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The Day She Blew

This was written for Six Sentence Story over at GirlieOnTheEdge. 

Word prompt: “Mountain”

It was May 1980 and I was on my way out the door heading to work thinking it’s a beautiful sunny day, it’s almost a shame to go in after days and days of rain.

Pondering whether I should call in sick and enjoy some sunshine, my conscience got the best of me and I continued onto my car.

Wow, was my car ever dirty, how on earth did that happen, I’d washed it two days ago.

As I got closer, I noticed that it wasn’t dirty, it was covered in ashes’.

I immediately looked up and down the street trying to see if there were any signs of a fire that may have happened.

My neighbor’s son came outside and was walking towards me saying, “I guess she blew; the mountain must have been pretty angry.”

©Susan Zutautas 2019


This story is not fiction. This happened on May 18th, 1980 when the volcano erupted at Mount St. Helens in the state of Washington.

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    My dad and mom weht to see MSH afterwards and brought each of us a jar of volcanic ash.
    I did not keep it.
    Good six.

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    May 30, 2019
  2. It was in all the newspapers. It must have been really intense up close

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    May 30, 2019
  3. Amazing… the far-reaching effects of such an event. Saw/read about Mt St. Helens, but have never seen a volcano (active, pre-active or whatever), don’t get them so much here in New England.
    That being said, I should watch what I say! lol… ten, fifteen years ago tornados were limited to the Midwest… now it seems, they can be anywhere.

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    May 30, 2019
    • I’m glad I didn’t see it actually happen and hopefully a tornado never reaches you Clark. They’re not too much fun and are very scary.


      May 31, 2019
  4. I remember seeing the news coverage on this. I remember being somewhat shocked. A volcano blowing in the States? Ignorant Brit that I was then. this seemed so unlikely

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    May 30, 2019
  5. The image is so evocative. You mean you did not realize what happened outside?

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    May 30, 2019

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