Mondays Finish the Story – The Mango Tree Prison


She lived in a mango tree, but not by choice. Convicted of another’s crime, Avery was banished to the tallest tree on the highest ledge overlooking everything she couldn’t have.

But it wasn’t all bad.

Bright green leaves rustled around her and bluebirds visited every day. She listened to their warbling as she wove spells into the ether. She could no longer practice her craft for the benefit of humankind, but watching the sparks fly from her fingertips delighted her beyond words.

Gazing through the hole in the tree that served as her window, Avery watched Tawny fly up and land on the branch next to her, feathers shivering in her excitement.

“What news, little dove?”

“Milady,” Tawny sang breathlessly. “I finally found the key!”

Avery’s cry of delight echoed across the sky.

“Tawny, that’s the best news I’ve heard in ages!”

Freedom was finally within her grasp.

Mondays Finish the Story is a unique flash fiction challenge where we provide you with a new photo each week, and the first sentence of a story. Your challenge is to finish the story using 100-150 words, not including the sentence provided. Click on the froggy link to read other stories or upload your own.

My story this week is coming in at 148 words. I can’t believe I’ve been absent for a month! I have plenty of reasons and/or excuses, but they don’t really matter. I’m just happy to be writing again, even if it is only a few words. I hope you enjoy.



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