January 1, 2014

January 1, 2014 StoryStarter prompt: "A flash of lightning illuminated the room, revealing the transparent silhouette of a man directly in front of her."

A loud boom bolted me upright in bed. I was disoriented for a few seconds in my new surroundings. What the hell was that? Was it a gunshot? As soon as I realized I was in the midst of a particularly nasty spring storm, and it had only been thunder, my breathing returned to normal, and my heart began to beat a more natural rhythm inside my chest.

I turned and fluffed the pillow before collapsing into a tired heap. I hated thunderstorms. With each flash of lightning, I mentally counted, one-Mississippi, two-Mississippi...until the inevitable thunder came, willing the seconds to increase, indicating that the storm was moving away so I could go back to sleep. It was difficult enough to get a good night's sleep in this giant monstrosity of a house on a clear night -- let alone one fraught with a thunderstorm from hell.

Lightning lit up the room like a strobe light. Flash! Bang! Flash! Bang! Over and over again. It was no use. Sleep was not going to happen again tonight. I threw back the covers and reached for my robe. I figured if I had to be awake, I might as well do something productive. The power had gone out about fifteen lightning flashes ago, so I took the flashlight from the drawer next to the bed and moved to go downstairs to unpack more of the moving boxes by candlelight.

The wind howled, threatening to blow open the French doors that led to the widow's walk outside my room. I glanced in the direction of the doors at the same instant an intense, and extremely close, lightning strike hit. The flash illuminated the room, revealing the transparent silhouette of a man directly in front of me. I froze. My feet seemingly rooted to the floor...

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Lori L. Clark

Lori L. Clark currently resides in Hazelwood, MO with three rescue dogs. When Lori isn't listening to the voices in her head, waiting for the next creative inspiration to strike, she also loves to read, run, paint pet portraits and save dogs. Email Lori at


  1. Hiya

    Great choice for day 1. I had fun writing mine. And i really like what you did with yours. I sort of made mine more that it was a lightning flash. You can find mine here:

    Thanks for doing this.


  2. Thanks Angel! I'll hop over and check it out. It helps get the creative juices flowing!


  4. Love it! I'm glad your imagination took over and...who knows. You may have a bestseller in there somewhere. ;)



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