My friend got a little bit ahead of me and stopped for a moment distracted by something. Pine boughs were overhead, heavily laden with snow. Taking advantage of the situation I reached up with my pole and shook the limb. He was showered with it. He looked back at me quizzically, with a slight scowl. “Didn’t you see it? That was the chubbiest squirrel I have ever seen!” I said.
“Yes, it jumped from that tree to this one. I can’t believe you missed it.”
“Oh, I got it. When you least expect it, payback.”
“I’m telling you it was a squirrel.”
We continued on our way without any more interference from bushy-tailed rodents. We didn’t see any deer either as we meandered our way back to the parking area. I took off my skis and was headed back to the car when out of nowhere I was tackled into a snow bank.
My goal with the challenge this year is to use it as an exercise to write something focused on a particular emotion. I hope to convey that mood or feeling through word choice in the story. I welcome your feedback on what worked or didn’t for you in each piece.