A stack of small china plates tremble nearby. The radio broadcast croons encouragement that Christmas will be different this year. Bottles rumble in the kitchen, spirits that know better. Outside, the quiet snow piles up.
She sighs, and takes a gander out the window at the family arriving; Fighting already.
Opening one door, she slips out the other. She straps on her skis and glides free.
© Liz Husebye Hartmann (2016)
- Microfiction Madness: Write a 100 word or less story or poem based on the following: A Girl’s Best Friend
- Carrot Ranch, Dec 8, 2016: In 99 words (no more, no less), write using the word “gander” as a verb. A gander is a male goose, yet the Old English etymology of the word suggests it was once “gandra” which described a waterbird with a long neck. In 1912, it became the act of taking a long look. What is the long look your story or character is considering?