SNOWMAN


by Paul Muller

We sit, huddled under blankets to preserve what precious warmth still radiates from within. The cold cuts to the bone, bitter and rock hard. Across the room, I am watching ice crystals form on the window pane. We can see our breath, lingering strings of steam, punctuated by the occasional explosion of mist as the deathly silent air is shattered by a cough.

I have sat in this chair for two days now, and I’m starting to become restless. I try to get up, but I can’t move. I try again, but nothing, my arms and legs won’t move at all. I sit in the chair, an immobile, icy statue. I become aware that my entire body is overcome with a strange numbness. With shock, I realise exactly what has happened.

I have frozen solid.

I try to cry out to my friends, but the sound catches in my throat and never leaves my mouth. I look over at them, semi-submerged in icy darkness, features starkly captured in the winter moonlight. Neither moves a muscle, each of us sits, paralysed, staring at the walls, unable to lift a fingertip.

I panic. With every ounce of strength, I send a spasm of energy through my entire body. A loud tearing sound rips through the room, I keel forward in a shower of ice crystals, hit the floor in a foetal position and shatter into a hundred icy fragments.

THE END

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