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Anthony Blackshaw, 05 Jul '12

On a cold November night in a small dingy room at the top of the Stepney Causeway shelter for homeless children, Charlie and Alice Orrow sat looking up at the night sky.

The light from the full moon shone through the single-hung window they sat in front of and projected an array of soft lit rectangles across the dusty wooden floorboards. It was so cold their breath turned to vapour and hung in the air. For warmth they huddled together wrapped in a blue tattered woollen blanket barely big enough for one.

The room in which they sat was furnished with a modest desk, several equally modest chairs, a bookcase, and at the far end a small unlit fireplace next to which was an empty coal scuttle. Charlie and Alice sat under the desk looking out through the window.

“We're lucky really, it would have been hellish out there tonight” said Charlie seeing the first flakes of snow land and stick to the glass planes of the window.

Alice didn't say anything but she smiled and nodded.

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  • Anthony Blackshaw said...

    Another short burst. I had the scene in mind for a few hours before I sat down to write but no story idea followed - one of those days!

    • Posted 10 years ago
  • Jamie Thomas said...

    I really like your short bursts, your description is amazing.

    • Posted 10 years ago
  • Rosalind Smith-Nazilli said...

    I love short bursts.. I like nothing more than coming to a flash fiction contest with ten minutes to go until the deadline!

    Really I would have liked to cuddle those children up.. I could feel their desolation..x

    • Posted 10 years ago
  • Angela Watt said...

    I liked this and found your descriptions almost poetic. Would like to have read more.

    • Posted 10 years ago
  • Metta H said...

    My heart cried for those children. I would have loved to read further and really hope a stoy idea will come to you soon. I have to know why those children were in a room and not in an orphanage and what will happen to them next.

    • Posted 10 years ago