Rain? No problem! I have an umbrella…wait, you didn’t mention there’ll be wind!

I’ve given up. The only reason I choose to wear an umbrella is so my cell phone won’t get wet. Ontario has had beautiful weather lately…wait, sorry I was just dreaming. The weather has been warmer, but the rain and wind have come out to play. I get it, we do need rain and wind, sure, but umbrellas are pointless when they occur simultaneously.

 

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I walk a lot and perhaps it is my fault for walking in the rain, but my workplace isn’t too far to justify a drive or transit – Forgive me your Highness Mother Nature for trying to stay healthy – I just would like to come home from work without looking like a traumatized wet cat whose hair looks like it’s been electrocuted by the power of all demons.

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Umbrella size does not matter, I have small, medium, big, giant umbrellas, and the wind will often find a way to destroy them, blow them away, hit me with them, and make me look like a fool in the middle of the street (how did you do it Mary Poppins?). Not to mention passing drivers who can clearly see there’s a puddle in front of them (after seeing the car in front drive through it), on a residential street, and seem to have no consideration of pedestrians. They speed up just to make a fast turn. Seriously, how do they know I love getting splashed by passing speeding cars?

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I know I’m from rainy Vancouver, but please Mother Nature just give me a break :(. I don’t mind the rain when it is warm and not windy, or at least don’t brutalize my umbrella! How am I supposed to live my life to the fullest, if my pockets are full of water? I like to end things on a positive note, and I am thankful I can afford the proper gear, but I feel for those who can’t. I’m going to look into donating rain jackets to those who need it. I encourage you to do the same :), or something similar. I’m not too familiar with charities here, so I’ll have to do my research.

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PS: I hope all of you are doing great :D.

❤ ❤ ❤ Love, Ellie ❤ ❤ ❤

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Short Story: Laura’s Closet – Part Five (last one).

Here’s the last part of my less-than-two-week short story project called, “Laura’s Closet”. I do wish I had spent a bit more time on it, but it served its purpose, which was to let go and just write. It was inspired by a conversation me and two of my good friends had during my vacation back home in Vancouver. As always, I hope it inspires you in some way! Do not be afraid to just write and let go.

I’m working on another short story called, “Jehmers Donsriell’s Bequest”. I’m working on it more than “Laura’s Closet,” because it is a story I started a long time ago and never finished. I feel very good about it, which is why I want to spend a good time crafting it. There is no date when I’ll post it, because I’m not done, yet. Below is an excerpt I posted a while ago. After that, you can find all the parts of “Laura’s Closet”. Enjoy!

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Jehmers Donsriell’s bequest

She felt its sharp teeth crumbling her skin, but not a tear was shed. She was paralyzed, but she could still feel the harrowing pain, slowly rising inside her body. It absorbed any energy that she had left, and she felt hopeless. She clung to the wooden floor with her black long nails, as a last attempt to escape, scratching her way out of her own despair. It wasn’t long before her hair decayed, and her teeth began to dust from the rusty toxic wind that blew on her face. Her lungs began to collapse, as she tried to escape her imminent downfall. At last, she caught what would be, her final breath. The only thought in her mind, was regret…

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Laura’s Closet – Part One

Laura’s Closet – Part Two

Laura’s Closet – Part Three

Laura’s Closet – Part Four

Laura’s Closet – Part Five (final)

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Despite her efforts, Elena didn’t strip her off her power. Instead, she gave her a second one, the power of premonition.

Although relieved to have the power of seeing what she had been searching, it didn’t feel real.  She thought her rant to Elena was brutal enough to leave her powerless and without answers. Even though, she was speechless, she nodded and smile with gratitude. Then, Elena blinked and left, and Laura found herself in her bed, awakening early morning on the following day. “Was it all a dream?” She thought.

She sat on her bed for a few minutes, palpitating, touching everything around her, waiting for something to happen. Her eyes were sore as if she hadn’t slept for days, and a cold sweat spread throughout her body.  She placed her hand on her forehead and lied back down again. By the time she got up again, a couple of hours had passed.  She felt much better and didn’t want to waste more time. She quickly got ready and left to find Alliese and Sonia.

Before she left her building, she noticed it was pouring rain, but she had an umbrella ready. She experienced some déjà vu, but her suspicious were not confirmed, until she saw her neighbour approach. “This is a lot of rain. I should go back for an umbrella. Why is it that no one can predict such weather?” He said. She struggled to say something back, still in shock at the realization that she went back to the past. Or, did she? Could this have been the “truth” Elena was talking about?

She knew what was supposed to happen next; her meeting with Alliese and Sonia, to tell them about Mother Nature (now Elena). She stayed in the building’s lobby, and tried to contact them. But, something wasn’t right. She couldn’t find their numbers. She restarted her phone as an attempt to recover their numbers – she figured her cell phone had just crashed. However, all of her attempts had failed. She remembered she had the numbers written by her home phone. So, she went back upstairs to check –she knew their phone numbers, but for some reason she couldn’t remember.

She went inside her apartment, and noticed she didn’t have the numbers written anymore. “Something is definitely wrong here,” she said. She pinched herself a few times, just in case she was just dreaming. Everything seemed to be in order; except for the fact Alliese and Sonia were nowhere to be found. She felt lightheaded and slowly sat down on the couch, feeling like someone just tied a knot inside her throat. She took a few deep breaths; one, two, three, four, five, six, seven. She paused, noticing her laptop was on with an opened document. She took careful steps towards it, and came to a full stop once she was close enough to read what it said. Her widened eyes glanced at the screen, and her breathing increased heavily.

Her whole life appeared to have been typed. Alliese and Sonia were not her friends; they were two personalities of Laura that she created in her mind, to cope with the fact she did die at the hands of the killer she ran from in the woods. Suddenly, she was transported back to the woods, at the same spot where she met Elena for the first time. Elena could not explain the circumstances, because Laura still had something to learn. But, she talked about Alliese and Sonia as being two of Laura’s biggest worries within herself. They became alive to her, because they were parts of Laura that needed to find their own resolution.  Laura’s reaction was as expected; she froze solid where she stood, and it took her a while to let go of the denial. She was trying to retrace her steps, and kept track on what happened before and how it all fitted together, but she had to grasp the idea of not being part of the world anymore. She retreated into the woods, and asked Elena to let her cope with her new destiny on her own. She was defeated by her own fears in life, but she was going to figure out how not to let them win her over in death. Even though, it was not under the best circumstance, Laura started listened to her soul for the first time.

Elena was going to let her discover a new world for herself, and for now, she wasn’t going to tell her that she was not dead.

 -The End…or is it?-

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Short Story: Laura’s Closet – Part Two

Here’s Part Two of Laura’s Closet. If you haven’t read Part One, you can do so here: https://worldruler007.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/short-story-lauras-closet-part-one/

 

Laura’s Closet – Part Two

 She felt the woman’s presence behind her, but refused to turn around. Instead, while lying on the ground, she put her hands together, and placed her chin on top. She took deep breaths and asked questions,

“Who are you? What do you want?” She asked.

“I’m not here to hurt you. I understand my introduction wasn’t the best…” But before Mother Nature could finish, Laura interrupted.

“You think? What else did you want me to think, whoever you are? To welcome, what felt like my imminent death, with open arms?” She yelled.

“Of course not, but please turn around. I’m here to help you,” she said.

She had two options; one was to stay on the ground – probably forever- or oblige and turn and find out what she wanted, and who she was. She chose the latter. She slowly stood up, still with her back facing the woman.

“Do you promise not to kill me if I turn? I mean, if you do intend to kill me, at least explain what the reason is,” she told her.

“I’m not going to hurt you,” she calmly tried to ease the situation.

“Okay, here it goes. Ok, I’m ready. I’m going to slowly turn around,” she thought, trying to reassure it was safe to do so.

She turned around and was face to face with this woman, except, she couldn’t see her.

“Are you serious? After everything you put me through, I can’t even see you?” she angrily said.

“You can still hear and feel me. I’m everywhere. In the trees, on the grounds, in the birds’ songs,” she explained.

“God?” she questioned.

“No, my gifts are not that great. I’m Mother Nature, dear.” She affirmed.

The initially shock made her question whether or not, she in fact died at the hands of a murderer, and now was hallucinating, on her way to the afterlife.

“I’m definitely dead. I’m hearing ‘beings’ that are not there. How long have I been…well…deceased?” She asked Mother Nature.

At this point, Laura started to find the situation a bit amusing – probably, because she was in shock.

“At least it was quick. I mean, clearly I didn’t feel any pain, just fear. Oh this is great!” She started to laugh.

Mother Nature knew she wasn’t going to get to her anytime soon, but she tried anyhow.

“Dearest Laura, I know this is not easy to believe. I don’t know how long I can try to convince you, that you are NOT dead.”

Instead of going in circles, trying to help Laura understand the reality of what happened, Mother Nature appeared to her in human form. She was wearing a grey top with khaki-coloured pants, and black boots. She figured she would dress the same way Laura would, and not as a stereotypical supernatural angelic being, that wears white and carries a yellow aura.

Mother Nature was right; Laura seemed to have come out of the shock. At least enough to make her listen to what she was about to say. Once she was sure Laura was well enough to pay attention, she said to her:

“I’m about to grant you with a great opportunity. You’ve been searching for an answer to your deep sorrows, and now it’s time for you to search for what you mostly desire”.

Laura was attentive; already coming up with all the possibilities she could be given. Maybe it was a new wardrobe, or a new job. But before she could say anything out loud, Mother Nature raised her left hand.

“I’m not going to give you my power, but I’m going to give you the ability to accurately predict the weather,” she said as a bright light beam was released from the palm of her hand.

“How is that going to help me?” Laura asked.

She did not get an answer. Instead, she collapsed to the ground, and awoke the following day in her apartment.

She clearly remembered her encounter with Mother Nature. Even though, she was a bit skeptic, she still found energy to get up and go to work. Surprisingly, it didn’t take her long to decide what to wear; it’s as if she knew without thinking. She grabbed her umbrella on her way out, and walked out. But, as soon as she stepped outside of the building, heavy rain started to fall. One of her neighbours appeared behind her.

“This is a lot of rain. I should go back for an umbrella. Why is it that no one can predict such weather?” He said.

Laura paused for a moment.

“I know, right? Perhaps, we need Mother Nature to run the weather channels for us,” she laughed.

“Ha! I wish we had such luck. Well, at least you’re wearing the proper outfit. Have a nice a day!” He said as he went back inside the building.

She thought it was too much of a coincidence that she just happened to wear the proper outfit, without reading the weather, as she usually would do. She decided to believe what happened with Mother Nature was true, but was still unsure of the significance of it all. How this new ‘power’ was going to help her fix her inner troubles was beyond her. So, she decided to call in sick, and arrange a meeting with Alliese and Sonia. She had to figure this out somehow, even if it meant telling her best friends what happened. After all, Mother Nature never said she couldn’t tell them.

 

-End of Part Two-

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Icy Roads, Icy Sidewalks – Ice Sheets of DOOM

Canada and parts of the U.S. are under an ice Apocalypse! Yes, I get it. It IS cold, but seriously, this is WINTER. Winter=cold. Winter is awesome! Are you telling me you don’t like it when, your furnace breaks and you have to sleep without heat for one night, and it is -14 C outside? Or seeing cars coming to life and putting on an ice skating show on the roads? It is free to watch. It’s like Survivor, but with clothing and more betrayal. Oh, and the BEST PART, when the temperature rises, it rains, and then Mother Nature decides to PMS on us and makes the temperature drop again, thus gifting us with free ice rinks for us to enjoy. You know, because in Canada, we don’t have enough ice rinks ;). Oh and that’s not all. Mother Nature gives you the silent treatment, and you are oblivious to what is happening out there. Yes, sure, you can always use common sense, but that isn’t useful when pre-menopausal Nature strikes at random times.

Earthlings: Let’s pour salt!

Mother Nature: Sure, but I’ll freeze it before it fully melts!

Earthlings: We’ll use machines. We’ll shovel!

Mother Nature: Freezing Rain!

Earthlings: At least send us a fresh coat of a 5 cm snowfall!

Mother Nature: 50 cm you say?

Earthlings: You suck

Mother Nature: Wind Chill Warning. High Speed Wind Warning!

Of course! The world still rules me.

PS: I wonder what penguins think about this? “Human World Problems”?

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