Some People – Friday Fictioneers

Written for the Friday Fictioneers. A story, about a forest that only one person appreciates, begins after the photo.

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Humor

Photo by: John Nixon

Some People

“Dude, this forest is creepy,” said Gavin.

“What do you mean?” said Quinn. “It’s cool.”

Gavin whacked at his arm. “Oh man, something touched me!”

“Oh, just relax.”

Gavin tripped and fell. “Did you see that? That root reached out and grabbed me!”

“More like you just tripped, isn’t it?”

“I swear! I saw it moving.” Gavin stood up fast. “That’s it. I’m going back to the car.”

Quinn sat on a curved root and sighed. “Why do people hate this place?”

A branch reached out and patted Quinn’s shoulder. “Some people!” said the tree.

“Weird isn’t it?” answered Quinn.
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Each week, the Friday Fictioneers meet for a little literary alliteration and to write 100 words of flash fiction from a photo prompt donated by the writers. Wouldn’t you like to join something really cool like that? Here’s this week’s prompt: http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/03/25/28-march-2014/

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About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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53 Responses to Some People – Friday Fictioneers

  1. high five and raspberries says:

    LOVE it ! Some people eh ?

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  2. Jan Brown says:

    Love the dialogue, love the ending. Great story!

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  3. Indira says:

    Some people and some tree. Simply superb. Loved it.

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  4. K.Z. says:

    haha enjoyed this a lot. i like the image of the tree’s arm patting his shoulder πŸ™‚

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  5. Linda Vernon says:

    Now that’s an affinity with nature that’s enviable! πŸ˜€ LOL!

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    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! True enough, Then again for some, it’s downright terrifying. I think Quinn needs to find different friends.

      Hey, have you been posting for FF? I’ve been looking but haven’t seen your stories much lately.

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  6. You better be friendly with a forest like that..

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  7. Nan Falkner says:

    Great story and love the ending too! Me? I like funny looking trees – except ones with thorns. I’m sorry to Thorny trees (ala Osage Orange) because I have had to take my kids to doctor from getting a small scratch. Now that they are all grown up, the trees are gone – not going to let blood poison settle in on my Grandkids! Really, really good story! Thanks, Nan πŸ™‚

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  8. Quinn is like the Dr.Doolittle of trees. I envy him.

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  9. Ah, that’s cute. Great ending. Some people just don’t understand moving trees.

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  10. Pat(ricia) says:

    Wonderful little piece that pacts more than surface reading. It’s too bad that some people can’t get over their initial visual reaction – and if their reactions is visceral, then sometimes taking the time to rest and be open is all that is needed to fully understand and appreciate the situation and place. Sometimes though, it is indeed better to swiftly “move along” – as it were.

    Great story and fitting of the image πŸ™‚

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    • EagleAye says:

      I agree. Nature is fascinating no matter what the initial reaction may be. Vultures are pretty hideous until you realize that they are vital for maintaining good health in the ecosystem. Without them, diseases would run rampant. Likewise if a tree is twisted and gnarled it shouldn’t be shunned. And if one talks to me, I’d check my sanity first, but then I’d be pretty excited about it. Imagine the things we could learn if we could talk to trees, even the twisted up ones. Thanks so much for the glowing comments and for sharing your ideas. I like your perspective. πŸ™‚

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      • Pat(ricia) says:

        Ah well I think we’re thinking along the same lines πŸ™‚

        All – the “ugly and beautiful” – and after all – it’s about perspective, understanding and knowing, is vital in the larger scale of each and every ecosystem out there – it is all linked.

        Lol – yeah, if a tree suddenly bent a branch and said “heya Pat, how’s it hanging?” I too would be a literal leery – but then again, the energy emitted from all living things – including the rocks and minerals – do speak to us, if we choose to listen πŸ˜‰

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      • EagleAye says:

        True enough. It’s all about being “aware” enough to truly see and hear. πŸ™‚

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      • Pat(ricia) says:

        Yes.

        Have a super day πŸ™‚

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  11. This was an absolutely delightful read. It was chilling and wonderfully whimsical at the same time. I just love the ending with the connection between Quinn and the tree! It’s nice to think mother nature has a sense of humor! Great job!

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    • EagleAye says:

      Oh yes, Mother Nature has a great sense of humor. Just look at the Platypus. πŸ˜‰ Quinn has some great friends in forest. It’s just too bad he can’t easily share them with his human friends. Glad you had fun with the story. That’s the whole idea. Thanks for stopping in!

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  12. Dee says:

    Great dialogue and I just loved the ending. Well done.
    Dee

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  13. Good story. It looks like Quinn and the forest are old friends. Doesn’t look like Gavin’s going to be converted though. Good dialogue and well written.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Thanks Patricia! Yeah, Quinn has been going there for sometime, alone, and it seems it will stay that way for awhile. Thanks for the kind words, and thanks for reading. πŸ™‚

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  14. Dear Eric,

    You’ve taken tree hugging to a new level. I love the dialogue and the ending. Too bad Gavin couldn’t see things the way Quin did. πŸ˜‰

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  15. Judah First says:

    Talking trees are my favorite! πŸ˜€ Nice job!

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  16. Talk about having an understanding of nature! Lucky Quinn

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  17. atrm61 says:

    Ack!Am with Gavin-though thankfully he was out before the tree started having a convo with Quinn ;-)A fun and creative take on the prompt Eric-not that anything less is expected to pour from your pen ever πŸ˜€ Loved it!

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  18. Lovely dialogue and great magical realism.

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  19. It takes all kinds, darling. Some love the spooky forest, some don’t

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  20. tedstrutz says:

    Good one, Eric… you captured the spirit of the photo.

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  21. Shey says:

    One has to show respect to the tree people. πŸ™‚

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