The Wishing Tree

Posted: October 18, 2017 in Friday Fictioneers
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Wednesday-Friday has rolled back around. Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields we have another picture to weave a 100-word story around.


At some point, everyone delivered a wish.

The believers arrived regular, bearing all kinds of gifts.
Patty: Appeared every Sunday totin flowers, til “Baby” was born too early.
Wall-eyed Lester: Brought colored rocks. Hopein for a girlfriend. I tried. I did!
Ain’t seen neither of em for a while.

The scoffers turned round after some twist of fate or nother.
Lindsey-June: Stage 4 cancer. Didn’t even try.
Jim-Bob: 57 Chevy caught fire on bridge #7. No fixin that!
Clairene: Not nobody can patch a dog flattened by a truck.

Today, everyone delivers one wish.
Wall-eyed Lester revs his chainsaw.

I make a wish.
No one tries.

  1. neilmacdon says:

    quite a cast of characters.You seem to be going for lists these days,

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  2. Iain Kelly says:

    I’m trying to decide whether the tree deserved it’s fate or not. Probably not, they sound like a crazy bunch of misfits.

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  3. James says:

    The fate of a wishing tree that doesn’t produce.

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  4. Varad says:

    What a nice, quirky tale! Loved the different characters in this one.

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  5. Sandra says:

    I thought this was a very clever approach, and quite moving too. Particularly as I’m fretting about having two forty-foot pine trees chopped down next week. 😦

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  6. draliman says:

    Poor tree, doomed by a bunch superstitious people.

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  7. Poor tree! I’m not sure it deserved that chainsaw.

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  8. It seems the Wishing List has run dry. I love your experimental styles, Lish. Keep going, onwards and upwards! (And I realise how odd that sounds as lists flow downwards!)

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  9. rgayer55 says:

    I guess we all need something to blame when wishes don’t come true. Loved your characters and the dialect.

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  10. Dear Lish,

    Perhaps Wall-Eyed Lester put his faith in the wrong place. I think the tree’s gotten a bum rap. Love the voice.



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  11. The tree needs to make a wish itself – chainsaw, break down!

    Click to read my FriFic!


  12. Lynn Love says:

    I liked your characters – love a quirky misfit or several! A bit harsh, that chainsaw at the end, but the time for wishes does seem to be over. Lovely Alicia

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  13. pennygadd51 says:

    Perhaps if Wall-Eyed Lester shaved occasionally, and didn’t always appear on a date in oily dungarees he might have better luck!
    Nice story, Alicia; I like the experimental style.

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  14. Joy Pixley says:

    Interesting voice! Makes me wonder how a tree would talk, after all, much less a magic wishing tree. In any event, I can see how the tree would get sick of people who wish for impossible things.

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  15. plaridel says:

    outstanding cast of characters. i wonder where all they came from. 🙂

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  16. Laurie Bell says:

    Wow what an interesting story. Got got the large number of people in easily. I wonder if the wishing tree ever gave other wishes?

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  17. What a great story and told with such pathos and humour by the voice of the tree. There won’t be anybody wishing anything when Lester finishes.

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  18. ceayr says:

    I thought this was clever and original but, unlike others above, I found the voice irritating.

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    • Ha! Thanks so much for honesty! A little bit of truth (or a lot of truth) never hurt anyone. I appreciate your stopping by. Alicia


      • ceayr says:

        Hi Alicia, my problem was that I had no idea what accent it was, so it didn’t talk to me. This might just be a lack of imagination on my part. And I did like what you did as a story, honest injun! (That is probably horrendously non-PC now).

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  19. Seems a waste, there is so much ore to do (or no do).

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  20. subroto says:

    But the good news is that soon it will be sleeping like a log.

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