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Topic: Discern (08/12/10)
TITLE: The Lights Go Out
By Kara Dunham
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Rain poured down heavily adding to the cacophony of the storm. Light flashed once more, this time followed by a buzz. Laura stared up at the lights as they turned to blackness. The rapid change from light to dark blurred her vision. All around the room, wherever her eyes turned, light-shaped blurs danced, mocking her temporary blindness.
She closed her eyes, forcing herself to take in deep breaths. More light flashed around her but the darkness continued. She felt foolish and juvenile to be so afraid of a rain storm. Each time she felt she had convinced herself it was nothing another loud boom would jolt her house.
She slowly opened her eyes trying to adjust them to the darkness. It was little use, the blackness was thick and the lightning's sporadic light made things worse. Shapes were forming themselves in her living room. Nothing was distinguishable but something within her knew they were bad.
The sound of the storm faded as her own heart beat grew louder. She could not look away, a captive of her own fears. More lightning flashed. The old shapes vanished, but new ones formed in the opposite corner. Monsters of hideous size and proportions. She didn’t believe in monsters! But her eyes told her otherwise and her heart beat in agreement. Reality was lost, and she could no longer discern what shapes were her furniture and which were the monsters.
She felt lightheaded and realized she had been holding her breath. She let it slowly seep out and then inhaled deeply, closing her eyes. This time she felt the presence of a new light flash across her eyelids. It was a light most comforting in her desperate moment of fear. She was safe now.
To confirm her suspicions, she heard two car doors quickly close, followed by footsteps hammering up the stairs onto the porch and the sound of a key unlocking the door. Her fears were quickly forgotten replaced with tremendous relief as her parents entered the living room, equipped with a flashlight.
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