Still Here

It’s tornado season here in the USA. That’s the trouble with spring: It brings us tornadoes. There’s a wide swath of the continent that’s called Tornado Alley, because

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that’s the chunk of the country where tornadoes are most frequent.

We’re in it.

It’s so weird: We’ll hear about an earthquake in California or a hurricane on the coast, and we look at each other and say, “If I lived there, I’d move.” And then we turn on the weather channel to see how close the tornado is and if it’s time to head for shelter.

So yesterday, they said the storms would move in around 2:00 in the afternoon, just the time I told Mom I would come help her with some computer stuff. I went there and did that, and talked her into coming back to my house instead of our going into her basement. We have storm parties at our house.

It was chilly in our basement, so Charlie and I wrapped Mom up in jackets and blankets. We had water and graham crackers and the radio. I brought the book I was reading aloud and continued the story while the wind and rain whipped around like a couple of cats hopped up on catnip.

When it was past, I made supper and took Mom home for our regular evening visit.

The worst storms went north of us and south of us, leaving us horrified and heartbroken at the devastation suffered by so many. For us, it was just another spring day in Tornado Alley.

WRITING PROMPT: How does your main character deal with a potentially ruinous and fatal storm?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Still Here

  1. Alex J. Cavanaugh

    March 3, 2012 at 6:39pm

    What happened yesterday was terrible. About forty people lost their lives. Glad you are all right.

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      Marian Allen

      March 3, 2012 at 9:08pm

      Thanks, Alex! We’re still calling around, getting the word on everybody.

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  2. Nicholle Olores

    March 5, 2012 at 12:32am

    Oh, that sounds horrible. I am afraid about Tornadoes but you have to be very careful in your place Marian.

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      Marian Allen

      March 5, 2012 at 3:35pm

      Thank you, Nicholle! We’re always glad when April is over. Tornadoes can come any time, but most often in the late winter and early spring.

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  3. A.C.

    March 5, 2012 at 6:50pm

    So glad you & yours are okay! I am still trying to track down relatives who live up there and it’s hard with all the telephone lines down and cell towers as well.
    We got some of the hail, but nothing worse, so I am grateful.

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      Marian Allen

      March 5, 2012 at 9:35pm

      We’re still trying to get through to some of our friends. We don’t realize how much we rely on electronics until they’re gone!

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