The Snow and Winds
The icy wind blew chaotically, rustling the girl’s hair. Her coat wrapped around her waist to try to keep the warmth of her lantern. She pushed through the snowy hillsides that were dotted with trees. They swayed side to side and when a branch swatted her hips she stumbled and fell to the ground. The light of the lantern grew dull and then started flickering, but when she lifted the lid it puffed out completely and left a sad trail of fowl smoke. She shouted in frustration and wept silently. The wind kept howling and suddenly the frantic sound of a barking dog filled the air.