The Storm of the Century

The Storm of the Century
September 6, 2012 4 Comments Writing Stephanie Ayers

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I hope the weatherman had enough sense to warn these people. I am coming through with a vengeance, and my best buddies are coming with me. This poor little town will be cleaning up behind me for days.

The electrical discharges I send left many trees on the ground or hovering precariously above unsuspecting travelers in their metal transports. The rumble in my belly they  feel all the way down to the ground itself, shakes them to their core. The icy baseballs I hurtle down on uncovered heads leave many wounded; leave dents in doors, on sidewalks, vehicles, and blue mailboxes.

The wind, though, is my pride. I really outdid myself with the huffing and puffing. Then, I challenged it to a race. What trees weren’t caught in lightning bowed over from the gale. The heaping buckets of rain I pour down add to their demise, and metal boxes attempt flooding roadways and the wind reaches out her hand and swipes them away. People climb to the roofs of their houses, calling for help, yet still I march on.

I aim to be the storm of the century, and I do my very best. I came; I saw; I conquered. Everything else is everybody else’s problem.


For the prompt exchange this week, Michael gave me this prompt: ​”I do the best I can. Everything else is everybody else’s problem.” -Alison Janney

I gave Carrie this prompt: It’s back-to-school time. You are reading over your child’s school supply list, and there, between the filler paper and three ring binder, was something quite unexpected. What was it?

I welcome your constructive criticism. Please leave your thoughts in a comment. Did I “show” enough or “tell” too much?

Thanks for stopping in!

Stephanie Ayers A published author with a knack for twisted tales, Stephanie Ayers is the Executive Creative Director of OWS Ink, LLC, a community for writers and readers alike. She loves a good thriller, fairies, things that go bump in the night, and sappy stories. When she is not writing, she can be found in Creative Cloud designing book covers and promotional graphics for authors.
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  1. 4 Comments


    Delightful. Not at all what I expected.

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      Yay! Thanks for the great prompt.

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    I like the idea of taking this from the POV of a storm, something that really has no consciousness. It’ might have been a bit too “tell-y”. I think there would be a way to show the storms devastation with it it sounding like the storm is announcing his actions from above.

    Still, I liked it 🙂


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