Inside the Mind of Isadora

Friday Fictioneers – Footprints in the Snow

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Everyone was beginning to get cabin fever.

How much longer could they be snowed in without tempers flaring?

The wood pile was getting low. Soon, they’d have to go outside and chop some more.

A chill swept through Helga’s spine. It would be her luck to lose when they were choosing who’d collect the fire wood next.

She was happy to be away from them, even for a short time. She couldn’t bear having Niklaus around. He was being crudely salacious.

Helga turned.

Footprints in the snow appeared behind her.

“Niklaus,” she screeched.

Frightened, she ran.

2018©Isadora DeLaVega

Genre: Flash Fiction
Word Count: 100
Photo Prompt©J-Hardy Carroll

 

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Author: Inside the Mind of Isadora

Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I just retired from the world of art where I sold my Artfully Designed Handmade Jewelry for 28 years; although, art will always be a part of whom I am no matter what venue I choose to express it.

46 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Footprints in the Snow

  1. Great take. Scary. I want to know more.

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  2. Nicklaus kinda scares me too. I don’t blame her!

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  3. I don’t know what would be worse – cabin fever or meeting Niklaus. From the way she ran I guess Niklaus was the one to avoid. Vivid storytelling.

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  4. Being alone with a violent man… what a hard choice for her… but being lost in the snow is not good either

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  5. He doesn’t sound like the kind of guy you want to meet anywhere, let alone outside in a snowstorm.

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    • Ironically, I had a tough time with this photo prompt. My first words were going towards the #metoo movement but I changed it.
      Now, I think, in the end this has overtones with the Niklaus character being a boar. No one should not be outside alone with him.
      I’m pleased you picked up on his creepy persona. Thanks you, Sandra.
      Isadora 😎

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  6. Great atmosphere and imagery, well done 🙂

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  7. maybe she and niklaus could be friends. hope springs eternal. 🙂

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  8. You did a fine job of scary. Being cooped up with Niklaus, then finding him outside ~ just the two of them? Nicely done.

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  9. You’ve done scary rather well. I like the way you prime us all the way through, with downbeat, or even threatening words. ‘Cabin fever’; ‘tempers flaring’; and several others. Very good technique, and an enjoyable story.

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  10. Just footprints? No one in sight? Yeah, I’d run too, and scream for help from the salacious Niklaus. I love that word. Salacious. Kind of sounds like what it means 🙂

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed the word – salacious. I was going for a creepy boar of a man. The word popped in my head
      making me feel icky. AND … so it goes. This was a difficult photo prompt for me. I hated seeing boxing when I
      was a child. My dad watched it every weekend. The men seemed creepy. It’s a wonder how we can be inspired.
      Thank you for your great comment and visit.
      Isadora 😎

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  11. Poor girl and what a cliff hanger!

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    • It was slightly inspired by the creepy men that have been outed in the #metoo movement.
      I had a difficlt time with this photo prompt. It felt icky to me. I changed it mid-stream but
      the salacious Niklaus still came out. Thank you, Gilly for coming by. Have a GREAT Sunday …
      Issy 😎

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  12. Great ending and great story!

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  13. Querida Isadora,

    I think she’d better run. Cabin fever might be more desirable than meeting Niklaus in the snow. Buen cuenta, mi amiga.

    Con cariño,

    Rochelle

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    • HA HA
      Querida Rochelle,
      A smile covered my face when you said she’d better run from Niklaus. Think she created the spooky feeling in her mind.
      We stayed at a friends log cabin in Woodstock, New York – way back when. We were snowed in. With lots of food and drink and, perhaps, some puffy stuff we scared ourselves silly with scary stories.
      The photo prompt had me stumped except for that log cabin from long ago. Glad you enjoyed, mi amiga.
      Hasta la próxima … adios y abrazos,
      Shalom, Isadora 😎

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  14. Interesting, though scary. Well written, Isadora. Have a nice weekend.

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  15. Looks like a choice between tje devil and the deep sea!

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  16. There was safety in numbers, methinks

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  17. There a worse things in the storm than Niklaus

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    • I wasn’t going for scary but I think it turned out that way. I’m not good at scary writing as I’m too much of a scardy cat to read or watch movies that are scary. ~~~~ : – ) Thank you Neil for commenting and reading.
      Isadora 😎

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  18. The first couple of lines are like my house after the last couple of days snowed in – fortunately no one like Niklaus has appeared on the scene yet here!

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    • We had a houseful once during an impending hurricane. The first few days were fun. THEN … when are they going home?
      Sorta like company who visits from another state and your their host. Well … I’m pleased there are no Niklaus’ amongst them.
      I was going for the #metoo in my story and then it changed in mid-writing. I guess Niklaus could be included in that movement.
      Glad you stopped by for a visit, lain and commented. Thank you …
      Isadora 😎

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  19. Snow ghost? Oh yeah, that’s just terrifying! Great story.

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    • HA HA … snow ghost??? I hadn’t thought of it that way. Funny!!!
      I think Helga was scared in her own mind and created those snowy footprints.
      Glad you enjoyed my take on the photo prompt. Thanks for commenting and visiting.
      Isadora 😎

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