October 18, 2013

Flash! Friday: Prompt #46

My goodness, it has been quite a whirlwind week, with #AdPit, preparing for Trick or Treat with Agents, and starting to gear up for this year's NaNoWriMo! I did, however, make time for a Flash! Friday post, getting it in just under the wire.  As always, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Rules: 250 words, +/- 10, on this photo: 

Ice Cube Aurora. Photo by Carlos Pobes
Treasure Hunt

It should have been beautiful. A hazy green cushioned the uneven dusting of stars that coated the indigo sky. From where I stood, the brightest star hung over the single shelter in sight, a beacon. The red of their light glowed like an ember, reaching through the sky and sweeping over the snow.

Behind the light, flags marked space that would have otherwise looked endless. One dipped to brush the powder, bending under the weight of its secrets.

They stood untouched by the light. I stood in the shadows.

It should have been beautiful, but I knew what lay below, concealed by the snow and marked by flags that chilled my heart more than the temperature ever could.

“We’ll be frozen in time,” Jared had whispered our last night together. “Promise you’ll wait for me.”

I’d promised, and we’d burned together in a night to remember, but then he’d left, for the opportunity of a lifetime.

Now the gleaming red exposed their furnace. It couldn’t touch the heat of our love, but out in the cold, it had burned him up. They’d dropped promises like breadcrumbs, then buried the lies. I didn’t bother counting the markers littering an expanse too sinister for its splendor. There was only one body that mattered under this blanket of snow.

I’d promised to wait, but I knew better than to waste both our lifetimes. They’d stolen him from me.

And I was here to get him back.

(243 words)

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