Running Bear

Photo copyright: Karen Rawson

Photo copyright: Karen Rawson

It is bad news Bob, they will not back down. They want the hill back, and will fight for it if they have to. You see it was once theirs. The trees are the clue, you see they built raised platforms using the deceased’s wigwams. Over time some of the poles have rooted.
Anyway as their chief knew that he was dying, so he made them swear to offer up his body here to the birds. He believed that it will allow his spirit to leave. So Bob you go now. They are coming to burn your cabin.

Mike attempting to  write.

Mike attempting to write.

This Post Has 21 Comments

  1. Iain Kelly

    I think it best that Bob vacates the premises.

    1. Michael Humphris

      To true

    2. Michael Humphris

      Me to Iain, me to

  2. Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

    Bob built in a bad position. I think he has no choice but to leave or go up with the building. I enjoyed your story Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Irene,

  3. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    Bob needs to have respect of a sacred burial ground. Nicely done.



    1. Michael Humphris

      He certainly does, Rochelle

  4. lisarey1990

    Hope they get him a new cabin. Nicely written.

    1. Michael Humphris

      He hope so to.

  5. jillyfunnell

    Bob has to leave, no doubt about that. I hope he finds somewhere that is good for him, but he must go.

    1. Michael Humphris

      He has moved, time will tell if it’s a good move for him.

  6. Keith's Ramblings

    Time to pack his bags methinks.

    My FriFic tale is called Solace!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Methinks that you are right.

  7. gahlearner

    If he apologizes, maybe they tell him where he can safely build a new cabin. But would he do that? There’s a lot in your story, Michael, and I like the form, how you wrote it as the advice of a friend or neighbour.

    1. Michael Humphris

      He has moved. I was pleased to read your feedback,

  8. pennygadd51

    You’ve written an imaginative take on the prompt. I love how you traced the origin of the trees back to poles from previous funeral rites.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Penny, I have grown quite a few plants and a few trees from cuttings.

  9. Clare Hempstead

    He built in the wrong place. I hope his new home is more suitable. Well written.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Clare

  10. granonine

    Sacred ground. This scenario has played out so many times. Nice one.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you granonine. I do find it hard to look at any tree covered mound, without thinking sacred ground

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