The Stairway

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I couldn’t resist Sue Vincent’s beautiful prompt. It was right up my alley … or down my stairway, so to speak. Stop it, Sue. I’m supposed to be working on my WIP! Check out Sue’s blog Daily Echo for some beautiful writing from a fascinating woman. Here’s my take on the prompt:

The Stairway

I lingered at the top of the stairway, teetering over the ice-laden steps, my head reeling. Before me arched a gateway of ancient stone and lofty evergreen, overhead boughs bent with old snow. Why hadn’t I noticed the stairs before; I’d walked this path many mornings over the years though never as lonesome as now.

The crisp sun glinted on the ice, dusted the air with a haze of enchantment. An illusion, surely, a trick of the light. Yet, a small wisp of me believed in magic. I trusted in dreams come true and happy endings. I didn’t live them, but I believed them. The gateway beckoned like a lover, teased, promised. I took a tentative step toward my altered future.

My foot slipped on the gleaming ice and shot forward. I yelped as my hip hit the top step and I bumped down, sleeves filling with snow splinters, my coat riding up, elbows whack, whack, whacking on each step. My bottom took the stairs like a toboggan, my mouth spilling squeaky oaths and ouches the entire ride. The magic portal disgorged me onto the crusty snow like a bad meal, and my feelings hurt as much as my bones. So much for magic.

“Are you all right?” A man’s voice, trying to sound concerned despite the muffled laughter. “Can I help?”

I looked up at his offered hand, the mirth in his eyes, his charming smile. I gave him my scratched hand and my aching heart… all those magical mornings ago.

108 thoughts on “The Stairway

  1. Nurse Kelly says:

    Expertly written, beautiful, touching – you inspire me so. Hope you have a great weekend 🙂

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  3. Beautiful writing, D 🙂

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  4. I like waiting for you to post a few times before I finally sit down to read your blog — because after reading one post, I very much want to read another one right away.

    This couldn’t be more different than the Melding of Aeris prologue, but it is every bit as wonderful. As an added bonus, the ending of this one made me utter a contented “Awww!” I love to Awww contentedly.

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  5. Lovely picture and writing!

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  6. Ali Isaac says:

    You old romantic, you! Lovely piece, Diana!

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  7. inesephoto says:

    So very beautiful! Love born on the stairways, in the midst of magic 🙂
    I am reading your Bone Wall, and absolutely loving the book!
    Hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend. Best wishes for the week ahead!

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  8. Sean P Carlin says:

    Love this, Diana! Love the picture it paints and the promise it teases! This is how one starts a story!

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  9. I think you described the scene in a lovely manner. I also love the ending after the abrupt, icy fall, sounds like you are in good hands 🙂

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  10. What a wonderful scene! Love the twist at the end! Now, get back to that WIP of yours 😉

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  11. As always, beautiful writing 🙂

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  12. I LOVE your writing!!

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  13. Eliza Waters says:

    Sweet humor AND a happy ending – love it!

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  14. C.E.Robinson says:

    Diana, geez… had to read quickly to the end! The Oh, no at the beginning ended with Oh, good! Magic happened and not a broken hip! Excellent writing, as always! Happy Easter! 💛 Elizabeth

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  15. Diana, that is such a lovely, magical story. 🙂

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  16. Judy Martin says:

    Oh Diana, that was a lovely, magical story.

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  17. Heartafire says:

    I adore your writing and once again you shine through! Fabulous.

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  18. […] Diana’s response to the photo prompt, reblogged from Myths of the Mirror. […]

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  19. Just looking at those steps looks lethal to me, Daina, but a lovely happy ending to sooth away the pain and embarrassment.

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  20. Sacha Black says:

    Aww this was beautiful I adored the ending

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  21. Beautiful…I was so captured. I felt each bump ! Happy Easter 🙂

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  22. Al Lane says:

    ❤ this. That last line is just perfect too

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  23. Oh you do have a way with words… love this!

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  24. jjspina says:

    Lovely story with a happy ending! Love these! Nice job, Diana. Hugs!

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  25. Nitin says:

    Beautiful prose writing…

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  26. That’s beautiful post. I love the picture.

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  27. ellenbest24 says:

    I felt every scrape and saw through your eyes how you fell twice that day. A super write.

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  28. Great piece of writing, Diana. I winced all the way down! 😀

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  29. davidprosser says:

    I’m a a sucker for a happy ending and this one couldn’t have been nicer.
    xxx Massive Hugs Diana xxx

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  30. I took up your challenge and Sue’s and wrote a short poem:

    Is it possible that, lost in thought,
    I failed to note the steep incline of
    the stairs after last night’s snowfall?

    Or did I contemplate the meaning
    of last night’s nightmare dream when
    the ceiling light fixture fell on my head?

    Oh, it was only a dream, right? Why
    then did I scream and shout out
    “help me” loudly to awaken both of us?

    Reminding myself to be more careful
    in the future, I finally got upright and
    continued my morning jaunt in nature.

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  31. reocochran says:

    Sue allowed you to stretch your mind like morning brain exercise, Diana. What a lovely and magical photo with some elements of happy and a lot of pain to bring the “new man into the picture.” Wish I could fall in both ways~ just one more time and make the dreamy part last!
    Happy holiday weekend and enjoy Easter day if you celebrate it. ~**~

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  32. I recall a fall on an icy walkway at the park by the lake. It was fairly early with no one about. I struggled several times to get upright again. I had quite q dark bruise on the knee. And it had just been replaced with metal. I decided to wait for warmer weather and no ice. I enjoyed the visit today.

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  33. Fantastic! I thought I was right there. Great descriptions, Diana.

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  34. Sue Vincent says:

    Just lovely, Diana… and made me smile too 🙂

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  35. Lured me right in for the fall…:0) That’s exactly how ice and love getcha! Beautifully done.

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  36. Not an expected way to take the stairs, but a lovely meeting at the bottom. Great description, as usual, Diana. I could almost feel the bumps. I’ve walked on snow and ice, and fallen down steps several times Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  37. balroop2013 says:

    Wow! Diana, there is magic in this fall…the words seem to be so symbolic…the mirth and the laughter is peeping through them also!
    The prompt is indeed fascinating…loved this stairway, hope the cushy feeling could be felt deep down!
    Wonderful fall! Thanks for sharing.

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  38. joannesisco says:

    It’s wonderful ❤ There is so much to like in this very short piece.

    " I trusted in dreams come true and happy endings. I didn’t live them, but I believed them" and "The magic portal disgorged me onto the crusty snow like a bad meal".

    I just love your writing Diana!

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  39. How sweet is that ? To fall…in so many ways. 💕

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