This short story is for the weather lovers at heart. If your favorite moment of any storm is the last few moments just before the rain falls - the clouds heavy with menace, the gusts swaying the trees, the lighting just short of danger. If only the energy and exhilaration of that moment could be controlled ...
Many a couple met and fell in love in a Big Band ballroom. World War II was over, the GIs back home, and only their futures lay before them. If only you could return to that magical time. This short story is about the age old wish of 'what if.' What if we were given a chance to go back and do things differently?
A Forbidden Love, a Neglected Dam, a Doomed Valley
Its 1889 and Johnstown Pennsylvania is booming - riding the wave of the Industrial Revolution. But for 18 year old Samuel Wulff, it's a grimy steel town with no escape from the mills. His one beacon is Abigail Walker, the pretty socialite he meets to steal kisses - and more. Theirs is a clandestine courtship though, as both their families vehemently disapprove.
But a threat far worse than their secret lurks in the bustling valley - an aging dam just 14 miles upriver. Behind it lurks the swollen waters of Lake Conemaugh. The South Fork Fishing & Hunting Club own it all, but have done little to repair the dam. When torrential rains pour down on Memorial Day, it is only a matter of time before the dam surrenders and they are all Swept Away.A fateful tale of young lovers, tragic neglect, and a town doomed to extinction
SWEPT AWAY unfolds the weekend of the horrific Johnstown Flood, America’s worst tragedy before 9/11. Told from two young teenagers, an immigrant boy, and the affluent girl he secretly courts. Through their eyes, we witness the tragedy unfold, from the torrential rains of Memorial Day 1889, to the aging South Fork Dam, to the unstoppable, all-consuming wave. Samuel and Abigail live unwittingly its path. Can they escape the rushing wave?