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Sanctuary in Snow

A wanderer treks through snow and discovers something magical

By Shelby R PerezPublished 2 months ago 1 min read
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The snow appeared more gray than white. The shadow of trees and the twisting thorns didn’t help. Icicles hung from branches and thorns like jewelry. It would have been a beautiful sight, if only I had not seen the foliage beside the road and blocking my path ever since I had lost my footing along with the trail. Like creepers, the vines seemed to coil closer. Some had even formed a wall like structure as high as my ankle. Stepping over them was easy enough but I had grown weary from the ominous thorns.

I didn’t known how long I had to go before I found the trail, or any sign of people. To keep my blood flowing and keeping my toes from freezing I would kick snow and try to remember simpler times. However, I was hungry and if I did not rest soon I would fall to fatigue and hypothermia. I trudged on and tried to keep my spirits up, kicking at the snow and thorns.

It was then, that I saw a clearing and what was standing in the middle. At first I was sure it was a dream. What was before me was simply impossible! A tree as green as late spring, surrounded by a small patch of fresh grass. Fruit so red they could have been rubies. And hanging from branches were strips of fabric. People had been here! The bark emitted warmth and I knew I was safe. It was a sanctuary in snow.

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About the Creator

Shelby R Perez

I am a college student and lover/writer of fiction and poetry, especially Fairytails and mythology. I am working to become a published author, using my love for myths and legends to reintroduce gods, spirits, demons and heroes.

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