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The Tree Fort

May 16 flash fiction

Johnny and Cindy were at Grandma’s summer cottage having a heated argument. Cindy wanted to see Johnny’s tree fort, but he wouldn’t hear of it.

When Johnny left, over to the tree she went climbing the rungs up and into
the fort. She was sitting with her back against a curtain when Johnny appeared.
“There’s not enough room, leave now!”

“Sure, there is,” Cindy replied, moving back thinking there was a wall behind the curtain. Out she went, falling onto the ground just missing a boulder.

Startled but fine Cindy got up, brushed herself off, never again to return.


©Susan Zutautas 2019

This short story is for a flash fiction challenge over at Carrot Ranch.

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Susan, this reminds me of an old tree fort near my hometown. It was much larger, though! Turns out, the bus driver built it as a boy. He never told us girls we couldn’t play there, but that boys-only club was a strong sentiment back then. Great flash!

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    May 22, 2019
    • Thanks, Charli! I’ve always wanted to build a tree fort of my own. Who knows maybe someday I will 🙂


      May 23, 2019
  2. Poor Cindy. Look before you – fall! Good story. Some would say it served her right but perhaps he could have invited her in.

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    May 19, 2019
  3. Should have listened, or at least looked!


    May 18, 2019
  4. Always move a curtain before leaning against it…
    I love trees too. But I can’t let all the maple seedlings grow…

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    May 17, 2019
    • Me either Jules, I’m constantly pulling them out. If I didn’t they’d overtake our property 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      May 18, 2019

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