I should be Writing

It was supposed to snow today. The weather report said there was 100% chance of rain in 22 minutes while I was having lunch. It didn’t rain. It didn’t snow. I watched for it.

New people have moved into the house opposite. They’ve installed a log burner and new double glazing and I can see what they’re watching on their large TV, something with Richard Hammond in. I watch for a while, trying to work out what the changing pictures mean – the sky, a shot of Hammond, a landscape, another shot of Hammond.

Above their house I can see the top of a tree, bare branches thrashing wildly in the wind. When there are magpies in the tree, I count them. Once I saw thirteen. My counting song in A Tiding of Magpies only goes up to ten. Today there are none.

The sky is the colour of cigarette ash. I stare at it, wondering where the snow fell if not here.

The world outside my window is behind me, as I sit at my desk, but I turn to watch it anyway.

A car rumbles down the road breaking the silence.

I should be writing.

Published by suttope

Pete Sutton has a not so secret lair in the wilds of Fishponds, Bristol and dreams up stories, many of which are about magpies. He's had stuff published, online and in book form, and currently has a pile of words that one day may possibly be a novel. He wrote all about Fishponds for the Naked Guide to Bristol and has made more money from non-fiction than he has from fiction and wonders if that means the gods of publishing are trying to tell him something. You can find him all over social media or worrying about events he’s organised at the Bristol Festival of Literature. On Twitter he’s @suttope and his Bristol Book Blog is here: http://brsbkblog.blogspot.co.uk/ He's contributing editor of Far Horizons e-magazine which can be found here: http://info-far-horizons.wix.com/far-horizons-emag

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