Flash Fiction of the day, Lightning Strikes, by Rita Riebel Mitchell

The reason lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place is that the same place isn’t there the second time.

—-Willie Tyler

Dallas, Texas

From my old online journal The Daily Epiphany – Sunday, November 24, 1996

The weather gets nasty

A tremendous storm blew in last night, the harbinger of our first cold front of the winter. We had high winds, and violent lightning, unusual for this time of the year. About five years ago we were hit by lightning. We had only been in this house a couple of months, Nicholas was an infant, Candy was pregnant with Lee. It was about eleven at night, Candy was asleep, I was out in the living room puttering around when the storm hit. I heard about five crashes of lighting, each one closer than the last. It was, “crash, Crash, CRAsh, CRASH—BOOM!” The last one hit the house. It was odd, I was almost expecting it, the bolts seemed to be zeroing in one us, closer and closer, until finally one hit. The bolt burned out everything electrical in the house (except my old XT which was running at the time), you don’t realize how many light bulbs you have until they all burn out at once. It burned some ducts in the attic, and burned a hole in the roof of Nick’s room above him while he slept (I didn’t tell Candy about that for several days, I knew it would spook her).

Ever since this happened, we have been afraid of lightening, so neither Candy or I slept much last night.

And today’s flash fiction – Lightning Strikes, by Rita Riebel Mitchell

from Flash Fiction Magazine

Rita Riebel Mitchell webpage

Rita Riebel Mitchell twitter

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