Wednesday, May 24, 2023

“All the Colors of the Rain” • by Gustavo Bondoni


“Alberto,” Cristina said. “Come quickly, it’s raining.”

Her husband ran from their home and stood in the muddy patch watching, bright-eyed.

The rain was a wondrous sheet of color: red, green, blue, orange, purple. Every color one could imagine.

His arm tightened around her shoulder. “To think of the science. All the effort the government put into that. Changing the rain, just so people can enjoy it. They really care.”

The shower stopped. Cristina dried her eyes and went back inside to prop up the walls of their single room.

Cardboard houses needed time to dry after a good shower.


 Gustavo Bondoni is novelist and short story writer with over three hundred stories published in fifteen countries, in seven languages.  He is a member of Codex and an Active Member of SFWA.His latest novel is a dark historic fantasy entitled The Swords of Rasna (2022). He has also published five science fiction novels, four monster books and a thriller entitled Timeless. His short fiction is collected in Pale Reflection (2020), Off the Beaten Path (2019), Tenth Orbit and Other Faraway Places (2010) and Virtuoso and Other Stories (2011).
In 2019, Gustavo was awarded second place in the Jim Baen Memorial Contest and in 2018 he received a Judges Commendation (and second place) in The James White Award. He was also a 2019 finalist in the Writers of the Future Contest.
His website is at

Gustavo has become a fairly regular contributor here. Two of his more recent appearances in our virtual pages were “S’mores Therapy” last week and “Warranty Claim” back in November, but he has quite a few more stories on our site. Check them out!

This week’s Pete Wood Challenge was to write a 150-word or less story using the prompt, “rain.” To see the previous winners of previous challenges, click this link.

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