Hans built the house from top to bottom.

It was his gift to his bride; so what if it took a decade to finish?

From the mountain rock foundation to the hand hewn logs to the split shake shingles, the house trumpeted his love to the tops of the mountains that surrounded it.

Ten years, three babies, countless hours, and a life-time of hopes and dreams went into that place on the side of Long Mountain.

The kids shook with laughter as Hans swooped her UP into his arms, all the while knowing they were loved by parents whose love was built on foundations that could never be shaken.

The ten years of working, sweating, and toiling until his muscles shook from weariness were all worth it just to see the look on her face before she cradled her chin in the crook of his neck as he carried her over the threshold.


Each week, the lovely and talented Ivy Walker hosts a link-up challenging writers to spin a tale in six sentences – no more, no less. Click on the link right here to find out more and link your own post. While you’re there, click on the blue frog button to find more stories from some wonderful storytellers.

This week’s prompt was shake.