The Forest of Tempered Secrets – Friday Fictioneers

 The Forest of Tempered Secrets

Eli braced his arm across Freya’s stomach, much the way their father did when danger surfaced. Freya halted before a contorted lot of trees covered with moss, their branches a maze of wooden tendrils strangling each other. Dead branches in pain.

“Don’t move. It’s the Forest of Tempered Secrets,” Eli said. “You must give them up. Otherwise….” He pointed.

Freya’s expression matched the grotesque grimace of a stranger’s last scream branded into the bark.

“What choice do we have?” Eli said.

A touch of her hand and they melded into the forest, blowing through undetected, like leaves in the wind.


Our challenge is to write a 100-word story (more or less) with a beginning, middle, and end based on a photo prompt.

With the prompt up early this week, I am able to get my story together before my usual time. I typically do not have repeat characters in my Friday Fictioneer stories, but I made an exception this week. Freya and Eli just begged to come back. You can also read about them in this story.

Thanks as always to our gracious leader, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, and to John Nixon for this week’s photo.

For more fantastic stories from the Fictioneers, click here.

Genre: Fantasy/YA (100 words)

Copyright – John Nixon


67 thoughts on “The Forest of Tempered Secrets – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Hey Amy!
    The story evokes images of Harry Potter and his adventures with the shape shifters.
    And I cannot get the moving trees from the LOTR trilogy out of my head either.
    Good work


    1. Would you like to shift into something, Perry? I wonder what it would be? I wonder if I want to know? I think Freya would think you’re really funny and laugh at all your jokes! Thank you!


  2. This has some great descriptions, Amy. I like the line “dead branches in pain”. I guess they made it, but that would be pretty nerve-wracking, going through a place like that.


  3. First of all, I love the new look of your blog. It’s very fresh and inviting. I loved the story too and felt whisked-away through a scary and dangerous situation.


    1. Russell, thank you! Thanks for those nice comments. I’m very happy with this banner. It was a process, but I think totally worth it. It’s fun anyway. I’m glad you enjoyed it.


  4. Based on this flash I could practically hear and smell that forest, Amy. Very intriguing storytelling here, and like some of your other readers, I instantly felt the Harry Potter and LOTR influence. I’ve just read your first post featuring these characters. I think you should consider expanding your tale telling featuring them. They’re an entertaining brother-sister duo, much more so than Donny and Marie.


    1. Thanks so much. I’m not really sure how I came to think about these characters, but I’m not going to question it. I think they want a story told about them. Thanks for the encouragement. Maybe they will sing a song together too. Who knows!


  5. Great take on the prompt and I love the fairy tale theme. I was thinking of the Harry Potter series when I read this. Very, very good and I enjoyed this a lot! Thanks, Nan 🙂


  6. Hi Amy,
    That is a beautiful banner. No bumbling. I like your sequel story and I think the fantasy genre is something you should explore. You may have found a hidden talent here in the enchanted forest. Ron


      1. Yes, usually on Wednesday. I follow a few FF’s so it shows up in my Reader. This week she did it on Tuesday, by accident. You can just Google Friday Fictioneers, too, and you will see it. Technically, you have until the following Tuesday before she closes the linkup!


  7. it felt as if, the way the dialogue was exchanging, that freya should have asked, “what choice do we have?” because eli was the one who had to explain what the forest was. either way, my favorite line was “dead branches in pain.” to imagine pain so bad it still hurts after dying – that’s big. well done.


    1. Thank you, Rich. I can see why you’d say that. Eli knows her powers! I went over to read over but couldn’t comment yet. I’ll be back over. I liked yours a lot. Yay, I’m glad you joined us.


  8. Beautiful descriptions. – tendrils strangling each other. The last sentence has a wonderful ethereal quality to it.


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