The Chill

Karen McTackett By Karen McTackett, 27th May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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It comes at night...
A short short submitted as part of Uni studies.

The Chill

I prefer the cold caress of a still, dark night than the prickling bite of a midday sun. The hazy glow of my laptop screen was enough to see the keys on which I no longer tapped. Words eluded my weary mind and I allowed myself to fall into the procrastinating world I called research. Research? A volcano spewed forth with burning lava and accusations as my screensaver laughed at my self delusion.

A distant tree rustled with a rolling breeze. It was coming.

I listened to the whistle as a ghostly wind wrapped in expectation, searched for me. It dragged itself through the street, throwing aside discarded cans. It clawed its way through the garden hedge of wilting roses into the yard. I heard it drift violently up the old oak tree, pushing and pulling, snapping and destroying.

I waited.

The threat of the volcano snapped off. I was suffocated by darkness. A gentle and deliberate tap on the rotting wooden window sill. A rustle of the heavy canvas curtains. The tink of a Star Wars figurine falling from its perch.

I tasted blood.

It reached for me - an icy wisp, a ghostly finger. A chill ran through my body as the breeze wrapped around me and held me for but a moment. I relaxed, wiped my lip where I had carelessly bit it and turned the computer on.

I have always preferred the cold caress of a night breeze than the prickling bite of a burning wind.


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author avatar Songbird B
28th May 2013 (#)

Inspired and creative, and what a way to capture and hold an audience..! Loved this! \0/x

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