Friday Flash Fiction

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Picture courtesy of Sandra Crook  

So many places have endured the worst winter ever. We have had one of the mildest here. I have enjoyed it but find it unsettling at the same time.

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Word count: 101

Frozen – 2045

– Tell me what it used to be like, gramma.

– Well, honey, it was like touching a cloud. Snowflakes were crisp and delicate, quickly melting to droplets on your finger.

– And what about snowmen? Did you ever make one of those?

– Of course, silly! We would race out to make one even when there was only an inch of snow!

I closed the picture book, suddenly saddened that my great grandchild would never see snow. She’d live without, as we all did, missing all the beauty held within a snowflake: a one of kind universe, uniquely wrought by nature, beautiful, gone forever.

© Erin Leary

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29 thoughts on “Friday Flash Fiction

  1. Interesting take on the prompt, Erin. Although I understand your point about global warming, this reminds me in some ways of the end of the movie Edward Scissorhands–it never snowed before he came.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail

  2. I have a friend who lived in Hong Kong until she was about six and didn’t see snow until she came to England with her family. She had been so excited at the idea of it, and then when it finally snowed she was terribly disappointed because no one had told her it was cold!

    A lovely story this week!

    Claire

  3. Dear Erin,

    I’ve mixed feelings as I read. Having seen enough snow to last a lifetime, I’m not sure I’d miss it even if it were gone forever.

    Nonetheless, you’ve told a lovely and sad story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

  4. Dear Erin,

    One day there will be balloon tours to the upper stratosphere that will carry tourists aloft into high clouds so that they may experience a bit of snow…

    Sad future for us. Great story from you.

    Aloha,

    Doug

  5. I love snow, so this would indeed make me sad, and for more reasons than just missing seeing snowflakes and playing in snow. Thankfully, no indication where we are that this is likely to happen in the near future; quite the opposite!!

    janet

  6. I’m one of the people who has had more than their fair share of snow this winter. But, I would miss snow if the seasons didn’t change as they do here. Lovely story. Well done!

  7. This left me with so many questions. Like what has become of the world? If there is never any snow, then what are the summers like? Does everyone live underground? Or in space? I think different answers would give different feelings to the piece.

  8. Good story and a warning of what will happen if global warming continues. My children were raised in North Carolina and had seen snow, but my daughter was so excited when she moved to Chicago and first saw a lake frozen over. I was raised in northeastern Ohio and saw it every year. Well done, Erin. 🙂 — Suzanne

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