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A Trail in the Snow

by

Bernard Fancher


Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2011 Bernard Fancher

All Rights Reserved


The story that follows is fiction.


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A Trail in the Snow




The tail of each ski lifted and flopped alternately in turn as he sprinted. Taking long strides, extending with each one the lead on his brother, he raced between stubble-cut cornrows along a wide trail of packed snow, ribbed like a washboard. Approaching exhaustion, he coasted at last, gliding off the high ridge of the field down a slight slope, following the trail as it veered towards the sun and the start of a steep run at the field’s edge. But instead of descending further, he slid to a neat stop on a small ledge at the end of the field and, bending over his poles, waited to recover his breath as his brother caught up.

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