Beyond the Pine Needles

Posted: December 22, 2016 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction
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The needles of the tree were like great towers of green. She edged carefully around them, trying not to fall to the ground so far below. The cracks in the bark were treacherous too: winding gashes like massive canyons and ridges, trying their best to obstruct her path. Perhaps, she thought as she leapt over a hairline-thin ridge, she had wandered too far. Her parents had always warned her of the dangers of the far reaches of the tree, where the demon wind howled.

Beyond, they said there was a land of death and catastrophe, where beasts of unimaginable size lurked around every corner and the snow could be inches thick. Some whispered of the great blades that felled whole trees and hacked them into nothing. It was a hard world for little people.

She looked back over her shoulder, seeing the pinecone in the distance. That was home: the winding paths they’d carved out inside, the homes they’d burrowed into its very heart. She wondered if she should head back.

Ahead, the wind cried and a beautifully geometric snowflake danced across the sky.

She carried on, eager to catch a glimpse of the world beyond.

Word Count: 196

So apparently, Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner has still been going on and I’ve just been incapable of finding it. This is my entry for Week #52. Thanks to rogershipp for running the challenge! The picture is from

  1. mandibelle16 says:

    Lol. I didn’t know it was still going on either. Great piece JA. There is a sense of both caution and adventure to this.

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  2. rogershipp says:

    Sorry, I have been negligent in my planning. I hope the new year will find me up to snuff!

    “The needles of the tree were like great towers of green” The first line just grabbed my senses! It took me into the story, Wonderful job!

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