Discussion 13: Rainy Season

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Tery

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It was of the small-town-has-a-crazy-secret stories. A lot like The Lottery (which is not accidental). The toads were creepy AF and I could almost feel those teeth.

Not long after I read this story for the first time, I did a weekend at a Park downstate a bit. At night these huge toads would come out. It would be dark, you'd be walking and step on one. Creeped me right the heck out.
 

Neesy

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It was of the small-town-has-a-crazy-secret stories. A lot like The Lottery (which is not accidental). The toads were creepy AF and I could almost feel those teeth.

Not long after I read this story for the first time, I did a weekend at a Park downstate a bit. At night these huge toads would come out. It would be dark, you'd be walking and step on one. Creeped me right the heck out.
He even mentions that story (The Lottery by Shirley Jackson) in this short story.

I forgot we were going to discuss this at 9 pm and only just finished the story about half an hour ago - I had read it previously but it was a long time ago. Pretty good

seems a bit of a supernatural twist (well apart from toads falling out of the sky) - what I mean is they feel bad for the couple but they also fear that if the couple doesn't die, the rainy season won't end - sort of like a human sacrifice
 

Sundrop

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I really enjoyed this story. Being set in a small town, it reminded me of the old saying in this area about heavy rain being a Frog Strangler. I used to get confused and call it a Croaker Choker. My ex husband swore that it was called Frog Strangler because tadpole eggs were somehow taken up into the atmosphere through some sort of osmosis and continued to develop into frogs, and during certain heavy rainstorms, it does sometimes actually rain frogs......not sure if there's any truth in his theory or not.
 

fljoe0

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I wonder if something was in the news about this - could have been in the back of his mind

with razor sharp teeth and black slime inside them when you killed them :D:frog:

Not a toad but similar to how I imagined them to look:


We have Cane Toads here. They are huge and disgusting.
 

fljoe0

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The old man rolling his own cigarettes and dropping tobacco everywhere reminded me of an old guy that lived by me when I was a 6 or 7 year old kid. I used to go over to his house once in a while. Him and his wife just adored me (how could they not ;-D). He used to roll his own cigarettes and he couldn't see his hand in front of his face. There was loose tobacco all over every chair in the house. He used to drop more tobacco than he got in the cigarettes. ;-D I got a good laugh from the description of this guy in the story.
 
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