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Losing Friends

He missed them terribly now, The ‘old friend’ comfort feeling was so hard to find, yet this feeling had washed over him from the moment they first came together. this time last year they were still with him. That sense of loss and the regret and deep anger with his own carelessness began to creep up on him again. For the previous six months he’d wondered about this time and wondered if he should be there when the spring finally arrived. The melting of the snow would reveal much but there was still no guarantee they would be found. The sense of loss would remain.

Thinking back over it all, again he felt the gut wrenching exact moment. In his memory he saw them tumble, almost in slow motion, over the edge of the cliff. He was falling himself at the time. He never had a chance to reach out for them before he landed heavily and painfully, but safely away from the tenuous edge. He rose to his feet then nervously dropped to his knees again, crawling towards the edge. Craning to see over the precipice and into the depths, he couldn’t force himself to move any closer as his lifelong fear of sheer edges became the most powerful emotion in the world. Within minutes the snow had begun to fall heavily enveloping him in a complete white-out. Taking nearly an hour to find a path to the bottom, it was too late, there was no sign, nothing to even indicate where they had fallen. He felt frozen inside.

The sense of loss had become his constant companion. Friends had allowed him to talk about it initially, but even best friends have a threshold. “Let it go” they’d all said after enduring the morbid repetition of the incident too many times to number. He knew they didn’t understand, they never would. After all they were the best pair of sunglasses he ever had.

© Matthew Penfold 2009

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Twisted Tales – Prompt ‘Frigid’





  • Erika .
    Erika .almost 6 years ago

    Powerful stuff, Matt. I can relate to this. You captured this feeling so skillfully. :)

  • Thanks Erika, I hope you found yours :-)

    – Matt Penfold

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellalmost 6 years ago

    Well it is safe to say I was not expecting the ending…..

    Wonderful and tricksy writing…

  • Ha, good on you Lisa, thanks for reading it.

    I just love that word: tricksy :-)

    – Matt Penfold

  • Zolton
    Zoltonalmost 6 years ago

    Way to squeak in at the last minute!! ha ha… This made me laugh… and cry… because my favorite shoes are going to have to go to the trash bin. Waaaaah!!! Well written little twist : )

  • Hi Zolton, thanks, I sure did cut it fine, nothing like a bit of pressure. Those favorite shoes of yours would have been fine if you hadn’t preheated the oven for your pizza ;-) LOL

    – Matt Penfold

  • Solar Zorra
    Solar Zorraalmost 6 years ago

    I love a last sentence twist, that was a good ride all the way to the end! :) SZ

  • All the way to the end is good Solar, thanks for that, much appreciated :-)

    – Matt Penfold

  • sandraellen
    sandraellenalmost 6 years ago

    Matt..this is so sad, i empathize with the feeling of this type of loss.
    i remember once after a long day shopping, getting into my car and reaching into my hair (where my sunnies used to live and hold my fringe back) GONE!
    I was beside myself "-) where did i abandon them, woe. I frantically retraced my steps to a coffee shop only to be greeted by the waiter comforting my much teasured sunnies——i tucked them neatly back into my fringe and there they stay………..happy ending thank goodness
    Great story…..excellent twist!
    Sandra :-()

  • S&ra, thanks for having a read and for the nice comment, I’m glad you got yours back LOL :-)

    – Matt Penfold

  • Danielle Knight
    Danielle Knightalmost 6 years ago

    you are so cruel to us…. :o) Nice one Matt, made me smile, thank you .

  • Aww……. No cruelty intended, specially not to you Danielle. Thank you my friend, I like to make you smile.

    – Matt Penfold

  • Barbara Cliff
    Barbara Cliffalmost 6 years ago

    Ha!caught up with the sunglasses -tho I knew there would be a tricky twist-it did surprise me as usual. Reckon you could write good detective stories. Barbara

  • Thanks Barb, good to surprise you. I’m not sure about the detective stories though……………

    – Matt Penfold

  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestalmost 6 years ago

    What the!! Sunglasses….get another pair dude! :))))) Clever twist….got me good…..knew it was gunna be a twist with a twist….and you delivered ;) XX

  • hahaha thanks KarenSue, I always aim to “get you good”, nice to know I delivered LOL x

    – Matt Penfold

  • Bob Fox
    Bob Foxalmost 6 years ago

    You snatched humor from the precipice of doom! Good set up!

  • Thanks Bob, glad you like it, much appreciated :-)

    – Matt Penfold

  • cathrinedp
    cathrinedpalmost 6 years ago

    You got me too!! Wonderfully sharp and with glorious twists

  • Thanks so much Cat, sharp and twisty sounds good to me :-)

    – Matt Penfold

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