|NCW - Cold Winter Days (standard:drama, 978 words)|
|Author: oprel||Added: Nov 26 2005||Views/Reads: 1952/1227||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Louise thinks back to her childhood while going home for christmas.|
Louise is sitting on her bed in the quiet dorm room, looking out the window. The snowflakes are large and many, falling slowly but inevitably to the ground, where they form a growing layer of crunchy fluff. * Winter had always been one of Louise's favourite seasons; it shares the top spot with summer. They are five years old. Louise and Shelly are playing in the snow, throwing snowballs at each other, throwing themselves in the snow to make snow angels, and building snowmen. As it gets darker, Louise is no longer as happy. She knows that the day is soon over and she has to go home in time for dinner. When Shelly's dad comes home, he helps the girls with the third and final snowball that makes up the head of the snowman. After some joking banter he tells Shelly that dinner should be due in about an hour, then he goes inside. There's one hour left. How can time fly so fast? Louise can't understand. “What are you thh-th-thinkin?” Shelly asks Louise, who is brought back to reality again. “Uhm, nothing. Why?” Louise replies. She wrinkles her nose as she feels a tickle there. “Just wondering,” Shelly shrugs. “I th...thought maybe it was something.” Louise doesn't reply. She looks down at the ground. Shelly feels uncomfortable without knowing why. After a few minutes of silence, Louise's mom comes by to pick her up. “That's mommy, I gotta go.” Shelly hugs her friend. “Come back tomorrow.” Louise smiles briefly. “I don't wanna be anywhere else.” Then she turns around and walks towards the car, even though she doesn't want to. She notices how cold it really is. * Out in the hallway there is some commotion. Louise is brought back from memory land. Many of the students are going home or somewhere else during the holidays. She gets out of bed and checks her bags to make sure everything is there. Standing by the window, she calls Shelly on her cellphone. She waits for Shelly to pick up. It's cold outside the window, and so is the air close to it on the inside. Shelly doesn't answer the phone – she must be busy with something. * In the tiny fridge in her room, Louise finds a nearly finished bottle of wine. It's her roommate's, but Louise fills up a glass and finishes it as she does the last of the packing. When she goes outside, the snowfall is so dense that she can't see very far at all. The taxi arrives soon. “Central Station, please.” As the taxi ploughs through the snow silently, Louise calls Shelly again. * Finally onboard the train, Louise sits down in the comfortable seat. The Click here to read the rest of this story (80 more lines)
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