Reality Skimming

Campfire: Excerpt from Family Tree – Part 3

Family Tree by Monica Zwikstra, illustrated by Richard Bartrop

Monica Zwikstra was born on Manitoulin Island in Northern Ontario, Canada. She lives in Southern Alberta with her husband and three cats. When not writing, she enjoys reading, gardening, playing the autoharp and being an active member of the community.

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Sam stared slack jawed at the sight before him: the green complexion, leaves and twigs flowing over the facial features instead of hair. He watched, wide-eyed, as the man removed gloves to expose sticklike fingers with gnarls and knots where his knuckles should be.

Sam backed up until he hit the other side of the bar. “Who — what are you, what do you want?”

“I told you, I’m the Green Man, your uncle and I’m here for you. It’s your turn. I’m almost done as you can see.” He spread sticklike fingers before his face. “I haven’t got much time and you need to be brought up to speed.”

“Man, I don’t know who or what you are, but I’m outa here!” Sam ran toward the door stumbling against chairs and tables in his haste.

He heard The Green Man sigh, then felt a vine wrap itself around him and pull him back to the bar. His heart pounding in his chest.

“I don’t have time for hysterics Sam. It’s my fault. I should have come sooner, given you more time to accept things. I didn’t and now we don’t have time.” He pulled a chair over and sat Sam in it.

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