There was a weird sort of siren wailing in the distance.
“That’s an odd sounding ambulance,” I thought, "it sounds like it's standing still. I wonder why doesn’t it seem to get any closer or further away.” My mother and I continued sipping our tea.
All the blinds in the house were open and we chatted away without really noticing the heavy rain.
All of a sudden lightening lit up the house. The thunder chased after it, rolling its heavy body across the roof and shaking the windows in their frames.
“That was close!” my mom said, taking another sip of tea. The wind howled angrily and then suddenly the world became strangely quiet.
The sky outside looked oddly green.
When I answered the ringing telephone it was K calling from the library where he had gone with the kids.
“We’ve been sequestered to the library basement,” he said.
“What?” I asked, confused.
“There’s a tornado warning, Jess. You and your mom may want to go down to the basement or at least turn on the radio to find out how long the warning is in effect.”
“The kids are really anxious,” he said. "I’ve got to go." My mom and I turned on the television only to find that the tornado warning had just expired in my county.
The threat of the storm had passed.
Maybe next time there’s an emergency and I hear that "odd sounding ambulance," also known as MY TOWN'S EMERGENCY SIREN, I’ll go down to the freakin’ basement.
Oh, my disaster preparedness!