99 Words #28 – A Sign

She puts her arm out in front of me. “Wait.”

“What’s wrong?”

She’s looking up to the sky. A magpie is flying toward the east.

“It’s a,” she snaps her fingers three times, “what’s the word?”

I shake my head and shrug.

“An omen, or… a sign!”

She lowers her head and pauses. “Look.”

At first I’m not sure what she’s pointing at. Across the clearing I see a break in the trees. Snow has been shaken from the lower branches but the ground is smooth.

She grabs my jacket at the elbow and pulls. “We should turn back.”

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This was written in response to the February 7, 2019 flash fiction prompt from Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch. You can learn more here –

February 7: Flash Fiction Challenge

 

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