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Flowering. Approach. Part 23: Discussion

by Thavien Yliaster 2 months ago in Series
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Hard questions. Tough Answers.

"Flowering" is a series, just like its artwork, that is a work in progress.

Reader discretion is advised: This series contains death, violence, and sexual content. Flowering is not a lighthearted series. Flowering is meant for a mature audience. It is not my intention to mislead those who read it, thus misleading the perception of the series itself, leading your hearts astray.

Please, "take this lesson to heart." - LaRha and Wetah

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“There’s a tent there,” he began.

She poured them both a bowl of water. “So, she’s been living there.”

“She, he, both, it doesn’t matter. I found a fire there. At least the remnants of one. It must’ve been out for more than a day. Not a lick of heat left at all in it.”

“Was there a smooth wood or stone block to roast food on?”

“No, completely barren. Not even a grass mat woven for the floor. I’m surprised that there was even enough skin for the tent.”

“So a minimalist living to the extremes, or somebody way over their heads not knowing how to survive without a tribe?”

“That could be an option, but the tent could also have been a ploy. My eyes aren’t what they used to be, but they’re still sharp enough to pick out minute movements.”

“So, why do you think he’s seen the woman more than once?”


“What about someone seeking independence?”

“No matter if it were a woman or man, by oneself, almost impossible. That is, unless they

were a scout or allurer previously beforehand with a layout of the land. Moving scentless, trackless, and swiftly enough is already a difficult enough thing to do. If there’s a big group, it can pass as a fake expedition. Two, one doesn’t have to run faster than the sentinels.”

“They just have to run faster, and hide better than the other.”

“Correct, and if you’re one.”

“All risk, and all reward. However, most people end up returning out of scarcity, fear, or just from simply being unprepared. However, if it’s just a man, they’d let him go, but only re-enter upon fighting, working the land, and tending to the Garden.”

“And a woman,” he asked her.

“Simple, if she’s desirable enough, breeding’s a given. Especially if she’s young enough. Most women, including myself were like that, if not, are still like that. Aside from children,” she looked out the hut’s door to see her kids playing in the sun, joy spread across her face, “there’s also tilling the land, weaving, and Garden tending as well. One of the most important things is surrogacy, especially to Mother.”

“Mother…” he pinched his nose bridge, rubbing his eyes, “Fucker. That bitch.”


“Is how we construct our world with more definition that we cannot explain through our senses. Yeah, yeah, I get it.”

“How much do you think they’re Harvesting?”

“Too much...” she paused to collect herself, “Too much that the gleaners are probably sick to their stomachs.” She sighed, “I just want to make sure that they're protected from a society such as that.”

He scooted around the mat towards her. “Let’s not think about them being made as victims, but raising them to stand strong without it, and in the face of it.”

“Do you think we’ve done well so far?”

He ran a hand through her hair, rubbing her other shoulder, and lifted a hand gesturing towards the kids, “I know we’ve done well so far. Right now, it all depends on how we continue.”

“So, if the tent was there, and she’s not alone, do you think it could’ve been a trap?”

“Possibly,” he thought back to the landscape, “that spot is great for hunting and net trapping. So, making it a viable ambush is one thing, but also there are many others like it further upstream you go. It can either protect you from the wind, or make it a funnel.”

“Do you think that the forest is safe?”

“The forest is never safe. All that depends is how much the danger’s grown. One person means that it’s grown well over ten times what we thought. Two is more than double that. However, if there’s a camp off in the distance, we’ll have to leave as soon as possible.”

“If there is a camp, do you think they’d take all of us, some of us, or none of us?”


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Thavien Yliaster

Thank You for stopping by. Please, make yourself comfortable. I'm a novice poet, fiction writer, and dream journalist.

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