Winter Visitor

She gazed out of the window. The sky was heavy with snow. It had snowed on and off
all day and there was a good ground cover to bear witness to the fact. The trees in the
garden were like giant snow clothed people. Dusk was falling and then it would
freeze, the snow would turn to ice, crisp, solid and very dangerous. She pulled the
curtains with a sigh.
It was very warm in the farmhouse kitchen but was so very empty since Pete had
walked out six months before. He had taken nothing with him except her heart. She
felt the stirring of the old pain around the area where she felt her heart had once been.
She shook her head as if to shake off old memories and turned up the Raeburn. She
would cook a meal later, if she could be bothered.
She busied herself with jobs which really didn’t need doing and as the clock struck ten
her thoughts turned to bed.
There was a knock at the kitchen door. Who on earth? She opened the door to a young
man in a biker’s suit but minus the helmet.
‘Can you phone for the Police and an Ambulance’ he asked ’there’s been an accident at
the end of your drive’.
‘Of course, come in out of the cold. Were you in the accident?’she asked walking to
the telephone and starting to dial 999
.‘Mmm ’fraid so’ he responded.
The operator responded ’ Police, Fire Ambulance’
‘Can you send an Ambulance and the Police to Grange Farm, Little Woolton please,
there’s been an accident’
‘’Your name and address please’ stated the operator.
‘Janette Wilson, Grange Farm, Little Woolton. The accident is at the end of our drive
on the main road.
She replaced the ’phone and looked at her guest. He was a pleasant fresh faced young
man in his early twenties.
’You must be shocked. I’ll get you a cup of tea, it’ll be a little while before the Police
get here on a night like this. Is there anyone else left down there?’ she asked.
‘No. I am the only one. I skidded and hit the wall.’
She wondered if he was hurt when he had asked for an Ambulance, but he looked
He declined the tea ‘No. I’d better get back and be there when they come’
As he reached the door, he turned and took her hand raising it to his icy cold lips.
‘You are a very attractive lady Janette Wilson. Don’t worry, everything will be fine.’
She felt herself blush, but she liked the warm feeling that spread through her. Perhaps there was hope for her yet.
She opened the door. It had started to snow again but the rawness had gone from the air.
‘Take care of yourself Janette Wilson’ he said as he turned to go into the night.
‘And you….I don’t know your name’. she ended rather lamely.
‘Andrew Bryson at your service’. and he gave her a delightful smile and bowed low.
She laughed. For the first time she realized in six months. In a swirl of snow he was
She closed the door hurriedly. Snow had already invaded the inner doorway. What a
night to be out in, she thought.
Shortly afterwards there was another knock at the door. This time it was the Police.
‘Please come in quickly’ she said to the snowman standing on the step. ‘Let me make
you some tea, you must be soaked.’
The Policeman was only too delighted to accept the hospitality.
‘I believe you reported the accident at the end of the drive’ he said as she busied
herself with the kettle.
’That’s right. A young man called Andrew Bryson came and asked me to phone.
‘Andrew Bryson? Are you sure miss?’ he asked looking puzzled
.‘Yes, that was his name’ she answered taking tea and biscuits to the table where he sat.
‘But miss, that was the young man killed in the accident. He hit the wall and his
helmet must have flown off. He was killed instantly.’
Janette’s legs gave way under her and she sat down with a thud. An old saying of her
Fathers came into her head. ‘Be nice to all you meet. You could be entertaining an
Angel unawares’

The next day was sunny. The snow crisp and bright. The trees a joy to behold. There
was a knock at the door and Janette opened it. There on the threshold stood Pete. A
sheepish grin covered his face. She stared at him, but could she be sure he was real?

Winter Visitor


Co Durham, United Kingdom

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