Wednesday, June 6, 2018

it's a coming


Natalie couldn't quite shake the feeling that something bad might happen when she heard storms were moving in after midnight. She studied the weather map on her iPhone.

"Just, don't worry so much." Joon looked out the apartment window. "The sun is shining."

"It doesn't mean a thing." She'd noticed something different when she saw the sunlight in the afternoon. There was something red about it.

Joon only smiled when she told him this and about her theory of a red sky in the morning or was that the afternoon.

"We aren't even near an ocean." She could see he was laughing at her. She pressed her lips tight and went on looking at the map while he made the evening meal.

"What are we supposed to do if, if we have a tornado?" She wanted to know later when they were finishing up the chicken stirfry on a salad.

"We could go to the basement." He shrugged. It gave her a shiver, thinking of being in the laundry room with a bunch of irate apartment dwellers.

Still, she went to get a backpack ready with water, snacks and of course a flashlight. Joon washed up the dishes, but she could tell he was watching her.

"Are you OK?" He finally asked.

Natalie shrugged.

"Come on." He got her to sit on the couch with him. He turned on the TV.

Immediately, they saw a tornado warning on the sidebar, but it was in a county far from where they lived. Joon leisurely switched the remote over to Netflix. Natalie tensed as she looked over at him. He was the calm before the storm.

"Let's watch some anime." He said there was plenty of time before the sirens went off. "They might not go off at all."

"You're not from Kansas." She told him she'd seen how bad storms could be in the mid-west. "Hail storms, the wind." She shook her head.

"There was a bad one last summer." He remembered. "A tornado took down some roofs in that new housing development. And the power was out for a week in some places." But they'd both missed it somehow. Not even a flicker of the power going here.

He was making her nervous, but his arm was around her and she felt his warmth close. It was true, where ever she was she wanted him near. Even on a quiet evening like this.

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