JUST BECAUSE I’M PARANOID…

It’s just a tree. Nature at it’s most extraordinary. Why then does it look so menacing? Like an encircling web, or a tangled prison. Does it say more about my own character that I vilify it in this way? Is it symbolic of my own life? Am I trapped? Frustrated? Scared? My amble through the local woods has daily descended into to these dark musings. Time to return to burdensome reality. With a heavy step I turn my back on…

…bloody hell, who put that bloody great root there?

I pick myself up and brush off the dirt and leaves. The tree mocks me as I depart.


Copyright Liz Young

Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visitΒ HERE.

Also linking to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge for today: Vilify


87 thoughts on “JUST BECAUSE I’M PARANOID…

  1. Phew! Nothing sinister happened πŸ™‚
    The tree read your thoughts & challenged you by surprising you with its cleverly put root!
    I believe trees do have lives and understand what’s going on.

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  2. Sorry, had to laugh at that ending. The rest of the story was so full of serious depth and introspection…then, pop, you twisted it. Oh, cruel one…. but, I did get a chuckle so all is forgiven. hehe!

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    1. Thanks for reading and for buying my books, so very grateful πŸ™‚ Don’t worry, you don’t have to have read them all by 1st April – the A-Z posts won’t give anything away πŸ˜‰

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  3. I hate a tree that has to have the last word! What a good twist at the end after the serious reflection. And I guess we’re all doing a lot of that these days.

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  4. I like the musings style of the story teller, it rings bells for me of going for one’s lockdown walk grumbling to oneself.
    Apparently trees can communicate with each other through underground networks….

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