copyright - Randy Mazie
copyright – Randy Mazie

The damage was done, but the plant world would set things right now that humans were out of the picture. Mother Nature gave the order to proceed calmly to end rampant development and restore the balance of power. Everything was going as planned until a rogue bougainvillea decided to take matters into its own hands. Turf wars broke out in the concrete jungle. The siege of a scrappy band of evergreen insurgents came to a halt this morning in a shocking act of aggression. Trees in the woods nearby fell silent. Probably because no one was around to hear them.


Okay, now I have to study. Click here to check out more Friday Fictioneers.

43 thoughts on “Stranglehold

    1. There is unrest in the forest. There is trouble with the trees. For the maples want more sunlight and the oaks ignore their pleas. I LOVE RUSH. “The Trees” is one of my faves.

    1. It’s interesting, I’ve been studying disaster mitigation, response, and recovery in one of my classes, and while the devastation of a natural disaster is much the same as man made disasters, I question why we accept that man made ones aren’t preventable? Must be something about human nature.

  1. Dear Honie,

    I’m laughing out loud and all the good comments are taken. Of course it’s 5 in the blessed AM so no one hears me laughing. Does that mean I’m not making a sound. Brilliant writing as always.



    1. On my fridge there is a magnet that says, “If a man speaks and there is no woman around to hear him, is he still wrong?” A gift from my late friend Donna to remind me to laugh every day and to question everything. Even the obvious stuff. 🙂

    1. Compliments with expletives, my favorite. How did you know? Gaahhhh, this is a short break before my brain caves in like a bad soufflé. It’s 23 degrees here so what else am I gonna do besides study? First final opens tomorrow.

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