100 words on the power of great literature, as exemplified by two seminal American writers
A prize-winner in "Flash Fiction In the Snow, Judging done" Contest:100-word category
The man set down his Steinbeck and cleared a lazy peep-hole in the carriage window.
The morning sun had cut himself on one of the razor sharp peaks, and was bleeding down through the long valley, staining her late autumn floor in shades of rich vermilion. Early snowflakes were dancing coy little minuets, dainty and discrete, like a nervously fluttering colony of wood-white butterflies.
He began reading again.
The man opposite leaned forward and peered through the spy-hole, mildly curious. Sunrise on white mountains, pines in pale shadow, threatening snow.
He turned away, picked up his Hemingway and resumed reading.