Friday Fictioneers — The Sick Tree

“I’m sorry, Billy,” his mom said when he ran into the house crying, “but your favorite old tree was sick and the tree doctor said it couldn’t be saved. He said we needed to put it down so that it wouldn’t fall on our house in the next big storm.”

“Are you going to put me down, too, the next time I get sick?” Billy asked. “Like you did with our dog a few months ago and our cat last year?”

“Don’t be silly, Billy,” his mom said. “We’d never do that to you. Just don’t get sick.”

(98 words)

Written for the Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: Sandra Crook.

23 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers — The Sick Tree

  1. newepicauthor July 9, 2021 / 5:24 pm

    It sounds like Billy got some good advice from his mom about not getting sick,

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  2. KL Caley July 9, 2021 / 11:59 pm

    🤣 Not the most reassuring response, poor Billy. Great story. KL ❤️

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  3. Irene July 10, 2021 / 3:20 am

    Just don’t get sick, Billy 😬

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  4. Marleen July 10, 2021 / 7:04 am

    Scary lady. Creative use of the prompt… almost like a fairy tale.

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    • Fandango July 10, 2021 / 5:02 pm

      Not at all helpful!


  5. GHLearner July 11, 2021 / 3:59 am

    That had me laugh out loud. I’m not sure Billy gets his mother’s humour.

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    • Fandango July 11, 2021 / 9:12 am

      She’s got a rather macabre sense of humor.

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  6. msjadeli July 11, 2021 / 11:51 am

    Fandango, you just couldn’t resist that last line could you. I’m sure that’s the message Billy is taking in! Great storytelling with an important message.

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    • Fandango July 11, 2021 / 10:23 pm

      Thanks, Brenda.


  7. Nobbinmaug July 13, 2021 / 4:23 pm

    Don’t get sick is great advice. It may be a little more ominous here than usual.

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  8. 4963andypop July 15, 2021 / 6:49 am

    I imagine the mom winking, between the last two lines. 😊

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  9. leigha66 July 25, 2021 / 3:18 pm

    I have a feeling he will go into full panic the next sneeze or cough he has!

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