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Storm Excerpt Slides For Party #2

  1. 1. By: Pamela Leigh Starr August 2008
  2. 2. STORM By Pamela Leigh Starr (Released August 2008) <ul><li>It was no use. </li></ul><ul><li>It was dying. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Storm: Chapter 1 <ul><li>Dreading the only decision left to her, Sabrina Adams guided the car to the shoulder of the road, moving faster in her sputtering twelve-year old Corolla than the stalled traffic she’d sat in for the last ten hours. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Storm: Chapter 1 <ul><li>The narrow shoulder was not quite wide enough to accommodate her compact-sized car. Coming to a complete stop partway on the shoulder and partway on the grassy field running parallel, Sabrina threw her car into park, shut the engine off and stared out the windshield as the radiator released its last, fiery breath with a tremendous puff of smoke. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Storm: Chapter 1 <ul><li>She had been warned that the radiator was on its last leg and that her Band-aid approach of periodically adding water would one day fail. The radiator needed to be replaced and she had planned on getting it done one day next week. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Storm: Chapter 1 <ul><li>Which was exactly what she had said the week before, and she had meant it, had even put money aside for that exact purpose, but a more pressing matter had derailed her. </li></ul><ul><li>Sabrina got out of the car and stared at the bumper to bumper traffic stretching as far as she could see. Thousands were fleeing New Orleans, heading for higher ground. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Storm: Chapter 1 <ul><li>A hurricane was headed toward New Orleans. </li></ul><ul><li>Again. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Storm: Chapter 1 <ul><li>And like the year before with Hurricane Ivan, it was a snail-moving-through-molasses evacuation. Nevertheless, most people were taking the threat of Hurricane Katrina seriously. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Storm Chapter 1 <ul><li>Despite the inconvenience… </li></ul><ul><li>Despite the traffic… </li></ul>
  10. 10. Storm: Chapter 1 <ul><li>Despite last year’s memory of a fifteen to twenty hour drive that would normally take no longer than two to five hours… </li></ul>
  11. 11. Storm: Chapter 1 <ul><li>Katrina could be the one the entire population of New Orleans had been warned about for as long as she could remember, all her life probably. “New Orleans is a bowl,” she had heard over and over again. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Storm Chapter 1 <ul><li>With Lake Ponchartrain to the north of the city and the Mississippi River running through it, if the city got a direct hit there would be no place for the water from the storm surge to go. It was a bit hard to imagine, but who would dare to be stuck in such a situation? </li></ul>
  13. 13. Storm: Chapter 1 <ul><li>Not her. </li></ul><ul><li>Which was why, having a car, slightly handicapped as it was, she was evacuating. A little late but that couldn’t be helped. A steady, constant breeze washed over her, a heavy scent of rain in the air. She needed to find some shelter. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Released August 5, 2008

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