Story :: Earthquake

Earthquake (100 words)


When the first tremor struck, Shark brushed off sleep like a thin layer of dust. He struggled against the shuddering ground to claim his feet, forcing his body to obey him. This was nothing to the first aftershocks, the ones that ripped the base in two and shattered the instruments. Without them, Shark had learned to sense an oncoming earthquake by the movements of animals and birds, by the changing flight paths of insects, and the groan of the black earth beneath his feet. He pushed the grizzled hair out of his eyes and started to climb a nearby tree.


Goes with Smoke.

Written for the CAKE.shortandsweet Wednesday write-in

Read my other free stories here.


About sarahgracelogan

Sarah Grace is an itinerant scribbler and general layabout. She runs a writing group called CAKE.shortandsweet, because any form of procrastination from actual writing is always attractive to the serious author of refined taste. When not distracted by laser pens, Sarah Grace writes novels, short stories and flash fiction, poetry, stage scripts and screenplays. She has performed her work at Stirred Poetry, Bad Language and Tongue in Cheek Manchester. Her first publication, Humping the Boonies is a self-published chapbook available directly from the author, or from Travelling Man, Manchester. You can find more details about her ongoing projects, not to mention a selection of free stories up for grabs right here on her blog. She also likes to talk about theatre, film, books, photography, and especially games and other things that involve collaborative storytelling. Sarah Grace likes feedback, in whatever form it comes.


  1. What is going on with this guys life? It’s like the potential power of earthquakes to release as well as destroy. Interesting…

  2. You have a great way with words. I love ‘brushed off sleep like a thin layer of dust’ & ‘claim his feet’
    I look forward to reading further stories about Shark and the he’s in.

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