Hiya, Welcome back to PEP! Anyone watching The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time tonight? I am! I’ve watched every single Sharknado so I have to see how it ends. I loved the first and the second ones. The third was really good as well. Admittedly, as much as I do enjoy the Sharknado movies, it could’ve ended after three and been fine. Four was acceptable but Five, to be frank, literally jumped the sharks-not in a good way. One of the things I hated was what happened to April when she was ‘pinkified’. I’m hoping Six will wrap up the loose ends like the Fifth Final Destination movie did.


What this week’s question from my randomizer? Do You Shop at Locally Owned Businesses?
My answer: Yes, I do. If I can find a locally owned business that has what I’m wanting within my budget, I will happily shop there. I want to support other small business owners like myself. After all, I’m a locally owned business as well for both Paula’s Pet Paradise and Imaginative HandiCrafts.
What’s your answer?

Here’s this week’s writing:
“Do you trust me?” he asked, offering me his hand.
I could barely hear him over the whirl of the helicopter blades but I’m good at reading lips.
“Not at all.” I replied as I took his hand. “But hey, this night has been full of surprises.”
He helped me up into the helicopter as it lifted off the ground, just avoiding the bloodthirsty creatures that dived for us.
I watched them gather underneath us even as the helicopter gathered altitude. The last thing I ever admitted when I agreed to this blind date was for the restaurant to be crashed by blood-thirsty former human beings, attacking anything and everything in their sight. For some reason that I had no idea, they seemed to especially be zeroing in on me.
We buckled into the helicopter as his friend steered us away from my former home. We’d heard rumors that there was a safe zone in Texas of all places that was creature free so far. If we could get there and prove we were uninjured, we’d be safe. But with the winds gathering already and the numerous creatures we just left behind, I didn’t know if we could make it to Texas from New York. If there were rumors about a safe-zone, no doubt there would be more of these things and I didn’t like the looks of this wind.
Just then, the helicopter bucked in the wind.
“Hang on!”
I grasped the seat in front of me and the hook above my head, “Already hanging!”
I felt him wrap his arm around me, other hand wrapping around the hook above his head. The helicopter rolled in mid-air, shuddering and there was a loud snap above our heads.
“What was that?!”
Before he could answer, our pilot spoke, “One of our rotors just snapped! We’re going down!!”
The helicopter took a nosedive and I felt his arm tighten as the pilot yelled, “Hold on!”
I felt the hook above my head be ripped from my hand as the top of the helicopter ripped off, leaving nothing but open air and jagged walls above us. There was no way the seatbelts were going to hold even if there was any way this helicopter was going to land safely.
He pulled my hand off the seat before it could be broken, even as the seatbelts snapped from the winds, pulling us out of the helicopter.
“Hold on!”
I wrapped my arms around his waist, holding on tightly, hoping like hell he had a plan that I couldn’t see.
Just then, I felt something hit me in the back of the head as we cleared the helicopter remains.
As I blacked out, I swear I saw wings above him, coming out of his back. But that’s not possible, is it?
© Paula Crofoot

Here’ a Writing Prompt for ya’ll to break through writer’s block with:
“I never thought I’d end up here,” he said running his fingers through his hair.

Here’s My Book of the Week: Currently, I’m reading Alice in the Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I’m growing more and more interested in the tale but I’ve never actually read it. I’ve only seen the Disney-fied movie version and never any other version. Next will be Through the Looking Glass. I never liked the movie but I’m hopeful for the actual book. We’ll see. I’m looking at it for inspiration for another business that will be coming after Paula’s Pet Paradise is firmly established in it’s brick and mortar location and expanded.

Here’s some Monday Motivation to start your week with. Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.

What is My Music Today: I’m actually not listening to music for once. I’m watching the Sharknado marathon in preparation for The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time.

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