Who Needs a Fire?

A fresh snow blankets the ground. You and your special guy engage in a snowball battle and take turns combing the melting remnants from each other’s hair and coats. His playful swat finds you two chasing around the yard and steering around bushes and trees whose boughs are fat with snow. You turn the corner and make a break for the backyard, skirt a stout hedge and duck for cover. All remains silent. Success! He won’t find your hiding place. But as this thought crosses your mind, strong arms bundle you from behind and draw your teetering body closer to his. You wiggle free but not before a bit more snuggling—after all, winter clothes can only stave off so much of winter’s chill. His embrace holds an extra benefit—it also warms your heart. As a result of your morning yard run the snow lay heaped, and you’re inspired to build the season’s first snowman. The same gloved hands that earlier held yours while you and he navigated a slippery driveway are now sculpting a snow buddy beside which you’ll soon pose for some silly photographs. Once the camera is placed out of harm’s way, you and he fashion a few snow angels as your laughter lofts toward the cloudless sky.

He helps you to your feet and whispers a few romantic words. In a mad dash you head for the house. Once inside you shed your snow gear in the mud room or foyer and cut a path for the kitchen where a carafe of your favorite coffee or hot chocolate awaits you. You clink mug rims with him and sip some of the soothing beverage, but he has other plans. He places your mug beside his on the counter, takes you in his arms and carries you to the living room where a cozy fire crackles beyond the brick hearth. There’s nothing quite like the deliciousness of his warm lips skimming your cheek and chin and making contact with your mouth. His chest heaves beneath your hand. The embrace deepens, his next kiss leaves you breathless and silver bells peal. You gaze up at him, and his wink ignites you from head to heels. His nuzzles your neck. "Merry Christmas, Baby. Be mine forever." What a wonderful guy. Despite winter’s wrath and freezing temperatures, who needs a fire when you have love in your heart and romance in your life?

Wishing you all good health and much happiness for the holidays and beyond,

Shawna Moore

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Nicole North said...

Oooh that's romantic!! Thanks for the fun snow scene!!

Mia Varano said...

Sounds like the beginning of a story, Shawna! And then someone knocks at the door - it's a man - a tall, dark stranger lost in the snow. Can he come in for a while and warm up???

ShawnaMoore said...

Hi, Nicole!

You are welcome :) Sharing those special winter moments is always fun :)

Wishing you and yours all the best for the holidays and beyond,


ShawnaMoore said...

Hi, Mia!

Ah, the perfect plot for a love triangle :) Lots of conflict there. Would be fun writing a wintertime story where the heroine had to make a choice between heroes. And I'd make them both irresistible :) The more I consider this, the more I'm convincing myself to rough out a plot :)

Wishing you and yours all the holiday best,