Copyright: Barbara W. Beacham
This is my contribution for the week to Monday’s Finish the Story, hosted by Barbara W. Beacham. Every Monday, Barbara supplies a new picture prompt along with the first sentence for the story. The original story to be written should have only 100 to 150 additional words. I’ve bolded the first sentence given with the picture prompt. Be sure to click on the little blue frog in the blue box, after clicking on the link, to read the other stories.
The link for all the other stories is as follows:
I just want to add, my laptop was in the repair shop for several days, then I had to download “177” updates that had accumulated to be installed. It took part of the day and all through the night to install and update them. It became too late to send in a story last week, so I thought I’d wait for the new prompt.
Genre: Speculative Fiction
Word Count: 3+14+150=167 Words
RAGE OF ZEUS by P.S. Joshi
Zeus was not having a good day and he made sure everyone knew it.
First, he sent a huge thunderbolt flashing through the evening sky. He aimed it directly at one of his other symbols, a monstrous oak on the edge of Olympus. It struck with devastating force, ripping the oak asunder. What remained caught fire. The blaze was seen for miles.
“That will show those stupid humans who is boss,” he thundered.
He raised his massive scepter causing another symbol, bulls, to stampede through farmers’ fields, breaking down fences.
A third symbol, mighty eagles, soared in flocks, then dived toward earth. People took shelter wherever they could duck inside.
Thunder was heard as Zeus shouted, “I have almost twenty children. Do they pay attention to me? No, they do not. I am a god. I am worshipped. Yet my own children defy me. It is the fault of their mothers.”
In his frustration, his giant tears cascaded to the ground below.