It was late. Very late. The fire had died down to almost nothing; she hadn't been paying attention, and, with a sudden start, she realized how very cold she was. How could she have let this happen?
Berating herself for not noticing, she pulled out some kindling and made a careful structure above the last remaining embers; she laid each piece carefully so as not to smother the few precious bit of fire. When she had laid the last one, she blew very gently on the barely glowing red coals; they brightened, and she was hopeful.
Gently, gently, she blew again.
© 2009 Cynthia Newcomer Daniel
Seed bead bracelet. Hand woven. Based on a tutorial from Jubeads Box.