” – It’s nothing to worry about, just a little wind. “
Little did he know it was a storm sent by vindictive spirits. Upset by the way he’d ignored the law of the land.
He’d come back from studying abroad, saying we needed to do things like modern folks did. Taming nature to our ends, not relying on her blessings. So he dammed the rivers and chopped down the woods to make workhouses spewing smoke day and night. When the wise ones cautioned him, he called them silly old soothsayers.
In the morning. Not one of his prized chestnut trees still stood.
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A message for our times for climate tempest
Yes, this one came quite easily to me.
One never knows how his actions will lead to punishment by the spirits.
Mine is also about vendetta, but of a different kind.
Yep. That’s the way we’re going. Good one.
Humans with power aren’t good at listening. The spirits might need another storm. I enjoyed the story premise.
Attempting to tame nature is never wise, it usually finds a way to relaiate in the end.
I wonder at our propensity to assign human emotions to the natural world. Well done.
Quite a cautionary tale, RedCat. I hope humanity as a whole is starting to learn this lesson.
Very vengeful spirits. Nicely done.
We try, but we can’t control the wind. Really good take on this prompt.
Mother Nature is patient to a point, but…. we will learn one way or another.
It’s a sad reality that “doing things that modern folk do” means harming the natural world which we were entrusted to protect. Sad but wonderfully written!
We ignore nature at our peril,
The grain of “truth” in this tale is not one I would like to tempt….
We need to listen to the gentler warnings nature sends before she hits us over the head to get our collective attention.
Nature has a way of restoring itself. There is always a reason as your story indicates and so topical. I like reading this.
I wonder if he’s learned the lesson. It wasn’t the poor chestnut trees’ fault. Timely story.
He needs to learn, you can’t simply take all the time. Nicely insightful.
Oh, well said! A great take on the prompt,
There is only so much that even Nature can take. Great take on the prompt!