He stumbled forward into the cold night. Overcast and dreary, the sleet pounded down relentlessly. Oh how long since he had seen the sun he wondered silently to himself as he walked.
His mind was as numb as his exposed fingers in the cold night air. Yet, still the soft singular voice of her continued to sing that same song over and over in his mind. Thoughts of those long summer days spent in Saskatoon would haunt him like a specter for the rest of his life.
It was a special time long ago with little static to cloud his thoughts or life. Now his life was surrounded by seemingly endless dark and steep climbs. The ambient sounds of the night, he barely noticed until filling the cold empty air all around him was the steadily barking of a dog.
As he looked up the last thing he saw was the large Siberian husky as it leapt from the shadows. He was knocked to the ground and the dog was on top of him in an instant. He screamed as the large furry dog began licking his face with vigor, its tail wagging furiously.
As the sound of his scream faded into the night, a slow smile spread across his face. He lay silently not feeling the cold earth beneath him as the he let the warmth of love wash over him.
This short story was written during a 5 minute free write using the words in bold above. This occurred during a meeting of the lunch time writing group at my workplace. I have to admit, I did edit a bit while typing it in the blog post, yet easily 95% is from free writing. Hope you enjoyed it!
Remembering an old friend who died many years ago in the spring 1997 at the old age of 14. A collie / shepherd mix she was a one of a kind treasure of a dog. She literally saved my life, but that is a story I will tell in another blog at another time.
She was with us through our entire marriage and unfortunately was only around for a short two and one half years after our daughter was born so they barely got to know each other. She was loving, loyal, a true companion and a trusted friend. She was always with us on many trips all over the Northwest from the mountains (in bear country) to the sea and she always was a protector and a source of joy! She loved the beach but was not to fond of the water. 🙂 We miss you Shilo!
This is the photo that was the inspiration for the drawing of Shilo in her usual spot in the back of the pickup, we could never leave home without her!
As Halloween approaches how would you finish this sentence?
Scary/Suspenseful? – It was a dark and stormy night and the moonlight glistened off the metal knife edge stained with blood as his breath came in raged gasps.
Humorous/Funny? – It was a dark and stormy night but the whipped cream and chocolate pie stains around his mouth were the only evidence left behind from his midnight refrigerator raid.
Peaceful/Contented?– It was a dark and stormy night but the warmth of the crackling fire cast a peaceful glow across the room as she stared at the pictures in the photo album in her lap, remembering the past and the smiles that had left all too soon.
The original photo from which the above was edited.
Poetry, music, creative writing and a desire to inspire.....Isaiah 41:10: So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.