100 Word Story – ….the extreme weather meant…

by limebirdwriters

Well, Friday has come around again, and every week we take part in the 100 word story challenges set by Julias Place. This week the prompt is ‘the extreme weather meant’. If you want to do your own 100 story, then scroll down to the bottom for more information.

100 word challenge

This week we have Limebirds Neeks and Vanessa taking part.

LimebirdNeeks

He stood at the picture window, sipping his coffee.  The wind howled its way around the house and through the trees, snapping the clothesline and drifting the snow against the fence.  The extreme weather meant that getting to work might not happen, he should check and see if the trains were still running.

His daughter came in with a blanket and fell onto the couch.  Goofball.  She looked up hopefully.

“No school?”
“No school,” he shook his head.  “Maybe no work either. What do you think of that?”
She raised her head.  This was unknown territory.

“Really?  Can we make a snowman?”
Dad smiled.

LimebirdVanessa

Two steps, and then a pause. That’s how it went. And with each pause, a few laboured breaths. Each time more painful. Two steps and then a pause. That’s how it went. It was the same walk she did every week. Had done for years. Every Wednesday. At her age the walk was never easy, but the extreme weather meant it was much harder. She went every week. Just to kiss the headstone and say, “Still miss you Frankie.” Today she lingered a little longer, to smile and remember. Then she turned for home. Two steps, and then a pause. That’s how it went.

Would you like to have a go at a 100 word story? Well, head on over to Julia’s Place for the rules and either add your offering in the comments, or do your own post, but don’t forget to either link back to us or let us know in the comments so we can come and read!

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20 Comments to “100 Word Story – ….the extreme weather meant…”

  1. Lovely stories this week ladies, Neeks yours made me smile and Vanessa yours made my heart heavy. I like the rhythmical element of yours.

  2. Just you and me this week Neeks! Yours made me smile Neeks because it’s pretty much what happened on Monday this week when the snow meant both of my kids’ schools were closed and I couldn’t get to work!

  3. Extreme weather = extremely good stories. Well done!

  4. Vanessa, you had me tearing up with your story. Neeks, you had me smiling!

  5. Neeks, I loved the dynamic between father and daughter, here, especially the line This was unknown territory. How accurate! 😀 The story’s so simple, yet so charming.

    And Vanessa…! The narrator’s devotion and tenacity are so well felt, here. It’s sombre, but I could really feel the love that still exists between these two.

    Great work, Limebirds! You really know how to set the bar high! 😀

  6. Poignant, Vanessa; a real gem. Neeks, I was sitting right there on the couch with her! Great entry!

  7. Wow! You do have a way with words, don’t you. Liked the twist and the poignancy in your tales.

    Shakti

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