Spring Fling

April 18th, 2019



Sam's Stormy Night
Boom! Bang!
Sam scrambled under his bed.
A pair of yellow eyes stared back at him.
“Stormy! You’re afraid of thunder too?”
“Mom picked the worst name for you.”
Boom! Crash!
“Let’s get out from under the bed, Stormy. It’s dusty.”
Bam! Boom! Crash!
Lightning lit up the room and cast large shadows of Sam and Stormy on the wall.
“Ohhh, cool shadows,” shivered Sam.
With the next bolt of lightning, Sam made a bunny shadow hop across the room. Another flash! Sam made a barking shadow dog. When the room lit up again, Stormy swatted at Sam’s fluttering shadow butterfly. With each new burst, Stormy zoomed after her own shadow.
“Maybe Stormy isn’t such a bad name for you after all.”
Before they knew it, the spring storm had passed. Sam was soon sound asleep, snuggled up with Stormy, who purred as loud as rolling thunder.
Hi all, I spotted this fun Spring Fling writing contest and decided to join in! It's a great exercise in creative play and has some great prizes if you write children's literature! There is still some time to join in if you're interested. The rules are that you have to write a Spring related story inspired by a gif in 150 words or less. You can read all the details here. Good luck to anyone who enters! 

11 Responses

Congrats, as a kid I was always afraid of storms. I’d run to my mother’s bedroom and hide under the covers. Good luck! I like how Sam found a way not to be scared by playing with shadows.

My child was making shadow puppets just the other day – I fear sometimes it’s a lost art! How clever of Sam to think of making them while he and Stormy waited out the storm! Good luck!

Love this one! Children’s resilience is such a wonderful thing, especially when they turn something potentially scary into something as magical as shadow puppets! My favorite line was when Stormy swatted Sam’s shadow butterfly

A spring thunderstorm is a great choice! Nice relationship between the child and pet. Good luck!

The story relates so well to a child’s experience. He discovered the shadow puppets and his own way to get through a scary situation with a furry friend along the way. Good luck!

This is really cute. My son is afraid of storms, so I’ll be sure to share this with him!

Really cute! I love the creative, kid-friendly solution to a very relatable problem. The line “Mom picked the worst name for you” made me laugh. I love when writers show kids how humor can help diffuse a scary situation. The last line is so sweet – love that it shows how the sound of thunder no longer is a scary thing. Great alliteration throughout too. Good luck in the contest!

Aw this was absolutely adorable, what an endearing relationship. I love how they helped each other through the storm, who needs to run to their parents when they have a cat named Stormy? The playful shadows and the rolling thunder snores at the end we’re absolutely purrrfect. Thanks so much for entering!

Love the sweet friendship here! And that Sam and Stormy conquered their fear together!

What a great story about friendship and facing fears! I love that they’re overcome their fear by playing together. And what a beautiful last line. Good luck!

Good job turning a scary situation into a creative playtime and congrats on your place in the Spring Fling contest!

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