The Snow Queen
I see you through the window pane; your white face illuminated while everything else is dark and strange. The red has fallen from our roses and the trees shiver in their nakedness.
Snowflakes fall softly on your hair like white flowers. I reach out to touch one, but my hand meets glass, hard and cold beneath my fingertips. Behind the clear walls of my prison I watch the roses come back to your cheeks, and the trees burst into green.
My too warm breath fogs the window, obscuring your face. The hot pennies of your fairy tale rain down on me; I take one in my hand and press it against the glass. My peep hole into your world of spring.
It is cold here on the other side, but thoughts of you warm me until I do not mind the icy wind that tears at my skin, or the snow that falls across my mind.
You are in your world and I am in mine. But still I long to break the glass, gather armfuls of snowflakes – each one perfect, unique – and lay them at your feet.
Adrienne Clarke has previously published short stories in The Storyteller, Beginnings Magazine, New Plains Review, and in the e-zines A Fly in Amber, Grim Graffiti, Les Bonnes Fees, The Altruist, and The Devilfish Review. Her short story, “Falling,” was awarded second place in the 2008 Alice Monroe short fiction contest. Adrienne’s first novel, To Dance in Liradon, will be published in September 2012 by Soul Mate Press.
Eleanor Leonne Bennett is a 16-year-old internationally award-winning photographer and artist who has won first places with National Geographic, The World Photography Organisation, Nature’s Best Photography, Papworth Trust, Mencap, The Woodland Trust and Postal Heritage. Her photography has been published in The Telegraph, The Guardian, the BBC News website and on the cover of books and magazines in the United states and Canada. Her art is globally exhibited, having shown work in London, Paris, Indonesia, Los Angeles, Florida, Washington, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, Spain, Germany, Japan, Australia and The Environmental Photographer of the Year Exhibition (2011) amongst many other locations. She was also the only person from the UK to have her work displayed in the National Geographic and Airbus run. See The Bigger Picture global exhibition tour with the United Nations International Year Of Biodiversity 2010.