The Tree


The campaigners had invited both the national and local media to gather in the shade of the mighty pine to hear a last ditch plea to abandon the proposed luxury golf-course. I was there because of my position of influence.

Their spokesperson made a passionate and persuasive speech reiterating that the tree was over a thousand years old and had once been a focus for prayer and sacrifice and so should be protected as a holy site.

Shortly afterwards I phoned the engineer to tell him to dig it out early in the morning before any of the locals were awake.

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36 Responses to The Tree

  1. Sarah Ann says:

    It’s good to know that golf course developers are listening to the locals as ever. All I can hope is that your narrator goes along to supervise and there’s an industrial accident.

  2. Heartless man… karma is bound to catch up with him.

  3. rgayer55 says:

    How thoughtful to consider their arguments before destroying the tree. Naturally, they had to make room for a parkling lot next to the clubhouse. Sometimes you just have to make sacrifices. Great story, Patrick. It put a devilish grin on my face.

  4. Portraying the devil as he is: cold, heartless, he shows no emotion as he orders destruction, an honest assessment is more effective than any verbal bashing. Excellent!

  5. Dear Patrick,

    The kind of guy we love to hate. Great build up to the sucker-punch hat the end. Good one.



  6. draliman says:

    Sneaky man. It’s all about the money…

  7. blawson834 says:

    A very good story. It exposes everyday true happenings. Thank you!

  8. What a horrible man. Sneaky thing to do.

  9. Ellespeth says:

    A realistic view of greed in the name of progress. Makes me wonder how this person slept that evening.

  10. Patrick, Good and well-written story. This is all too realistic as you see a lot of that kind of behavior. Some people in authority use their positions to fill their own pockets. People suspect where the money went, but feel powerless to do anything about it so it continues. Well done. 🙂 —Susan

  11. Sandra says:

    Unmoved by the rhetoric then… 🙂 Loved the callous, matter of fact delivery.

  12. Nan Falkner says:

    This happens often. There is so much greed avarice in the world – too much. What a snake in the grass! Good story by the way! Nan 🙂

  13. It’s the one who comes and listens and nods and says nothing you have to watch for. I think you’ve captured this unscrupulous character well, Patrick. The calm objective voice was perfect.

  14. What a sneak (as were you in the way you set that up)! Good one, Patrick.


  15. Ouch.. I started out to be sympathetic to the narrator.. but at the end I saw he was just another snollygoster..

  16. MrBinks says:

    I like the twist of perception here.

  17. Too close to reality, stuff like this happens everywhere we turn. You portrayed coruption and greed so well.

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