Daily prompt: Maybe it was the watermelon…

Daily Prompt
Sudden Shifts
You’re at the beach with some friends and/or family, enjoying the sun, nibbling on some watermelon. All of a sudden, within seconds, the weather shifts and hale starts descending form the sky. Write a post about what happens next.

Grab your stuff and run. Simple.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd after you’ve gone through the whole, oh-my-god, placate-small-children, check-for-bruises, have-a-shower, get-dressed, have-coffee, oh-my-god, oh-my-god thing… ring instantly for appointment with optometrist – have I lost my peripheral vision? – followed at once by appointment with nearest shrink – am I so totally in denial that I failed to notice 30 degree drop in temperature and imminent threat to my hedonistic pleasure?

I know my beach. I know which directions hail might come from – no high mountains or tall buildings for it to hide behind, then pop up like a leering Jack-in-the-box spitting ice balls. So if I missed it…

On the other hand, maybe climate change has done its bit and the end of the world is at hand.

Oh well, as long as we all go together…

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7 Responses to Daily prompt: Maybe it was the watermelon…

  1. You make a very good point. But then, when I read this prompt, all I could think was “Welcome to Melbourne”. ‘Four seasons in one day’ is not just a catchy title for a song – it’s based on fact.

  2. bkpyett says:

    Helen, you wrote this beautifully! But as the man above wrote about Melbourne, such a storm would not surprise me here at the moment!!

  3. You make an excellent point, Helen! Something was in the back of my mind when I read the prompt but your writing brought it forward. I’m such a sky and storm watcher, I would have made for the car or other safe vantage long before the storm hit. Actually, I would not have been at a beach in the first place… not a crowded one like that… but hey, this is fictional, I’ll allow it. [grin]

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