TITLE: Lake Effect
GENRE: Literary New Adult
A lone seagull drifted against a gray winter sky. Sophie Daniels watched as the cold moved through her body. She didn't know how long she had been standing there at the edge of Hoyt Lake. It had been dark when he had dropped her off. She had told him she could walk from here, thinking it would have made her feel better. But his scent and his touch lingered, his ghost standing beside her in the shadow of Delaware Park. Now, as morning broke, she could find no more reason to stay. So she started the short walk back to her apartment.
Cars began to venture down the snow-covered streets, headlights creeping across the white lawns of old mansions. The plows hadn’t made it this far uptown yet. Snow stuck to ice on the streets, hiding the danger beneath. Asphalt wouldn’t be seen until spring. Buffalo’s students would wake soon to check the local news looking for their schools’ name across the bottom of their television screens. The previous night’s disasters didn’t matter. Snow days did.
Sophie was nostalgic for an era when snow storms meant snow days. She, too, ignored the war and devastation with fingers and toes crossed for a day off. But in the year and a half she had been at college, she began paying more attention to the top of the screen than the bottom. The real world never has a snow day.