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Winter Halo


Years ago Santi's grandfather had told her that bands of light ringing the moon signified a time when spirits were free to walk the earth.  She recalled that now, as she trudged down the long dirt road leading from the highway to her house after being dropped off by a friend on their way home from the evening shift at the cafĂ©.  It had been a slow night, and the few dollars she had made in tips were barely enough for a bag of groceries, much less money to pay for reconnecting the electricity that had been recently shut off due to her delinquent bill.  It would be another night of cold and darkness in the cottage she had inherited from her grandfather; a flashlight and a heavy quilt would have to suffice.  Stunned to find the window panes glowing with light as she rounded the curve, Santi entered the cottage to discover a fire blazing in the fireplace and the old rocking chair rocking slowly on its own.

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I'm linking up with Lillie McFerrin for Five Sentence Fiction
where the writing prompt this week is "ringing"  

14 comments:

  1. Ooh, I was right inside this one--the dark night, the exquisite moon, and the desperate reality. Nicely done Josie.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it Britton, we saw a beautiful winter halo around the moon just such as this the other night from our hot tub, that's what inspired the tale. :-)

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  2. The rings of the moon are a beautiful thing - I like to think it was the spirit of her Grandfather looking over her.

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    1. I believe that it was Sarah! I saw moon rings just such as these as I left the house this morning early... so beautiful indeed!

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  3. Definitely her grandfather looking out for her; beautiful description throughout. I have a few 'delinquent bills' too; love that phrase. x

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    1. Certainly it had to be, Lizzie, thank you! Making ends meet in life is a struggle, doing it on a waitress paycheck, next to impossible.

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  4. Aw. I liked that end. Someone said granddad watching out for her, I liked that angle very much. Well done!

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    1. Thank you Chantel,that's the idea I was trying to convey. :-)

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  5. wow love the creepy ending- you set the scene so perfectly! want to read more!

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    1. Thank you Jenny! Observing the beautiful, but eerie winter halos around our full moon this past week set the scene for this story.

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