The Frozen City

I had never seen anything like it.  A city made of crystal, that shimmered in the light of the sun, moon and stars. So different and bizarre to my eyes was it, that I could have been on another planet.  Perhaps I was.  Or perhaps it was the same planet, but a different time; a different reality.  I could not say.  I was puzzled by many things, the chief of which was how I came to be here, a mystery I had yet to find the answer to.

To look at it from a distance – and I did, for I was so taken by its beauty – you would see a collection of upside down icicles.  Some ended in sharp points.  Others appeared as if they had been broken, their tops snapped off, leaving either strange jagged protrusions or else being weathered smooth by the passage of time.

It looked cold, a city of winter in the heart of a forest that stretched for thousands of miles in every direction.  But looks can be deceiving.  There was warmth there and much jollity to be found.  The people were quick to laugh and slow to anger.

It was a pleasant place to stay, but I wasn’t from there.  I wasn’t one of them and this wasn’t my home.  I was stuck here, unable to return, no different from being stranded on another planet…but I could imagine worse places…

Written for Day 13 of A Month of Mini Writing Challenges 2017: The prompt is “another planet”.  Format and length are your choice.

14 thoughts on “The Frozen City

  1. Hey Sammi 🙂

    How are you doing? Mid-week and hump-day as they say in this corner of the world…I trust yours will be a smooth ride 🙂

    I loved this piece of flash Sammi 🙂 The way you’ve described the Frozen City is very appealing: my kind of a place to pause-in and play-in for a while. Sounds like you like there as well! I think you’ll be staying there for quit a while yet or my name is not Dewin Nefol 🙂 lol

    Sorry to have been a little quiet of late with comments, life has suddenly become very busy, and I love it! I try and come by when I can, but know that I’m always reading your work SC, flying somewhere overhead whilst you take up a perch and peck out seeds to line the furrows of your page and grow roses in your garden of prose and posy, or maybe a novel for your bookshelf????? 🙂

    Hoping all is well Sammi with one and all, Grimalkins included. Have a wonderful latter end to the week.

    O any cakes cooling on the cake-rack SC? 🙂

    Namaste 🙂


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    • Hey Dewin! 🙂

      I’m fine thank you. All’s well here; fingers crossed for it remaining so 🙂 And yourself? I’ve been rather neglectful of the blog and keeping up with all my blogging friends blogs as of late. Too many things going on and not enough hours in the day unfortunately. So I’m sorry I’ve not flown over to “Chez Dewin’s” – I can see I have missed a number of new posts so need to remedy that:-)

      I’m so glad you like the Frozen City. I wrote this piece last week, and I’m not sure I’ve left the city yet 🙂 I’m hoping that there might be enough there to warrant a longer story…if I do, I’ll name a character after you seeing as though you like the place so much 🙂

      You sound so happy to be so busy – that’s fantastic. Wishing you more of the same 🙂 You are a fantastic buddy 🙂

      Hmm…what have I been baking of late? White chocolate cupcakes…orange, honey and white chocolate flapjacks…and of course, the obligatory Welsh cakes 🙂

      Enjoy the rest of your week! Wishing you the Brightest of Blessings 🙂

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      • Hey Sammi 🙂

        How ya doing? Is all fair in the mysterious land in which you dwell – an undisclosed location deep, deep, deep in the heart of Gaia where on a windless day one can smell the wafting scent of tasty treats baking away. Mmm delicious….or so I have been told – I’ve never actually smelt them per se let alone had a nibble 🙂 But in my imagination your cakes are the tastiest of anyone I know 🙂

        Hmmm, indeed, cold icy frozen, all work for me…as long as there’s a beautiful view from the top one gets to share with whoever else it is who managed to climb up quite that high 🙂 I have furry toes so can tread the snow without getting chilly metatarsals: only Panthera Unica can do that 🙂

        Really, you’ll name a character after little old me? That’s so cool! What will he be like Sammi? A good man I hope? Charming, debonair, and hated by his employer. Make him a Red Poet, full of Hissing Sid Vicious! And a wizard with a fiery wand that’s ready for war! lol 🙂 How long do you intend to stay in the City? And tell me, what in your opinion is the best part about the place for you so far?

        You’ve teased me with cakes again, and not just any old cakes SC, but my favourites, especially the Welsh cakes 🙂 Perhaps you’ll bring a couple with you next time you visit Dewin’s? I’ll put the kettle on just in case and keep it simmering. Tea and cake, there’s no better combo.

        You sound happily buzzing away 🙂 What gossip is there secreted behind the smile, I wonder? I am happy as well, and enjoying all that life has to offer. I hope that good feeling will last. As too your happiness SC, long may that last and sail a merry course to Frozen Cities.

        Enjoy your evening. I shall away to Castle Deeply Dewin and find a dark place to pace a while looking for diamonds. Take care of you and the munchkins 🙂

        Namaste 🙂


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      • Hey Dewin!

        Did you find any diamonds squirrelled away in Castle Deeply Dewin?

        I am fine thank you. And yourself? I like that description – deep in the heart of Gaia 🙂 You’re too kind, sir. My baking could really be rubbish, you know lol 😀

        As I’ve imagined the city, I kept thinking I glimpsed a mysterious man wearing a dark cloak of feathers, who moves about silently, as if by magic, and as soon as you think you’ve spotted him, he disappears once more. He sounds like an interesting character and the more I dwell on him, the more comes to light. I could tell you much more, but then there would be no point in writing the story lol. However, I shall share one more thing: I think the name “Dewin” suits him very well 🙂

        I love the look of the buildings in the frozen city, and because of the glass-like ice that can be found wherever you look, there are rainbows and prisms of colour everywhere…

        And, not that I am teasing you, but I’ve just finished baking some orange drizzle cupcakes and a vanilla sprinkle traybake… Definitely! There is nothing better than tea and cakes 🙂

        As for secrets…I’ve had a poem accepted for a print anthology (it will be the first time that one of my poems will have been in print, so I’m really excited about this), and I’ve heard that book my book of flash fiction hopefully will be published November / December and I’m excitedly nervous about this and very much terrified…So pleased to hear that you’re happy and enjoying all that life has to offer – long may it continue 🙂

        Have a great weekend! Wishing you the warmest wishes and the brightest of blessings 🙂


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