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FF – On the Thoughts of Trees

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Ted Strutz.

Work is mad but I spent the end of my lunch break hammering out a little story. Well, not really a story. It’s a bit weird as you can probably tell from the title. Hey ho.

Here goes πŸ™‚

Copyright Ted Strutz

Copyright Ted Strutz

 

What am I doing out here? would be a sensible question for a chair in this situation to ask, if a chair could ask such a question.

I wonder where all the people have gone? might be a reasonable thought for a chair, if a chair could think reasonable thoughts.

Maybe it had been left hereΒ as a prank, back when there were pranks, and kids to play them?

These questions are best left to the trees, ancient and indomitable, thinking thoughts lasting decades. And after all those decades of a worldΒ without humans, they reach the same conclusion.

Peace at last.

 

  1. February 8, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Weird is good! ☺

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    • February 9, 2017 at 8:25 am

      Thanks! I’m glad you liked it πŸ™‚

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  2. February 8, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Peace at last? Hogwash! Your story mentioned nothing about it being a world without squirrels. Though the squirrels won’t make chairs or toilet paper out of them…

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    • February 9, 2017 at 8:26 am

      The squirrels live in harmony with nature! And whatnot.

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      • February 9, 2017 at 1:28 pm

        That’s what those silly humans always thought. Now we’ll see if Mother Nature is also that naive to their nefarious takeover plans….

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      • February 9, 2017 at 4:44 pm

        Bwahahaha…

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  3. February 8, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Yes, the world would be much more peaceful without us around. πŸ˜‰

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  4. michael1148humphris
    February 8, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    This is my kind of story, like it.

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  5. February 8, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    “I agree with trees!”, says the tree-hugging mermaid. πŸ™‚

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  6. February 8, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    The trees are wise…

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  7. February 8, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Of course the trees think very slowly, don’t they. So it takes them about 400 years to have these thoughts

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    • February 9, 2017 at 8:29 am

      But they get there in the end, and there’s no longer any rush.

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  8. February 8, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    Hey ho indeed. This is a delightful tale. I love the idea of the world being left to the trees and one random chair. (Sans squirrels.)

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  9. Lyn
    February 8, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Cor…that’s very deep D-man. Great story πŸ™‚

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  10. February 8, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    Hard to disagree. We are a disruptive influence. Noisy, messy, destructive. Clearly a pest without which the world might well be better off.

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    • February 9, 2017 at 8:31 am

      It would certainly be all nice and green and idyllic.

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  11. February 9, 2017 at 1:27 am

    i’m afraid that’s the future we’re facing. 😦

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  12. February 9, 2017 at 2:46 am

    Of course, the chair used to be a tree. Bet it’s wishing it were still a tree now!

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    • February 9, 2017 at 8:34 am

      If only the humans had disappeared before it had been chopped down 😦

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      • February 9, 2017 at 1:28 pm

        True. I guess someone has to be the last, unlucky chair. I hope his former tree friends who are still trees are extra nice to him, considering. πŸ˜‰

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      • February 9, 2017 at 4:44 pm

        Me too πŸ™‚

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  13. February 9, 2017 at 10:00 am

    This has a lovely sense of peace and yet carries a darker message. Damn good story for something that was hammered out at the end of your lunch break! I’m guessing it was sitting in there waiting to be told and just needed the right prompt

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    • February 9, 2017 at 1:22 pm

      Yes, it’s probably been in there all along πŸ™‚
      I’m glad you enjoyed it! It does a mix of tranquillity and the possible extermination of the human race.

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  14. February 9, 2017 at 11:36 am

    All I can say, Ali, is this was brilliant. Prompts are difficult enough to write stories to, but yours made a lot of sense. Perfectly integrated. Super-duper!

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    • February 9, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it! It’s so different to my usual I wasn’t sure if it was any good or not πŸ™‚

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      • February 9, 2017 at 1:52 pm

        No, it was just fine! πŸ™‚

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      • February 9, 2017 at 4:36 pm

        Thanks πŸ™‚

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  15. February 9, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Very reflective, philosophical almost. You can certainly ring the changes.

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    • February 9, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      Not my usual thing but it’s nice to try something different once in a while.

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  16. February 9, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Looks like it would be a great place to meditate and read a book..away from the hustle of life

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    • February 9, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      It would for sure. It’s certainly the kind of setting I enjoy πŸ™‚

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      • February 9, 2017 at 1:46 pm

        Yeah agree. Sometimes just want a place like that to go to… in order to get away from the modern world.

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      • February 9, 2017 at 4:36 pm

        I’m lucky that I live pretty much in the country πŸ™‚

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  17. February 9, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Dear Ali,

    You took me in one direction and then turned it in a very different direction. Evocative and clever.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • February 9, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      It was very rushed and not my usual genre, so I’m glad it worked!
      Ali

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  18. February 9, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    I can understand how the trees would feel that way. Sometimes I wish all my human neighbors would go away, leaving me to only hear the whispers of the trees. And the chatter of squirrels. πŸ˜€

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    • February 9, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      And you do get a lot of squirrels round your way. You can probably speak squirrel by now πŸ™‚

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  19. February 9, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    I have chairs that look just like that, from the 80’s. πŸ™‚
    Great story, us humans are annoying. LOL

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    • February 9, 2017 at 4:45 pm

      We can be πŸ™‚
      They really knew how to make chairs back then, when I were a kid…

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  20. February 9, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Killer last line. The new regime in the states is racing towards destroying all of our wild spaces. So maybe even the trees won’t be around at the end of mankind.
    Feeling pessimistic,
    Tracey

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    • February 9, 2017 at 4:45 pm

      I think they might be looking at something like that here too, given the lack of housing 😦
      I’m glad you liked my story!

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  21. February 9, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    I like thinking chairs πŸ™‚

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  22. February 9, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    I have often thought the planet would be better off without the human race, but I would prefer it to wait a while before ridding itself of humans! I love this story. Great take on the prompt.

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    • February 10, 2017 at 8:18 am

      Maybe a little bit longer to see if we can “turn things around” would be nice πŸ™‚
      I’m glad you enjoyed my story!

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  23. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover
    February 9, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed this creative story.

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    • February 10, 2017 at 8:19 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it!

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  24. February 10, 2017 at 8:47 am

    It sounds peaceful to me. I’d like to chill with some trees. Nice one, Ali.

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  25. February 10, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Great story, Draliman. The trees are very wise, but so is the wooden chair, if you ask me πŸ˜€ Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend πŸ™‚ ❀

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    • February 10, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      Trees are always wise, especially the old ones πŸ™‚
      Happy weekend to you too!

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  26. February 10, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Oooo, I love it. The first part really reminded me of a Douglas Adams novel, very Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (with the chair wondering how it came to be out on a lake).

    I love the ending too, peace at last!

    Great story, very entertaining πŸ™‚

    -Rachel

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    • February 10, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      Yes, just like that poor whale who popped out of nowhere thanks to the infinite Improbability Drive πŸ™‚
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  27. February 11, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Crazy take. Presumably there were no beavers left either, I can’t see the chair lasting long f there were

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    • February 12, 2017 at 7:34 am

      The beavers are on their way. The chair’s days are numbered.

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  28. February 12, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    A great story that holds so many ideas, all nicely wrapped in subtle humour. That chair’s thoughts are pretty sensible when we consider a world without humans. Peace at last covers it well. Love the description of the trees as ‘ancient and indomitable’.

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    • February 12, 2017 at 6:39 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it! It’s certainly more peaceful and idyllic now that we’ve gone.

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  29. February 13, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    The world would definitely be a far more peaceful place without humans in it. A wonderfully thoughtful post, Ali. πŸ™‚

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    • February 13, 2017 at 4:49 pm

      Just think of the peace and quiet πŸ™‚
      I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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  30. February 14, 2017 at 12:16 am

    I wondered about that chair too.

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  31. February 14, 2017 at 2:38 am

    Very nice!

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  32. February 16, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Always wonderful to read your little twists in the end☺☺

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  33. February 18, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Splendid piece.
    Isn’t it awful that a tree was killed to make this chair. What the forest thinks of it, I wonder?

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    • February 18, 2017 at 5:55 pm

      Its probably best there aren’t any humans left to feel the wrath of the forest.
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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      • February 18, 2017 at 6:27 pm

        Great story, as always.

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