Callie slips out of bed slowly, carefully, so as not to waken Joe. Years ago, she tried to invite him into her world. “A new day is breaking – come see!” “No, no, let’s go back to sleep,” was his reply. Now she goes alone into the arms of dawn.

Fog fills the folds of the soft blue hills, blending and smoothing all shapes, softening all edges. For a moment she is wrapped in a milky haze shimmering with pale light. She cannot find her way, so she stands still until the undulating blue landscape reappears, trailing wisps of cream. A slight break in the fog reveals a tiny sliver of moon.

She turns to look at the house behind her, but it has been swallowed up by the tip-toeing mist. Never mind.  Her natural home is the rhythm of the rolling hills, the feathery fingers of fog that touch her cheek with such tenderness, the hush of a world holding its breath in the sacred moments just before dawn. Callie draws her strength from silence, from the sparkle of dewdrops on a spiderweb, from the soft pitter-patter of spring rain.

Joe opens sleep-filled eyes. “Callie?” His voice is a medley of caring, concern and resignation. He knows she doesn’t hear him. Even sometimes when he holds her close, she is far away, a woman of soliloquy and spaciousness, of colors muted and mixed on her inner canvas. Joe treasures their everyday life – eggs scrambled with dill and chives in the sunny breakfast nook, an extra log tossed onto the crackling winter fire, climbing the stairs to bed hand in hand. His love for her, like the fog, smooths and softens all the rough edges of their shared solitude.

Stirred by the depth of his feelings, he calls to her again. “Callie?”

“Coming, love.” She leaves her home and returns to his. Together, they watch the last tendrils of fog fade into the bright morning.

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1 year ago

Poetic language, sensitivity and a complex relationship made simple by the key ingredient of love – all this makes your story worthy of the breathtaking image that sets the stage. A tale of two homes, intertwined.

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
1 year ago

What a lovely romantic story Fuji. A home filled with love, beautifully expressed. Well done.

Mary Wallace
Mary Wallace (@mary-wallace)
1 year ago

This was one of my favorite home stories. Love is stronger with our differences. This was captured so well.

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
1 year ago

Such beautiful descriptions in this, Fuji. I can definitely identify with Callie. Being outside, being at one with the natural world is where I feel at home too.

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musing mind (@musing-mind)
1 year ago

Very heart warming story. I hope there is a “Callie” in everyone’s life to make the home a lovely place to live.

Alan Kemister
Alan Kemister (@alan-kemister)
1 year ago

An ageless story about opposites attracting and beautifully done. I liked the idea of the outdoors being her true home.

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Susan Dawson
Susan Dawson (@susan-dawson)
1 year ago

This is a world you have described so wonderfully. I am very aware that I wield a camera at the wrong time of day, and miss Callie’s world, which I see in the images of others round here.

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof (@christer-norrlof)
1 year ago

I love this story! It gently pulled me into the early morning of this sensitive, introvert, romantic woman. And the language is so beautiful, with alliterations and wonderfully painted descriptions of details. I thought that I would give a couple of examples of expressions and combinations of words that surprised me and made me smile, but there are simply too many of them. Congratulations on a great work!

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Susan Dawson
Susan Dawson (@susan-dawson)
1 year ago

I think the illustration that goes with the story is beautiful.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

I feel the romantic excitement while reading this story. The “kilig” factor is up unto my bone. A very lovely love story. The best description of a home that is filled with love. 

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