Go out and look at the clouds. What do you see? Pick a few clouds and what you see, write them down, and write a story based on them.
Unfortunately, there weren’t any clear skies on this day or after that day, so I went into my Facebook pictures and found a few cloud pictures. I used those for my writing exercise. If you see anything different, leave a comment and tell me what you see in the cloud pictures. I am curious to know.
My Clouds and What I Saw
A person looking up while wearing a clown nose
Herman walked down the street, leash in hand, and a bright red clown nose over his own nose. He groaned as he fixed the clown nose, having lost a bet against a friend, and now had to wear the annoying thing for a week. As his sea-green eyes glared at his dog, he shoved his hands through his short, wavy brown hair. He gently tugged on the leash as his Doberman Pincher stopped to sniff a tree.
“Come on, Rex, let’s get back to the house quickly. I don’t want anyone to see me like this.” Herman touched the nose again.
Rex looked up at his master and seemed to grin at him. He went back to sniffing the tree, still debating whether or not he wanted to pee on it. Herman groaned impatiently and kept his head down, praying he didn’t see any of his neighbors or his friends.
He turned to see a neighbor, and one of his best friends, out walking his alligator. “Oh no, it’s Jackson and Penelope.” Herman turned his back and looked down at Rex. “Come on, Rex, come on. Go to the bathroom already and let’s get back to the house.”
“Herman? Is that you and Rex?”
Herman cursed under his breath and slowly turned around to face his friend. His gaze stared into two surprised amber eyes, and he gulped. “Hey Jackson.” He smiled down at the alligator and said, “Beautiful as always, Ms. Penelope.”
Penelope grinned a toothy grin up a the human for the compliment, batting her eyes at him.
Jackson eyed the clown nose. “Lost the bed to Rod, didn’t you?”
Herman hung his head and nodded. “I thought I could win this one this time. I knew all the answers to the questions, but I froze. And well, you know what happened next.” He pointed at his face.
Jackson laughed and patted him on the shoulder. Penelope snapped a hello at Rex, who barked back. Penelope looked up at Herman and then back at Rex. The two had their own conversation, ignoring their humans.
“Well, well, well, well, if it isn’t Herman the Red Nosed Human.”
“Oh no,” Jackson said as he turned around and looked up into the sky above them.
An enormous shadow fell over them as a dragon lazily circled above them a few times. He finally landed and waved at Penelope and Rex. Sitting on the dragon’s back was a tall, tanned, black-haired man with a huge grin on his face.
“How does the nose fit there, Herman?” the man asked as he slid off his dragon’s back and landed on the sidewalk next to Herman and Jackson. “I hope it’s not too small.”
Herman rolled his eyes and touched the clown’s nose for the hundredth time. “It’s fine, Rod.” He patted the dragon’s leg. “Hey there, Rocky. How are you doing, buddy?”
Rocky let out a low rumble in the back of his throat as a hello then lowered himself closer to the ground so he could talk to Rex and Penelope. The animals chatted away while Herman, Jackson, and Rod talked about the upcoming football game. They made plans to meet up at Herman’s house since he had added two new rooms to his and his wife’s home. He had added a craft room for his wife and theater room for the family, but mostly for himself.
“The game is going to be epic,” Jackson said. “The Owls vs. The Bears. I never thought that these two teams would ever meet on the field.”
Herman and Rod let out a whoop and gave each other a high five. They gave Jackson a high five before they said their goodbyes.
“Herman, just let me know when you’re ready to make another bet against me,” Rod said with a wink, and climbed up on Rocky’s back.
Herman made a face at Rod, his other best friend, before he waved at him and Jackson. He touched the clown’s nose and did a little dance that made the friends laugh. Herman walked with Rex by his side after his animal friend had said his goodbyes. Jackson disappeared with Penelope across the street and through some bushes. Jackson and Rocky took to the sky and flew off a few streets away from where they lived.