Saturday Story Wars: Dead Wood

Horse stumbled as the ground beneath her shook violently. Around her, the trees swayed and thrashed, their trunks groaning pitifully as they were whipped back and forth until, no longer able to take the strain, they toppled like the one that had crushed her downed fighter jet. Horse’s feet hammered the leaf litter as she dodged the hail of falling limbs.

One particularly large tree crashed to the ground only meters in front of her. Without checking her speed, Horse ran at the fallen tree; grabbing hold of a gnarled limb and hoisting herself upward then planting her feet and scrambling on top of the trunk. The tree was long dead, however, and very rotten. No sooner had Horse’s weight come to rest on it than the trunk caved in beneath her and she fell into the giant, hollow tree.

Surrounded by rotten wood, she struggled to right herself as the world continued to shake around her. Suddenly, the air was broken by a sound like thunder. Outside the trunk of the tree, something catastrophic was happening. Mired as she was, Horse struggled toward a small hole in the trunk where a branch had rotted away, leaving a narrow portal through which she could see.

Pressing her face to this gap, she peered out and caught a glimpse of…

Story_Wars_IconWhat happens next?

What happens next is up to you! I have joined the writers at Story Wars.net, a site that allows writers to create stories collaboratively through miniature writing contest. Writers submit and vote on chapters, working together and competitively to build stories. It’s a very cool idea and I’m super excited to be a part of it!

So what happens next? You tell us! Be the first to submit the next chapter of “Charlie Don’t Surf” at Story Wars!

You can also learn more about Story Wars on WordPress, and don’t forget to follow them on Twitter.

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Giant Sequoia trees, Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park, California  1993

(Featured Image: “Giant Sequoia Trees, Mariposa Grove” by William Neill)


Schwind_Begraebnis bw(Roggen Wulf, 2014)

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