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Hello, Tree

19th May, Story #141/366

By L.C. SchäferPublished 27 days ago 3 min read

Larst week, Daddy took me to the Tree again. I like it there. It's quiet and soft.

What I like about the Tree is the pictures. When you get near you start seeing good stuff. In your mind. Beautiful places with all lovely things and people you miss. Like mum.

At first it's fuzzy and small, but it gets bigger the closer you get. And when I gone a few times, it wasn't fuzzy hardly at all.

Daddy hasn't took me to the tree for days. I ask, Can we go, and he says Maybe, or Tomorrow, or I'm busy Saffron. That means No. Why do grownups have to be so boring?

I say PLEEEEEEASE in the politest way I can. He just frowns.

"Look," he says, "I don't think it's safe."

I want to say, That's stupid, but it's cheeky.

"Have you seen Melissa at school?" he says, and I say "no".

"When did you see her last?"


He's quiet for a bit. Then he sighs and pats my arm.

"I'll think about it."

He's wrong. The tree is safe and nice.

I wait for him to fall asleep in front of the telly again, and I sneak. You know where I'm sneaking. That's right. I get my shoes on, super quiet, and I walk to the tree.

I start seeing the pictures already, like movies in my head. Mum's smiling by a long table in the sunshine.

I can see me! I'm pointing to a cake. Mum's nodding.

The pictures bigger. It looks real. I feel grass under my feet. I can smell that nice food on the table.

I look around and I can't see me anymore but there's my cake! Fudge cake. My favourite. So close I could touch it! I can touch it!! I'm picking it up. Going to have a big sticky bite. Yum!

I'm opening my mouth for the next bite, when the roots burst through the sunny grassy picture and wrap around me. Like that octopus we saw on TV. But a MEAN octopus, and all woody and rough. The ground opens.... dirt in my face... up my nose... Daddy will be mad. It's squeezing. I can't-


Word count: (excluding author's note): 366

Submitted on: 18th May at 23.48

*Quick Author's Note*

First, and most importantly:
thank you so much for reading my story! The ha'penny that Vocal will toss in my hat for your eyeballs landing on this humble piece will be well-spent. I'll buy a few more classic cars. (I just watched Gone in 60 Seconds this weekend, and I'm convinced Cage loved that car in a way that should not be legal.)

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A Year of Stories: I'm writing a story every day this year. This one continues my 141 day streak since 1st January!

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The story behind the story: This sort of follows on from yesterday's story, which is here:

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Thank you again, most especially if you are one of the wonderful people who has been staunchly reading these daily scribbles since the start of the year. I see you, and appreciate you 😁

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  • Esala Gunathilake24 days ago

    Nice. The way how the story begins is good!

  • Oh dang! She shouldn’t have sneaked!

  • Are we about to see World War Tree? 😏This is a fun world you're creating here! The trees are like Sirens... or perhaps they are not dangerous, but secretly Saviors? Depending on if you're going for a Dystopian Real World, or a Fantasy Piece I guess! I could see a lot of directions to take this!

  • It’s like a plague of dystopian darkness has overtaken Vocal since I was absent 😂 I feel like I’m going to have to start trying to rebalance this 🙈🙈🙈

  • Murali26 days ago

    What happened to her at the end?

  • Caroline Craven27 days ago

    Holy moly. What an ending. I hope this isn’t a subliminal message that fudge cake is bad for you! Great story.

  • Mark Gagnon27 days ago

    Damn, why don't kids ever listen? Well done!

  • John Cox27 days ago

    Very well written. I could almost taste that fudgy cake! Sigh…. Now I’m hungry.

  • Very good

  • Gerard DiLeo27 days ago

    Great companion piece to yesterday. Enjoyed mucho.

  • Cathy holmes27 days ago

    Oh no! She should have intended to daddy.

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