This is my response to Flash! Friday‘s eighteeth prompt (the above picture) since their anniversary. One hundred and fifty words was the limit, with a ten-word leeway. The secondary theme (which informed my story so strongly it became my title) was ‘A Missed Deadline’. Enjoy!
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‘A Missed Deadline’ (159 words)
Molly was worried. It was twelve past six and still no sign of Julian. She raised her binoculars and crouched low.
‘How much longer can we wait?’
Stephen’s hands found his pockets. He stepped gingerly from one foot to the other. ‘Long as it takes.’
The wind pelted them with fresh snow. They withdrew into their coats, but it was futile; they were completely exposed.
Molly hugged her knees and said, weakly: ‘I think we should go.’
Stephen’s head was bowed. Molly saw a frost cloud rising from the brim of his hat.
‘He’s your boyfriend,’ Stephen went on, his voice deepening. ‘We’re not leaving him.’ He had hoped to sound resolute, but a shiver passed through him like electricity.
Molly’s gaze fell. ‘I’m going, Stephen. I can’t chance them finding us.’
‘I won’t go back there. Stay or join me; choice is yours.’
Stephen held his breath and looked out across the icy abyss.