Wake up!

Having been silent for a few days now (partially because the electricity went out when that hellion Irene wandered through), it is now time to write something new. What better than the newest  100 word challenge. This weeks prompt: …the alarm went off…  

I lived my life with blinded eyes. My ears did not hear. The world passed me by, and I did not even notice. I chose to ignore it. It was so much easier to tune it out. Bad news? Not my problem. Disaster, war, hunger, disease? Those happen to other people. They do not affect me. It is not MY problem!

But then it DID happen to me.

I felt the pain directly. How? How do I deal with it? And how was I so able to ignore it before? The alarm went off, and I finally woke up.

I could no longer ignore.