Literary Lion. Into the Woods.

Since launching Literary Lion last week, I have read tales of loss, love, space ships, stars, time travel, petri dishes, dogs and only children. Thank you to all those that have taken part so far, I await with bated breathe to see what this week will bring. A little slip of green this week has set the theme, and it is ‘story in the woods‘.


You have a week to craft your forest inspired tales of 400 words or less. Remember to include the tag ‘Literary Lion’ in your piece and to pingback to this post so we can find your work in the WordPress reader.

Happy writing, and here is my ‘story in the woods’…


As she sleeps.

When the snow finally stopped falling its rested flakes reduced to water. The powdered shards on her eyelashes melted to tears, meandering down the side of her face towards raven strands of hair, making tale telling tracks along the skin.

A slither of light blazed through the gap in the trees. It dutifully followed the contours of her face, leaving no crease untouched in its column of illumination along her right side. Warming the surface with an orange hue, the lit strip sat in contrast against the cold blue of her surrounding skin.

I had been hollowing space in the ground since sunset, now I was saluted by the sunrise in recognition of my exertion. A thick aroma of dirt swayed in the air, settling at the back of my throat and hanging in my nostrils, as stubborn as the muddy particles that were forced beneath the nails that lay heavily against my icy rose fingertips. She could be sleeping. Her lashes feathered onto the skin below her eyes and her lips parted at the centre around a darkness I had seen many times before.

I forced her weight with the tip of my shoe and she rolled, sinking into the earth. The leaves started to patter with plump tears from above. The clouds had forgotten the snowflakes and were beginning to send their worst onto the ground below. All malevolence vanished with every droplet.




  1. 13 June 2015 / 11:41 am

    A very dark tale, and wonderfully descriptive. I could see the scene play out in my mind. Great story!

    • 15 June 2015 / 6:05 pm

      Thank you! I’m often afraid of being too descriptive, so I’m glad it seems to have worked this time!

      • 15 June 2015 / 8:06 pm

        I’d love to have the patience (and ready vocabulary) to write descriptively, but sadly I don’t 🙂

        • 17 June 2015 / 10:22 am

          You have to play to your strengths I guess… I’m terrible at writing succinctly, which annoys me a lot!

  2. 17 June 2015 / 4:46 am

    I have no idea if I did the pingback thing correctly…if not, please help with some guidance! Thanks!

    • 17 June 2015 / 10:35 am

      It hasn’t shown up in the comments… did you see the link to click on under the word ‘pingback’ in my post, it’ll take you to WP’s guide. Otherwise you basically just have to include a link to my original post somewhere in your own post, even if it’s just discreetly at the bottom, then it’ll show up on my page. Let me know how you get on!

      • 17 June 2015 / 12:38 pm

        I think I got it! Funny thing about fresh eyes and a cup of coffee…

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