called out, as she walked into their room, and beheld them in all their bleary-eyed adorableness.

“Whadya mean, ‘wonderful’?” mumbled her seven-year-old, as he stuck his head in his pillow, to shield his eyes from the light she had turned on.

“Is it my birthday today?” asked her almost-four-year-old.

“No, better, better, better!” she sang, even though she didn’t quite know why.

“Better than a birthday?” Her six-year-old looked at her wide-eyed. “What’s happening today, Ima?”

“Oh, something. Something really, really special,” Tirtza answered with conviction, feeling the glow inside her burn stronger and stronger, and just knowing that something was going to occur.

Now all of her children were awake and staring at her curiously.

What, Ima?”

Tirtza glanced out the window, at the white sun of the Yerushalayim sky, and suddenly — she knew! Oh, she knew!

“Mashiach is coming today.”


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