I've seen "It was a dark and stormy night..." referenced (in jest) in another thread. Dunno if anyone will come out to play, but I thought it interesting if there was a challenge to write the first few lines of a story that used that cliche, but made something new from it. Here's my attempt: It was a dark and stormy night, which made Barry even more surprised to see hundreds of naked people slowly walking down the road, all going in the same direction. His parents, eyes glassy, movements mechanical, walked down the garden path dropping their clothes as they went. That's when it struck Barry that something very, very, bad was going down.