Vent: Six Sentence Stories

We sat on the compacted ash that made the edge of the crater, our legs dangling into the huge cavernous hole that opened to the earth’ score.The velvety night wrapped around us as we watched the three vents glowing fiery red in the dark.

Without warning, a rumble came deep from within the crater, building to a crescendo when, with a release of noxious gas, an explosion rent the air and large chunks of molten rock were thrown, landing within metres of where we sat.

As we made our escape Jenny exploded like the volcano, Yasur. 

“How dare they put us in such danger letting us sit on the edge like that when it could have just fallen into the crater with that shaking that came just before it exploded,” she said.

“I know Jen but for me it has to be a first – two volcanos and three vents in one night: Yasur and you, and Yasur, you and the whole fish I’m having for dinner.”

Thank you to Denise from Girlie on the Edge for coming up with the prompt word vent and for hosting SSS.

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Mt Yasur on the island of Tanna, Vanuatu and Lake Siwi prior to the lakes disappearance.

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Mt Yasur from the rim

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Mt Tavurvur in Rabaul Papua New Guinea.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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10 Responses to Vent: Six Sentence Stories

  1. “The velvety night wrapped around us as we watched the three vents glowing fiery red in the dark.”
    Wonderful line. Very graphic story. No problem picturing myself, legs dangling 🙂
    Cool pictures! And you lived there?
    Enjoyable SSS!

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  2. Kristi says:

    A creative use of the cue! They were indeed lucky to make it out alive. Though I lived outside the danger zone when Mt. St. Helens erupted in 1980, the evidence of the destruction was still apparent decades later. The visitor’s center gives a somber account of lives lost.

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    • Yes I remember seeing the newscasts when Mt St Helens erupted. The ash is the killer. I remeber a whole heap of people got caught on the side of it. Mt Yasur is continually letting off and is the worlds most accessibly active volcano with eruptions frequently. You can be unlucky and be hit on the head with a molten rock but while is letting off steam I think it is reasonably unlikely that it will blow its top off. They keep it well monitored.


  3. Good, enjoyable Six*

    *which, by the way, I call, ‘No Fair’ having cool adventures in ‘real’ life.

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  4. UP says:

    Good six. The first paragraph really sets the tone, it is foreboding as well as comforting. I like this a lot.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Charli Mills says:

    Multiple explosions and a great set-up for the final line.

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