The weather report was calling for unusually high winds and rough seas along the coasts and meteorologists warned people to stay away from beaches and the low lying areas around the coast.
Naturally, warnings like that were like shit to flies, and thousands of people, the looky-loos, headed to the coast to witness the weather phenomenon. One of the best views was at the lighthouse and, by mid morning, around three or four dozen onlookers had gathered to watch the giant waves breaking on the rocks below.
What none of them knew at the time was that about fifty miles offshore, deep within the ocean, an earthquake occurred about 30 minutes earlier, sending a giant wave toward the coast.
Because of the speed at which the mega-wave raced to shore, the gawkers, not only at the lighthouse, but all along the beaches and the coastline, were engulfed. It was a horrific tragedy, and the headline in the local paper the next morning read:
Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge. Photo credit One Big Photo.
Jake looked down the road toward the horizon and saw what appeared to be threatening storm clouds up ahead. He picked up his iPhone and said, “Siri, where’s the nearest motel?”
Siri responded, “The nearest motel is in Bainbridge, about 120 miles north of your current location.”
Jake looked at his gas gauge and saw that he had less than a quarter of a tank left. That would only take him about 75 or 80 miles. “Siri, where’s the closest gas station?” he asked.
“The closest gas station is near Bainbridge, about 100 miles north of your current location,” Siri said.
Jake let out a loud sigh.
“Yep, you’re screwed, Jake,” Siri said.
Written for Cyranny’s One Minute Fiction prompt. Photo credit: Cyranny.
Welcome to November 4, 2021 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).
Today’s word is “offspring.”
Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.
Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.
And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.