June 19th, 2009

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Abrupt Awakening

I was jolted from sleep early this morning by an explosion. At least, it was so loud, sustained, and angry-sounding that I thought it had to be either some kind of factory explosion, or Detroit was being bombed. Both seemed equally likely to me in my sleep-addled morning, and I lay in bed with my eyes closed, waiting for the sound of sirens to confirm my belief.

I imagined the stories I would tell later, when it was all over the news and people were taking about it, exchanging "where were you?" sorts of tales. "Yes, I heard it. It woke me up from a sound sleep, it was so close." I contemplated getting online to read the news, or perhaps hiding out in my basement.

The minutes ticked away without any sirens or screaming in the streets, and I started to question my theory. Then there was a flash of light, bright enough that I saw it through closed eyes and drawn blinds. Then five seconds later, another explosion, and I had to admit to myself that it was just thunder, not the end of the world.

The rolling thunder was enough to shake my bed, but the majority of the storm was elsewhere.... I only got rain and noise.