Monday, January 6, 2014

Prompt: The Dreaming Tree

Thanks to Pauline Moss for permission to use her beautiful image, “Ornate Roots”!

Cabriel appears to doze on a broad branch of the Dreaming Tree, catching fleeting glimpses, half-seen impressions, of a million, million dreams. On guard, despite his relaxed pose, he opens one eye as a flock of thousands of Red-billed Quelea swarms past, waving back and forth in the brilliant blue sky. He rumbles a growl deep in his chest, and they move on.

The Dreaming Tree is ancient, rooted deep in the earth before mankind wore so much as animal skins for warmth. Its broad trunk is scrawled with the dreams of generations past, stretching up to the canopy of thick limbs and wide leaves that shelter Guardians from the sun’s fiercest heat. At night, the branches droop almost to the ground, and the leaves slide together like hands holding tight, protecting the trunk and any therein from the night’s bitter cold.

There is only one Guardian. Cabriel was drawn to the tree when he had scarcely lost all his cub fur. There had been no one here, and he had jumped up the trunk to the lowest branch and stretched out for a nap in the heat of the afternoon. He learned all he needed from the Dreaming Tree itself. Since then, he never strayed far for food, and he never needed more companionship than the dreams.

Rarely did he need to do more than growl to deflect any intruder. The sound was a subterranean rumble that strangers felt in the bones of their feet, or their wings. Birds did not land, nor animals climb the Dreaming Tree. In all his years, he had never seen a human outside of the dreams.

They fascinated him, the two-legged ones. They overran the Earth, seemed willfully ignorant of their effect upon it, yet remained so integrally dependent upon it. Their dreams were so rich and varied in imagination. Cabriel could never have dreamed such visions as they carelessly spun and wove into the Dreaming Tree.

Could be continued…

Dogs in house
Houdini, Maize, Malachi, Brindle

Time writing
15 minutes

January word count

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