30 Days Second Semester: 7, Colder Weather, Stranded/Autumn

For the 30 Days Meme Second Semester, for the prompt “7) prompt: frigid.”

Stranded World, Autumn. Landing page here and on LJ

He said I wanna see you again
But I’m stuck in colder weather
Maybe tomorrow will be better
Can I call you then

Autumn did not like cold weather, a contradiction to her name that some mistakenly found ironic (she’d given up explaining that she and her seasonal sib’s names were meant to be part of a complex allegory; it never helped). She planned her circuit of fests, fairs, and shows in a roving loop that left her in the North in the hottest parts of summer, and brought her to the South for winter. She spent the few really cold times staying with friends; her van had plenty of insulation, but it was still a van-RV, not really a cold-weather vehicle.

Sometimes the weather foiled her. Some nights, even in summer, or December in Texas, the weather dipped from cold to frigid, from extra-blanket to all-the blankets, and she found herself huddled for comfort in three layers of clothes, shivering and unable to sleep. Some nights like that, she found an all-night diner, and drew free sketches for the waitresses until the dawn came. Tonight, she huddled around a pile of letters and a cell phone, and tried to stay warm on memories and the sound of his voice.

“I want to see you again,” she murmured. Even calling was against their tradition; the request was out of bounds. But he (she hoped) understood. “I’m stuck in this snowstorm…”

“Soon, my beautiful tree,” he murmured back at her, his cadences made less lovely by the telephone, by the lack of body language or pen-flourish. “It will only be another month until our paths cross. And you’ll have a letter waiting for you in Arizona.”

Arizona, right now, seemed like a myth, a lie, a fairy tale a thousand miles away. She stared at the phone, knowing why they didn’t call. “I’ll look forward to it,” she said, feeling as if her voice was as cold as the air.

“I’ll see you in California,” he reminded her. “It’ll be warm there.”

The List:
1a) the story starts with the words “It’s going down.” (LJ Link)
1b) the story starts with the words “It’s going down.” (LJ Link)
2) write a scene that takes place in a train station.
3) the story must involve a goblet and a set of three [somethings]
4) prompt: one for the road
5) write a story using an imaginary color
6) write the pitch for a new Final Fantasy styled RPG (LJ Link)
7) prompt: frigid.

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8 thoughts on “30 Days Second Semester: 7, Colder Weather, Stranded/Autumn

  1. I am so very curious about this man. I get cold like that too. Large quantities of blankets help, as do pillows or stuffed animals to hold in body heat. Also, corn or rice bags microwaved. I want to sent her a care package and advice. That’s silly.

    • I.. don’t think you’d like him, sadly, the more I know about him. …if you write a care package for her, I’ll write her getting it.

      • I’ll see if I can conjure her up a roommate from college, or a friend form the road. And darn on that. He makes a nice impression. He does seem a bit slick… I’m still curious though. She sees something in him.

        • I think it’s the defined bounds of the relationship and the non-fidelity nature of it that would bug you. I don’t think she went to college but the road would be fine 😀

          • Ah. That would make it a thing that would not work for me. If ti works for them, it’s less of an issue. Many of my issues with relationships in say Addergoole, are related to it clearly not working for one person. Excellent. I’ll find someone along the rout.

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