This 75 word story, “Minus Thirty Degrees,” was feature January 28, 2019 on Paragraph Planet.
Minus thirty degrees, deep in the north woods. Lost for three days two men huddle together trying to light a fire. They are bone cold numb. Down to their last match, Jerry reaches for Mike’s hands, takes them in his and blows, warming life back into them, saying this is no time for macho BS. Mike cracks a grin, then strikes the match. It flickers, then catches. Nearly frozen their eyes meet, filled with hope.