Old as the Land

Posted: October 18, 2017 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction
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The wall was old as the land, they said, and the tree had been a sapling in the days of the Magic Wars, when witches had roamed free.

When a child, Brenna rested beneath the great branches, sagging under eternity’s weight, and imagined the things the stones had seen.

When she was a young woman, woodsmen came to fell it with gleaming axes, and she drove them off with a bow of yew.

When she died, they laid her to rest amongst ancient roots, beside the wall, and stone and wood whispered to her all the secrets they hid.

Word Count: 99

This is for Friday Fictioneers. Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for running the challenge and Sandra Cook for providing the prompt photo!

  1. Varad says:

    Loved the tone of this one. Almost like a folklore.

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  2. Iain Kelly says:

    And a legend was born. Lovely.

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  3. I like the epic tone of this story. Nice.

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  4. Lynn Love says:

    Gorgeous, fantastical feel to this, and fitting that the tree she had so loved and protected sheltered her after her death. Lovely JA

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  5. yarnspinnerr says:

    Leaves me wanting more ……….

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  6. michael1148humphris says:

    I loved the imagery in this story

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  7. granonine says:

    Absolutely lovely tale.

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  8. Joy Pixley says:

    Wonderful magical tale. I love the image of her defending against axes with a bow of yew.

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  9. It’s a shame you weren’t able to use more words! This excellent snippet has the makings of a great story.

    Click to read my FriFic!

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  10. athling2001 says:

    Beautifully written.

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  11. Miles Rost says:

    She likely continued to defend that tree and that wall even after her death. As was her duty. Well done!

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