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A Shining Mistake
by Mike Dunn
Jerry Wiggam sat mesmerized as he gazed upon the
scene outside the frost
covered cabin window. This was the first time the six-year-old had ever
witnessed snow anywhere other than his family's fourteen inch Zenith relic.
His breath fogged the window as he took in a world blanketed in white. When
he cleared the view with his sleeve, he noticed a distant speck advancing
towards the cabin from the horizon. This brown dot adrift a sea of snow
grew larger by the second. First, it sprouted arms.then, legs.then, a head.
That's when Jerry Wiggam began to worry. The speck was becoming a man,
and not just any ordinary man, a crazed man dragging an ax. The boy was
certain that the man meant him harm, but Jerry's lungs could only muster
enough air for a whimper. His pulse raced as the man limped closer.
Anxiety overtook him and he weakly slipped out of view and onto the wooden
floor. Then it happened -- THWACK! The ax tore through the front door.
The man peered through the opening and screamed, "Heeeerrrrre's Johnny!"
Seconds passed and then something odd happened. The man's face drained of
all crazy mannerisms as he flatly asked Jerry, "This isn't the Overlook
Hotel, is it?"
Jerry shook his head "no".
I'm sorry about the door.
This is so embarrassing.must have the wrong address. Look, I'm gonna go."
And just like that, the man limped off into the horizon. From that day on,
Jerry Wiggam hated snow.