Start your story with two people planting a tree together.
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“How to Name a Tree” by Dylan Mass
“Good afternoon class. Today we are going to be discussing your senior project. You have three categories to choose from and anything goes, as long as it remains within the boundaries of your category. Any questions?” “I have one,” A blonde girl, roughly seventeen, with gray eyes, and not the British grey, but the American gray. Her face is always set in a permanent smile, which has led people to calling her a clo...
“Reflections” by Marc Saunders
The dome towered over them by what felt like miles, the steel and trans-para-steel created the structure, it reflected the light from the nearby sun, but blocked the harmful rays. Tom and Lyisa walked through the recently completed structure taking in the fresh steely smell, ‘I would say it smells like a new car, but it really does not,’ Tom said, Lyisa turned to him in her usual, REALLY, lo...
“Monsters of The Mist” by Simon Lawrence
The night air was seeping through my skin and biting into my bones; daddy was clawing into the ground, and he stopped. He outstretched his arm and gestured to me; I handed him one of the two potted plants; the leaves radiated warm light, translucent with thread-thin veins. He told me to press my hand at the base of the tree in the dirt, and the soil was grainy yet soft and cold—pinprick massages all over the surfa...
“Ashes to Ashes” by Michele Duess
Sometimes governments do stupid things. Everyone knows they are but they abide, for whatever reason. Perhaps it’s not worth the trouble to protest. Maybe they ignore the notice and by the time they find their city or state was serious, it’s too late. So, it was with Mary Pith, when in the spring of 2002, she found workers had cut down her grapefruit tree. Without so much as a by her leave. And the excuse they gave? To stop the spread of canker. As if the yard was next to some orange grove and not in the heart of Fort Lauderdale. Alth...
“Weeping Cherries” by Chloe Davis
It takes a while for them to decide. The garden has always been a jumbled mess of different plants, so why should this be any different? There are merits to each species they look at, but eventually they agree upon a walnut tree. It’s a cold spring morning when they decide to dig. The night brought rain, so the soil is soft enough to push a spade through. As the older sibling, she works ha...
“The Harold tree” by Waxy Jo
He had been an eccentric and odd sort of character. Cantankerous, some might say, but Bella had thought he was wonderful. She was rapturous when he regaled his with exciting tales of times gone by, and his knowledge of history and music fascinated her just as much. “Just here, I think?” Bella called out to Justin, “I think this is a perfect spot, the light is fabulous and you can hills all around it.”...
“Sweet Bay Magnolia” by Kevin Mombourquette
It almost seems patronizing to the earth when you pat down the dirt after planting something. As if to say “there there, you’re fine, nothing worth getting yourself spun up about” immediately after violating it with sharp instruments specifically designed to penetrate it, reshape and otherwise change it into something we prefer it to be over what it was in the first place.Sure, we are just planting a tree. It could have generated this as an eventual outcome on its own of course, but our human needs trump that of the eart...
“Shay and Azure” by Tamarin Butcher
Shay stabbed Azure's shovel into the ground with grim determination, but it was difficult to make any real progress with the rain beating down relentlessly, causing mud to slide back into the hole almost as quickly as she dug it. "This is ridiculous," muttered Azure, fighting with the second shovel. His second-best shovel, as he was at pains to point out. "All for a fucking tree..." ...
“The Olive Tree” by Lindsay Burns
Cara stood up, shovel in hand, and leant against its splintering wooden handle. Towering above her diminutive grandma, Cara smiled to herself as Sally inspected the hole she had just dug, crouching down and scraping around the edges of it with her trowel. Cara was suddenly struck by the bones outlined beneath Sally’s t-shirt, convinced that she could see the pale spring sunshine shining right thr...
“Lots Of Love-A True Story About A Magical Decade In The Crack Hood” by P. T. Golden
They called it the gut; the waist pile spewed out of the bottoms. Cratered, crumbling sidewalks, and cracks full of clovers, the treacherous terrain banished pedestrians to the streets.I had only gone there once before that day. It did not go well. A child no older than ten years old pulled out a gun.That was then, and this was now. Blight and decay's momentum altered magnificently on the cusp of the new millennium. The RNC brought hundreds to the hood, where they made puppets for the protests in the ol...
“The couple who saves the world” by Lucy Gu
There were husband and wife, they were planting one tree on their backyard. “Phew, almost done!” said the husband. “Let’s give water to make it grow to a big tree.” Said the wife. They planted the tree as hard as they could with a lot of love to it. They gave water every day, pruning it, say a good thing to it, and care as much as they could. A few years later, the...
“"But He Cheated On Me!"” by Taylor Reed
Clank! Damn it, the shovel hit another rock. I bent down to move it away, and felt a chill run up my back. I managed to pick up the stone before the automatic chill ensued. “Uh, this is hard work.” I groaned as I straightened back up, feeling the full blast on the wind. I just managed to throw the rock in the giant pile before I could hear her complain again. “This is taking forever!” She danced ...
“THE FERRION SEEDS” by Sinbad Omorodion
The two men grunt as their shovels hit the soil repeatedly, opening it deeper with each thrust. “You could use magic and save us both the stress”, said Heliam Lyran sighed “Why do you act like one who does not know customs?” “I’m just saying, there’s no need to go through hours of digging when you could open up a hole in an instant with one of your spells” “I know Knights aren’t known for the...
“Our family secret starts with A tree” by Leanne Drain
Our family secret starts with an oak tree Jamie and Oliver are two brothers who share a sacred secret. Their green, freshly mowed grass touches the earth. As Oliver says to his brother Jamie " hey bro, let's plant our secret here. " Oliver dug vigorously to the earth's core, digging the fresh-grown mud and placing the secret together. They looked at each other, reasonably pleased with their...
“Watch and Wait” by Anna Kratki
Millenia ago: They had both knelt together at the spot, the ground around them barren, the bald hill sloping away from them like the curve of a skull. “Do it,” said his father. He looked up into his father’s eyes, and for the briefest of moments, saw in them pain like a bottomless grave. For a moment, neither spoke. Then his father nodded, and they breathed on the ground in un...
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