Blue Light

Posted: March 24, 2021 in Uncategorized
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Momma said, “If you get lost, retrace your footprints.”

But Samuel’s tracks were jumbled among so many others he didn’t know where to run. And it was dark. Cold. And the man with the torch radiating sapphire-blue light was just…over…there.

During the chase, Samuel lost the boots Poppa grudgingly cobbled because Momma asked him to more than twenty times. Leather boots with star-embedded soles.

“You’ll leave impressions that are yours alone.” Momma smiled.

Fearing Poppa’s anger more than the man swinging the torch, Samuel planted his bare feet in the snow and studied the blue light drawing closer.

  1. neilmacdon says:

    I’m not sure his calculus of fear is properly calibrated. But you’re right. People think like this

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  2. Iain Kelly says:

    I can see his Momma, searching for those star-embedded impressions in the snow and on the ground for weeks and months… Great write.

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  3. The poor lad. Too many who fear the wrath of their parents end up prey for those who monetize that fear to their own perpetration. Sigh.

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  4. Dale says:

    This is a sad thing. Fear does disturb judgment!

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  5. Bear says:

    Sorry I didn’t comment yesterday. Not a good day. Sounds like something I would have done, and my Mom would have said. She never liked me to have shoes that made imprints that were recognizable. Now, I can almost understand why.

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  6. Sandra says:

    This is not going to end well. The image of starred soles in the snow will stay with me.

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  7. Dora says:

    You capture the young boy’s rush of fear so well. The panic and the confusion of memories and the present moment resonates in this scene.

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  8. draliman says:

    Oh dear, I fear all they will find of him will be his discarded boots 😦 Nice one!

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  9. A beautifully crafted story, I fear for Samuel.

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  10. Dear Lish,

    How sad that a father would grudgingly cobble a pair of boots for his own son. Well described.



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  11. ahtdoucette says:

    Interesting story. I wonder about this blue light. There’s a magical feel to it.

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  12. msjadeli says:

    What a terrible place for a child to find himself in. Skillful feeling of dread woven here. Hoping something/someone good intervenes. Or maybe the blue light bearer means him no harm?


  13. James McEwan says:

    Caught in a moment of tension and suspense. RUN!

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  14. Laurie Bell says:

    Ooooooo fabulous piece this. The mystery, the fear, the child. I want to read more. Great voice in this.

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  15. granonine says:

    Oh dear, unless little Samuel is a quick thinker and faster runner, I think he’s in trouble. Your story really drew me in.

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