january-snowfall-nighttimePhoto Prompt. Photograph by Sarah Potter

Β Word count: 99

Drawing the curtains open, she watched the snow fall like stardust. After a moment, she withdrew to the warmth of the fireplace. There, in the crackling fire, she saw his face.

It wouldn’t be falling stardust where he was. It would be a raging storm, like the one inside her. Her good night’s sleep was because he stood there, guarding them. To stand at that freezing border, was the price he had to pay, for the dreams she saw in her warm bed. With each falling tear, she called him back home.

Far away, silent tears flowed in reply.



Yuhu’s Corner:
This story is a part of the Friday Fictioneers Photo Prompt Flash fiction challenge. Every Friday, a photo prompt is provided by the organizer Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The participants have to come up with a 100 word story. You can check out the other entries here.

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33 thoughts on “Freezing to keep warm

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