Title: Ephemeral Wonderland
Source: Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers – Week of May 16, 2017
Word count: 170 words
It has been foggy and cold here for several days. The fog lingers on the horizon until the sun rises, warming the air and putting the fog to bed. This morning I woke to a rare surprise. The conditions were perfect, and the signs were promising, so I waited and hoped it would happen. Hoarfrost covered the earth. It transformed the world, covering everything in frost crystal structures that formed on any sub-freezing blade of grass, leaf, branch, fence post or sign. The hoarfrost formed from the moisture in the air, the vapor instantaneously metamorphosing into intricate interlocking patterns.
I dressed, pulled on my wool coat, and my heavy boots before grabbing my camera and headed into wonderland. The silence was deafening. My boots crunched through the snow and echoed for miles. The sun was a fuzzy orb that stained the sky a soft pink that contrasted with the shimmering green of the encrusted pines. I snapped photos preserving the moments until the delicate frost disintegrated in the warming air.
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer