April A to Z Challenge: T

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To the top of the tree

Today's writing prompt for the AtoZ challenge is: To the top of the tree. Here is my entry:


Leith spotted the girl when they were still 100 yards apart, walking toward each other on the cliff path. She didn’t see him. She probably wasn’t expecting to see anyone. Neither was he. He had never seen anyone before when he came here, except for the occasional sighting of the old man who was always carrying a toolbox, patrolling the boundary fences. That man was always with his dog, which made it particularly tricky to avoid detection. So far, Leith had been lucky.

But this girl was alone, walking up the trail, staring out at the ocean as if she’d never seen it before. She wasn’t looking ahead. So, he had time to jump into hiding. He looked around, hunting for a large rock or bush he could dash underneath. The only available option was a tree growing out over the cliff. It looked climbable. Leith swung up onto the lowest branch and shimmied up from there, keeping a wary eye on the girl, who was approaching steadily. He muffled a yelp as a sharp branch poked him in the ear. It was her fault. This was his place. It annoyed him that he was forced to the top of a tree because of some girl. This had better be a one-time thing. He did not want to share his private hideaway.

He held his breath as she passed beneath the tree. She never looked up. He was safe.


I've challenged myself to create a writing prompt and write a short response to it each day of April as part of the A to Z blogging challenge. Read more about the A to Z blogging challenge here. Thanks for reading!


  1. It feels like I am getting to know a number or characters, but, like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle I don't know how they fit together. The background is the same, the feeling lone likewise, but how do they go together.

  2. Laurel, there are so many amazing aspects to these scenes you are posting. One that strikes me is how SUSPENSEFUL they are. After every single one I am dying to know more. Delicious.