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Shimmers Between Worlds

How To See Beyond

By Calista Marchand-NazzaroPublished 2 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - February 2024
Shimmers Between Worlds
Photo by Leonardo Yip on Unsplash

The ice crystals swirl in the freezing air, snow forming before his face. As the wind picks up, the snow shards move faster and faster in a flurry around his head, making him lose track of his surroundings. Not knowing which way is up and which is right, he shuts his eyes. When he opens them, he can see the image forming, clear as it can be through the blizzard happening before this wall of ice - he sees himself from the back, trading goods at an outdoor market - in another world, another life. He sees where he is somewhere else. Another gust of wind and a new flurry of snow, reveals the image of him cozy in a cabin, before a warming fireplace, holding his newborn daughter, his wife sitting beside them - a family he doesn't have here.

The snow may confuse; it may dizzy one's directions and leave one feeling next-to-blind, but it also brings an unmatched clarity. The icy clarity of knowing what could have been is, just not where you stand. A glimpse into the infinite what-could-have-beens can be seen in the snowflakes' rainbow reflections whirling around one's head.

Since he stumbled upon this place of enchantment, he has returned every time there is word of a storm. At the top of the hill, facing the wall of ice he can see far and wide. He won't limit himself anymore to just glimpses - for a glimpse of happiness isn't enough.


About the Creator

Calista Marchand-Nazzaro

Always learning and always evolving. I’m a creative, an idea person, a thinker, a dreamer, and working on being a doer. Many interests. Varied content. Food. Sustainability. Comedy. Poetry. Music.

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  • Bonnie Bowerman2 months ago

    A wonderful story!

  • Dariusz 2 months ago

    Congratulations on top story :)

  • Lightbringer 2 months ago

    Love every bit of it

  • Anna 2 months ago

    Congrats on Top Story!🥳

  • Gerald Holmes2 months ago

    Truly wonderful writing. A metaphorical lesson on life that hits deep. Loved it. A very, very well deserved Top Story!!

  • Test2 months ago

    Marvelous work! Keep it going—congrats!

  • Rachel Deeming2 months ago

    I love the idea of this. Great microfiction. I'm tempted to head out into a snowstorm now.

  • Rachel M.J2 months ago

    So many stories about being lost and taken by the snow, I love how this gives an alternate perspective. A thrilling idea.

  • Babs Iverson2 months ago

    Brilliant & congratulations on Top Story too!!!♥️♥️💕

  • Ashley Shiflett2 months ago

    Amazing story! Congrats on top story!

  • Jacob Damian2 months ago

    beautiful writing Please keep it up

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