"Max and Danielle" Chapter 1 Part 3

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The rains have turned into a flood in the valley. Max and Jake have gone out in the storm. The farmhouse is on a hill and Danielle has remained behind where she is safe. She has spent a sleepless night waiting for Max's return.

Max does not return

The rains continued to fall and the flooding was getting worse. Danielle had the radio tuned to the weather channel and the valley was completely under water. Danielle's Dad and her grandfather taught her all about the precautions to take in a flood. A person should never attempt to cross flowing water. Vehicles can be swept away in less than 2 feet of water. Roads may be washed out and too dangerous to travel on. Danielle knew that Max and Jake were outdoor people and they also knew the dangers of high water. Danielle was still worried sick. She didn't sleep at all last night. She'd been so sure they'd be back by morning but there was no sign of them. She went into the kitchen to make a big pot of hot coffee.

Jake returns without Max

Jake came in through the mud room about mid morning and was soaking wet. One look at Jake and Danielle knew something was wrong. Jake and Max had gotten separated on the far side of the valley. They were following the road when it gave way. The boat capsized and they both went into the water. Jake somehow made it to the shore and climbed up out of the water. It took all the strength he had and luckily there was a low lying tree branch near the water and he was able to grab hold of it and pull himself up the hill. When he looked back there was no sign of Max. He searched all along the water's edge but there was no sign of his friend anywhere. Danielle felt like she was going to be sick. She slowly sunk down into the kitchen chair.

Search party

Jake called for help and the county put together a search party for Max. Jake insisted on going out to help search. Danielle didn't think it was a good idea because he'd been up for over 24 hours. He wouldn't take no for an answer and he walked out the door to go meet the search party. Danielle didn't know what to do. She felt helpless and lost. What if something happened to Max? Her life would be over. She made a cup of tea and sat by the kitchen window waiting for news. The rain just kept coming down. If there was one thing she did know it was that Max was smart and he was a survivor. He'd made it through the war and he'd make it through this. He loved her too much. They'd come too far. He would make it back home somehow and someway.

Late Afternoon

There was no news by late afternoon. Danielle went into the living room to sit by the fire. She couldn't eat or sleep. She would just watch out the window for Max and hope he would be home soon. Jake came in at dinnertime and said they'd had no luck. He looked terrible. He went to clean up and get some rest. Danielle fell asleep in the chair waiting for Max.

Weather report

Danielle woke up to the radio announcer talking about the storm. She must have fallen asleep after Jake went back to his place. They were talking about the flooding. The announcer said that it was like the hundred year flood. Except for the radio the house seemed so quiet. Where was Max? She was tempted to go out and look for him but what good would that do. If the rescuers couldn't find him how could she? The last thing that she wanted was to become part of the incident. She didn't want people searching for her. She would just stay right here and wait. She was thinking about the town and Miss Renee. She prayed that everyone was okay.

To be continued

"Max and Danielle"
"Max and Danielle" Chapter 1 Part 2

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Farmhouse, Flooding, Rains, Rescue, Road, Storm, Valley

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I'm a mother and a grandmother. I love to write and be creative. If I can make one person smile I've done what I set out to do.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
27th Apr 2015 (#)

You really keep up the reader's interest with this suspenseful story. Well done, Nancy. Great images too.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
27th Apr 2015 (#)

Steve, thank you for the moderation and the gold star.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
27th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you so much Steve. I'm so pleased that you like it. It took longer to find just the right images to go with the story than to actually write the story. There's a couple lessons to be learned in the story.

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author avatar Retired
27th Apr 2015 (#)

Flooding isn't funny. I wish that some of the nation's infrastructure projects would include pipelining Plains States floodwaters to the arid Southwest. But, something so beneficial to the country would never be part of the president's plan.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
27th Apr 2015 (#)

LeRain, thank you so much for following along with Max and Danielle. I'm in total agreement with the pipelines. They would be a God Send to the Southwest. I wonder if it will ever happen?

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author avatar Retired
27th Apr 2015 (#)

You're an excellent writer. I wish I had your creativity. Great Stuff! Keep going. I'm on the edge of my seat.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
27th Apr 2015 (#)

Joyesh, thank you so much for the awesome comment. I'm so glad you like my story. This part is particularly intense. I felt like I could hear the rain and see the flooding. I have to go into my fantasy zone in order to do these stories. Blessings to you!

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author avatar Retired
28th Apr 2015 (#)

Another terrific chapter with great pics!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
28th Apr 2015 (#)

Thanks Jessica for following along with Max and Danielle. This felt so real to me when I was writing it. It's scary to think about natural disasters.

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author avatar snerfu
28th Apr 2015 (#)

Yes, you have put up lovely pictures that go well with the story. And the story? It is drawing me in deeper...with the waters. Waiting for the next!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
28th Apr 2015 (#)

Snerfu, I have no words to thank you for following along with each part as I write it. Smiles to you!

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author avatar Shamarie
28th Apr 2015 (#)

Awesome part and great photos! Your tale feels like a mini-series on TV!!!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
28th Apr 2015 (#)

Shamarie, thank you dear friend for the awesome comment! These last few parts are a little intense for me but I am pleased with it. Smiles today and always.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
28th Apr 2015 (#)

Fantastic photos and another amazing chapter.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
28th Apr 2015 (#)

I forgot to add: Congrats on yet another gold star!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
29th Apr 2015 (#)

Sherri, thank you so much for following along with Max and Danielle and for the wonderful comment. You are the best. I've been telling everyone that will listen that my friend is a famous author!

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author avatar Carol Roach
29th Apr 2015 (#)

that sounds really bad

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
29th Apr 2015 (#)

Carol, thanks for continuing to read Max and Danielle's story. This part is very intense.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd May 2015 (#)

Max is the hero and nothing is going to happen to him! However, if were in Danielle's shoes, I would be worried sick too.Thanks Nancy for the lovely images that complement great story telling - siva

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
3rd May 2015 (#)

Thanks Siva so much for following along with Max! Your are the very best. I'm so glad you like the images. It takes forever to decide just the right ones for each chapter. Blessings to you!

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author avatar Kingwell
10th May 2015 (#)

You write a good story. Blessings.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
10th May 2015 (#)

Kingwell, I'm so appreciative of the fact that you take time to read my story. I'm so glad that you like it. Smiles to you and Blessings.

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