The Thunder’s Roar

A deafening roar of thunder forced me to my knees. I screamed out, my eyes closed against the fierce hail and cutting winds. Boards splintered, the fragments shredding first my clothes, then my skin. Something heavy and cold smashed into my right arm with a sickening crunch. I hardly felt the pain.

The screams of my crew had long since faded. None were left on board. None were left alive. All had been taken by the storm. All had perished in the waves. All had been my doing.

An icy wave washed over me, forced my eyes open, and then I saw her. She was more beautiful and terrible than my imagination had foreseen. Her naked body was perfectly shaped, her long, dark hair cloaking it against the winds. It was her eyes that scared me, eyes as azure and deep as the ocean itself, eyes that could drag you into its depths.

She approached me, slowly, her every step driving the ship further into the raging waters. I could only watch her. I could only wait for the end.

Her hands enclosed my face, eased it up with gentle yet firm intent, forcing me to stare into her eyes. One by one, I could see my men, the color drained from their cheeks, taken by her will. Then they were gone, replaced by a dim glow of compassion.

Do you wish to live?

Tears welled in my eyes as remorse overtook me. This was the price for my arrogance. I had spoken out of turn, had tempted the gods, had boasted that no storm would take me.

I would not be able to return.

I shook my head.

“Take me,” I spoke with the remnant of my voice. “Take me as you took my men. Take me with the height of your fury.”

Another roar of thunder struck me in the heart, and I fell on my back. In my fading vision I could see her smile. I could feel the hail on my face, heard the violence in the air.

Waves, higher than the highest mast, closed in on my ship.

Closed in on my life.

Closed in…on my soul.


About Martin Hooijmans

Martin Hooijmans is a writer, a traveler and the founding editor of Story Shack. He has a profound love for storytelling and a mind overflowing with ideas. Currently, he’s based in Munich and working as a SEO and front-end developer. Also check out his new project: relgrowth

>> Martin Hooijmans's author page

More Fantasy stories

Discover our random name generators

Mobster Name Generator Dungeon Name Generator Song Title Generator Craft Shop Name Generator Bounty Hunter Name Generator Goblin Name Generator Vampire Name Generator Warrior Cat Name Generator DJ Name Generator Hotel Name Generator Superhero and Villain Team Name Generator Prison Name Generator Wolf Name Generator Evil Name Generator Witch Name Generator Nightclub Name Generator Demon Name Generator Pet Name Generator Paladin Name Generator Cat Name Generator Old Roman Name Generator Cowboy Name Generator Website Name Generator Russian Name Generator Latin Name Generator Slave Name Generator Island Name Generator Blood Elf Name Generator Sports Team Name Generator Pirate Ship Name Generator Random Job Generator Viking Name Generator Ship Name Generator Orc Name Generator Superhero Name Generator Empire Name Generator Disease Name Generator German Name Generator Half-Elf Name Generator Dragon Name Generator

Would you like to see more? Then check out our full list of random name generators.


The Story Shack offers a wide range of flash fiction, writing tools and random name generators. Enjoy reading stories, get help writing them or generate names for anything you need, be it huge Triple A Games or awesome Indie ones, D&D roleplaying adventures, science fiction movies or perhaps even a newborn child. Whatever you're here for, thanks for stopping by and please enjoy your stay!