APH: 'Let the Bells Never Toll for You'APH: 'Let the Bells Never Toll for You'4 years ago in Short Stories
~Let the Bells Never Toll for You~
The smell of burning wood and metal should have been comforting this time of year, but right now it only served as a reminder that the city was still burning. Smoke and debris particles filled the air, giving it the texture of sandpaper as it mixed with the sharp bite of winter and entered the lungs. The sounds of people filling the market streets on quests for last minute gifts were replaced by those of aid workers rushing to repair damage left in the wake of the last air raid, and military officials combing the streets to maintain order and security. No bells rang as they normally would have on this special day, and no extra lights decorated a city trying hard not to make a more conspicuous target of itself. Compared to the normal hustle and bustle, glitz and glam of London; the bare bones image of it now was a reflection of how only the strong spirit of survival had kept the city going in the age of adversity facing it.
It was Christmas Eve,
APH: 'Worth the Moment' Fic~Worth the Moment~APH: 'Worth the Moment' Fic4 years ago in Short Stories
The first of July. Dominion Day. Canada Day. What had once been just another day on the calendar had become a day dedicated to the union of his people and lands as a single nation. Today was a day of celebration, joy, and pride for a no-man's land turned colony, and finally an evolved dominion recognized as the autonomous country of Canada.
Matthew stood by the fifth floor window of the building housing his parliament. The gothic building, so influenced by his once European owners, stood like a towering piece of the Old World in the New one, overlooking the Ottawa River atop the forest cover hill so aptly named for it. Common loons took wing along the water's surface as Canadian geese bathed and rested along the banks. Boats passed through the river every now and then, citizens enjoying the blessed weather or a tour boat with dozens of tourists itching to take photographs of the amazing view. Everything he could see was so beautiful; every moment captured