The storm started about twenty minutes after I'd left my sister in the cabin, the bloody phones were non existent, I deliberately hadn't brought my mobile and the engine had frigging well seized up on the truck.
It had been meant as a quiet winter break for just the two of us to lick our wounds after my wife had fucked off with her husband.
Our parents had left us a cabin up in the wilds after their death and this was going to be only the second time we'd ever used it, neither of us were really into the outdoor stuff, but she'd persuaded me it'd do us good to have a week with no television or telephones.
It was a good idea at the time, or at least we thought it was, Christmas in the wilds, fucking bullshit!
We'd argued when the engine seized which really helped matters, as we were only about two miles from the cabin, we unloaded everything and hauled it as far as the cabin, I was in a dirty mood by then and decided I didn't want to listen to her mouthing off at me, so I said I'd walk down to the main road we'd left about five miles back.
I intended finding a phone and calling a garage to come out and tow us back after our week of solitude, but it didn't quite work like that.
At first it was just a few flakes of snow and I didn't realize that the temperature would drop so far so rapidly, I'd traveled about a mile when I realized that I wasn't going to make it so I turned round and began to retrace my steps.
Jesus Christ, but it was cold, I tried running for a few yards then walking, then I became aware of a tiredness, a weariness that I'd never experienced before.
I thought of Donna back at the cabin and hoped she wasn't worrying about me, I thought of Malcolm her fucking husband and I thought of Christine my slag of a fucking wife, soon to be ex wife and I sat down to clear my head.
Hey, that was Donna's voice, she must have come out to sit with me.
"Jimmy" she said it again,
"I'm here you silly cow, can't you see me?"
I tried to sit up and she cried, "Oh Jimmy"
"What the fuck is the matter with her?"
I tried again to sit up and this time I succeeded,
"What the --?"
The cabin was like a fucking green house, I was dripping with sweat and what the fuck was that smell?
I looked round and saw her next to me, in bed and as the cover slipped off her, I saw she was naked!
"What the hell's happening Donna?" I yelled, "Why the fuck are you in bed with me, tell me what the hell's going off?"
I looked down under the blankets and the smell hit me, it was me, I was the reason for the disgusting aroma filling the cabin,
"I'm not here to seduce you, you moron" she said wrinkling her nose, "For a start you smell like a fucking sewer"
I stood up and reached for a robe that was hanging over a chair,
"Don't put that on" she said quietly, "Or it'll stink as bad as you do"
I sat down again and gathered my wits,
"Are there any cigarettes?"
"Sure, over there above the fire"
"Yeah, but I just happen to be naked"
"So do without then"
"Fuck you" I snarled and she giggled as I walked across the room, stark naked and lit one up.
I took a long pull of the cigarette and looked at the big pot bellied stove at the other end of the cabin,
"No wonder it's so fucking hot in here, if you don't turn one of them off we won't have enough fuel to last two days never mind a bloody week!"
"We've been here six days now" she said, "Why do you think you smell so bad?"
"I said we've been here for six days already"
I sank down in a chair and thought about what she was saying, slowly I remembered, the cold, the tiredness, the absolute desire to sleep.
"Oh Jesus Donna, what happened"
She grinned at me and quite unselfconsciously, got out of bed and carefully opened the door,
"That's what happened?"
"Holy shit!" I exclaimed, there was no daylight at all, just a solid wall of snow,
"It's still coming down"
"So tell me about it"
"I got a bit worried about you, I figured that when it started snowing, you'd have enough sense to turn back, so I got dressed up and went to look for you"
"How the hell did you manage to get me back here?" I was amazed, "I'm a big man, (225 lbs and six foot three) it must have took you hours!"
She giggled and walked through into the bathroom,
"I found you sitting less than ten feet from the truck, you were fast asleep"
"I had to drag you in here, you were already starting to go into hypothermia"
"I don't know anything about nursing, so all I could think to do was to undress you and get you into a warm bed, I lit the stove first and then got in with you to give you my heat"
"You saved my life Donna"
"Yeah" she laughed, "And look at the thanks I get for it"
"I feel ridiculous"
She giggled again,
"You look it too"
"Thank God the stove gives us hot water"
"Yes indeedee" she laughed, "You stink something rotten"
While I bathed, she took the sheets off the bed and chucked them in the washer, I spent an hour in there and by the time I came out, I'd washed shaved and scented myself and she'd put fresh sheets on the bed.
"What's for eating?" I said and she thumped me quite hard,
"You chauvinistic bastard" she yelled and aimed a kick at me, "For almost a fucking week, I've warmed you with my body, I've put up with your foul smelling farts, your horrible stinky breath and your unwanted erections and now just when I want to relax in a beautiful hot bath, you expect me to cook your fucking dinner, well mister I got news for you, I'm going to have my bath and I'm going to have a nice cool rum and coke and if you want something to eat, well you'll just have to GET IT YOUR FUCKING SELF!"
"Ok" I said quietly, "You only had to say so"
I thought the cabin was going to collapse when she slammed the door!
I found the rum and the coke too in the well stocked fridge, there were ice cubes in the equally well stocked freezer, so I put the three together and knocked on the bathroom door,
I'm not sure whether it was the jacket and shirt over my shorts, or the white towel over my arm, but either way she roared with laughter and I was forgiven.
"I'm sorry sweetheart" I said and bent to kiss her lips, "I'll never be able to thank you enough"
"What's for dinner?" she laughed and I knew I was forgiven.
She wore just a short robe while we ate the steaks I'd fried and afterwards we both slept for an hour or so on the bed,
"Hi" I said when I realized she was awake,
"Hya bruv" she smiled and snuggled into me as I slipped an arm behind her head,
"Am I forgiven?"
"For shouting at you"
"Don't be stupid, it was a crass, thoughtless thing to come out with"
"Okay" she giggled, "I'll forgive you too"
"For sticking that bloody monster up me while you were asleep"
"I did what?"
She giggled again and got up off the bed,
"Fancy a drink?"
"Yeah sure but can we get back to what you just said?"
"You kept getting erections, every time I wrapped myself around you, you got a hard on"
"Well it's nice to know that somebody finds me attractive"
"Don't be bloody silly" I took the drink from her and laughed,
"I've just been checking out your ass, it's ok"
"Ok?" she looked aghast, "Just ok?"
"Hey Squirt" I laughed, "It's a great little ass, believe me it is, that ass hole didn't know what he had"
The fire in the grate had died down a bit as had the glow from the pot bellied stove,
"What time is it?" she asked,
I looked at my watch,
"Nine o'clock, why?"
"We need more wood to keep the fires in"
I opened the back door and saw that she must have cleared a path every day to the wood shed, no just once a day wouldn't have been enough at the rate the snow was falling,
"How the hell did you manage to keep this lot clear?"
She stood beside me shivering in her short robe and grinned at me,
"I did it three times a day, I had to keep you going Jimmy"
"Jesus" I hissed, "You're fucking incredible"
"It worked though didn't it?"
"It did that Squirt" I laughed and began throwing logs into the kitchen whilst she transferred them into two piles, one by the stove and one by the massive big fire place.
It didn't take long but we were both shivering by the time we finished and we stood in front of the fire warming ourselves up,
"It's still bloody snowing" she said, "We'll be here for ever"
"Well I can think of worse company" I said and slipped an arm around her waist,
"Really?" she asked, "Can you?"
"Sure" I laughed, "My wife and your fucking husband"
We walked into the little kitchen and poured ourselves out another drink,
"As soon as it stops" I said, "We'll dig ourselves out and build a fire, a signal fire, I'm not walking out again"
"God no" she jumped and buried her head against my chest, "I'm not going through all that again"
"I didn't think you cared Squirt" I laughed and earned myself a kick on the shin,
For the next couple of hours, we sat in the warmth of the kitchen, talking and drinking steadily, we talked about our failed marriages and how they'd deceived us easily, they'd worked for the same company, my company and a couple of times they'd had to go together to clinch deals or whatever.
Donna used to ring me and I always laughed it off,
"Don't worry Squirt" I'd laugh, "He's with Christine"