Saturday, 1 February 2014

The Blizzard...

Everything was perfect today. After such a long time too...thought Katherine. The sun was warm on her skin.  The lake, still frozen glistened like a field of diamond saplings yet to grow. There, she thought, I can make out a bird on the far side of the lake, probably gazing longingly at the fishes swimming below, smiling to herself. She needed some exercise, after being cooped up in her little apartment. And it helped that the park was right in front of her apartment. Oh, and there's Tom and Jenny. She could see them on the other side of the lake, almost hugging each other. Even after six months of marriage they were still gaga and moon eyed over each other, she thought wryly, as she made her long way over to them.  There was still a chill in the air but the weak sun after so many days of being stuck inside her little apartment provided relief. She still remembered the panic, confusion and mostly disbelief brought on by the news announcement in her little town in Alaska three week ago. Most had ignored it as another one of those hoaxes flying around and although decided to take the rest of the day off, refused to take the necessary precautions like stocking up on food and water. Her own supply of water had promptly frozen the next day after the announcement of the blizzard. The phone lines had been down and she hadn't been able to contact anyone. At least she'll manage to prod out some information on what's been going on around from Tom, who worked for the local newspaper. Everyday a glance out of her window had shown her practically nothing. The thick sheet of almost continuous snow and a howling, freezing wind had come up within a matter if seconds on the second day. At lunch too, a time when everyone would have been about enjoying the break. She hoped there were no causalities and no one was reported missing. As she neared them, she saw a hot dog seller hunched over his wares. Back to business I suppose. Hey, she said as she reached  her friends who hadn't even bothered to change their position. Hey guys, come on- she stopped short. Her blood ran cold. She couldn't feel the warmth of the sun anymore. She could only feel the icy chill around her. Fear, shock, disbelief combined in her throat to form a shrill scream. She ran blindly towards the hot dog seller, shouting for help. Another scream escaped as she reached him. No... she thought, no....! She ran towards the streets. The bird hadn't moved or changed its position. Oh God.... please no! No..no...the word screamed and threatened to tear her mind apart. She ran out into the streets...
No...not everyone....! Everywhere she went...same with everyone. It was like she was trapped in her own nightmare. Everyone...whatever they had been doing, in their own actions, eternally frozen!!!
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