26/04/2018

SNOW ANGEL - a 100 word story for Friday Fictioneers


SNOW ANGEL

With the temperature twenty-five on the beach, the last thing we expected was snow, but after a night of heavy rain the mountain shone brilliant white.
After lunch we hired a car and drove up to look. It was magical but freezing, and we weren’t dressed for snow.
Driving back round never-ending hairpin bends, my foot slipped on the pedal and we slid towards a vertical drop.
Two feet from certain death we stopped, with the bonnet touching a snowman.
Or so I thought, until our snowman spread its beautiful wings and soared away over the sunlit void.
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Thanks to Rochelle for hosting Friday Fictioneers on her blog https://rochellewisoff.com/ and to Jan Wayne Fields for the photo prompt. You can read other stories by following the above link.
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When I lived in Tenerife, the sight of snow on the mile-high Mount Teide was an annual treat for the eyes. Once the Cabildo had cleared the very steep and winding access road, locals would drive up there to play in the snow, even enjoying barbecues, before building snowmen on their bonnets and driving down - the winner being the driver who got the furthest before the snowman melted! 
There is so much more to Tenerife than the average tourist sees - it is hardly surprising that my adopted island inspired my Living Rock series of books. If you would like to buy A Volcanic Race, the first in the series, click on the cover at the top of this page.

45 comments:

  1. Beautiful story.

    I love the idea of snowmen being driven down to the beach too :-)

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    1. I don't think any ever made it that far, though I did see one in Escalona.

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  2. I believe in snowmen. I have a harder time with angels. But a lovely piece

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    1. Thanks Neil - we can't all believe in the same things.

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  3. Such an unexpected, magical story. Loved this one, Liz.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  4. I hope once the snowman/angel flew off the car didn't start moving towards the precipice again :-)
    It's strange to see snow high up when you're all warm and dressed for summer.

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    1. Even more strange to go up there in summer clothes, as we did the first time!

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  5. Dear Liz,

    You had me scurrying to the Celsius/Fahrenheit converter. Love your magical story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. I got so used to Celsius in Tenerife that it's second nature now!

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  6. I love this magical tale, Liz.
    There are definitely angels amongst us...

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    1. Thanks Dale - another believer!

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  7. Truly magical, Liz.
    I agree with Ali on the thought of seeing snow when you are dressed for summer. Strange! But that's nature, I guess with all its surprises.
    Thanks,
    Norma.

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    1. Thanks Norma. Nature is wonderful - and as Mt Teide is a mile high, rain at ground level in winter falls as snow up there.

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  8. A guardian snowman, I like that idea :-)

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  9. it was an ending i didn't expect. i hope they made it ok on the other side. :)

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    1. With the help of an angel, of course they did!

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  10. Nicely written. DId they make it safely ? A real cliff hanger...

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    1. With some very careful reversing.

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  11. A guardian angel! Lovely story.

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  12. Well, you surprised me with that twist! There must be something your MC has to do, inspired by the angelic intervention.

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    1. Such as take greater care when she's got her family in the car?

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  13. It's the same with picture prompts and with angels: It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. A stunning story, Liz. Magical, like the first commenter said.

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  14. A magical twist in the end. Nice one.

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  15. I was interested to read this as they do the same in Madeira, bring snow down from the mountain for the kids to play with

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    1. Interesting! How high is the mountain there?

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  16. Snowmen, angels and summer clothes. What a magical unexpected mix!

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    1. Summer clothes and snow don't mix happily, as we discovered on our first trip up Mt Teide.

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  17. Oh I saw the tradition of the snowman on the bonnet on Madeira too... I do not think there was enough snow when we were on Tenneriffe...

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    1. Tenerife's snow usually falls in January/February.

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  18. Lucky and magical at the same time.

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    1. Very lucky. Thanks for visiting, Irene.

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  19. Nothing like a bit of magic realism, Liz. Well done.

    marion

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