The alarm clock rings. A forty-five-year-old gentleman slowly wakes up.
He kisses his thirty-nine-year-old disabled wife good morning then gets ready for the day.
He brews some Community Breakfast Blend Coffee and drinks it mixed with half milk and half cream.
He also fries four eggs sunny side up and also toasts two slices of Evangeline Maid Wite Bread on his natural gas-powered range.
He slides his four eggs onto a plate and spreads some Clover Valley Strawberry Preserves on his two slices of toast.
Finally, he pours a tall glass of V8 juice and, says Grace sits down for breakfast.
He enjoys his breakfast then goes into the bathroom and freshens up in his washbasin, scrubbing his body with a bar of Dial soap.
He then shaves his face and splashes on some Aqua Velva.
Finally, he puts on RightGuard deodorant then gets dressed.
He dons a white Hane’s tee shirt with a left breast pocket, some Navy Blue Dickie’s work pants, a brown Dickie’s leather belt some white Fruit of the Loom crew socks and some brown Brahma work boots.
From his bedroom night table, he retrieves a SwissGear RFID shielded wallet, which he places in his left-back pants pocket, a Leatherman Surge multi-tool which he places in his right pocket and a Streamlight SL-20 LED flashlight which he secures in its belt holster. And he takes his Motorola smartphone secured in an Otterbox and places it in his left pants pocket. He places a bag of Clover Valley Cherry Sours in his breast pocket.
His wife prepares him two Creole tomato sandwiches with Rouse’s Mayonaise and Mustard and black pepper, then a Yeti Mug filled with Black Cherry Kool-Aid and places them in his Igloo Playmate Cooler and hands it to him.
They share a sweet hug and kiss, then she smacks his backside.
She then gets their young daughter ready for school.
Finally, he gets his keys and leaves his house, locking the doors behind him.
The skies are overcast and the wind is blowing as he steps onto his carport and opens the door to his 1993 Dodge Dakota.
He sits down cranks his engine and heads to work.
During his commute, he tunes in the Weather Band on his Midland CB Radio. He learns that the entire listening area is under a Tornado Watch and that a squall line is also due for their area this day.
He cusses under his breath, then asks God for forgiveness and places a couple of Cherry Sours in his mouth. Subsequently, he petitions God to protect his wife and daughter in addition to himself.
The sky is dark as he arrives at the local elementary school where he is employed as the facility engineer.
A bolt of lightning lights up the sky as he walks into the office.
He punches in and listens briefly as the principal’s radio is tuned to the local NPR affiliate.
He then walks to the boiler room and checks his work email on his Motorola Smartphone.
The cooler in the cafeteria needs to be tended to, so he retrieves his required tools and walks over.
There is a smell of bread rolls baking as well as red beans and rice along with smoked sausage being cooked. The aroma is very satisfying.
As the cafeteria staff continues to prepare the students’ lunch, the gentleman services the cooler. In due time he has the compressor pumping again.
One of the cooks attempts to flirt with him, but he replies, “Back off; I love my wife!”
The cafeteria manager warns her to respect his wishes and that he is a good man but a married man and not to mess with him again.
The buses are now dropping off the children.
He sees his young daughter stepping off the bus. She runs up to him and hugs him. He kisses her forehead then escorts her to her classroom.
He checks his work emails again and sees that the new light fixtures for the administration building have arrived and how he is assigned to install them.
He goes to the boiler room and secures a hand truck then walks to the receiving area to pick up the new light fixtures. He loads the boxes on the hand truck then transports them to the administration building along with his tools.
He steps into the administration building just as it begins to pour down rain.
NPR is still playing on the principal’s radio.
Morning Edition is interrupted with a Tornado Warning.
Immediately he assists the faculty and administration round up the children into the halls.
Just as the last student is in the hall, the electricity goes out.
He turns on his Streamlight SL-20 LED and lights up the dark school.
His daughter has an Olight I3E EOS on her lanyard next to her school ID. She also lights up her immediate area.
He stands next to her and begins to attempt to comfort the other students by telling them stories.
Suddenly his phone rings. It is his wife calling.
“I have to take this call,” He says, then quickly answers the phone.
On the other end, she frantically says, “It’s dark as night here bae. I think there’s a tornado nearby. Are you all right?”
“Yes. I am fine. I’m with all the students and my coworkers in the hall.”
“Is our little girl okay?”
“Yes. She has that little flashlight I bought her a while back on her lanyard and she is lighting up the hallways just like me.”
“That’s our girl! We’re blessed with a wonderful child!”
“Like mother, like daughter!”
“You’re so sweet!”
“Now baby, I’m not sure where the tornado is, but please go in the bathtub and cover yourself with a thick blanket!”
“Okay, I will. Do I have to let you go?”
“No. Stay on the line with me, at least until the warning expires. But if the call drops, just know that I love you.”
“I love you too and I won’t be at ease until you and our daughter are home and safe in my arms!”
“I love you, Mommy!” Their little girl called out.
Suddenly a horrible roaring sound was heard…