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A Hearth for Christmas




It's Christmas Eve, and Bodie's gone missing.


A Hearth for Christmas by PFL


With light and hope fading, Bodie wondered at his own choice. He wanted to grasp hold of the light, and hold it close, but it would slip through his fingers, as surely as Doyle had done.

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shooting2kill
Nov. 20th, 2010 03:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this reminder of a very fine story.
cloudless_9193
Nov. 20th, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
:-)
ci5mates
Nov. 21st, 2010 06:07 am (UTC)
thanks for the link...brilliant story which I hadn't read before.
cloudless_9193
Nov. 21st, 2010 11:51 am (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed it. :-)
roven75
Nov. 21st, 2010 12:20 pm (UTC)
Oh you're a darling, I was thinking of this story a few weeks ago but had forgotten both title and author's name! So PFL it was... I should organize my story collection somehow...

I really like this one, it's so skillfully wrought. The short sections alternating between present and past keep the reader interested and involved, allow glimpses into what has been to make us wonder and finally understand how the present state was reached.

Within the single sections this pattern is repeated. The short sentence structure and the writing style that makes do without embellishments but is nevertheless lyrical in its soberness is totally fitting for the wintry setting and the story told.
I like how the motifs of cold - warmth and realism - dreams/hope/wonder branch throughout the story and give it coherence and a message.
Last but not least, B and D are totally in character. Perfect.

cloudless_9193
Nov. 21st, 2010 01:04 pm (UTC)
This was a perfect review. Thanks! When I found this story the first time I printed it for reading, and then I had to find it all over again for reccing. It's a good thing I included the date when printing it out. It isn't archived anywhere else I think. Which is a shame as it is one of the best of PFL, IMO. I just love the atmosphere of it...
msmoat
Nov. 21st, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
Hey there! I was kindly directed here, and I just wanted to say thank you! I very much appreciate the recommendation, and greatly enjoy hearing that others have enjoyed the story!

Also...eek, it's not archived anywhere?? I am bad, bad, bad at keeping up with my own stories. I shall rectify this. Thank you! *g*
cloudless_9193
Nov. 22nd, 2010 06:32 am (UTC)
Hi, thanks for popping in. This is a great story, you really should archive it somewhere. :-)
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