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shiver\ SHivər\ (verb); shake slightly and uncontrollably as a result of being cold, frightened, or excited.

it’s so cold, we have to turn our fridge off overnight.

each morning, a swaddled, silent battle of wills - eventually one of us (the loser) gets out of bed and turns on the furnace.

our blackberries are frozen, again.

mulled wine turns tepid before it reaches the mug.

post shower, we stand over the good floor vent, wrapped in towels and goosebumps, hairdrying the sensation back into our skins.

at night, under two feather doonas, we lie pretzeled together, limb locked; faces under the blankets, trying to warm the immediate surrounding air with our small, wet breaths.