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In “Lightning Bolt” by Alexandre Antigna, a poor family recoils in fear from a storm, when, in reality, it’s their poverty that is much more likely to harm them.

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The storm winds up being the perfect device to reflect the family’s denial of their situation. In micro fiction, what details can you provide to alert the reader to the true condition of your characters? And how can you use an event or their superficial concerns to illustrate your real message – like in the painting which uses the glimmer of a lightning bolt to explore the effects of denial or lack of self awareness?

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