In dismay, I stared out my back door at twenty-foot piles of snow that had accumulated in previous days. The stuff was still falling. My shovel’s handle peeked out from one of the drifts. Even if I could get to it, I couldn’t clear all the snow from my walks and driveway or get my car out of the garage. Sighing, I closed the door, resigned to yet another snow day.
Thanks to Kathy and Cheryl at Writing Works Wonders for inspiring the above work of flash fiction with their prompt to write something using the words “winter,” “snow,” and “shovel” in 75 words or less. You can click here to post your own response and read others.
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Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.
Independently published with the help of DLD Books.
Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.
After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.
Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.
Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?