Friday Fictioneers: ”The Curse of the Curving Trees” and “On Wing and Time”

Every Friday, writers from around the globe join to write tiny tales in response to a photo prompt posted on Rochelle’s blog.

It takes discipline to write a piece using only 100 words!

This week’s photo prompt has been supplied by John Nixon

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Joanna’s story ~ The Curse of the Curving Trees

 We reach for the sky, arms tearing through the rigid surface of the planet. We need sunlight, air, the sustenance of rain. We drive our way through, demanding life.

 We force the shell of the planet to yield.

 Yet no matter how we strive for our freedom, for life above ground, our bodies and legs remain imprisoned in the darkness, the silence.

 We signal one another, to ease the loneliness, the pain. We sigh, and we cry, and we breathe.

 And we wait.

 One day, this curse will snap free.

 One day, we will again walk the Earth as giants.

 [100 words]


Ron’s story ~ On Wing and Time

 Those long, spiking arms reach up to me, their greening tips offer welcome.

Grey brown fingers crossing, click quietly in my supporting air.

Soon those bursting ends will nourish them, bringing me food and sanctuary:

My rest, my roost, where I hide my perch and knit a home of their discards.


Things move amongst their thickening bases, rarely glimpsing me soar.

Lives following different courses in different planes in the same space; rarely touching,

Save the knowing few who befriend my kind, us travellers on wing and time.

They exchange their protection and grounding and drift through eternity.

[98 words]


The tales written by other writers who’ve taken part this week can be found by clicking the blue frog below.

 Our earlier stories can be found here and on our old blog.

Hope you enjoyed these tiny tales! If you like writing and want to take part in Fictioneers, please visit Rochelle’s blog for the “how to” guide. 🙂

Oh, and if you’d like to connect with us on Twitter, we are @LazuliPortals. 🙂


27 responses to “Friday Fictioneers: ”The Curse of the Curving Trees” and “On Wing and Time”

  1. Both of them very powerful pieces. I’ve missed your input in recent weeks.


  2. Lovely imagery…both.


  3. One day this curse will snap free? I’m not going into any forests, national parks, or rich guy’s back yards for the foreseeable future!


  4. I agree that it’s been too long since the two of you wove your beautifully-worded webs. Don’t make strangers of yourselves.



  5. Both stories are awesome! The imagery is spot on and your words flow as unexpected as the wind does through the woods! VERY good indeed! Nan 🙂


  6. The two of you were very much in sync it seems this week. Hmmmm…now what does THAT mean? 😉


  7. Dear Joanna (and Ron),

    Beautiful words and imagery in both stories. It’s good to see you here.




  8. Such poetic imagery.. Loved them both.. smooth as silk … and yes I have missed you both too..


  9. Love these! I’ve been intrigued by the notion of trees as frozen souls ever since Lord of the Rings. Great stories!


  10. Like both of these. Joanna’s is particularly – the lonely signalling as waiting. Ron’s descriptions are very vivid and pull the reader in.


  11. What I really like about your pieces is always the contrasting points of view, I think it’s what makes your longer books much more interesting too 🙂


  12. I just read the first story – very powerful and such a great sense of voice and purpose. When they walk as giants, I wonder how they will feel about us puny plunderers?


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