santa cruz wharf

21 October 2007

Manic Monday with Mo ~ frost

A faint tinge of white frost covered the ground until the sun's warmth could get to it. The group of us hovered close to one another benefiting from mutual body heat, planning who would bring what on Friday. Not sure how I got caught up in the effort to repair and paint the railings at the Wharf, I was hesitant to volunteer anymore than my effort and considerable painting experience. I heard your voice call out a greeting from behind me. I may have let an exasperation escape my mouth. We all turned around to watch you approach. Asking questions as you gave handshakes and hugs all around, I knew you had come over to volunteer as well.

I was glad my sunglasses hid my eyes. Their frosty glare would have been an obvious…albeit fair warning of the reception I knew I would give to you. Not a cold person by nature I had been forthright in my deflection of your ongoing (annoyingly persistent) advances.

Like the morning frost on the lawn, microscopically tiny daggers of ice blanketed my heart. Turning and dropping my shoulder slightly to dislodge your resting hand, I strolled toward the hospitality table. I poured a cup of what was basically brown water, which in no way resembled the coffee I was accustomed to. Ignoring the cream and sugar, I let the near scalding liquid sooth my throat.

A little girl was peeking up over the top of the table eyeing the cake all cut up in single serving pieces. She caught my gaze and froze. I raised my eyebrows at her. Sensing you were watching and knowing you would disapprove I ran my finger along one edge of the cake. Scooping the glob of chocolate buttercream frosting into my mouth….I smiled at the little girl getting her giggle in return. Nodding my chin in her direction, I pointed to another edge. Her tiny finger crept along slowly. She was a quick study. I went for seconds meeting her in the middle of the frosted edge. We both laughed out loud as we licked the frosting off our fingers. She ran off to join her family.

I turned around to see you with a frosty glare of your own.
It warmed my heart.


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20 comments:

Gattina said...

A nice "frost" filled story but not too frosty, lol !

.:mar said...

Loved the frosty story and the cake frosting too!!!

Aniqueanik said...

nice story too, great frosting tool.have a great week ahead.mine is up now.

Odat said...

I'm guessing the word is frosting??? lol...I'm a quick study ;-)
Peace

Mel said...

*grinning sheepishly*

I'm just as guilty on both accounts.

Villager said...

Great MM post! Did you write that short story just off the cuff for this week's meme?

Frost made me think of the Winter Olympics for some reason. My MM post focuses on some little known factoids about the frosty olympics!

peace, Villager

ian said...

Mmmmm...buttercream...

Ian

Turnbaby said...

Ooooo really nice--I loved you working in the 'frosting'--excellent!

the teach said...

Lovely prose,katherine! Good story! Loved it!
Happy MM!

tegdirb92 said...

wow, what a wonderful writing style you have. Love that you included my favorite "food" in it too--LOL. Have a wonderful Monday, katherine.

Mags said...

Oddly enough, this might be one of my favorite stories that I have read here. Great MM post!

crazy working mom said...

Great job, Katherine! :)

Latharia said...

Frost? It's downright toasty here! I would like to have frost ... but I'll admit, I'd like to have frosting even more. ;)

Jamie said...

Very well written to capture the chill of the morning and the relationship.

Bond said...

oooooooooooooooooooooooooo I was standing there watching the interplay and feeling the beacons of chill being passed between you both, only interrupted by the warm interchange with the precocious little girl..

thank you

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

Oh, I liked that very, very much. Have a great MM. :)

Mert said...

I loved this short story, very well written! I want more! :D happy MM!

Marilyn said...

I think this was even nicer than your normally wondeful writing... very vivid.

Travis said...

**washes hands carefully, sneaks up to the table, swipes a piece of CAKE, and runs**

Excellent tension in this piece. Very well done.

Mimi Lenox said...

Vivid and real. Loved it.
Yum. I want some icing.