Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Week in Seven Words #269

abeyance
Winter is still on the gardens. The paths are empty, the domes and crenellated walls deserted. Everywhere there's a cold, fuzzy silence.

claimed
Geese have claimed the soccer fields, the gazebo by the river. Branches have fallen across the path that feeds into the deep woods. By a gap in the fence, a hole has opened up in the earth and filled with gray water.

confined
Restless people pace inside the mansion, their fingers tracing walnut furniture. Before each window they stop to study the river. They wish they could leap out of their skin and race to the water. Maybe one day. They turn from each window and take up pacing.

crammed
PowerPoint slides frustrate him. They're too small for what he needs to say. His words and numbers run on, in ever tinier fonts, as he fills the available space.

edible
Homes with cream trimming, cherry-colored shutters.

gutted
Even when she talks about a triumph, her voice wavers with pain. She can't believe in her own success. She's convinced that she succeeded only by chance.

percolating
The coffee pours warmth into chilled wet feet and fingers nipped with cold.

4 comments:

Brian Joseph said...

I love the image that you fashioned under the word "confined". I am imagining an entire story built around it.

HKatz said...

Thanks :) The setting inspires stories.

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Hila,

There is nothing more alluring than the smell of freshly percolated coffee, although hot chocolate has to be the most warming drink I know.

I don't know that my home is particularly 'edible', however I do love winter evenings, when you can pull all the curtains closed, put on the lights, turn up the heating and shut out the world until tomorrow :)

Lovely words and descriptions, as always..

Yvonne

HKatz said...

Thanks! I love hot chocolate :)

"I do love winter evenings, when you can pull all the curtains closed, put on the lights, turn up the heating and shut out the world until tomorrow :)"

You capture the coziness well.