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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Winter (the season) (08/13/09)

TITLE: After the last leaf had fallen.
By Louisa Hall
08/16/09


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Maria sighed as she looked out of the classroom window. Everyone was playing a game of kickball in the front of the school, but Maria had had something else on her mind. Her heart was swept up in beauty as she gazed out across the Danish countryside. The colours of autumn danced across the horizon in golden yellows, reds, deep orange, browns and greens. Every day the landscape had been ripening with autumn beauty and it was dazzling. For now at least.

Maria knew it wouldn’t last. She had lived long enough to feel a growing sense of apprehension. She sensed the dread like a knot in her stomach. She searched the window for a sign.

There, past the front yard of the school in the woods, she found it. There was tree with only one leaf left. Just one left. She shivered. Winter was creeping in. It would steal the light, warmth and colour of her world and leave behind a mess of sloshy snow, slippery ice, grey clouds and freezing cold.

But she wasn’t bothered by the snow, the grey or the cold as much as she was the overwhelming darkness that settled over the land in winter. It always seemed to steal something of the light of people’s presence. Something of their joy, even something of their hope.

Maria gasped. The last leaf fell from the tree. Winter was coming, and there was no stopping it.


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Yvonne Blake 08/25/09
Interesting setting--I would have liked to have seen the character and plot developed a little more.
Keep writing.
Jeanne E Webster 08/27/09

A brief glimpse of the S.A.D. syndrome that affects some folks in the wintry months.

Nice writing style and I loved the details. Good grammar and spelling! Keep up the good work.

I look forward to reading your future projects.