Winter In The Pines

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Young Megan takes a job as a forest ranger, but her dream job was to be in Florida working as a life guard. Little did she know her dream would come true. But will Megan take it?

Submission to SoftDreamers Winter Contest

Submitted: December 09, 2013

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Winter In The Pines

It was the coldest winter forecasted in years. Being from Austin Texas I wasn't used to this harsh of weather. I arrived here last year to take a job as a forest ranger. The pines were gorgeous this time of year with snow capped mountain tops making them a beautiful sky line scene.

I was about to settle into my post when the radio announced a blizzard headed my way. Looking out across the pine tops, the skies were dark and eerie. I'd never seen weather like this before but I was well prepared for anything.Being the youngest of the group of rangers and a girl, I had become a threat to some of the guys. Most were pretty nice to me, but a couple were pretty jealous or just afraid they'd lose their job.

I didn't want to be a threat to anyone, I just wanted to do my job and do it well. The wind outside was getting stronger as it swept against the already frosted glass. The glass was at the point of shattering. I watched as a lone eagle soared through the now darkened sky in confusion. I felt so sad for the animals this time of year. With food sources being low it made it difficult to keep them from the cabins in search of something to eat.

Suddenly my boss'es voice came across the radio, " Megan, I need you to check on the Crains. Their cabin is on the west end of the pines."

I informed him I'd get right on it, and began to put on my snow gear. The snowmobile started right up, and I was off to see what the trouble was. The snow had gotten much thicker causing my mobile to force its way through the mounds of snow. I decided not to push it too hard and end up stranded out here. As I neared the cabin I could see a couple of bears digging hungerly through the snow in search of a rabbit or mole hole. The male of the pair spotted me, and began to walk toward me. I remembered I had packed Christmas cookies in my saddle bag and quickly got them out. I threw them toward the bear distracting him long enough to get away.

I finally reached the Crains cabin and sighed with relief. I could smell spices coming from the smoking chimney as it took me back to my family's house in Texas. Pumpkin pie was my favorite not to mention the turkey. Reality hit me in the face as Mr. Crain opened the door and asked me in. My goggles were fogged at first as the warmeth of the fireplace drew me near.

As I took them off, and there were several people standing around. Each had a big smile on their faces. My boss was there holding an envelope, as he reached out to hand it to me.

" What's this? " I asked confused.

" Open it," he laughed.

I opened it to find a letter of referral. The referral was my dream job to be a life guard in Florida. I was excited and mesmerized. It was my dream job the first job I applied for before getting the ranger job.

I was speechless looking at them with their now sad faces. I took the referral and ripped it in two. They looked at me shocked and bewildered.

" Megan, what have you done? " My boss asked.

I looked at him and smiled, " winter here is harsh and dangerous just as the summers are in Florida. But with friends like you guys, you're all the warmth I need.

My boss was so happy I decided to keep my ranger job as we spent Christmas with the Crains. When I returned to my post I looked out across the snow capped pines, and a warm feeling came over me though it was bitter cold. Being a ranger was the best job anyone could ever have and good friends to warm your heart that not even winter could take away.

THE END


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