The Day of the Trees #shortstory

Sue Vincent has another prompt.

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This week I have a short story.

The Restoration of Trees

Frnn, like all trees, took the long view. He might be thought of as an arboroterrorist but that didn’t make him hasty.


Since his days as a seed he knew he had the air-root corruption, a genetic anomaly that enabled him to pull up his roots and move. This ability wasn’t dependent on species – Frnn knew of maples and poplars who could move. Trees, though, are naturally conservative and the appearance of Movers had caused consternation.

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Unlike the older trees, the Movers regarded the Apes with suspicion; especially when they began to develop tools and cut down healthy trees. They tried to warn the Trunkfort, the group-think trees use to communicate. But the Boughs, the ancients who ruled, had no time for these upstart aberrations. The answer, they opined, was not to try and fight – how could they – but to create efficient seedings.

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For a while that worked but slowly the truth dawned – Apes were bent on destruction. Frnn demanded action but the Boughs resisted. They felt sure the Apes would change and insisted on waiting. When Frnn threatened a Movers’ Revolt, the Boughs acted.Β Like all trees the Movers turned fallow to recuperate after seeding. This time, when they awoke they found themselves trapped. The Creepers, beholden to the Treefort for their support had bound the Movers.

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For a time Frnn despaired. They were sticking their leaves in the clouds, he told his fellow Movers. But war makes strange bed-fellows. As the Apes corrupted the planet, previously healthy trees began to die from new diseases. One by one old species were attacked: elm, ash, oak and chestnut. The Boughs still demanded patience. Instead Frnn commenced a slow dialogue, gradually persuading the microbes, the disease carriers, that their mutual enemy was the Ape. For his treason Frnn was bound ever tighter. Β He waited until a potent microbe began its work on the Creepers.

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Too late the Boughs saw what was coming: Treemaggedon. They were powerless to resist. The Apes were vanquished and the Movers took control of the Treefort, a newly dominant species ruled the Earth.
Frnn basked in his success while deep inside his bark the microbes played an even longer game.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published three books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars and Salisbury Square. In addition I published an anthology of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand this summer. A fourth book will be out soon. This started life as a novel in a week on this blog and will follow later this year. I blog about all sorts at geofflepard.com and welcome all comments. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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31 Responses to The Day of the Trees #shortstory

  1. Ritu says:

    This is fantastic Geoffles! I loved it! ! Tree-mageddon indeed! 😊

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  2. Such an imaginative story, really loved this!

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  3. Sue Vincent says:

    Well that’s a completely different and dark take on the tree πŸ™‚

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  4. Somehow horrible and humorous at the same time. Nice job. 🌲❀️

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  5. ellenbest24 says:

    A branch of writing not seen here before jeepers creepers. Good write Geoffles.

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  6. You don’t know where this came from? Obviously Frnn is communicating through you; Awake, awake, before it’s too late ……. πŸ™‚

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  7. merrildsmith says:

    Wonderful and scary at the same time. Great job!

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  8. Fiona says:

    Sounds like what’s playing out in South African politics at the moment. 😦 Great piece and lovely pictures.

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  9. Sacha Black says:

    ha!! bloody loved the ending. I love a twist like that – I wish I were better at them. also Treemageddon! lolllll

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  10. I’ll never climb a tree again. In fact, I’m probably too old to do so anyway. I’ve always been very kind to trees so I think I’m safe.

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  11. KL Caley says:

    Amazing Geoff so dark and scarily so believable! So you know a secret we don’t? Lol. Great job! KL ❀

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  12. Excellent, you have an abundance of imagination and wit. I think we need some creepers to keep you in check! Really enjoyed. πŸ™‚

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  13. olganm says:

    What a fantastic story! I wonder what the viruses have in stock for the microbes…

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  14. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    Great little tale from Geoff LePard πŸ‘πŸ˜ƒ

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  15. I liked the twist at the end.
    (After all we’ve not been around that long)
    Funnily enough I tend to explain to my trees why I am cutting back just branches, and my wife is certain that once when cutting them back in rather windy weather, the one tree was actually holding me secure.

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