FFfAW : The frostbitten heart
A little gem from one of my favorite writers (about a story by one of my other favorite writers). Enjoy the breathtaking moment away from reality.
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Each time the snow fell, covering the land in gnawing cold and ankle deep crunch, she went out looking. And when ice turned the world to a hard snap … she searched then too.
Looked for the lamp post with its prism of glass, for dancing, gaseous shadows falling on hard packed earth. Looked for the faun and his presents clothed in paper and trussed with string.
Sitting under the fir trees, waiting for chattering beavers, for sleigh rides and Turkish Delight – Always Winter, never Christmas – she was filled with so much yearning, such a need for magic, it was as if the frost had bitten her heart, as if it was in shards in her chest, cracked like a broken ice puddle. Beneath her feet there was never magic, only the parent of grey, gritty slush.
She’s old now…
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