It was what Northerners called a “bitter cold” that morning, when she made her way out into the forest. The cold made her eyelashes feel instantly frosty, and the scent of the air had changed from the sleepy sap of pine to the sharp bite of the weather itself. Snow swirled around her, and she stuffed her hands in her pockets. The quiet hush of the pines descended into her mind like a balloon floating gently back to earth.
It didn’t matter that he said he loved her even though he couldn’t be with her. That was his way of saying that he’d moved on, and she knew it. Seeing them together — when she knew they had not seen her — felt wrong. She had looked at that woman as a replacement, and there was no way around wondering what was there that had been lacking between them that it didn’t work. She had asked him, but he couldn’t tell her. His answer was always time.
Snow crunched under her boots as she walked, leaving tracks which seemed to fill up as she made them. Her nose was red, she was sure, and cheeks rosy as well. There was something still unresolved, and she was struggling to figure out what it was. She had guessed it was all that time he had suddenly found for this new person that he couldn’t beg, borrow or steal for her. It made her uneasy to think about.
There was a lie there somewhere, even if it wasn’t intentional. Lies were something she had hoped never came between them. It had come between them, and it had blown through her world like a blizzard, freezing her in a cold, empty place.
She turned back and looked at her own tracks. There wasn’t a way to walk that same path again; the replacement snow was already wiping that path away behind her.
She tucked her head into the neck of her coat and kept walking.
Featured shoes: REIGN Nordic Boots in Mocha by KenadeeCole
- Head: Catwa Annie by Catwa Clip
- Skin: YS&YS Kate by Monicuzza Babenco
- Body: Maitreya Lara by Onyx LeShelle
- Eyes: Mayfly Luminous in Deep Paris Shadow by Arkesh Baral
- Nose/cheeks: theSkinnery Winter Blush by Umazuma Metaluna
- Hair: Olive the Steffi Hair by Naminaeko
- Coat: Aphorism Winchester Parka in Brown by Rucy Byron (at the Seasons Story)
- Jeans: Emery Kerr Jeans in Dark by Sunami Beck
- Mittens: VINCUE Kittie+Gloves for Slink Splayed Hands by Kate Ying (gacha item)
- Hands: Slink Splayed by Siddean Munro
- Studio Skye Scots Pine Forest Clearing by Alex Bader
- Studio Skye Falling Snow by Alex Bader
- Y.B Sim Surround Dolina snow by yony Bing
- Pose 1: oOo Studio shoes_mule by Olaenka Chesnokov (this is out of rotation, as it were)
- Pose 2: oOo Studio travelogue_three by Olaenka Chesnokov