The Tree of Duality

23 Sep

From now on, the participants in Madison Woods’ 100-word story challenge are officially known as the #FridayFictioneers! *echo echo echo*  Thanks to Susie Lindau.  Cool, huh? 😀

I’m not gonna lie: this week’s challenge was especially hard for me.  I had to rewrite this many, many times to make it work–but doggonit, it was going to work!

100 words exactly.  Always cutting it close for me.

Usually I like to focus on setting the mood and all that jazz, though this time I just wanted to make the idea behind it work for 100 words because it felt more like a 200-300 word story.  There really wasn’t much room for atmosphere.

So here was the inspiration image Madison posted for this week:

Participants don’t have to use this image necessarily, but it can help to provide some inspiration.  (I try to stick to writing something related to her images ’cause I’m too lazy to look for my own, haha.)


Without further ado, here is my 100-word story.


The Tree of Duality

Lois glared up at the sprawling tree, the only one for over a hundred miles.  When touched, its glistening leaves turned a deathly brown.

This was the one.

She only needed a few verdant leaves to sell for their healing powers.  Instant wealth.

Having no relevant tools in her backpack, Lois took this off and swung it by the straps back and forth, counting, “One, two…three.”

The flying backpack struck gold, sending leaves fluttering towards her.  Lois caught one though frowned when it disintegrated, as did the others midair.

She smiled grimly, shouldering her backpack.  Sometimes she just left empty-handed.



12 Responses to “The Tree of Duality”

  1. Madison Woods September 23, 2011 at 9:27 AM #

    Hey I really like that a lot! And you’re right – there’s a lot of story in there behind those 100 words. You did a great job 🙂


  2. T. S. Bazelli September 23, 2011 at 10:04 AM #

    Beautiful imagery 🙂 I could feel the leaf crumbling in my fingers…


  3. Siobhan Muir September 23, 2011 at 7:19 PM #

    Nicely done. I liked the lure of the Tree of Life. 🙂


    • Tiyana September 23, 2011 at 9:15 PM #

      Thanks, Siobhan. Glad you enjoyed the story!

      (And btw, I think you have one of the coolest names ever. :))


  4. John Wiswell September 23, 2011 at 9:09 PM #

    You tried to get a lot of action and mileage into your drabble. Good work!


    • Tiyana September 23, 2011 at 9:16 PM #

      I tried, lol. Was definitely feeling the strain of the 100 words max. with this one, though.


  5. Luke Raftl September 27, 2011 at 1:39 AM #

    Man, 100 words is so few! Seems like good practice though 🙂


    • Tiyana September 27, 2011 at 11:50 AM #

      I think so! Helps with learning how to choose words more effectively.


  6. Limed Out September 27, 2011 at 8:32 AM #

    Wow. Um, would you color my life in please?


    • Tiyana September 27, 2011 at 11:57 AM #

      I’m not sure what that means exactly, haha, but I’m glad you visited, Rylee!


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