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Talk Without Words

It was about 4 pm that afternoon, I was at the school on time for the contest. Though a very nice day it was for doing other things, I decided to go and see what I could do at this meet.

Standing outside the testing room, scared stiff, I happened to notice a certain young lady standing down from me a bit. I knew her, but only buy hear-say, so I stood there silently waiting to be called into test.

Finally after about two or so hours, the judge walked out and pointed to me and at that girl. "You two come on in here, OK," he said forcefully. I said, "OK," and walked in slowly. The girl quite plainly stated, "Finally!", and went in at a brisk pace.

Going through my mind in utter upset, I started thinking about what we might have to do. A few minutes went by in utter silence when the judge began to speak. "OK, you two listen to the rules carefully. You'll have three minutes to prepare and five minutes to carry out your project. All you have to do is drop a light bulb from eight feet without damaging it. You will have a light bulb, two rulers, two pieces of paper, four pieces of tape, and two six inch pieces of string. OK?"

We both replied, "OK," and waited for the sign to start.

"Start!" The judge said loudly, and we turned to look at each other and our eyes met. For what seemed like hours but was only seconds we looked at each other. Not saying one word out loud, we talked with our eyes and with our souls. We communicated in seconds what took the rest of the people at least a minute and a half. It was like we left our bodies and soured in the vast space outside of this world. Then in a instant we were back on Earth, in our own bodies.

She turned to the light bulb, a piece of paper and the string. I turned to the rulers, tape, and the other piece of paper. In less than twenty seconds we were finished, and without looking at what the other one did, we both said, "Ready," at the same time.

"Are you sure you're ready?" The judge said in amazement.

"Yes, we're sure." Jennifer said calmly. I just nodded.

The judge took our work and held the bulb wrapped in paper and string precisely eight feet from the floor. Exactly one second after he picked it up, he dropped it to the ground. The paper rustled and the rulers made a great noise as the bulb hit the ground.

Then out of what I though was a wasted effort, I heard, "Good work, both of you," from the judge.

"I would like to know one thing," he said, "did you two plan this out before you came in here today?"

"No," Jennifer said calmly.

"No, I didn't even know that I was going to make it here today," I explained to the judge.

"OK, then, how did you two so perfectly perform this feat without a word passed between you?"

"Karma," Jennifer said quickly.

"That must be it." I agreed.

"No matter how you did it, you two were the best I've seen today at this problem. You will probably win this one by a good five minutes, easily. You both did extremely well. You may leave now, but don't tell anyone about the test or you and the people you help will be disqualified." And with that the judge started writing down our scores and we left the room quietly.

After that I never really saw very much of Jennifer, but when I do catch a glance at her in the halls of my mind. I remember that day we shared with each other. An eternity in a second, but a memory I will always treasure throughout my life.