Quixotical Snow

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“Close the gates and doors properly; it’s a very dark and snowy night tonight,” Maria instructed her eldest daughter.

“Yeah, sure, Mom! I’ll do it,” Lawrence replied from the coziness of her bed, fully immersed in her favorite novel, a new crime fiction by Sam.

Maria was feeling chill in her bones after spending a long time outside the airport waiting for a taxi. She fell into a deep sleep soon. Lawrence, in her room, was enjoying the climax of the novel. She thought of grabbing a cup of hot chocolate while reading.

“It’s only 9:30 now. It’s too early. I will lock the gates before I sleep. Mama is too skeptical,” She murmured, looking at the clock fixed on the opposite wall of her room.


She grabbed the coffee and slipped back into the bed soon. The story was getting more thrilling. Sam has this captivating style of engaging his readers with growing sensation and thrill in his stories. Lawrence cannot afford to miss Sam’s new release. Aroused by the story, she suddenly starts missing Jeff. She thought of calling and having a romantic chat with him from the coziness of her bed. ‘He must be sleeping now. The lazy fellow,’ Lawrence thought. Let me try, she said to herself. She picked up the mobile and rang up his number. There was no answer from that side. She waited for a minute and called up again. Jeff picked up the call this time.

‘Hey, darling! Is alright there?’ Jeff asked in half sleep.

‘Jeff! Get up…what are you doing? I am alright here. I need to talk to you, baby,’ Lawrence said excitedly.

‘Oh no…I am feeling sleepy, honey,’ Jeff was still in slumber.

‘No, you can’t. I am reading Sam and missing you,’ Lawrence said. She desperately needed him with her on such a frosty night. Snow thrills Lawrence as much as Sam’s story does.

“Jeff, it’s snowing outside. Can you peep out from your windows?’ Lawrence tried to wake Jeff fully.

‘Let me sleep, honey. I was stuck in the traffic today while coming from the college. I am feeling chills in my bones. Trust me,’ Jeff threw a new pretext.

‘Hmmm….I know. You, the sleeping bear! I will not leave you now. You need to get up and collect the snow on your palm now,’ Lawrence kept bothering Jeff. She wanted to have intimate talks with him. But Jeff felt so lazy that he was not getting her point. Lawrence wanted to go to the loo to make water. She was holding it for long. Lawrence went to the washroom and resumed her reading. She indulged in the story quickly. Little did she realize that it was past midnight.  

Suddenly, she heard a soft, grunting sigh from some animal. She thought the poor soul felt cold and grunted somewhere far from her home. Then she heard something fall on the ground in the hall towards the front side. Her breaths running faster, she was trying to comprehend the situation. The sighs and the soft grunting were constantly growing. She heard some more cluttered sounds of things near her door. She felt terrified. She was unable to decide what to do. Her mind and heartbeats were racing faster, inhibiting her from taking any action. She was thinking of shouting out to her mom when the doorbell began ringing.

“Oh, God! What the hell is going on?” She was trembling now.

Then she heard her mom speaking to someone at the door. She barged out faster to cling to her mother. Her mom was talking to the security personnel. The security van was roaming around at night to discover that Ms. Maria’s main gate was wide open and a bear had slipped into their house.

“We will help get this bear out of your home and leave him in some safe place,” the Security office told her Maria. ‘Please don’t keep your gate and doors open and unlocked at night.’

“I am extremely sorry, Mom! I was lost in the book and forgot to close the gate and the door,” Lawrence hugged her mother, sobbing.

“It’s alright, honey! To err is human, and to learn from it is divine,” said Maria.

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Sandy Joseph

    Nice one. Keeps you interested till the end.

    1. sarwar Alam

      Thanks so much, Sandy!

  2. Zakariya Sarwar

    Wow! Very interesting story. It evokes a strong emotion.

    1. sarwar Alam

      Thanks so much, Zakariya.

  3. Sarwar Alam

    Very good.

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