388451859_0d21008508.jpgCarrot Ranch February 15, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story on ice. It can be an event on ice, a game on ice or a drink on ice. Go where the prompt leads you. Respond by February 20, 2018, to be included in the compilation (published February 21). Rules are here. All writers are welcome!

This follows “Ground Cover” from last week.

The previous summer she’d led him to Montreal after following him off the farm. Now the frozen river was breaking up, ice mosaics shifting, jostling, eager for spring.

He would continue west. Was she coming?

“No. I’m staying.”

She loved him. She loved the promise of the city more.

“Be careful.” He kissed her then walked away packing no more possessions than when they had first met.

                        There goes a beggar, naked

                        Except for his robes

                        Of Heaven and Earth

His oft quoted Kikaku.

What kind of a father might he have been, she wondered, stroking her swelling belly.



9 thoughts on “Mosaic

  1. Not everything has to make sense… Even with going back to the first story.
    99 words isn’t a whole lot of room for explanations or backgrounds.
    And you can work with them or not, as it suits.

    What makes sense to me in this story is that ‘He’ has a mission, and she’s letting him go…
    Sometimes that’s a choice that ‘fathers’ will never have the opportunity to know.
    Meaning what they leave behind when they have to burn a path forward without looking back.
    I hope that makes sense…

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