The new story on SERENDIPITY today is about a garden. This one is about a tree. They both contain a bit of a twist.
Branching Out, by Rich Paschall
William was staring up at the giant tree when Mr. Dubois softly approached. “It really is a magnificent tree,” he told William in a consoling tone of voice. William would have none of that. He glared back at the neighbor before speaking.
“It is a horrible tree, sir. It has been for years,” William said frankly. “And now it has killed my mother and it has to go.”
Exactly one week earlier William’s elderly mother was working in the garden when a branch from the large tree fell on top of her. Apparently no one saw the accident and she was lying there for a long time before help was called. It was too late, however, as the old branch was too big and heavy. It pinned her to the spot and she was unable to cry out.
“Oh no, William, this old tree did not…
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