The Winter-Gatherer – Friday Fictioneers, February 2018

Copyright Jean L Hay

We’d been too busy to notice, we said later, even though we crossed the village green every day.

Some days it had faced south, sometimes east, occasionally west.

But we only remembered that when someone said “Hey, shouldn’t that thing have melted by now?”

That morning, when it turned northwards, a group of us approached for a closer look.  We prodded it; solid ice, despite the first benevolent spring breezes stirring the trees.

“Let’s get the snow-plough,” said one neighbour.  But by the time we returned, the snowman had vanished.

And so had every child who lived in our village.


Hardly a literary masterpiece, but when there’s a story to be told, sometimes there’s not enough words left for the ‘literary’ touches. 🙂  Thanks to Rochelle for all her work on Friday Fictioneers.


About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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66 Responses to The Winter-Gatherer – Friday Fictioneers, February 2018

  1. ceayr says:

    Hmm, a Pied Piper with a difference.
    This has a sort of James Herberty feel to it, very creepy.


  2. Dear Sandra,

    A bit of a paranormal feel to this one. You leave me scratching my head and wanting to know more. Well done.




  3. Rowena says:

    Sandra, and we thought we could trust Frosty the Snowman…Some would say that this warrants caution, suspicion, withdrawal into your cave but even when those we trust let us down or prove to be quite evil, that we can’t tar everyone with the same brush. We still need to see the good in humanity.
    Here in Australia, we’re had a huge shock this week when Cardinal George Pell was convicted of child sexual assault or similar. Although I’m not Catholic, it still shocks me. It’s disgusting.
    Best wishes,


  4. Tannille says:

    A fairytale in the making; where did all the children go?


  5. Anita says:

    Gosh! They shouldn’t have let the snowman know what they were planning to do.
    He probably heard and went away with the kids?
    Interesting story.


  6. Iain Kelly says:

    Snowmen aren’t the innocent fun they appear, especially if they refuse to melt!


  7. I’ve never trusted snowmen since one made off with a carrot and three bits of coal I’d loaned him..


  8. Ooh – deliciously creepy story, Sandra. Loved it.

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  9. granonine says:

    The Pied Piper in a mash-up with Frosty the Snowman. Creepy 🙂


  10. Dale says:

    That is some scary stuff, Miss Sandra!!


  11. Abhijit Ray says:

    Whatever it is, it has a mind of its own. This thing is capturing humans and freezing them into ice. How did it come to this town?


  12. draliman says:

    Yikes, the Pied Snowman of New Mexico!


  13. Well I didn’t expect that twist, what a sinister tale!! Great stuff.


  14. 4963andypop says:

    i like how you held back, on what the thing was, that was facing North, South etc. Weird, to hear it is a snowman, but you could brush it off as a childs prank. Then he disappears. Normally when a snowman disappears in warmer weather, no one blinks an eye. But when he takes your children…


  15. pennygadd51 says:

    Lovely build-up and great twist at the end.


  16. Russell says:

    A ‘chilling’ tale!


  17. Violet Lentz says:

    I wonder what happens to the children when the snowman melts and the sirens song is lost? hmm Very nice, Sandra.


    • Sandra says:

      Well, I think the essence of the child manifests itself in another new snowman, lures others, and in this way all the children of this world find their way to another planet….


  18. Jelli says:

    A wicked Frosty tale on such a chilly morning. Good write.


  19. plaridel says:

    as spring beckons, the snowman couldn’t stand the heat and takes the children with him. what a cold-hearted guy.


  20. Oh, the weather outside is frightful…



  21. subroto says:

    There is a serious ice problem in our cities. But this was brilliant, chilling and creepy all at the same time. And yes the Pied Piper did spring to mind.


  22. Lynn Love says:

    Dark, cold – the Pied Piper of snowmen. Wonderfully done, Sandra


  23. A creepy, interesting take!


  24. gahlearner says:

    Eeek, that last line is a killer. Wonderfully creepy, Sandra.


  25. Margaret says:

    A surprising twist. I share your suspicion of snowmen, although I can’t say i’ve seen very many. However I’ve seen some sand castles that would scare your socks off.


  26. Creepy… Did all the kids follow it on their own or were they forced to come along.


  27. Really creepy. I feel there is a moral to this story somehow. Maybe parents should spend more time with their kids, so that they don’t follow the ‘snowmen’ in real life. Something like that.


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