Legend of a Green Man

This week’s picture prompt for Friday Fictioneers flash fiction showing an entanglement of trees and their roots is interesting for me. I spent some time trying to determine what the type of tree it was. I came up with–an American Beech or possibly Eucalyptus.

Does anyone know?

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Legend of a Green Man

Was her motivation greed or curiosity?

Legend tells of a Green Man and of an underground city dripping with gold and silver.
Myth requires the first born in spring as a sacrifice at the roots of the great, grey tree to fertilise the forest and ensure an abundant harvest from our fields.

Everyone in Cronbourne keeps clear of the tree in May and we wear a sprig of silver birch to deter evil.

Martha laughed and went searching for hidden treasure.
We continuously called and heard her mobile ring within the tree.

The autumn harvest was excessively rich that year.

36 responses to “Legend of a Green Man

  1. At least the community benefited from her curiousity and/or greed.

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  2. Nothing like blood and bone fertiliser. Good one

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  3. A witty take on the the legend of the green man. I like the phone ringing inside the tree and the splendid harvest last word.

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  4. Loved the mythology behind this story. Rich in lore. Phone ringing is a nice touch.

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  5. The more the better, huh?

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  6. Dear James,

    The ringing cell phone was a nice touch. Martha paid dearly for her curiosity. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  7. And so the (accidental) sacrifices begin again…

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  8. Very spooky, James. Martha should have worn a sprig of silver birch and taken the myth more seriously.

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  9. Within every myth is a kernel of truth. She was unwise not to pay heed.

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  10. Oooooooo clever! And spooky. The villagers warding off evil with a sprig for the tree brings to mind a subtle horror… And then the missing. Nicely done

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  11. Skeptics make the best sacrifices. Interesting juxtaposition of the superstitious and technological.

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  12. I enjoyed your cynical last line!

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  13. Martha was rather fertile!!

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  14. Wow this is cool, I like the modern with the old.

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  15. Good and evil and fear… How we’re all controlled. And see what happens if you don’t behave! Poor old Martha. But I like to think she’s maybe having more fun inside the tree! Love the mobile phone detail.

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  16. Martha shouldn’t have laughed. But at least the harvest was unusually good. Wonder whether that was due to the tree being especially gleeful at having its revenge.

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  17. I love it, James! I, too, went with a story about a sacrifice to the tree. I think it looks like a Banyan tree found in India (& Florida) and with it comes many superstitions. I saw them during my time there. Well done!!

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  18. Great piece! I believe it is one of our Moreton Bay fig trees (Australian banyan) a large evergreen tree which is named after Moreton Bay in Brisbane, Queensland, and recognised for its imposing buttress roots. In parks near my home they are over 100 years old and great places for kids to play. Apparently distribution is now around the world according to this Wikipedia site https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ficus_macrophylla

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  19. The myth weaves itself nicely around Martha’s greed. She pays the price.

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  20. Martha my dear, you should have known better!

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  21. poor girl, but the sacrifice must be worth it.

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  22. I think it’s a banyan tree.
    What a great take on the prompt! 🙂

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  23. Good old Martha, the miss who fed the myth.
    I like stories of magic and superstition, James, and this one worked well for me

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  24. I forgot to say, I believe the tree is a banyan

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  25. I enjoyed the villagers warding off evil from the tree that gives them life. Good and evil are inextricably intertwined

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  26. Sharon Frame Gay

    I loved this one, James! Especially the phone ringing! 🙂

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  27. Well done. The madrone is similar to that in the picture; but they are reddish. I think beech is the right saw horse.

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