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FF – Part of the Artwork

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by J.S. Brand.

Copyright J.S. Brand

 

Frank finished his latest carving. He loved his work, moulding a still-living tree, ripping through the bark, rending… Packing up, he froze. What was that? Whispers, all around, disembodied… murderer… mutilator… defiler… die…


The sun already high in the sky, Mirabelle went to look for her father. He loved carving, though he’d never stayed out all night and she was starting to worry.

“Dad? Dad?” she called. Nothing, no sign at his camp. Strange. Even his carving wasn’t his usual work, a twisted, agonised face carved among his usual designs. And yet, that face looked strangely familiar…

Mirabelle screamed.

 

 

  1. November 7, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    Talk about being consumed by your art. I’m sticking to making quilts — and you may find me wrapped up in one at any time. 😉

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  2. November 7, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    The trees strike back. Chilling.

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    • November 8, 2018 at 7:38 am

      We’re so focused on the “rise of the machines” we’re missing something closer to home…

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  3. November 7, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    Revenge of the trees! Eek!

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  4. November 7, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    Yikes! I wasn’t expecting that! Nicely done.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    • November 8, 2018 at 7:38 am

      Neither was Frank! I’m glad you liked it.

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  5. November 7, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    A case of his bite being worse than his bark?

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    • November 8, 2018 at 7:39 am

      Groan 🙂 Only this time the bark was worse than his bite!

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  6. November 7, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    it looks like he picked the wrong tree and died because of it. he could have been more careful, but it’s too late now.

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    • November 8, 2018 at 7:39 am

      To be fair to him, it’s not something he could have foreseen 🙂

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  7. November 8, 2018 at 10:49 am

    I carved my initials on a tree once – now you’ve got me worried!

    Click to read my FriFic tale!

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  8. November 8, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Vengeance is mine, said the tree. Let that be a lesson…

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    • November 8, 2018 at 12:35 pm

      About time they fought back 🙂

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  9. November 8, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Oh boy! Does this mean we’ll finally get to see chainsaw carving on humans now? This should be fun…

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    • November 8, 2018 at 2:44 pm

      Chainsaws. Wielded by squirrels. Coming to a forest near you.

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  10. November 8, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    Chainsaw carving should only be done on trees that died naturally.

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  11. November 8, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Excellent horror story, Ali. I wasn’t sure what to make of these artistic carvings myself, so I really enjoyed your interpretation. Keep on keepin’ on!

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    • November 8, 2018 at 8:21 pm

      It just looked really creepy to me. I’m glad you liked it!

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  12. November 8, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Yikes! A chilling one, Ali.

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    • November 8, 2018 at 8:22 pm

      A little late for Halloween but I got there in the end 🙂

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  13. November 8, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    Oh, you went on the creepy side and did it very well.

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    • November 8, 2018 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks, it was all the twisty carvings that did it, I saw my story straight away 🙂

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  14. November 8, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    Consumed by art – such dedication. I found this both mystical and a bit scary – although on reflection, full of humour.

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  15. November 9, 2018 at 6:05 am

    I feel bad for his daughter. Nicely done scary tale and a good reminder that nature has a way of fighting back. =)

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  16. Abhijit Ray
    November 9, 2018 at 8:05 am

    Tree has taken Frank. He has defiled its trunk.

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  17. November 9, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Creepily good:-)

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  18. November 9, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Dear Ali,

    The moral to the tale is don’t mess with Mother Nature’s artwork or you’ll find yourself barking up the wrong tree. Very well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • November 9, 2018 at 5:04 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      Very true, I’m glad you liked it!
      Ali

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  19. November 9, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    And that is why, one must chose one’s medium wisely…

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    • November 10, 2018 at 5:52 am

      Yes, preferably something either long dead or never alive.

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  20. November 10, 2018 at 2:11 am

    I like your interpretation of the carved piece.

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  21. November 10, 2018 at 9:27 am

    What a tense and spooky story – so well told. Love the way it starts off so calm and normal, then turns into a clever revenge twist at the end. Good writing Ali.

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    • November 10, 2018 at 5:15 pm

      Thanks! I got the idea straight away but it took a bit of fiddling to fit it all in 🙂

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  22. November 10, 2018 at 11:10 am

    A proper horror story. And I’m impressed that you managed to pack quite a bit of tension into so few words. Nicely done.

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    • November 10, 2018 at 5:17 pm

      Thanks, it’s always a struggle to keep within the 100 words.

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  23. November 10, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    Perfect ending for a horror story–she screamed. Indeed.

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  24. November 10, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    Wow, what a blood curdling story!

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  25. November 11, 2018 at 9:24 am

    Its bark wasn’t as lethal as its bite. Creepy and intriguing. I really like what you saw.

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    • November 11, 2018 at 6:31 pm

      The whole thing looks twisted and evil to me 🙂

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  26. November 11, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    Like old man willow, hell hath no fury like a tree that’s been carved.

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    • November 12, 2018 at 7:58 am

      Something Frank sadly didn’t consider.

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  27. November 13, 2018 at 12:26 am

    I gotta say…”you made me look”. (lol)

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