What a creative take on this prompt--I love that you took the historical route! I love your attention to detail and the twist is terrific. Going back and reading it a second time, I think I'd like a little more clarified setup as to how he could have said white washed for the entire place because I think of the chapel as one location, but I think you are insinuating there are multiple rooms/buildings where this renovation is being done. This is a small aspect though and you only had a short time to whip this together. The important thing is I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I think you'll do very well in today's competition Thanks for sharing!
What a wonderful piece! I love the narration and how you juxtapose actual magic with "magic" that the character does not understand but thinks is so mysterious. I also like the darkness that comes with this piece-- you know that this man may not be proposing what she thinks he is offering and may have a sinister purpose, to use and discard her. Anyway, wonderful work and a well deserved win.
Thanks again for reviewing my story. I loved this story of yours-- beautiful, haunting and the words washed over me. The only thing I would like more of is the main character's reaction to the girl's story. Great imagery, I felt the man's pain as he goes through discovering what actually happened. Thanks for sharing.