A snowstorm dropped several inches of snow of overnight. An old friend was visiting and we decided to go cross-country skiing in a local park. It was beautiful, the trees were blanketed with white that was sparkling and shimmering in the bright sunlight. A true winter wonderland, it was the type of winter day I adore. I was happy to be out and about getting some exercise and enjoying the crisp air. I was hoping we might see some deer, there were tracks on the ground and we were following them through the woods.
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.
Let’s Get Emotional
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.
Once upon a time...
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