The thunder jolted the little girl from her sleep.
She lay in her bed, slightly disoriented by the stillness and darkness of her room. She listened for the telltale signs of home – the tinkle of the cat’s bell, the sound of dogs barking in the distance.
Her voice crackled with a dry stickiness as she cried out a soft, “Momma?”
She waited for a response, her slight curiosity at the stillness all around her beginning to morph into a prodding feeling of fear. When her mother did not answer, she climbed from her bed onto the floor and began to stumble towards her parent’s room.
Their bedroom door was closed, which added to her fears, as she had never seen it closed before.
Thunder shook the entire house as she stood staring at the light coming from under her parent’s door.
She could hear her mother’s muffled voice behind the door. “Please, Lord, I know what I am asking, I know what I am sacrificing – but I will do it, if it means that her soul can be saved. I will do it for her. Please, God. Leave me behind, so that we can both join You.”
Her mother’s words made her skin tingle as the light flashed and disappeared.
The door swung open as she cried out, louder this time, “Momma?”
Her mother reached out for her and held her tightly. “Hurry, hurry. We have to go.”
“Go where, Momma? Where’s Daddy? What’s happening?”
This weeks's assignment comes from The Lightning and the Lightning Bug:
Here's your chance, your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. A literary agent has discovered your blog. She's captivated by your writing. She wants to sign you. But first, you have to prove yourself. She wants to hear the pitch for your book. You have 250 words to captivate her, capture her imagination, convince her of your amazing talent and that your book is going to be THE book that sells millions.
This week your Flicker of Inspiration prompt is to give us a pitch. A perfect pitch. Think of the description on the back of your favorite novel, the words that make you buy that book for your Kindle, the short paragraphs that let you know you MUST read that book.