General Fiction posted November 30, 2020


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Footprints In the Snow

by Rosemary Everson1


Suddenly Tom noticed footprints in the snow. Who else lived in this remote place?

"Maggie and Bobbie, do you see the footprints in the snow?"

Evidently, we were not the only ones at home besides our dog. There was a sudden knock on the door.

"Fido, who is it?"

We tried looking out the window, but the porch light apparently had burned out.

"Who are you?" I asked. The shadow of the fellow, through the window, told me that he was shrugging his shoulders. "Go around so we can see who you are."

As I approached the back door, I put the porch light on. There he just stood, shrugging his shoulders some more.

"What do you want?" Then he put his hands outward, palms upward, like he was trying to identify facts about the house next door.

"Just go," I said. I shut the door and watch him go behind the fence.

I looked at my husband and his friend, Tom, and asked, "What do you think he wanted? Kind of creepy that he would just come and knock on our door when we do not even know him. I'll call and warn the neighbors that there is a stranger walking around our neighborhood. I think he's up to no good."

"What do you think he was after?" my husband asked. "He evidently walked in the snow and left his footprints. We'll have the police check his prints."

"That's a good idea!" said Tom. "I'll call them right now."



Short Story writing prompt entry
Writing Prompt
Short Story( Beg/middle/end) (250 words.) Write your own title. Begin with the sentence below:
Suddenly Tom noticed footprints in the snow. Who else lived in this remote place?


Prompt; 250 words with the sentence beginning with, "Suddenly Tom noticed footprints in the snow. Who else lived in this remote place?"
Characters are:

Fido, dog
Tom, friend
Maggie, wife
Bobbie, husband

This is a 250 word count, short story about a stranger who was walking the neighborhood in hopes to find some treasure that previously was delivered to my door perhaps? Not sure to this day what he really wanted....parts of this story is fictional and nonfictional. In other words, it's what I would call fictional truth.
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