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the story of an invisible girl
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.


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specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: June 19th, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Jessica and I agreed that was the loudest thunder we've ever heard. Some of it rolled on and on, like 3-4 "bursts" in a row. I heard car alarms going off on my street from the shaking.

Of course, I had already been awakened by the "thud" of a very scared dog diving into the bed and wedging himself in between us. He needed a lot of comforting from Mommy and Daddy, the poor little guy is very scared of thunder. This morning, once it stopped, he went outside and just gave one half-hearted "woof" at the sky, trying to put up a good show that he wasn't really ever scared.
estarsign From: estarsign Date: June 20th, 2009 02:00 am (UTC) (Link)
It didn't set mine off, but it woke me up and I could hear my car giving the warning beep from the thunder, so I suspect if it hadn't stopped when it did it would have gone off.
matt_arnold From: matt_arnold Date: June 19th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I heard it from Ypsilanti, and had a similar reaction.
fachless From: fachless Date: June 19th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ha! I knew it was going to either be that or cats. :)
From: cscott Date: June 19th, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
mrs_sweetpeach From: mrs_sweetpeach Date: June 19th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, wasn't that incredible? I don't believe I've ever heard rolling thunder like that before. jebra told me he has, but I wonder if that was when he was living up north.
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