SPF – Ancient Hill

Posted: June 5, 2016 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction, Uncategorized
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Once over that emerald crest, great beasts had roamed. Their footsteps shook the earth and their roars filled the heavens.

But in the end the men slew them, with spears of stone and wood and bone. The great beasts were driven out and the spears ruled the hill.

But those spears were buried under grass and dirt, and the elf-riders, beautiful as the stars and mighty as the ocean waves, traversed the green. Their laughter echoed over the land.

But the elves faded into story and song, driven into the deepest darknesses of the world, and the lords of men came, with shining swords and gleaming crowns. They built up the hill, piling the earth high.

But as the ages dragged on, they were buried in it, turning to dust and new men came, men with greater skill. They felled the trees and made great walls of wood upon the mounds that they raised even higher, fashioning a mighty hillfort.

But fire took the wood and death took the men. The conquerors rode in and erected walls of stone, boasting that their fortress would stand forever.

But time tore down those walls as well.

All that remains is the hill.

Word Count: 200

This is my entry for this week’s Sunday Photo Fiction.

  1. ceayr says:

    A brief history of time.
    Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.
    Well done, sir.

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  2. paulmclem says:

    A lot of ground covered in 200 words. Impressive piece.

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  3. Very nice. Look on my works ye mighty, and despair!

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  4. The Voice says:

    Who knew a hill could have such history? But then, that is the way of the world, isn’t it? Always changing, moving on. I enjoyed that you included elves in your timeline. Well done.

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  5. Everything is changed by time, and sadly quite a lot is torn down and remains in memory only. This is a brilliant tale told covering everything.

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  6. mandibelle16 says:

    Very neat. This had a bit of LOTR feel to it. No matter what race came to conquer the land and build on it, nature persevered, outlasting everyone. Such a sense of timelessness you create.

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  7. The circle of life on a hilltop. You included a lot in just a few words. Excellent.

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  8. maria says:

    Oh, wow! I love the rhythm and pace of your story. This sounds like a great bedtime story or better yet- a spoken word piece. 😀

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