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Last Light A fairytale retelling

William SolanoLast Seen: Mar 15, 2024 @ 5:38pm 17MarUTC
William Solano

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Last Light

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Frostbite bloomed in Anya’s feet. There were holes in her boots – so many in fact that she may have swapped her shoes with slicks of Swiss cheese, and wouldn’t have noticed a difference. She yearned to free herself from the sludge that was bloating her toes… but her father would never allow it. Her boots, along with Anya herself, cost more than they were worth.

“You are not to come home until every box is sold!” Her father grumbled, as he pushed her down the decrepit stairs. She landed knee-deep in the snow, followed by a sack of matchboxes. Without complaint, she picked herself up, heaved the rucksack, and got to work.

So many doors did she knock upon that Christmas Eve that her periwinkle hands began to split. Her hearty thud of a greeting faded to a pulse, until eventually all she could muster was a tap at the windows. She watched; the merriment inside each snowglobe home showcased to her precisely what she would not have even if she were to sell every box. With her heart heavy, as well as her rucksack, she trekked home.

Forethought had led her to prepare a bale of hay beneath the stairs. She bundled beneath, and with skeletal fingers, procured a match, and struck. The flame barely blinked. She thumbed the hay, thoughtfully… As it was, it wouldn’t warm her through the night, but with a little kindling… “Just one more,” she promised, as she struck again,

“Father will never know.”

William SolanoLast Seen: Mar 15, 2024 @ 5:38pm 17MarUTC

William Solano



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