Bench Life #carrotranch

Trees don’t count in hours but in rings.

Colin had fifty-two rings and had watched the bench for twenty. Tears and flowers at the start but the old woman stopped coming. Lovers, amateur artists, lost souls and found hearts. So much movement, so much change. Trees don’t like change, not change that’s faster than a ring or two. Things need to settle.

The men ran fingers over Colin. ‘Shame,’ said one. ‘Why here?’

‘They met one that bench. She wants one here to remember.’

They cut Colin down. ‘Maybe they’ll make him into a bench, too.’

‘Let’s hope.’

This week’s #carrotranch prompt is

January 23, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a park bench. Use this gif to choose a timeframe and write the story behind that particular scene. Use the time as your title. Go where the prompt leads!

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. 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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16 Responses to Bench Life #carrotranch

  1. An intriguing perspective

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  2. Well done on this Geoff. A very unique perspective.

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  3. willowdot21 says:

    This is beautiful Geoff, and a tree name Colin, I hope he became something enduring 💜

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  4. Ritu says:

    Oh, how touching ❤

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  5. JT Twissel says:

    I suppose being made into a bench is better than being made into a coffin! Nicely done.

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  6. People generally don’t understand trees – clearly you are one who does. xo

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  7. Charli Mills says:

    What a great opening line, Geoff. Then the perspective and realization that unfold. Ah. I hope the very least that Colin gets benched.

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