Write about someone who purposefully causes a power outage.
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“Where was Lisa when the Lights went Out?” by Deborah Mercer
My grandma had one of those crazy, homespun sayings. If ever there was a power cut, or just if one of the lights needed a new bulb and temporarily threw us into darkness, she would say “Where was Moses when the lights went out”? I don’t think there was any especial biblical basis for the saying – perhaps I should research it more and find out if it’s a quote from some otherwise forgotten book or play. Another name, gener...
“Embers” by Kylie Wallis
Simone Lewis was brought up by Kurt and Corey, a couple in their mid-thirties. The boys had been together for ten years, before they seriously thought about a child. A mutual friend named Gracie, offered to be a surrogate. The little girl was born on the 7th of July 1990. She had Kurt’s bright blue eyes.It never bothered Simone that she was being raised by men. She lived with two loving and supportive parents. That was more than she could sa...
“An Act of Civil Disobedience” by Michele Duess
At a conference table sat two FBI agents. It was a beautiful day outside but neither noticed for looking at a tablet. “These are the interviews with the three suspects," said the woman. "Got to say they were-interesting."“Thanks Jane.” Tom reached for the lousy stuff they called coffee these days. He hated it but today he needed the caffeine. He drank, winced, and looked at his colleague. “You know what amazes me? They're not throwing each other into the sea to get a deal.” “No. I'd expect Sebas...
“As The Stars Blink Out” by Ava F
The wind blew through my window, and my room was so quiet, I could hear my heart pounding in my chest as I gazed out into the night sky. It was like a staring contest with space, but of course, it always won, except for the many small times it would wink and twinkle when it knew you had been staring too long. When you desperately needed to get some shut eye. It was like even the stars knew. And...
“Colonists-362” by Anshika Goyal
I hear the thumping footsteps as I stand on the concrete floor surrounded by electric wires in complete darkness. “Young man, step aside-” his face penetrates the flashlight, “Wallace?” He raises his eyebrows and his face contracts like a pitiful old man. I stand speechless as my dad, ignoring my existence, joins back the huge wire to the supply. The fault is easily found- ah the advancement these days.<...
“Power On” by Lani Lane
Warning: Mature themes. Discretion advised.Her name was D0T-3000. Master called her Dot.He had bought her one year ago, and the first night was the worst. He had seen the ads and heard the ravings from his friends – but he’d never had one for himself before. So, he tested.“Power on,” he said. Dot blinked, and Master smiled. There was no light in his eyes.Dot was the latest model. The makers were good, but they did not know everything. For instance, Dot could ...
“The Long Walk Home” by Stephanie Albright
It was Friday morning and I was headed to the break room for my coffee, then back to sitting in an office with two women that hated each other. I was almost back to my office when the lights flickered, then went out. “Well, shit,” I muttered. I made it to my office with the light coming from the front windows. I took a large drink of the terrible coffee and sat down. As I picked at my doughnut, I realized how q...
“Gran Penny's Orange Blossoms” by Emilie Scarchilli
The evening Mr. Bannock cut the wires that kept all the lightbulbs shinning in the diner, I was surprised as everyone else. Looking back on it, I suppose Dr. Hollins was the only one who wasn’t surprised—but sorting out that story will take as lazy a summer’s afternoon as you can think of. Better hunt up your yarn and knitting needles first, and then I’ll tell you. Now that I’m telling the story over, I guess Ashe...
“The Master Switch” by P. Jean
(Write about someone who purposefully causes a power outage.) You might wonder who I am! I would have to tell you at this point it doesn’t matter who I am. Let’s just say, I’m the guy telling the story. Not really a narrator but for now I can take that role! And now for the story! ~~~~~ Elise was a natural beauty. She learned as early as toddlerhood that cute gets at...
“Lights Out” by LeighAnne Ferreol
The rough stone bit into my hand. I glanced around nervously. No one else was here, no one would see. I took a deep breath. One shot. I would only take one shot at it. If I missed, then I’d give up. I lifted the rock and aimed it at the power box high on the post. I hurled it with all my might. The heavy thud of rock on metal was quickly followed by a blast of light and an electrical popping sound. I covered my ...
“Hopeless World” by 𝐀𝐥𝐞𝐱𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐁𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐜
Trigger warning: domestic abuse This was supposed to be the happiest day of my life; nevertheless, I can't even get myself to smile. I continuously ask myself if I am genuinely delighted with my life, is this how I want to live. Am I wasting it in fear and unhappiness? If my mother would see me now, would she think badly of me, or would she be happy for Michael and me? I can pull myself to standing, I always can, yet tears come in such generous streams. I failed myself, and her too. If I would have left soo...
“Dark Knight” by ✧ﾟ･:h̶o̶p̶e̶ ❦
CarterI've come this far to back out now. There’s no turning back. I shouldn’t turn back! The clothes on my bed were carefully handpicked four days ago for this mission. I’ve tried wearing it in the dark, there’s no doubt that I’m going to be completely invisible. I slid on the black worn-out trousers that I bought years a...
“Twinkle Twinkle” by Silvia Bartolini
As soon as the elevator doors opened, Jenny knew something was wrong with the girl. The man who was carrying her on his back nodded in polite greeting, face hidden under a baseball cap. Jenny moved closer to the wall, hugging herself in reflex. Her nose scrunched up at the reek of alcohol, the man's protruding belly on an otherwise lean, almost emaciated frame the sign of an unhealthy addiction.As the doors closed, she stole a glance at the pair. Father and daughter, perhaps? The girl couldn't have been older than ten. Jenny couldn...
“Birds of a Feather” by Lyric Monroe
The pain in Angelus' wrist was minimal, but she wasn't going to tell the doctor that. She sat on the emergency room bed, her headphones around her neck, looking around at the sight before her. The makeshift emergency bay of the little hospital was filled with patients. Angelus knew this was because of the recent raid in their small encampment, but she couldn't help but wonder if any of the patients were one of them
“Gray Days, Black Nights” by Kathleen March
The Graystockings were meeting to decide what their next step would be. They had to draw attention to something entirely unrelated to their library of women’s knowledge, as they liked to call it. The distraction was necessary because the ensuing chaos would allow them to move the materials that had been gathered over several generations, many generations. They were spread out in several spaces that only they were able to...
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