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Welcome to the 2017 Blogging A-to-Z Challenge! I’ll be blogging my way through the alphabet the entire month of April, taking a break on Sundays, for a total of 26 posts! This year I am writing short stories based on a word that starts with the letter of the alphabet. The 26 fictional stories are not related to one another. This is a chance for me to exercise my imagination and explore creative writing which I have not done since college. Learn more about the blogging challenge HERE!

The theme for today’s story is Petrichor.

The air smelled earthy, like dirt, leaves, water, and warmth. John closed his eyes and breathed in deeply savoring the smell. After weeks of getting it wrong, Channel 9’s meteorologist warned of heavy rain today and she had been more than right. The rain last from sunup to sundown and had only just stopped leaving a quiet peace in its wake. A broken clock is right twice a day, thought John. He chuckled to himself and walked down the driveway.

John especially loved going on a walk after a heavy rainfall. The world felt quiet and peaceful. Or maybe it was thirstily drinking all the water it had missed for so many weeks. Either way, it was one of his favorite times and usually when he did his best thinking. He was a writer and walking through his neighborhood and in and around town helped him organize his thoughts and entertain new ones.

Actually, John was a famous writer and one that received so much fan mail he needed to hire an assistant to sort through it all. At first the post office sent the letters to his P.O. box but when they started to come in by the tub they decided to hold them at their office for pick-up. Usually on these meandering walks John would end up at the post office and decide to read through a few letters before his assistant came in to pick them up. He liked to study the handwriting on the envelopes and choose an interesting based on his own judgment. Was this fan an admirer? Did they have a bone to pick? Were they a little loopy? To this day he could not tell and he had been at it for many years now.

After the post office John walked back home. His rain boots splashed through the puddles as he read one particularly long fan letter. This fan was both and admirer and had a bone to pick with him about his latest novel. And they were in luck because today of all days John felt content and reflective. He decided to respond personally and hurried steps because he had already figured out the first paragraph of this letter.

And with this post that makes sixteen down and 10 more to go! Thank you for reading my short story. What did you think? If you are here with the Blogging A-to-Z Challenge, please leave a comment below because I would love to check out your posts!

P.S. Check out my other short stories HERE!


4 thoughts on “Petrichor

  1. Josie Two Shoes says:

    This was a wonderful tale, nothing smells better than rain, and it definitely puts you in a reflective mood. This could be a lovely introduction to a longer story. I was curious about the letter he had opened and how he intended to respond.

    I am writing six-sentence stories for the A-Z this year… it is a challenge. 🙂
    Read today’s A to Z post at Josie Two Shoes

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