Your Story: Crackle

Today’s “Your Story” prompt is Crackle.

Image used courtesy of Sethsnap.

Locke grabbed another log and tossed it into the old iron stove. It popped as the moss from the bark met the hot coals. He grabbed the poker from the stand and stirred the grey ash into the brightly burning coals. Coils of smoke rose from the burning bark and it crackled in the heat. Locke crouched in front of the open door, the almost too hot heat welcome against the chill at his back. Maple always burned sweet. This particular log hadn’t dried long enough. He’d have to remember that the next time he went out. Two or more year dried wood smelled dry behind the particular fragrance of the tree itself and each one had its own particular aroma. This smelled slightly green.

The poker clanged into the holder and the handle squeaked as he locked the door. He tested the flue so the house wouldn’t fill with smoke and tightened the dampers before he made his way back out.


“Your Story” is a SethSnap series in which you get to decide the story behind the photo.  You can write a story, a poem or even just one word.  You decide.  Get your favorite pencil, enter your comfort zone and go!

About Carrie Fulk Vaughn

Carrie Fulk Vaughn (C.V. Madison) is a licensed massage therapist, author of LGBTQIA, Urban fantasy, horror & romance. Gamer geek full of Mountain Dew and schadenfreude pie. Twitter addict. Ball jointed doll collector.

Posted on January 8, 2013, in Original Fiction and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Some really lovely descriptions there, especially of the smells 🙂

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