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In the Name of Progress

It’s Friday Fictioneers time! Our host Rochelle is taking a break, but the show must go on and this week’s photo (originally a prompt from August 2012) has been contributed by Madison Woods.

To read all the other contributions click on Bracken, the little blue froggy.



Copyright Madison Woods

It had stood for countless ages. Wars had been fought around its trunk. Lovers had embraced beneath its branches. Countless generations of forest creatures had lived and died high in its canopy.

It had seen sunshine and rain, peacetime and dreadful war. It had witnessed good times and bad, famine and prosperity. It had survived the hottest of suns, the harshest of winters and the most furious of gales.

Centuries of memories lay embedded within its massive trunk. Rock, bone, metal.

The earth shook and the tree wept chlorophyll tears as the bulldozers drew closer.

  1. June 26, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Oh no! Echos of Farthing Wood, Watership Down, Epic & Avatar. Will these poor trees & creatures never be safe lol. Great tale Al ๐Ÿ™‚


    • June 26, 2014 at 9:53 am

      Hopefully we’ll stop chopping them down while we still have them around.


  2. NotAPunkRocker
    June 26, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Another “sad but true” one. Well done.


    • June 26, 2014 at 9:53 am

      Thanks, I wanted to call it “Progress” but I already wrote that one ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. June 26, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Al, I really liked this story. I especially liked the part “the tree wept chlorophyll tears.” This kind of continues your story on the poor frog. Well written. ๐Ÿ™‚ —Susan


    • June 26, 2014 at 9:54 am

      I almost called it “Progress II” – it was definitely in the same vein as the frog story. Maybe it’s because I’ve been out in nature so much during my holiday.


  4. June 26, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Nicely done, sad without overdoing it.


  5. June 26, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Really moving.


  6. June 26, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    I agree with Susan; the “chlorophyll tears” line was quite striking. Good story !


    • June 26, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      Thanks, that line struck me quite early on and then I wrote towards it.


  7. June 26, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Very nice! Thoroughly enjoyed the read.


  8. June 26, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    I like your image of tears. I always think it odd (although sometimes it’s for ease of access, etc.) that for new building, all the trees, bushes, etc. will be removed and later they’ll plant things that will take years to grow.



    • June 26, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      Yes, it’s a real shame. There are a couple of developments where they’ve built around the trees, but that’s expensive and at the end of the day it’s all about the money. At least they sometimes plant new trees, I suppose.


  9. June 26, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    If that tree has an army of squirrels in it, I’d hate to be the guys driving those bulldozers when they get ambushed!


  10. June 26, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    And so it goes. We have similar thoughts this week.


  11. June 26, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Now you’ve gone and made me cry! They should never cut down those ancient trees.


    • June 26, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      It should be illegal. Fortunately many trees are protected – I think my local council is currently slapping a tree preservation order on my area – but people can always cut them down and then apologise later when it’s too late…


  12. Caerlynn Nash
    June 26, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Tree tales. If only they could talk. Maybe the world wouldn’t be in such a rush to cut them down. Great story.


    • June 26, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      True, they’d certainly be protected then.
      I’m glad you enjoyed my story!


  13. June 26, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Thought provoking and enjoyable.


    • June 27, 2014 at 6:31 am

      Thanks, I was hoping to make people think about the issue.


  14. June 26, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Your last line gives a powerful impact. Well done.


    • June 27, 2014 at 6:33 am

      Thanks, I often try to end with a strong final line.


  15. June 27, 2014 at 4:29 am

    Dear Draliman, No, Go away bulldozers! Get away! Trees have seen everything and are on earth to help with oxygen, it’s leaves help clean the air, and they provide shade. What more could you ask from a friend? I love the chlorophyll tears! Good job and well written! You are an excellent writer! Nan ๐Ÿ™‚


    • June 27, 2014 at 6:34 am

      At least we’re finally realising the importance of trees, but cutting down the old ones and planting new ones is a shame.
      Thanks very much for your lovely comment ๐Ÿ™‚


  16. June 27, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    I was afraid it was going to be knocked down. No! Our tree in our backyard had to be cut down because it was diseased. It was all so very sad. It was such a beautiful tree. Beautiful writing, Alistair. You captured the life of a tree very well. It feels so tragic when they are cut down, for whatever the reason.


    • June 28, 2014 at 5:55 am

      Thanks Amy.
      I going to have to cut down at least part of a small tree/big bush soon as it has grown sideways over the years and is preventing the back gate from opening. I’ve been putting it off as it is quite sad.


  17. June 27, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    I hope — I hope the bulldozers will loose .. they must loose


    • June 28, 2014 at 5:55 am

      Maybe the tree will resist all attempts to fell it and they’ll build around it.


  18. June 27, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    So much history gone in an instant, so sad!


    • June 28, 2014 at 5:57 am

      Some trees have been around for hundreds and hundreds of years. At least these days there is some legal protection in various countries but if we’re not careful all we’ll have left soon is newly planted forests and woods.


  19. June 30, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Great Story, and no blood and guts ๐Ÿ˜‰


    • July 1, 2014 at 6:58 am

      Thanks! I saved the blood and guts for last week’s Storybook Corner story ๐Ÿ™‚


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