This is week nine of 100 Word Wednesday, and here is the photo and my response. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you’d like to participate, just click the link! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Image Credit: Toa Heftiba

Itโ€™s an unpleasantly frigid 10 degrees below zero.
Wandered the wood to make sense of her thoughts,
Totally lost and unsure which way to go,
Sheโ€™s almost as frozen as her hardened heart.

Blood ran as cold as the melty snow making her feet wet,
Sheโ€™d held onto hurt, promising reconciliation tomorrow.
Now it may be too late to forgive and forget,
As hypothermia begins to settle into her marrow.

She shivers uncontrollably on this stroll;
Peeks through the foliage to see lights in the distance.
She doesnโ€™t want to die alone, but the cold takes its toll;
She shouts as the winter wonderland takes her consciousness…

And this was the 107 word mark! What a cliffhanger though. Does someone hear her cries and rescue her at the last possible moment, or does this story take a tragic turn? I guess you decide… ๐Ÿ˜‰


Christmas Short Story Review: The Gift of the Magi

“One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies.” Thus begins one of my favorite classic Christmas stories from my childhood.

Della doesn’t have much money to buy her husband a gift, so on Christmas Eve, she makes a drastic decision to come up with the money in time for Christmas. I love how the ending is so unexpected!

I read it every December and I enjoy it every time. O. Henry’s writing style pulls me right in.

If you’d like to read it, it is public domain. It looks like the ones that come up first in the search engine are the edited versions, such as this one; the original text was so colorful and vibrant, I highly recommend it. Back then, I didn’t fully grasp a few of the words or phrases O. Henry used, such as “imputation of parsimony”, but it delighted me because it gave me new words and phrases I had to use dictionary to understand. And as an adult, I still enjoy this story immensely today. Here is a link I found that has the original text: The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry It is very short; only six pages long, but it is worth the read, and puts me in the Christmas Spirit. ๐Ÿ™‚