Every Friday authors from around the world gather around the virtual fireside of fellow WordPress blogger Rochelle Wisoff to share flash fiction stories of 100 words, all inspired – regardless of genre – by a common photograph, and exchange constructive criticism. Readers’ comments are also welcome.
This week’s photo has been provided by Scott Vanatter. Thanks Scott.
Here’s the story the photo inspired:
A tree befriended me. It was a few years after World War II. We’d been allocated housing in a new estate. At our final meeting, I’d (at 11) just posted-off my first short story, about a girl befriended by a tree.
At their final meeting, she brought a crumpled letter and heart. She cried, then whirled. Frenzied, she merged with the tree, which explained:
“I’m a being, one of many sent eons ago from another planet. When the end approaches, we are to rescue humanity.”
The magazine didn’t publish science fiction. The world crumpled. I’m writing this under a tree.
(c) Ann Isik 2013
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