Sue Vincent’s popular Thursday photo prompt: Journey #writephoto

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Culloden was getting tired. For forty days he had been searching for the sacred mount. The burial place of his forefathers. He had no understanding that he was the last of his race although he realised he had met none of his kind for longer than he could remember and for a giant, memories are long. He had long ago learned how to conceal himself from the eyes of men. Although he and his kind had never meant or meaningfully done harm  to these strange, to his eyes, miniature replicas of himself, whenever the two races had met his people were attacked and despite friendly overtones they  had been forced to flee and hide. Hiding places were becoming scarce. Men had slowly but surely started to change the lands he had known, loved, walked and cherished since time immemorial. Fires were set across the land for reasons he could not fathom. The woodlands were shrinking, there were now vast open spaces which were left as bare earth for one half of the year and in which strange plants started to grow which were soon removed by men. The only secure hiding places were in the vast caves which time, wind and water had excavated in the deep gorges in the hills or at the edges of the sea. He was scared and slowly the thought had been building in his mind that his kind were no longer necessary. After much contemplation and with a resignation born of patient, peaceful, deliberation he had decided to return to the eternal resting  place of his forefathers.  There he would lie down and enjoy the sleep of the blessed which comes upon all living things. He would leave this realm in the hope that those who followed would maintain the eqilibrium thus far  enjoyed by Mother Earth.

 

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Filed under Alternative history, As you read it, Flash fiction, Inspired by fable, nature inspired, On the lines of romance, Otherworldly, Self compositions

4 responses to “Sue Vincent’s popular Thursday photo prompt: Journey #writephoto

  1. Beautifully told, Bobby. We could use more of his kind… and yet, they would doubtless be persecuted… Humankind gets a lot of things very wrong.

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  2. A sad tale, the end of an era. Let’s pray his hopes are well-founded, at least amongst the few

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  3. Pingback: Photo prompt round-up: Journey #writephoto | Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

  4. A sad tale indeed. Why do we try to harm what we don’t understand?

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