When I was younger, I stood on the street waiting for a bus when the strangest thing occurred. This white powdery substance began to fall out of the clear blue sky. I stuck out my hand but it vanished as it touched me and did likewise when it touched the ground. I thought perhaps it was soot from a fire but with no residue, that seemed unlikely. It was quite puzzling; I could not wrap my head around just what this stuff was. An older gentleman who was standing at the bus stop with me began to laugh.
“You’ve been here, your whole life haven’t you?” he asked.
“It’s snow!” he said.
My eyes bulged and I thought, “Oh — so this is snow…”
Years of living in New Orleans and watching Christmas specials on television had led me to believe that snowflakes were fifty cent piece sized crystals with little jagged intricate points, not little dot-like motes. Hey, I was a kid and I’d never seen the stuff with my own two eyes before; what do you want…
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Fantasy, science fiction and steampunk author Brandon Black is the editor of New Orleans By Gaslight, a first of its kind anthology of steampunk and gaslamp fantasy poetry and fiction set in Victorian-era New Orleans. Brandon is also the web content manager for the Week in Geek, New Orleans’ favourite fantasy and science fiction themed radio talk show, every Saturday at 1 pm CST on WGSO 990 AM. Click here to check out Brandon’s ever-expanding list of published works.