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Twenty five-year-old Alfred Parks crammed the last of the crisp papers of the report in his desk then slumped in his chair, sighing contentedly. Raising his arms over his head to ease the cramps in his back and neck that came with bending over the monotonous writing of one of his co-workers, he yawned. Only then did he realize how tired he was - his eyes drooped and his arms felt like lead - and ...
It was the middle of summer, the hottest day so far. Suddenly the temperature dropped about 100° and it started snowing. Nobody was ready for it. It came down in large flakes, freezing most people who were wearing shorts and tee-shirts. Luckily most people were indoors because it was just so insufferably hot outside. The snow melted as it hit the ground, but the damage was done. There were several frozen people...
It was a nice, hot day. A perfect one to call summer. Everybody was outside with their children taking walks or playing outside games. All the children were thinking about how much they missed school and the adults were wondering if they were going to need sunscreen. However, the workers at NASA were all inside, trying to decide what to do.
"We don't want to call on a worldwide panic." Said the systems administrat...
This summer day in the land of fire covers the ground with snowflakes. It is unusual for this region to snow, more unlike to snow in August. The night over the forest of Konohagakure, every citizen retreat to his home. The heat is on for Naruto. But Kiba's sister stays out.
``Sister, why are you up?`` asks the blond boy to his neighbor.
``Kiba went hunting today. But with all this snow, I think, he won't fi...
Tick tick it's 4.00 in the evening. Only an hour to go but loads of work to be done for the presentation. Will I be able to finish it before the deadline? I do not want to lose this job. I have spent years on this project. Whether I like it or not, my further growth in the organization will be decided by this project. Almos...
Run, far away from here. I’ll come soon enough. Please, they’ll kill you if you stay. Rayven, go! “GAH!” Rayven erupts from her half-slumber, cold, in pain, and, oddly enough, wet. Her eyes aren’t in favor of opening fully, and all she can manage is getting them ajar. What she sees is... really nothing. Because of her watery eyes, it's just a blob of black, brown, and white. The illuminance of the white stands out, and is a little strange, but from what Rayven remembers white would make sense.Snow, of cours...
The snowy expanse stretched on for miles; the translucent surface of the frosted window pane clouding my view like a just-emptied glass of milk. The freshly cleared grey-slate streets contrast vividly with the long slopes of white powder. The wind is slow, but frigid; as if it is Winter himself personified - creeping ever so slowly until you wake up one morning to find that feathery particles of clouds have all fallen to earth overnight. I, however, can say for a fact that they are not as light as air - as most clouds are - ins...
I stepped outside, the summer breeze filled my nostrils as I took deep breaths. Finally, it was summer! Winter was the worst month of all for me, because winter meant staying inside, winter meant turning up the thermostat and that would lead to more bills, winter meant snowstorms drenching anything and everything with a thick coat of pure whiteness. Now, summer was the opposite, summer meant more happiness, more liveli...
The chain of events, that will be known as the accident by the general managers and seniors of the World Web Co., happened on one cold January night, deep in Alaskan territory. The company headquarter was a three-storey, somewhat dilapidated wide old building. The white facade was falling apart on some places, so you can clearly see red bricks beneath it. Surrounded by the mountains from one and the pine tree forest from the other side, the building had natural protection.Looking from the outsi...
It was late December when the first snowfall of the year happened. It was getting extremely dark outside. The lights started to flicker. It was pelting snow a couple of seconds later. It was coming down very heavy.
Dinner was cooking away in the pot. It was bacon and Cabbage.
About 20 minutes later the whole house was in darkness as the snowfall had triggered a power cut.
“Hey! Jackson coming to the workplace today?” shouted Ken.
“Yes,” Jackson replied shortly
“What’s up with you nowadays? You don’t seem well” asked Ken
“I am just... you know missing my family” replied Jackson
“Oh..right you haven't met your family for 6 months now” Ken mentioned
Jackson nodded in agreement.
“Hey only you and boss will be working today because the rest of u...
Author’s note: Personally, I feel this story would have been better with a few thousand more words, but that’s the word count limit for you. Everything here is completely fictional! And PLEASEEE critique it (I don’t mind how harsh or to-the-point it is, as long as it is constructive)The coldness of the snow stung my feet as I plodded through the icy ground. My feet sunk into the soft snow of the once green hinterlands of Tasmania. Chilling wind bit against my...
I gaze out the window as the landscape passes by. Snow is falling from the sky in little puffs. This is the first time Madam Adeline had ever let me out of the house where I grew up. I peer out the window and squint to see if I could see any of the monsters, Madam Adeline always tells me how the world outside was run by monsters.
“Lucy? When is Mommy and Daddy coming?” asked my little sister. “Soon, Sienna. Just not right now. Zip your jacket up, or you may catch a cold.” I said zipping my sisters, thick jacket all the way up. “Ok, ok Lucy! It’s freezing anyway.” My sister said. I looked out the small cabin window and looked at the plain, white landscape that was in front off me. I closed it, with the handmade cover I made. Lucy tapped me on the ...
(Your name is Kenji) You’ve worked at this hotel for a long time along with Park Jimin, Jeon Jungkook, Kim SeokJin, Taehyung ,and Kim Namjoon, and your boss Jung Hoseok. You always worked the late shift for no reason as you sometimes had to work the whole day due to Hoseok. Hoseok alway had his eye on you even if your doing good at the task he was given, it gave you an off vibe about him, so you asked the othe...
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