|Source: The Wickanninish Inn|
Today's writing prompt for the AtoZ challenge is: Misty Forest. Here is my entry:
Sam was so taken with the serene beauty of the slow moving mist melting and drifting between the forest’s trees that she didn’t realize they had arrived until Aunt Andi pulled into the parking lot and turned off the motor, abruptly cutting off the smooth jazz music playing on the car’s radio and breaking the spell. Sam’s gaze searched the surroundings as she unfastened her seat belt.
“This is the school?” Sam said, looking at the low-slung buildings nestled between trees. It looked more like a zen retreat, shrouded in mist and protected by the towering redwoods. There was a small clearing at the center of the cluster of buildings, empty of people.
“I know. It’s probably nothing like your school back home.” Andi said. A bell rang, and the doors burst open. Dozens of colorful kids spilled out and began criss-crossing the space, greeting each other as they hastened toward their next class. The mist seemed to retreat, driven out by the motion, the color and the noise. Sam watched from the car, not ready yet to open the door and wade into this new environment. A second bell rang, and the kids disappeared into doors and around corners and were gone, as quickly as they had emerged. The mist seemed to move back in to fill the space, along with silence and stillness.
“Ready?” Aunt Andi said, watching Sam watch the school.
“Ready.” Sam said.
I've challenged myself to create a writing prompt and write a short response to it each day of April as part of the A to Z blogging challenge. Read more about the A to Z blogging challenge here. Thanks for reading!