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Amelia Layne
My first snowball.
Mon Nov 6, 2017 14:10
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The school founders had been from a place even further east than Amelia was, so Amelia expected the school grounds to seem a bit cooler than she was really comfortable with when she returned to Sonora. Snow, however, was another matter altogether. She went home every year for midterm and by the time she got back to school, there usually wasn’t much in the way of true winter left on the grounds.

This year, it seemed, was not going to be a usual year.

Amelia stared at the deep white drifts stretching out in every direction, the ice outlining the leaves like a picture on the front of a Christmas card. Such cards were the only places she had ever seen anything like this before; it snowed maybe once in a decade at home. It had last done so when Amelia was tiny; there were photographs, including one of the top of the porch ceiling when Amelia had insisted on taking the camera and trying to take a few pictures, too. That snow had really been glorified frost, spotting the ground, green-brown patches of grass showing through it in more than one place. Amelia couldn’t even tell where the ground was out here.

She stepped tentatively out into it and it soaked immediately through the bottoms of her jeans. More fell into her low-topped sneakers and soaked through her socks. She stared at it with what she was sure was a slightly daft expression – in pictures, people playing in snow didn’t appear soaking wet, but clearly, that was what she would get if she spent any amount of time in this….

Still, she had to throw one snowball. That was just a fact. She might not get a chance for another ten years. Screwing her courage to the sticking place, she put her hand in the mush (it looked so soft, but was in actuality full of sharp little bits of ice) and began pressing it together into a hard ball, glad that making snowballs was not one of those things one needed a lot of expertise in. Then she threw it at a shrub and laughed when it splashed against it, and was pleased enough to keep smiling when she noticed someone looking at her.

“That was my first-ever snowball,” she explained herself.

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    • My first snowball. — Amelia Layne, Mon Nov 6 14:10
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