Picture it & Write: The Light

Creative Writing Exercise: Flooded Stream

As the sun set and the clouds moved in, she got a feeling that something wasn’t right. It was supposed to be a beautiful day but all she could see in the distance was fog. The water was rushing down the hill like a stampede of bulls and water splashed everywhere. She thought of the thrillers she had been reading and the creepiness set in.

From her viewpoint on the bridge, the darkness was getting closer and her body broke out in chills. She shivered uncontrollably. “Why wasn’t he here yet?” Laura thought to herself. Philip asked her to meet him on the bridge to tell her something important. They hadn’t known each other long but they had grown close in that short period of time.

The debris from the trees were moving in tandem with the water and the trees themselves were swaying with wind. The darkening clouds were making it hard to see and the wind was blowing her long brown strands of hair across her face. She searched in her pockets for her hair tie to pull her hair back but she was shaking so uncontrollably she couldn’t find it. Finally, she grabbed the tie and it fell out of her spasming hand onto the bridge.  As she bent down to pick it up, something in the distance caught her eye.

A shadowed figure was in the distance. She stared at the figure and hoped it was Philip. She didn’t want to make herself noticed until she knew for sure that it was him coming to meet her. Then she saw a bright light was beaming off of the figure that was both angelic and demonic at the same time. It seemed that the wind, the fog, the dark clouds and the rushing river were all being caused by this one being in the distance.

A whisper of “Laura” was heard in a spooky voice and it felt like it was calling her from all directions. Laura was so scared she just rolled into a ball and screamed as loud as she could. She felt a hand on her shoulder and she jumped up from her ball on the ground and started swinging as hard as she could. There stood Philip, blocking his face from her punches. The sun was shining, the fog was gone, the river was calm, the clouds were white and everything was back to normal. She looked around in astonishment.

Laura then collapsed in Philip’s arms and sobbed uncontrollably. It was then that she realized that he may be the one causing this.  She pushed him away vehemently and ran as fast as she could.



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