500 words: winter

(this one is short but, um, kind of dark)

Winter

Even as March surrendered and fell blissfully into April’s arms and the days grew from short to long, Alissa quietly, sadly, faded away into winter. As summer emerged from spring with warmth and brightness, Alissa’s days grew colder, with lengthening shadows, bitter winds, fallen leaves, and eventually, a deep chilly darkness with no moon and no stars. When people spoke to her, it was as if she were deep under the water, beneath the ice, their voices everywhere and nowhere, all sound and no words.

The less she understood, the less people spoke, and the more the darkness pressed on her the less she left her apartment. As the days once again turned from long to short, from summer into fall, Alissa froze and cracked and blew away in the dark and the wind and no one noticed she was gone.

2 thoughts on “500 words: winter

  1. Um. That’s a little freaky. I usually comment under another ID, but since alissa is *my* name, I had to comment with my real name.

    This is freaky, because I’ve been going through some extremely difficult times and this describes how I have been feeling/am feeling exactly. To a T.

    If your story wasn’t me so vividly, I would simply be commenting on how beautiful it is, in its dark way. The visual imagery is stunningly powerful. Thank you for “understanding” me so well in some sort of weird cosmic karmic way.

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