The Responsibilities of the Tree

Friday Fictioneer!

Every week Rochelle provide us with a picture on which we have to write a complete meaningful piece in just 100 words. This week’s photo prompt is provided by Ted Strutz. To read more stories for this prompt, click here.

Sometimes I feel my whole life revolves around this tree. I first met my husband here. He was sitting on the highest branch. I was staring at him. He extended a hand and I climbed up without hesitation. Since then this was our spot. I am certain that branch fell the same day my husband died. But I never stopped coming here.

Now that I have been diagnosed with cancer, I am pretty sure it’s leaves are withering away.

A couple is sitting on the tree now. I’ll go, but the tree will have to stay for now.


(99 words)

37 thoughts on “The Responsibilities of the Tree

  1. I love that the tree represents their life together…. but that it also is not done working for others.

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    1. I took inspiration from the story The Last Leaf. Thanks for reading Dale!

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  2. Dear Shivam,

    Sweet connection between the couple and the tree. Nicely done, sir.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  3. Novel take. Love the way the tree will live on for the next couple to make memories with.

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  4. A bittersweet story. At least the tree lives on …

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    1. And hopefully it will see a lot many couples come and go.

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  5. I can imagine this as a Chagall painting. Couples, sitting together in trees. Nice reminder of the cyclical nature of life.

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  6. Each couple takes root together.

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  7. I liked what you saw in the prompt.

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    1. Thanks Ted. Nice picture by the way. The tree looks amazing. What place is this?

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      1. This is the town of Friday Harbor where I live. It is on San Juan Island in Washington State just between British Columbia and the US mainland.

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      2. It looks like a perfect destination for a long holiday.

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  8. Very nice Shivam!! The Last leaf – that is a fantastic story, thanks for reminding me if it.

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  9. Hi Shivam,
    Inspired by your style of writing, I have tried one too. Would love your feedback and suggestions if possible.
    https://wp.me/p7LXmQ-18
    Thanks

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    1. I was just reading it😅 It’s amazing.

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      1. Thanks a whole ton for reading and commenting. Means a lot of encouragement and support to continue, being a begginner😊😊

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      2. Although I’ve been here for a year now, I still consider myself as a beginner. It makes the appreciations much more encouraging and you remain receptive to suggestions and corrections.

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  10. The tree has seen it all- the good and bad times. That was an emotional one

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  11. A beautiful and different take on this one.

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  12. I think your story is very good. I love the message that life continues and there is consolation in its continuity. I’m fascinated by the way you illustrate this by describing couples climbing trees and sitting there together. It’s an unconventional thought, but emotionally very believable.

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    1. Thanks so much😊 I wasn’t sure if I was able to put this point forward properly.

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  13. A gentle story depecting the passage to time in life and being outlived by nature.

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  14. Oh! What a lovely take on the prompt. Almost dreamy with the couples in the tree. I love that idea. It brings the thought of youth and promise.

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  15. Aw, such a sweet story. I love it that the tree will remain for at least one other couple’s lifetime 🙂

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    1. Yes. I feel its a symbiotic relationship. I’ve heard that trees also thrive when surrounded by loving and caring atmosphere.

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  16. I often feel that a family belongs with a tree… maybe there are children who will come back to that tree.

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    1. That’s a really sweet thought. A complete circle of life. Thanks for Reading.

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  17. michael1148humphris July 31, 2018 — 11:35 pm

    I enjoyed how you built this story, around the cycle of life, well told

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