She hadn't noticed the flag-stone floor was heated until she dug the chocolate from the bottom of her bag to find it was melted. Her armchair was perfectly positioned to watch the skiers and snowboarders as they left their equipment outside and trudged in shaking off snow in their heavy boots and snow gear, heading toward the cafe or coffee shop. Some children were hanging their sodden gloves in front of the roaring fire and sitting down on long wooden benches to sip on hot chocolates topped with whipped cream and sauce.

By arpel, October 13, 2013.