How the Cookie Crumbles

Life and scribbles on the far side of SIXTY-FIVE

100-Word Challenge for Grownups – Week 156



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Prompt this week is the picture below + 100 words

100 WordChallenge 156

Prompt: (Photo credit: Thomas Zimmerman)


Jake gawked over a shoulder and grasped his grown son’s arm. After the suffocating hush, the rumble unsettled him. The funnel growled towards them—furious, voracious, writhing.

He hollered above the roar not unlike a jet engine. “We need a hole, a ditch…” Will scanned the field and pointed to the shack. “No.”

“…no choice, Dad.” They hit the ground and crawled, grasping dirt and weeds, battling the force of the punishing wind. “Root cellar!” 

Wind whooshed through the matchstick structure. “Ewe.” Will puked. “What died in here?”

“Tuck facedown into the wall, son. Cover your head.”

 * * *

“You okay, Will?”


© 2015 Tess and How the Cookie Crumbles. All Rights Reserved.


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!

34 thoughts on “100-Word Challenge for Grownups – Week 156

  1. I can only imagine how awful that would be. there’s no escape.


  2. I fear Will might not be ok.


  3. What a prompt! What a story!


  4. I’m CERTAIN Will died in there, very dark Tess, excellent!


  5. I could hear that tornado as I read the story. Nicely put together Tess. I fear for poor Will though.


  6. great subject.. and scary.. next?


  7. You weave huge stories in minimal words. Excellent Tess.


  8. Very scary, there’s no escape from the force of nature.


  9. On my! Too close to life. Yesterday at about 5:45 PM, I got an alert on my cell phone saying there was a tornado warning and to take cover. First time I ever got one of those. Very scary!


  10. Dangit! Why can this be a 150-word challenge? I wanna know if Will is OK!


  11. Looks like these thinks are more deadly than hurricanes.


  12. Oh I don’t think it is going to end well for poor old Will in that rundown old shack. Great story Tess. 🙂


  13. Good descriptive words! I’m actually curious as to what did “die in here”.


  14. Great story. You left us with 2 mysteries. I love a good mystery.

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  15. What died?! Good job. 100 words is sooooooo hard!


  16. Wow Tess! Incredibly vivid! Holy crap. 🙂


  17. I admire how you can build so much tension in so few words! I apologize if this is the same comment I left last time but it’s true and it’s impressive!!


  18. Tess – Do you have tornadoes where you live? I hope not. They are terrible beyond belief and destroy everything in their path. You’re probably aware we’re in the heart of tornado season for us yet we’re seeing tornado’s ripping parts of the country that have never been hit before.
    As a kid growing up in Kansas, we had terrible tornado’s but nothing like what we’re seeing today.
    You’ve used the tension masterfully, my hat is off to you. Grasping dirt and weeds is so exactly true!


  19. Seriously, I felt as though I was right there! Great job, Tess. 🙂


  20. Hey there, Tess, loved your story, and that photo, so very much. I must say it inspired me to do my first piece of fiction here on WP. I took on the 100 word challenge myself. Stop by and let me know what you think. Thanks again. 💕 Van .


  21. What a story! And what an ending!

    Poor Will…


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