Fallen

July 7, 2021 at 3:40 pm 36 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 9 July 2021

Note:For some reason, I’m stumped (no pun intended) by this week’s challenge. I hope a repost will do for the time being. Who knows, maybe I’ll come up with something new later. But then again, don’t hold your breath. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sandra Crook
Photo Credit: Sandra Crook

 
“For generations, the tree had provided a nesting haven for birds and shade to passersby on summer days. But to the town’s elders, it wasn’t enough. It had to go as part of the road-widening project.

It appeared mighty proud and strong. It survived the strongest storms. But it had no match against the men in hard hats and power tools. They slowly tore down its defenses until it could resist no more.

“Timber!” One of them shouted. The tree fell down crashing to the ground.

Above, a mother bird shrieked helplessly around the spot where the tree once stood.

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36 Comments Add your own

  • 1. neilmacdon  |  July 7, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    Of course the tree had to go. You can’t bring in heavy logging equipment on a narrow road

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    • 2. plaridel  |  July 7, 2021 at 4:48 pm

      neil:

      sadly, that’s so true.

      Reply
  • 3. Shweta Suresh  |  July 7, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    Sad and cruel and yet a reality too. The lives of so many trees and their inhabitants have been sacrificed in the name of developement

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    • 4. plaridel  |  July 8, 2021 at 11:39 am

      shweta:

      such is life.

      Reply
  • 5. Sandra  |  July 8, 2021 at 3:18 am

    A fitting repost. Nicely done.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  July 8, 2021 at 11:38 am

      sandra:

      it’s very kind of you. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 7. Mason Bushell  |  July 8, 2021 at 8:40 am

    Murderers! Loggers should be convicted for murder for every tree they kill before they kill Earth all together

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    • 8. plaridel  |  July 8, 2021 at 11:38 am

      mason:

      it’s the indiscriminate logging that should be banned and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

      Reply
      • 9. Mason Bushell  |  July 8, 2021 at 3:07 pm

        Indeed, all logging is now harmful and indiscriminate though. over 60% of the worlds trees have vanished in the last 20 years.

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        • 10. plaridel  |  July 9, 2021 at 8:09 am

          mason:

          no doubt about it, think about what’s happening in the amazon.

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          • 11. Mason Bushell  |  July 10, 2021 at 2:04 am

            Yup, and the Amazon provided 40% of Earths Oxygen. When thats gone, the air will be practically unbreathable.

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  • 12. Dale  |  July 8, 2021 at 9:32 am

    Excellent choice of repost, Plaridel. And such a sad story, too!

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    • 13. plaridel  |  July 8, 2021 at 11:38 am

      dale:

      thank you for rereading. it’s been one of my childhood memories.

      Reply
      • 14. Dale  |  July 8, 2021 at 11:50 am

        It was that good ๐Ÿ™‚

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        • 15. plaridel  |  July 8, 2021 at 1:53 pm

          dale:

          happy you think so. ๐Ÿ™‚

          Reply
  • 16. James McEwan  |  July 8, 2021 at 11:58 am

    Progress in the modern world is full of innocent casualties. the mother bird will have to find somewhere else next year, sad about the chicks.

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    • 17. plaridel  |  July 8, 2021 at 1:52 pm

      james:

      one of the kids took the chicks home. i wasn’t sure they survived though.

      Reply
  • 18. msjadeli  |  July 8, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    My stomach churns at a scenario being played out around the globe in perpetuity ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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    • 19. plaridel  |  July 8, 2021 at 1:52 pm

      msjadeli:

      may nature help us from ourselves. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      Reply
  • 20. Bear  |  July 8, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    I think your re-blog in this instance is dead-on perfect. Still fits the photo well. And, I know what you mean. I was kinda “stumped” too.

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    • 21. plaridel  |  July 8, 2021 at 1:52 pm

      jellico:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you.

      Reply
  • 22. rochellewisoff  |  July 8, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    Dear Plaridel,

    As many stories as you’ve written, it’s quite all right to repost one. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I did this week, too. And the story fits with the prompt. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 23. plaridel  |  July 8, 2021 at 1:52 pm

      rochelle:

      thank you for your understanding. i ended up writing a new one too. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 24. Keith's Ramblings  |  July 9, 2021 at 5:47 am

    Not just leaves live in trees. A tale of our times, sadly.

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    • 25. plaridel  |  July 9, 2021 at 8:08 am

      keith:

      trees do contribute to the ecosystem that they shouldn’t be cut indiscriminately.

      Reply
  • 26. granonine  |  July 9, 2021 at 11:17 am

    Aww. Her babies were in that tree.

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    • 27. plaridel  |  July 10, 2021 at 8:25 am

      linda:

      the babies were rescued but i doubt they survived for long.

      Reply
  • 28. pennygadd51  |  July 9, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    “Above, a mother bird shrieked helplessly around the spot where the tree once stood.”
    What an effective last line! Well written, Plaridel.

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    • 29. plaridel  |  July 10, 2021 at 8:25 am

      penny:

      it left a lasting impression on me even if happened many, many years ago.

      Reply
  • 30. Na'ama Yehuda  |  July 9, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    The sadness of it is repeated all around the world. In orphaned sloths, chimps, orangutans, in parents bereft of their young.

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    • 31. plaridel  |  July 10, 2021 at 8:24 am

      na’ama:

      i know it can’t be prevented from happening but somehow we must find ways to slow it down.

      Reply
  • 33. Tannille  |  July 9, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    Aww a refugee bird!

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    • 34. plaridel  |  July 10, 2021 at 8:24 am

      tannille:

      an unfortunate situation to be in.

      Reply
  • 35. Elizabeth Young  |  July 10, 2021 at 8:35 am

    Heartbreaking.

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    • 36. plaridel  |  July 12, 2021 at 1:23 pm

      liz:

      thank you for reading. much appreciated.

      Reply

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