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Monthly Writing Contest

January 2006 Winner: Tony Stoklosa, The Argument
Honorable Mention: Mike Dunn, A Shining Mistake
Honorable Mention: Carol Gandolfo, Topaz Morning
View the 2006 Will Write 4 Food catalogue of winners & honorable mentions. View the contest rules.

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January 2006 Honorable Mention
Topaz Morning
by Carol Gandolfo

    In the predawn light the footprints appeared topaz blue where they crossed the bridge and ended where I stood. A light snow still fell and was beginning to fill the impressions. I raised my eyes and looked at the house on the other side of the creek. A faint light appeared in the kitchen window. I watched in silence. The light wavered and undulated. There was a flash and I knew the alcohol spilled around the room had ignited. No one called for help. Nothing moved. The house came alive with light as the fire moved from room to room. I watched in fascination and horror.
    What had I done?
    I stood rooted to the spot, my back braced against an old tree. A window shattered and black smoke spiraled out window and into the sapphire sky. Still, I waited. Nothing moved.
    Was it over?
    Slowly, I moved away from the tree. I gasped from the pain in my chest. A rib was probably cracked or broken. The frosty air had deadened the pain in my jaw, but I had trouble seeing as my right eye began to swell shut. Slowly, painfully, I moved away from the tree and turned my back on the burning house and the footsteps in the snow.
    I turned toward town. A sliver of sun peeked over the mountains. The sky was filled with ruby and citrine hues. Like the fire behind me, the colors blazed on the morning snow. I began to walk toward town, ready to turn myself in.

 

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