Here are the rules:
1. Entries must begin with the two words: Lightning flashed.
2. Entries must be 300 words or less and be in prose. I'm not versed enough in poetry verse to judge it properly.
3. Entries must be posted on your blog between May 21 - 23.
4. You must sign up in the linky below to have your entry be counted.
On May 25, I will announce the six finalists and open voting through May 28th.
On May 29th, my third year blogversary, I will announce the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners as well as a random winner selected from the participants list. All ties will be broken by Random.org.
Now what are the prizes?
First place - $25 gift card from Amazon
Second place - $20 gift card from Amazon
Third place - $15 gift card from Amazon
Random prize - $10 gift card from Amazon
If the winner prefers an alternate gift of equal value, I'm good with that. Contest in open internationally.
Here's my entry called THE STORM:
Violet smiled. She loved storms, especially the rain. As a small child, she used to spread her arms wide, her face lifted to the clouds, as the rain kissed her.
Thunder boomed. Loud and powerful.
Another flash of lightning.
Violet stepped off her front porch.
Another rumble. This one even louder. The storm was getting closer.
Violet’s short hair matted to her forehead. Her dress clung to her legs, making it hard to walk.
She could feel the crackle of electricity, so close was the next strike.
Most people would not be out in this storm.
But Violet wasn’t like most people.
Her world was crumbling apart. Her fiancé had cheated on her, she had been fired from her job, she was behind on all of her bills, she hadn’t spoken to her father in years…
Yet, somehow, someway, in this moment, she was happy.
She raised her arms toward the heavens.
The thunder screamed and burst her eardrums.
Lightning coursed through her veins.
Violet dropped into a puddle, the murky, muddy water staining pink.
Another bolt of lightning jolted her body, and Violet lifted her head.
But no longer human.
She had been wronged so many times in life. Now she had the chance to right those wrongs.
Starting with her no-good fiancé.
Violet was now a monster.
Her body transformed into water, and she slipped down a manhole into the sewers. Revenge would be hers.
And still the storm raged on.