This story was written for Susanna Hill's "4th of July Secret/Mystery Writing Contest." To see contest rules or read other fantastic entries visit http://susannahill.blogspot.com/ There is a 400 word limit and I managed to finish mine in 389. This contest has been a challenge for me. My first two story ideas turned out to be failures, and I almost gave up. Then this story occurred to me out of the blue as I was walking to zumba. I had a lot of fun writing and painting the illustration. I hope you all enjoy and I greatly look forward to reading all the other entries!
BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!
Belle the big, black poodle disliked loud noises. Baby squeals made her jump, high-pitched whistling from the teakettle made her howl, and thunderstorms made her tremble head to tail.
One 4th of July evening Belle curled up on the warm kitchen rug for a nap. Through sleepy eyes she watched her owner Sadie and her friends chatter around the counter tops preparing ice cream sundaes with pecans and homemade chocolate syrup.
She thumped her tail lazily in content. Soon her eyes closed and she drifted off to sleep.
BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! A dreadful noise startled Belle from sleep. She bolted up and looked around. The kitchen was dark and empty.
DRIP. DRIP. DRIP. Went the water faucet.
WHIR. WHIR. WHIR. Went the dishwasher.
“Hmmm” thought Belle. “I must have imagined the sound.” She settled back down on her mat.
BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! The noise came again!
Belle jumped to her feet. “What was that?!” She thought pawing the ground nervously. “Where is Sadie?”
Belle trotted into the living room. No Sadie.
TICK-TOCK. TICK-TOCK. Went the clock
BUZZ BUZZ. Went the fly circling potato chips.
BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! Went the noise even louder this time. BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!
Belle began to circle around and around the living room floor. “Oh, what is that awful noise!” She thought. “Sadie where could you be?”
Suddenly she heard laughter coming from the front porch. Sadie’s laugh. Belle ran to the door and scratched urgently.
“What is it girl?” Said Sadie opening the door.
Belle whined and leaned against Sadie’s denim jeans. Suddenly she saw flowers bursting out of nowhere in the sky. They sparkled like tinsel on a Christmas tree. “How beautiful” thought Belle.
BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! The noise came from the sky!
BARK! BARK! Said Belle shrinking away.
“Awww you’re scared of the fireworks!” Said Sadie hugging Belle around the neck. “Come sit next to me. I will keep you safe.”
Belle couldn’t understand how such beautiful flowers could make such a terrible, frightening noise! But she followed Sadie and curled obediently beside her.
As Belle watched the way Sadie and her friends laughed in delight at the dazzling show in the sky, she began to feel more at ease. Sadie wrapped her arm around Belle and together they looked up to enjoy the BOOMING flowers in the sky.
|Here's the inspiration for my story. She's an old dog that's been in the family for 15 years now.|