When the Lights Go Out

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It’s almost summer (and will be by the time this challenge is over). That means big summer storms around here, which means the power goes out. When I was a kid, this scared the crap out of me. There was always a huge crack of thunder and then complete darkness; then we all made a mad dash for the flashlights and hoped the batteries still worked.

Here’s the challenge: write a story about the lights going out. It could be by “natural” causes, temporary or permanent. But, it has to contain the actual event of the lights being on, and then going off.

Bonus points for lights that come back on…

  • Started May 17th, 2009.
  • Ended June 29th, 2009.
  • Created by Kevin Lawver

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  1. Avatar Kevin Lawver

    You guys didn’t make it easy on me, that’s for sure. Congrats, Cody!

  2. Avatar BA Boucher

    The idea was better in my head. For certainly worse, here’s mine.

    This was fun.

  3. Avatar S. Zee

    Oooh, an eclipse and being blind have already been done. I’ve got to think about this some more.

  4. Avatar NightMaiden

    I recently listened to a song that fits this challenge superbly. Then, I saw this and…well, my entry was the result. Loved the challenge. :) Hope you like!

  5. Avatar Never Explain (LoA)

    I had the same problem as g2. here’s the link, http://ficly.com/stories/313

  6. Avatar Never Explain (LoA)

    I has an idea! W00tness

  7. Avatar g²LaPianistaIrlandesa

    I’m not quite sure what happened, exactly: I wrote up an entry, and it’s not connected with the challenge.
    Hm. Well, I don’t want to be accused of inflating my story number, so I’ll just put the link here:

  8. Avatar g²LaPianistaIrlandesa

    Hm… interesting idea… I’m not sure if I’ll be able to contain my idea to one segment, though. Hope you nor anybody else minds (but even if you do mind, I think I’ll do it anyway because I’m stubborn like that).

  9. Amj Lone Writer

    Yay! I’ll try to participate when I get back from school. Great Challenge!

  10. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    this sounds simple, yet i’m drawing a blank.. I’ll come up with something..

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