Winter Rose

Prompt: fade by in_the_blue. 100 Word Stories

Another double-drabble for the 365 Challenge. 200 words.

Liana Mir

Liana Mir reads, writes, and wrangles the muses from her mundane home in the Colorado Rockies and, occasionally, from the other side of the Barrier.

Series Listing

-02 yr. 02 mo.

Of Memory and Making

00 yr. 03 mo.

Remembering Lena

00 yr. 05 mo.

Winter Rose

00 yr. 06 mo.

Late Return

00 yr. 06 mo.

When the Clock Chimes


Once Upon a Time

Winter Rose

She wants a bloom that lives beyond a week.

Every week, Wesley comes to borrow and return a book. Lena wants the rose to live until he comes.

00 yr. 05 mo.
Seven Days Fantasy Romance
Flash Fiction Short Story

Winter fades the edges of the dark red rose Wesley gave her. Lena glances up from her book and frowns at the milk jug sitting on the window sill just behind a frosted pane.

She loves the way the light filters through the petals, making them glow an even richer hue, loves the way it makes her think that maybe, just maybe, she really is seeing something through the way he smiles when he looks at her, like she puzzles him but he likes it and doesn’t want her to stop; the way he borrows books and brings them back each week; the way he lets her talk about her favorite stories over and over when everyone else tells her to write it down and leave them alone.

Lena set the rose in the window and watered it and now it’s been five days; she’d wanted it to last the full seven until she saw him again. She touches one green leaf and smells the sweetness of its petals.

“Don’t die on me,” she whispers to a flower that cannot hear her. She wants a bloom that lives beyond a week. She wants Wesley to smile at her without confusion.


Seven Days Fantasy Romance

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