A few years ago at dusk, I set out for town on an errand. As I drove directly west, streaks of color began to appear. Soon, the winter sunset blazed directly in front of me, a symphony of color painted by the Master Artist. I pulled off the country road onto the shoulder, got out of my car, and happily snapped away with my camera phone.
When I was finished, I got back in the car, put it in gear, pressed on the gas pedal, and…nothing but spinning tires. You see, what looked like the shoulder of the road was actually the snow from our recent 9” storm. My vehicle had sunk into it. I was going nowhere.
As I waited for my son and daughter-in-law to come to my rescue, I wrote a scene in my head because—well, that’s what writers do. And many times, we get inspiration from real life. Sweet young thing (which I am not) gets stranded by the side of the road while taking photos of a beautiful winter sunset. Handsome tow truck driver comes to her rescue. Happily ever after ensues.
Too predictable, right? But then I thought…what if I turned the tables?
The result was a short story that might be the opening chapter of a book someday. Take a break from your Christmas labors, grab a cup of something hot or cold depending what season it is in your part of the world, put your feet up, and enjoy A Christmas Sunset
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