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Afraid to open his eyes, he lay still for a moment, focusing on the far away voice in his head. It was Paige, “You have got to get up!” Feeling cold and tired, Landon just wanted to lay there. Thinking of his family, he slowly opened his eyes. Only then did the bedroom come into focus. Blinking a few times, he realized that his wife’s cold wet towel was thrown across his feet, and, like always, the bedroom window cracked to let the outside in. He turned to the window and saw the first flakes flutter by. Kicking off the towel and grabbing the blankets, Landon rolled over and told Paige, who was standing in the doorway, baby perched on her beautiful hip, “I declare a snow day. The children and I will be staying home today.”

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2017 Freshwater Literary Journal  

Professional literary journal produced at Asnuntuck Community College