Reality Skimming
27Aug/13Off

Campfire: Excerpt from Family Tree – Part 1

Perhaps you have been told stories …

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 propped opened the back door of the bar, hauled out the garbage and heaved it into the bin. Cans clinked and bottles smashed as he swung the lid down with a bang. He turned to close the door when he saw a man sitting on the cement against the wall. His head covered by a hoody, arms wrapped around his pulled up knees.

“Hey bud, you okay?”

“Yes, I’m fine.” He glanced up from under the hoodie. “Is your name Sam Kotter?”

Perhaps you have been told stories …

“Maybe, who wants to know?”

The stranger unwrapped himself, stood, tall and slim. His movements unhurried, a sense of calm radiated from him. Sam peered at the man although it remained difficult to see much in the darkness of the alley.

“I am a relative, perhaps you have been told stories with reference to me. I am the Green Man.”

Sam smiled. He would have laughed, except for the sombre way the guy spoke.

“Well you must know something about my family, as far as I know we are the only family with tales of a Green Man. However, that’s all they are, tall tales.” He frowned, gave a mental shrug and said, “Look, if you want, come in and I’ll spot you a coffee.”

Perhaps you have been told stories …

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