Dear Readers

Fear not the Darkness, But What Lies Within, The recesses of our mind, The creepy cobwebbed corners,That lingers on and tickles us,With tingle feelings of alarm, The deep in the stomach, Pain we feel when we do warn, The fear is deadly it seeks, The deepest corner of our mind, It's just a story to alarm,Educate and provide entertainment for our minds. So read on dear reader, I hope you find the stories amusing and full of charm.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Tuesday Writings No #33 - Henrik the Red

Prompts: Strangely, consequences, greedy

Henrik the Red

        Henrik the Red, the woodcutter wandered into the woods and began to cut down trees he took new and old, any and all trees for the money . He finished and loaded his wagon with kindling and logs. As he finished a beautiful woman appeared before him and asked, “Can you help me find them? My children are missing.”

        He was about to tell her he’d seen no children when she stared at his wagon and asked, “Woodcutter, did you replenish the woods of which you took?”

         Wanting to please such a beautiful creature he nodded. She then smiled and offered him seeds and water. He promptly fell asleep. When he awoke he tried to stretch his arms and felt the air move through them strangely. He looked at his feet and found them strangely rooted. Seeing the woman again he asked, “What have you done to me you witch?”
“My name is Kaileith and I’m a wood sprite. You greedy evil human, you took my children.”
“I don’t understand.”
“You took the wood and did not replace them with saplings.”
“I’m sorry.”
“It’s too late for that, now you must face the consequences of your actions.”

     Henrik felt his body quicken and become wooden. Henrik was trapped forever in the Red Douglas fir. He hoped and prayed that no woodcutter would tear him down. For two hundred years he stood tall and proud until a windstorm brought him down. As he felt his life force bleed put of him Kaileith appeared and said, “You’ve learned your lesson. Live again.”

      Henrik was reborn into a baby boy. As Henrik grew up he guarded trees nearby  watched them grow and read everything he could about them. When he became an adult he became an arborist protecting the trees he once harmed. when Henrik became a father his children too were taught to value trees. 
  ©Sheilagh Lee February 27, 2018

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