Flash Fiction: The Memory Tree by Kate Murdoch

When the truck rolled into the drive, there was nowhere to go. I remained still and steadfast, as I had done for one hundred years. I had witnessed many things.

From the time I was a vigorous sapling, the world around me had provided entertainment. Lovers scaled my branches and sat entwined in the flat heart of me, their love so all-encompassing and fevered they did not feel the roughness of my bark.

Children hid behind the screen of my leaves and wrote in their diaries, or simply dreamt. I heard their thoughts tumble in circles, flurries of dust and particles of light. My presence soothed them. After a time they climbed down, their minds still.

A young man visited once, with a length of rope. I showed him the sunset and cocooned him with my essence. He did not jump.

The men encircled me, the roar of their chainsaws made my branches quiver. I held onto my memories as the first blade ricocheted then gouged my trunk. The sap bled and I stared at my last sunset, the mauve and coral streaks outlined with bright gold. The sun vanished beneath the horizon as I fell.

Flash Fiction Fridays

Last weekend was a big one for Visible Ink, with so many plans coming to fruition. There was our spoken word event – which was a big success and a well of inspiration – as well as the launch of Petrichor on eBook. There was one other big announcement that needs repeating, and that’s the launch of Visible Ink’s online flash fiction section!

Every Friday will now be #FlashFictionFriday in which a flash fiction submission that we’ve received will be posted up on our site for the whole world to see! It’s a great opportunity to add Visible Ink as somewhere that you’ve been published, for bragging rights or otherwise. Anyone can submit, free of charge, and there is no theme to be tied down to, so go crazy!

…actually, don’t go too crazy as we only accept submissions of 250 words or less.

Submit your flash fiction to submissions@visibleinkanthology.com

We can’t wait to see what you have to share with us here at Visible Ink!
  Sam,

  Treasurer, Editorial Manager