Friday Fictioneer: The Winter the Snow Never Stopped #amwriting #flashfiction #snow


Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting FF.

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Credit: Sarah Potter

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The snow began yesterday and hadn’t stopped. By 5:00 pm it was night and the snow continued. Sara peered outside and could see the fat flakes steadily falling. They accumulated into two-foot piles and the city was forced to run the snow plows to clear the roads. 

It snowed for six months starting in December without stopping but remained eerily calm outside and around -12 degrees Celsius. It was difficult for Sara to even buy groceries. The walls of thick snow made her claustrophobic. 

 At the end of May, Sara crept outside and heard the first trickle of the water. The snow had begun to melt. Now, the river was rising and flooding was a concern. 

There was no winning with Mother Nature. 

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©Mandibelle16. (2017) All Rights Reserved. 

49 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneer: The Winter the Snow Never Stopped #amwriting #flashfiction #snow

    • Dale February 24, 2017 / 2:24 pm

      It’s what we have here in Montreal, Neil!!
      Ugh…

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    • mandibelle16 February 24, 2017 / 2:33 pm

      Just a story, it inflates the truth a bit some winters, but not all. This winter’s been very nice and not a lot of snow. Thanks for reading 🙂

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  1. Dale February 24, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    Mother Nature has been particularly difficult lately. I’m thinking she’s going through Menopause!

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    • mandibelle16 February 24, 2017 / 2:32 pm

      Haha. That’s funny Dale 🙂 Luckily it’s just a story. Even when it gets cold or snowy here, it’s only for a while. It would have to be one awful year to have snow until June begins. We might get one bad snow storm when May begins but other years it’s the middle of May and 30 degrees Celsius, somewhere in the 90’s for Fahrenheit I think.

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      • Dale February 24, 2017 / 2:34 pm

        I’m in Canada, so Celsius I’d fine 😉
        Here, snow can start in November and sometimes go into April! Or, it could be 30°C… crazy…

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  2. rochellewisoff February 24, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    Dear Amanda,

    I think once the snow melted and the floods receded I’d be out of wherever it is Sara lives. 😉 I could feel her claustrophobia. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • mandibelle16 February 24, 2017 / 3:07 pm

      Thanks Rochelle. I think it’s one bad winter and there are disasters and bad weather everywhere. It’s why some years you can never win.

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  3. Iain Kelly February 24, 2017 / 3:51 pm

    Let’s hope this isn’t a look at the future climate for the while planet. Some do think another ice age might be on the way!

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  4. Yinglan February 24, 2017 / 6:01 pm

    Six months of nonstop snow, oh my, I wouldn’t want to live in that place. Nicely told.

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    • mandibelle16 February 24, 2017 / 6:18 pm

      Thanks Yinglan. I’m glad you liked. Yeah that would be pretty awful!
      I’m wondering if you’d be interested in a writer/blogger interview? If so give me a shout at mandi_ae@hotmail.com and I will send you some interview questions thanks!

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  5. Magaly Guerrero February 24, 2017 / 6:17 pm

    Mother Nature’s moods can be quite terrifying, can’t they? That is a lot of snow… Sara has a lot to worry about.

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  6. joyroses13 February 24, 2017 / 7:46 pm

    OH Wow! I would be getting claustrophobic as well! Poor Sara!
    This winter though has been so CRAZY! We definitely have not had constant snow. SO MILD! It was 75 degrees here today!
    Good story!

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    • mandibelle16 February 25, 2017 / 9:49 am

      Yeah actually here has been nice too. We have had bad winters in the past but not for a while. And no it never snows without end for 6 months, that’s Fiction 🙂 I like the strangely nice weather in winter don’t you?

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  7. plaridel February 24, 2017 / 8:36 pm

    if there’s any consolation, summer can’t be far behind. 🙂

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    • mandibelle16 February 25, 2017 / 9:46 am

      Haha, a lot of people say this. I think this is one bad year. Wherever you go, there are bad things about the whether 🙂 this is fiction in all my years of Alberta winters it’s never snowed straight six months and kept building. Usually it snows a bit then it gets warmer and it melts away, then it gets cold, snows, and the process repeats. But it’s been a warm winter the past few years and not much snow and good weather. When you live and grow up in it it’s much different. However, we do have many ‘snowbirds’ from Canada who take off to Phoenix, California, Texas etc for much of the Winter when they retire.

      Thanks for reading and your comment 🙂

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      • Sascha Darlington February 25, 2017 / 10:31 am

        I always presumed that it just stayed frozen in Alberta for most of the winter. Good to know! 🙂

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      • mandibelle16 February 25, 2017 / 10:51 am

        lol. Depends 😉 Last week we had weather from 10 degrees Celsius to 15 degrees. Unseasonably warm for us!

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  8. draliman February 24, 2017 / 10:55 pm

    No winning indeed – with that much melting snow she’s going to be underwater before long. I hope her town has good drainage!

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    • mandibelle16 February 25, 2017 / 9:43 am

      Yes you are right, even good drainage can only handle so much water. Thanks for reading 🙂

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  9. Singledust February 25, 2017 / 12:28 am

    tell me where this place is! I will retire here, 6 months of snow!- do you know what you just did to my heart sweet Mandibelle!

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    • mandibelle16 February 25, 2017 / 9:41 am

      Lol. You love snow lol? The story itself is fiction but not far from the truth. I’m from Alberta, Canada and in the past we have had bad winters where it snows, not nonstop, but quite a lot from November until March or April. However, it usually meant we had some colder spells which weren’t pleasant at all for a couple weeks at a time. Lately, the winters have been pretty warm and when it snows it doesn’t last long. I guess weather patterns differ over a number of years.

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      • Singledust February 25, 2017 / 3:02 pm

        Oh! My best friend in the entire world lives in Calgary! She tells me about the long winters but when its spring she also has such lovely flowers in her garden though they have a brief spell of beauty. I have been to Lake Jasper with her and fell in love with the wilderness. Bur for all my traveling i have always missed snow somehow, its been elusive and I cannot begin to recount the times it snowed just as I left a place! I am so happy you shared this bit of information, I know how precious our real lives are and we safeguard them from prying eyes, so thank you for sharing, you live in amazing beauty! My friend works with First Nations and she sends me unbelievable shots of Morley and Medicine Hat. Thank you Mandi! I do love snow and hope on my next trip somewhere I will get it.

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      • mandibelle16 February 25, 2017 / 5:25 pm

        Thank you. I’m happy you had a chance to visit your friend in Calgary. It’s a 2 or 3 hr drive away 🙂 There is gorgeous scenery throughout our province and all of Canada so I hope you get to see more too 🙂 Jasper or Banff nearby are great for skiing/snowboarding and just hanging out in the colder months. In the mountains. Cheers 🙂

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    • mandibelle16 February 26, 2017 / 11:07 am

      That’s true. This is really stretching the truth, it never snows straight for six months in Canada. But some years we have a month or so in January usually, where it’s bitterly cold and snows quite a bit. You do get used to the cold somewhat but it’s nice to stay inside at first with blankets and watch movies and read books. But by the end or even the middle of the months you pretty much feel like you have to go outside and start doing stuff, even if it’s still cold. Too much cabin fever. Just working and then staying home isn’t enough.

      Thanks for commenting.

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  10. gahlearner February 26, 2017 / 2:53 pm

    Love the last line, it sums it up perfectly. I’ve been to Newfoundland in June several years ago, and there still was a heap of snow in St. Johns that hadn’t melted yet. As nice as it can be, if it doesn’t seem to stop ever, it’s depressing. Nevertheless I loved that trip, fog included.

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  11. Clare Hempstead February 27, 2017 / 7:19 am

    Some places are better equipped than others to deal with the snow and thaw. In England we would come to a standstill! Well described.

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    • mandibelle16 February 27, 2017 / 10:27 am

      Thank you and you are absolutely right. People are often afraid of the weather in places in Canada but we have snowplows, trucks that sand the streets, we’re all used shovelling snow, and we get winter tires. So for a regular winter (not the winter described obviously) we are very much prepared 🙂

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