Day 20 of the challenge!
My theme is NIFTY NUGGETS. Little nuggets of writing based on a photo, a phrase and an object, which is designed to encourage lean, tight writing. I’m aiming for a word count of under 300 words.
Thank you to L.Diane Wolfe for providing the beautiful photo prompts. You can visit her blog to check out more pictures.
PHRASE – as mad as a hatter
OBJECT – window blinds
Dark greenish sky acccompanied by low-lying clouds and then the loud roar of a freight train as it veers toward an unknown destination, on a collision course… Nature is as mad as a hatter trapped in a never-ending horrific tea party.
The event is captured in sections, not unlike the scenes from a movie, the camera rolling on and on, frame by frame, until the madness subsides.
The tableau imprints itself upon the mind.
A nightmare unfolds.
Nothing has escaped nature’s wrath. Wrecked furniture, broken doors, window blinds ripped apart, trees uprooted and cars smashed by an unstoppable force that has swept through and left havoc in its wake.
The reality of the aftermath bears down.
Survivors move through the emotional gauntlet as the grim reality bites. For some, the flood of relief and joy that it is over dominates; for others, the shock and horror of the devastation.
I have to deal with the cruel hand that fate has dealt – the complete annihilation of every material possession…