The Ice is Getting Thinner

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Young Adult  |  House: Booksie Classic

A short story inspired by the song "The Ice is Getting Thinner" by Death Cab For Cutie

We’re not the same dear

As we used to be

She laid in his arms for what she feared could be one of the last times, snuggling as close as she could to him remembering how he made her feel. His smile, laugh; his embrace.

The seasons have changed, and so have we

They have been through a lot through these cold months. The only thing they could hold onto was each other. But now that the hard part was over, they didn’t know what they could do. She gently laid a tender hand on his cold cheek from the frosty air. He sighed and closed his brown eyes. They knew they were growing apart.

There was little we could say

Even less we could do

She held onto him tighter, memorizing his scent as he softly stroked her faded red hair. Trying to stay in each others arms, to make these moments last…. there were so few left

To stop the ice from getting thinner underneath me and you

We buried our love in the wintry grave

Her fingers softly brushed each page as she looked through their memories and what they used to be. Her eyes began to mist as she looked upon the pictures of their first kiss, the trip to the California coast, drinking hot chocolate after a cold day of sledding.

“Don’t push me to hard! I don’t want to crash!” She squealed nervously, clutching the sled handles even tighter.

“Ready, One, Two, Three!” She shut her eyes as she sled down the steep hill. Just as she opened her eyes, she fell off and fell into a pile of snow.

He couldn’t help but laugh at her cross expression. She threw a snowball at him playfully as he chased her down back onto the snow.

They both laughed, their noses and cheeks pink from the icy air. He touched her cheek with his glove and leaned in to kiss her softly.

A lump in the snow was all that remained

Though we stayed at it’s side as the days turned into weeks

“Will you always love me? Even if we can’t be together?” She asked, lacing her fingers with his. Worry was hidden behind her eyes as she stared at him intently, hoping for a certain answer.

He kissed the top of her head. “Always.” He whispered effortlessly. It was nothing short of the truth. Their love seemed to be the only thing left.

 And the ice was getting thinner, with every word we speak

And when spring arrived we were taken by surprise

They sat on the swings beside each other, softly swaying in the cool breeze; only their hands kept them intertwined.

He would never keep his eyes off her. He wanted to memorize her face, burn it forever in his memory, like an open flame.

He tried to think of when she was happy, when they were happy and things were simple: but was just she and him then. It was a shame it was only weeks before and now her expression was solemn, deep with worry and pain.

She didn’t want to let go. But they both knew this dream had to end. Nothing could really last forever. Only lasting through the seasons, fading with each transition.

There’s nowhere we can go with nothing underneath

They sat there for hours until their sunny sky was darkened with spring rain clouds. The wind began to pick up but they stayed in their statuesque form, their eyes held in a permanent gaze.

One final swing the thunder roared, making them jump off of the swings, breaking their hold on each other’s hands and hearts.

They stopped and stared at their hands, now tingling, getting used to the feeling of emptiness. They knew it was gone.

Nothing was left for you and me.

Submitted: December 13, 2008

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