The Sentinel


Everyday, I look over the path, not knowing where it comes from or where it leads. I catch glimpses of a bigger picture, scenes of a movie. There are a few people I see every day, like that girl that runs along this path at sun rise, or this couple walking a squirrel-chasing dog. There are those who walk the trail often, to and from work or school, and those that come once in a while for a stroll. Sometimes, there’ll be adventurous couples, hiding from view for an outdoor escapade, and questionable individuals trading money for illegal goods.

No matter who they are, they do not pay attention to me, they do not notice me. I am a lone sentry, keeper of the fenced lane. No matter the season, I stand still in my green suit, unmoved by time. I welcome the refreshing rain and the gusts ruffling my multiple arms, stretched towards the sky. Tall sentinel, I am a witness to people’s lives and the guardian of their secrets.

Word count : 172
Image : Provided by Etol Bagam.
Story writing for the 45th Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW), a weekly challenge hosted by Priceless Joy to write a ±100-150 word story based on a picture.
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  1. I love this! You have written the story from the POV of the tree! Wonderful!

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  2. mandibelle16

    Very interesting. What is this guy standing sentinel over? It is neat how he witnesses everything going on around him but he is always standing there the same. Great job!

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  3. A great pastiche. I love how you create the tree as the character. Thanks for the good read! TJ

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  4. kateamedeo

    Very nice! 🙂 Makes you wonder what would the trees tell if only they could speak…

    p.s.’or this couple walking a squirrel chasing dog.’ -> had to re-read it for the second time, as at first it felt as if the couple was walking a squirrel who was chasing a dog 🙂 maybe a squirrel-chasing dog might be better?

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  5. I love that you made the tree the POV. I considered this for mine, and chickened out. You pulled it off wonderfully!

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  6. brilliant! this is a masterpiece! i love how you used the tree’s pov. thank you for sharing(:

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  7. Nature watches over us daily.
    “I am a witness to people’s lives and the guardian of their secrets.”
    Lovely line.


  8. Etol Bagam

    Wow. Nice. I like how the tree observes the people. Nicely done.

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