Our little local happenings and events paper, The Acorn, is running a writer's contest called In a Nutshell, for fiction 100 words or less.
For someone as wordy as me, 100 is really hard. Here is what I came up with as an entry:
Abby awakens to darkness, a deafening roar and a jolt that throws her from the bed to the floor which rises, falls and shimmies beneath her. As dry wall crumbles, girders groan and glass explodes, she thinks: Shit, this is it, California tumbles into the sea. Crawling blindly, she finds a pillow, pulls it over her neck and head, curls tight, and rolls with the seismic waves while the crunch of collapse thunders in her ears.
Then, all is quiet. Abby opens her eyes. In her bed, Chris beside her, the apneic silence is punctuated by his monstrous snore.