The Watchers

Friday Fictioneers

This week’s picture prompt, thank you Dale Rogerson, reminds me of the odd freak snowfall we sometimes get in May.
Also, how sometimes we get caught out by a sudden spring frost that decimates the border flowers planted out the week before.
Weather around the world follows a similar pattern each year, yet nature surprises us with unpredictable events.
Nature loves us, really.

The Watchers

We had held hands on the veranda listening to Spanish guitar music, watching the meteors streak across the night sky.
We had bread with bratwurst dipped in Dijon and drank Pilsner. 
One shooting star momentarily lit up the entire street and Baxter scampered indoors whimpering, Caroline followed to calm our Labrador. 
It was a hot summer with an uncomfortable, sweaty night, but in the morning, I woke to a sharp frost with a snow-covered garden. I saw footprints leading to the rose-bed, then stop.
By midday the snow had gone, as was Caroline and Baxter.
It has been three years.

23 responses to “The Watchers

  1. Very tight and well constructed. I very much enjoyed the atmosphere and tone of this piece.

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  2. Mysterious and atmospheric, James

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  3. Dear James,

    This story feels like it should be set to music. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  4. Sounds like the beginning of a good mystery story!

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  5. The evocation of all the details of that summer night makes the memory as sharply poignant as the mystery of the sudden frost and disappearances. Beautifully crafted.

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  6. Great description and suspense. But what? Is there a clue that I am overlooking? I do that sometimes.

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    • i’m not sure I understand it either. I was trying to link the shooting stars to effecting the weather. Additionally the meteor shower was cover for an alien abduction – see you have me wandering off. Thank you for reading.

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  7. I enjoyed the unfolding of the scene. Nicely crafted, James.
    Have a wonderful weekend … Be Safe 😷 … Isadora 😎

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  8. it looks a portal suddnely opened up and they slipped into another dimension.

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  9. Uh oh, looks like they’ve been spirited away and they’re not coming back.

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  10. Three years and none the wiser. Intriguing James.

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  11. Wonderful write. I could picture the whole thing.

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  12. Oh how very intriguing! Great moody atmosphere in this one. Visual and sad. Well done

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  13. A very mysterious tale, the beginning of a much longer story. Nice build up and then they were gone.

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  14. Chilling, both figuratively and literally. Why is it ETs are always warm weather creatures. Why not ETs that freeze things. Imagining ET in a parka now lol. Good story.

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  15. That ended up very sad, I was enjoying the food. Where have they gone and why? Very suspenseful.

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