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As always, the ladies of the podcast created some great pieces of writing from this sprint prompt. This week, the prompt was: The sound of thunder. We really enjoyed Jenifer’s take on the prompt, and we think you will as well! Enjoy, and make sure you reach out to her to let her know you want her to finish this story!
When I was a little girl, I was afraid of storms. But I wasn’t alone in this fear. My mother was absolutely petrified of storms. Just the sound of thunder was enough to send her flying out of bed and racing down the stairs to our basement, dragging me and my brother in her terrified wake.
But not my father. Most times, he would even get out of bed. Be it thunderstorm or tornado warning, he just grumbled something at my mother, then rolled back over.
As a child, I worried more for my father than my own safety. What would happen to him when the tornado that was surely on its way to destroy my house hit and he was asleep in his bed?
During one more violent storm, as my memory recalls, my concern for my father outweighed my own fears, and I raced back up the stairs to beg my father to shelter with us. I was frantic. I was crying. Surely, the love of his little princess would break through his hardened exterior and he would relent.
But he didn’t. Instead, he picked me up and carried me to the window. Lightening flashed across the sky and in my fear, I buried my head in his shoulder.
Softly, my father counted in my ear…one, two, three, four, five…
Boom, thunder struck in the distance and I shuttered.
“Five,” my father said. “What’s 5 times 10, Jeni?”
Even while scared, I couldn’t pass on a math challenge. “Fifty,” I said.
He nodded. “50. That storm is still 50 miles away. There’s no reason to be afraid.”
“But what about when it gets here?” I said from his shoulder.
“Jeni, look at me. Go on, look at me.”
I lifted my head.
“Do I look frightened?”
You never do
Jenifer Carll-Tong is the author of historical Christian romances. She is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Communication. Learn more about Jenifer and her books HERE or you can join the fun over at Jenifer’s Facebook group, Jenifer Carll-Tong’s C.I.R.C.L.E. of Readers. (Heads up…that’s where the giveaways happen.)