The arctic wind blew across my face the moment I opened the door, but I halted in mid-step, took a deep breath and felt the chill spread through my body. It felt like ages had passed since I parked my car in front of the emergency room sign and ran inside, hoping for the best, but feeling a darkness inside that I didn’t want to explain.
My thoughts swirled around me, memories choking the breath out of me as I helplessly drove farther and farther away from the life that was no longer there. When I parked the car in the driveway, I realized I was entirely unsure how I had made it home. Thank God it was late.
Unlike other winter days I had suffered through, I embraced the cold and only grudgingly made my way inside the too silent house. Not bothering to remove my coat, I sat on the couch and slowly looked around. My eyes immediately landed on the speakers near my computer, and the world froze as I watched them light up and begin their dance, knowing full well they weren’t plugged in.
Tears fell from my eyes as I whispered into the chilly air, “I love you Mama.”
The rules for Sunday Photo Fiction are to write around 200 words in either poetry or story form based on the photo prompt. I also chose to combine Just Jot It January where the prompt today is “frozen.”
I have to thank Willow for her post today that inspired this story just as much as the other two prompts. I wanted to make sure I gave credit where credit is due. Besides, if you haven’t yet, you should really check out her blog. She writes fantastic poetry!