Friday Fictioneers: The Firestorm

Over at the Addicted to Purple blog, Rochelle has challenged us to write a story of ±100 words based on the photograph below.

Photo prompt © Roger Bultot

Photo prompt © Roger Bultot


Genre: Historical Fiction
Word Count: 100

Ron rolled over in bed and listened to the sound of running water as Jeanie prepared her bath. He thought about their plans for the day.

Sunday brunch at the Claremont Hotel would precede a lazy afternoon poolside at the condo rec center. Swimming, lying in the sun and listening to the 49er-Lions game at the ‘Stick was the perfect end to the weekend.

Last night Jeanie agreed to marry him. Life was good.

Ron got up and walked over to open the curtains of his third floor bedroom. He stared at flames higher than his apartment.

“Jeanie, get dressed!”

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A Brief History

On October 20, 1991 an incompletely extinguished fire on 5 acres of steep hillside above Oakland, CA re-ignited and spread across 1,520 acres of land. Wind gusts up to 65 mph spread the fire and injured 150 people and killed 25 more. 2,843 single-family dwellings and 437 apartment and condominium units were completely destroyed. Economic losses are estimated at $1.5 billion.

Related Link: East Bay Hills Fire

  13 comments for “Friday Fictioneers: The Firestorm

  1. Dale
    April 21, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    Thankfully he was “on the ball”!

  2. April 21, 2015 at 4:34 AM

    Nice take on the prompt, reminds us that life can change in an instant.

    • April 21, 2015 at 8:10 AM

      Indeed, it can.

      I read your entry for this week’s challenge and really enjoyed it. Memories of a not-so-serious crepe flambè meal came to mind.

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Ω

  3. April 21, 2015 at 1:58 AM

    Dear Allan,

    Amazing how one event can change you for a lifetime. There’s an old expression, “Man plans, God laughs.”



    • April 21, 2015 at 8:05 AM

      And the laughter echoes. Thanks, Rochelle. I really enjoy your challenges. Ω

  4. micklively
    April 20, 2015 at 2:59 AM

    You never know what’s around the next corner. Live every day like it’s your last.

    • April 20, 2015 at 6:51 AM

      Thanks, Mick. I like your story this week as well. Ω

  5. April 18, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    I remember that fire and I like your fiction about an ordinary day turning upside down,

    • April 19, 2015 at 5:56 AM

      Thanks, Tracey. I also like your story for this week’s prompt.

  6. April 17, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    Glad they got some warning….

  7. April 17, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    I like your take on this Allan. The day beginning very ordinary and then the couple about to be caught up in extraordinary circumstances. Well done!

    • April 17, 2015 at 4:14 PM

      Thanks, Brigitte. Some days life can be overwhelming. Ω

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