How the Cookie Crumbles

Life and scribbles on the far side of SIXTY-FIVE

Flash in the Pan – Frightened


The wind shrieked and pummeled the old cottage with golf ball-sized hail. Roof tiles twirled airborne. Driving rain lashed the windows like buckshot.


“It’s only a summer storm, honey,” Leila shouted in the dark. “Don’t be frightened.”

Her cousin, a criminal lawyer, collapsed heavily on the barn-board floor.

“Sophie,” Leila patted a frosty cheek. “You never were outdoorsy, were you?”

A groaning sigh rumbled. The old oak crashed and the roof pitched inward.

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The word limit for Frightened is 75 words. I lassoed 73 words today. Check out for rules and contributions.

Author: Let's CUT the Crap!

I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

22 thoughts on “Flash in the Pan – Frightened

  1. It sounds like the wind here! Except mid winter but thankfully, mild in temperature! Great descriptions Tess! I love the wind! 🙂


  2. Glad am I now hat I’m not in that barn!!
    I could hear the building crunch!!


  3. ‘Don’t be frightened’ – golf ball sized hail good grief! If someone said that to me in those circumstances I’d slap them!
    So there you’ve made me cross so it must be good 🙂


  4. “A groaning sigh rumbled” is a great trio of words.


  5. Love tyour blog! Great posts!


  6. Hey sounds like spring in Texas! Loved this one Tess.


  7. The words go perfectly with the picture! Nice work lady! 🙂


  8. GREAT! That is the wind we had last night! It whips up the mountain. It is so much worse now that one of my neighbors just logged about 50 acres about 100 feet downhill from me. Ugh.


  9. I’m always terrified the hail will break a window…
    Nothing like nature to show us how vulnerable we really are.


  10. Ooo! Impressive flash! Not sure I could do a story in 75 words like this.