Expressive Punctuation: Contrasting sentence lengths

Short-long combos

Snapshot, followed by long description

This snippet is basically the opposite of the previous snippet, using a short-long pattern instead of long-short. 

The moon was out. We could see the glow from the U-Haul's taillights and the road we'd come down, stretching back through the silvery desert.

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Instead of ending a description, the short sentence is used to initiate one:

The moon was out. We could see the glow from the U­Haul's taillights and the road we'd come down, stretching back through the silvery desert.

The house burned. We watched the black smoke from the ruin and the glowing sparks as they rose, billowing towards the distant stars.

The sun was out. We could see the mountain rising into the clear blue sky and the ridge that would take us to the peak, tracing a path up the eastern shoulder.

He opened the drawer. We could see the class roll in its tattered yellow folder and the keys to the school theatre, gleaming on their ring like tiny silver charms.

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