BR Stories – Turn on the Light

BR Stories is a collection of short stories in which I challenge myself to include five random, esoteric words that I learned from the lyrics/songs of punk rock legends Bad Religion.

  1. Tartan – 1. (noun) a woolen cloth woven in one of several patterns of plaid, especially of a design associated with a particular Scottish clan. 2. (adjective) used allusively in reference to Scotland or the Scots.
  2. Wayward – (adj.) difficult to control or predict; stubborn
  3. Myriad – 1. (noun) an indefinitely great number. 2. (adj.) countless or extremely great in number.
  4. Quixotic – (adj.) exceedingly idealistic; unrealistic and impractical.
  5. Dearth – (noun) a scarce supply; a lack

“Turn on the Light”

There was a lot of chatter among the throng of people. Although there was a dearth of space, it didn’t dampen everyone’s spirit. Even the most wayward people were managing to enjoy the summer night’s festivities. Most people sat on chairs brought from home, while others gathered on tartan-styled blankets laid on the grass. Children ran to and fro, zig zagging their way between the adults who were standing in crowds talking to each other. The music from the band permeated the warm air.

A few minutes after the band’s music subsided, a small, yellow spark shot up from the ground to join the myriad of stars that lit up the night sky. At that instant, all conversations ceased and everyone’s eyes followed the spark’s trajectory, which seemed almost quixotic. But then the spark hit its apex and exploded into a huge array of various colors. The bang from the explosion reverberated throughout the sky. The crowd applauded and cheered as more and more fireworks were fired into the sky.

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