Melting Icicles

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Literary Fiction  |  House: The Imaginarium
A flash fiction piece written for the prompt -- wood stove.

Submitted: November 29, 2018

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Melting Icicles.

It was the strangest thing. One night I went to bed and it was cold, but not unusually so, but the next morning I woke to icicles hanging from the ceiling. Over the hours of darkness the temperature had plummeted and there was thick snow carpeting the ground. Outside was one thing but indoors – too much!

wrapped my quilt around me and piled on layer upon layer of clothes. Luckily my boots had been by my bed for there is nothing I hate more than soggy socks..

The wood stove; that was my only hope, as my hands began to get more than a tinge of blue. There were logs beside it, piled up neatly. If I had known what was going to happen, I would have kept it going all night of course, but it had caught me totally by surprise.

It was always easy to light, at least. And soon the room had a warmer glow to it. Not much heat for a while but it would build steadily.

Of course, that had led to another problem, that of the indoor thaw; for where there is ice that melts, there is always water left in its place. I had run around with buckets and bowls, trying to catch all of the drips. The logs had spat and sizzled as I put them inside the stove, the flames meeting with the water, and as the heat had built up, the ice had melted and my tiny little cabin had ended up like a steam-filled sauna.

Did I learn anything from this experience? Well, I always made sure I had those logs indoors for the winter months, and I learned to appreciate that stove. But did I keep it burning all through the winter months. Of course not. So far I have not been caught out by a sudden freeze again, but one day, no doubt I will be.

 


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