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A Short Story: The Storm


The Storm

I shot up in bed awakened by the sound that I had thought was my alarm clock. I was surprised to find that the glowing red LED lights read 2:11 am. If it wasn't the alarm clock what was it? I had thought to myself while wiping the sleep from my eyes. Suddenly I heard a deafening crack. The type of crack you hear when you pour boiling water on ice. While the noise filled my ears a blinding light lit up my bedroom. I could make everything out as if someone had just flipped the switch on. I saw my vanity clear as day across the room.

It took a few moments before I came to my senses and realized what was happening. I had scanned the weather only hours on my laptop and had not noticed any warnings of a storm approaching. But here I was looking out my bedroom window face to face with the violent beast.

Suddenly I heard another deafening crack of thunder. This one so powerful my whole house trembled under the force of the storm. Like a child I ran for the security of my bed. Still warm from the few hours I had previously spent peacefully sleeping in it. I crawled deep within my blankets, covering myself from head to toe. Leaving nothing but a small space exposed, just large enough for me to see out of.

What was I thinking I was a grown adult frightened by a silly storm hiding underneath my covers as if they would actually protect me from something? With that thought the storm produced another earth shattering crack and a blinding flash of light. The storm seemed to be collecting more and more energy with every minute that passed by. Yes, I may be an adult but hiding under the covers somehow made me feel less afraid. The feeling a small gopher probably gets when he’s being chased by a coyote and finally reaches his hole, his safe place. Yes, I was a gopher, a gopher burrowed deep within my mound of blankets.  Protected from the vicious howl of the thunder and sharp teeth of the lightening.

It felt like hours I lied there listening to the storm wishing that it would pass. Just when I thought it had moved on I was proven wrong and it gave me another terrifying blast as if it just needed a moment to put all of its power together. 

My eyelids became so heavy that the struggle to keep my eyes open became stronger than my fear of the storm.  The warmth that my body had generated under the blankets was getting to me. I was falling asleep. Despite my intense fear of closing my eyes and leaving myself vulnerable to the storm I eventually drifted off.

I was awoken once again with a bright light coming through my blinds.  Drowsy, my thoughts stumbled on themselves, I didn't understand what was going on around me. Had I been awake all night? Is it still storming? No…. no I think that is sun beaming it’s rays through my window. The sun! I had lived! I made it through the storm. It was morning and I was alive. Jumping out from the safety of my covers I made a mad dash for my bedroom window. 

Yes, that really was the sun, the calm after the storm. It was so bright that I had to squint my eyes. It`s rays were so warm and inviting. Shielding my eyes with my hand like scout on top of lookout mountain I scanned my yard.  I could tell that the storm I had experienced last night was not a dream. The storm had left evidence, proof of just how powerful it could be all over my yard.  My yard had been littered with tree branches, leaves and is that my neighbours trampoline?

I ran down my creaky old wooden stairs to my front door to get a better view of my yard. I walked out onto my soaking wet lawn still in my bare feet. I felt the damp yet warm blades of grass brush along the soles of my feet with every step that I took. I felt the suns warmth on my skin like a warm kiss on a cold winters day. I took a deep breath and allowed the airs aroma to enter my nostrils. No matter how hard they try they just can’t mimic the smell of a fresh rain on a summers day and put it into an air fresher.

Despite the fear that the storm had embedded on my soul and the disaster it had turned my yard into. It sure did bring on a beautiful day.

Questions & Answers

Question: How do you write a long story?

Answer: You need a storyline that takes place over a long period. I wrote this story about a particular moment in time that spanned a few hours. This made it a lot shorter than, say, a story that covers a couple of years.

Question: What made you write this story?

Answer: I have a love/hate relationship with storms. I am always checking the weather and watching big storms roll in. I find the thunder and lightning fascinating. But on the other side I am also very scared of the possibility of tornadoes!

So I decided to write a detailed story about a storm, to kind of express mine and others feelings when it comes to bad storms.

Question: What is a tornado?

Answer: A tornado is.....

"a mobile, destructive vortex of violently rotating winds having the appearance of a funnel-shaped cloud and advancing beneath a large storm system."

Basically, a tornado is a very powerful act of nature that is sometimes part of a large thunderstorm.


Tracy B (author) from Canada on September 14, 2020:

Thank-you, Zakiyah!

Zakiyah taskeen Najam on September 14, 2020:

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Tracy B (author) from Canada on September 12, 2020:

Hey! Thanks a lot!

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Tracy B (author) from Canada on July 28, 2020:

Thank-you everyone for the kind words. I am glad you are enjoying my story!

amelia on June 22, 2020:

great describing words used

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on June 13, 2020:

Excellent tale. Full of imagery and powerful descriptions.

Sweety kaur on May 31, 2020:

Hi i love this story its beautiful best story i have ever saw

Needs improvment on May 19, 2020:

needs a lot of improvement but I wrote it and got a C

Ashley on April 07, 2020:

I found this story in my school work

Iillian on March 31, 2020:

Thx so much. Really helped with my homework.

Charlie on March 31, 2020:

I'm doing my homeschool work now and this is great thanks

Paul on March 04, 2020:


Ethan on November 16, 2019:

Thank you very much this was a great read an helped my partner get to sleep she struggles with sleep

amelya on November 14, 2019:

love it good job it was interseting♥♡♥♥♥★★★☆☆☆!!!

amelya on November 14, 2019:

this is useful to my home work right now thanks

Dimakatso on October 15, 2019:

Can you translate this story in afrikaans

Tracy B (author) from Canada on September 19, 2019:

I am glad you enjoyed it!

Mano on August 22, 2019:

Hi Tracy B,

This really helped me... In my exam I had the same topic 'The Storm' so it really helped

Hadia on July 26, 2019:

Thanks it was useful for my homework

King on July 24, 2019:

My teacher failed me,he said it was a boring esssy.

Lakshya drew A A on July 03, 2019:

Wonderful.lt is useful for my exam.Thank you very much☺

Jake Clawson from Kazakhstan on June 24, 2019:

I enjoyed your story, I live in a place where storms can go on for days on end so that gave it some more depth.

daniel on June 09, 2019:


Tracy B (author) from Canada on June 05, 2019:

Thank-you, Imran!

Imran khan from Mumbai on May 25, 2019:

A good read. Enjoyed it :)

Cregg on May 22, 2019:


norbs on April 27, 2019:

my teacher gave me a 9 for this meaning a star

Tracy B (author) from Canada on April 22, 2019:

Thank-you, Dolly!

Myma Symnthya on April 19, 2019:

I loved this, it gave me really good ideas for story writing. Thanks to your amazing story I am motivated to make a story myself. Many Thanks.

Anuk on March 01, 2019:

Nice essay

Tabaizz on February 20, 2019:

You helped me do my homework!

(I didn't copy it off )

Thanks a lot


Tracy B (author) from Canada on February 15, 2019:

Thank-you for your kind words!

Precious on February 11, 2019:

Wow what a good story l really enjoyed every moment of reading

Sam on January 29, 2019:

This was great

Tracy B (author) from Canada on January 22, 2019:

Thanks, Tanashe! I am glad you enjoyed it.

Tinashe mujiba on January 22, 2019:

I love it

Flossy on January 10, 2019:

I loved it

Tracy B (author) from Canada on November 21, 2018:

Thank-you, Kaltuma!

I am glad you liked it.

kaltuma on November 20, 2018:

This is amazing and really helpful for my narrative stories. give me a lot of ideas

so thank you very much

Tomeka on October 30, 2018:

This is actually great

gyanendra mocktan from Kathmandu,Nepal on October 11, 2018:

You are welcome. Thank you again blairtracy

Tracy B (author) from Canada on October 11, 2018:

Thank-you for your kind words, Gyanendra!

gyanendra mocktan from Kathmandu,Nepal on October 10, 2018:

Thank you for capturing the thunder into the words.

Nawaf on October 07, 2018:

Great story

Tracy B (author) from Canada on October 03, 2018:

Thank-you, Shabana!

Shabana on September 26, 2018:

Wow great story

tyo on September 23, 2018:

nice story

Tracy B (author) from Canada on September 11, 2018:


Good luck!

asmaa on September 07, 2018:

soo good . i am using parts of it to use for my essay for A-levels

Tracy B (author) from Canada on September 04, 2018:

Thank-you, Chimi!

Chimi Dorji on September 02, 2018:

Nice one...very good

Tracy B (author) from Canada on August 24, 2018:

I'm glad you enjoyed it, Shantanu!

Tracy B (author) from Canada on June 25, 2018:

Thank-you Tejasva!

tejasva on June 19, 2018:

very good story

Jason on June 19, 2018:

Nice your really good i used it in my tutor homework!

Tracy B (author) from Canada on June 17, 2018:

Nice! Glad to help.

Tracy B (author) from Canada on June 17, 2018:

Thanks for your kind words!

shlok on June 08, 2018:

very nice story i used it in my homework

Sarah on June 04, 2018:

That was so good that I even copied down for my homework

bob on June 01, 2018:

i used this for homework

Hridhi on May 25, 2018:

Your story is really nice, wonderful and inspiring. Love this story. Well done. Great story

ilayda on April 26, 2018:

can i use it for my homework

Nadia on April 17, 2018:

Thank you so much it help me with my homework and love the Pic thanks again

sommah on April 07, 2018:

the pichers were amazing and it was TERRIFIC

kyiesha on April 04, 2018:

I loved your story it was yet scary but calming !

Tracy B (author) from Canada on April 03, 2018:

Thank-you Sophia!

Sophia on April 03, 2018:

It was a wonderful and inspiring story! Well done.

Kate on March 19, 2018:

Thanks a lot ur story helped me to finish my English home work thanks a lot hay❤❤

rewq on March 02, 2018:


Tracy B (author) from Canada on February 28, 2018:

Thank-you, Indrajit!

Indrajit on February 26, 2018:

A great story

Tracy B (author) from Canada on February 21, 2018:

I am glad you all liked my story! Thank you all very much for the kind comments!

Billy on January 27, 2018:

I can't believe how images filled my mind as I read the story. Great!

Tom on January 24, 2018:

Helped me with my homework

Rebecca on December 22, 2017:

I loved this story! It had so much character and feeling in it!! It was calming yet scary. And this story also had detail beyond expectation!!! TERRIFIC!!!!

Khushie on December 18, 2017:

I loved the story, it was awesome!!

Chehak.n.anawadia on December 17, 2017:

I liked the story it is very helpful for my practices

Avika singh on December 13, 2017:

This story is to good nd helpful for my school project.....

Tracy B (author) from Canada on November 27, 2017:

I’m glad you like it!

yisreal on November 27, 2017:

i love this story for my assignment thank you!!!!

Tracy B (author) from Canada on November 23, 2017:

Thanks for your comment, Shalisha! I feel that while some details in a story are unimportant to some, may be important to others.

Tracy B (author) from Canada on October 31, 2017:


yasmin on October 29, 2017:

omggggg that was amazing to read! you are extremely talented, well done!

Tracy B (author) from Canada on October 20, 2017:

Thank-you, Jaz!

Tracy B (author) from Canada on October 20, 2017:

Thank you, Chris! I will have to check out your story as well.

Tracy B (author) from Canada on October 20, 2017:

Thank you, Siya!

Tracy B (author) from Canada on October 20, 2017:

Thank you!!

Jaz on October 12, 2017:

This story was good

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on December 12, 2016:

Tracy, I just posted my own "Storm" story and saw a notification of yours. I enjoyed your gopher analogy. The entire story was well written and interesting. "And is that my neighbor's trampoline?" Very good.

siya on November 21, 2016:

really helpful n nice story used it 4 my school assignment too

Paceman on October 04, 2016:

I love your amazing story that you used and you were very discripted and put lots of wow sentanes

Tracy B (author) from Canada on November 26, 2012:

Thank-you for your kind words, QudsiaP1 !

QudsiaP1 on November 25, 2012:

Hi Blairtracy; I was just about to publish a short story by the same name when hubpages told me the title was taken so I decided to stop by your work. :)

I like your description of the storm and the emotions it may render, it is very nice.

Norman Winkfield from Chicago, Illinois on December 01, 2011:

Hi Tracy, thank you for joining me as my follower. I welcome you with a warm heart. I praised you for having good taste for seeing the value in my endeavors to bring about better health. When there's a storm no matter how bad,I run toward it to get in it. I love that feeling of seemingly chaos that I and nobody can make it stop. This was a great hub, short and bitter sweet. Thanks. And here again welcome. If I can be of any help to you and yours just let me know. Take it easy now.

Cathy from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri on November 22, 2011:

I think anyone who reads your hub will naturally remember the last storm that got their attention. Storms are interesting during the daylight hours to watch, but at night, they aren't much fun when you really can't see what's coming...although you sure can hear it. Aren't we supposed to start counting when we hear the hammering thunder, or is it after we see the lightening? And yes, when I was a kid, I did count because it helped in turning fear into a game. Thanks for your hub.

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