April A to Z Challenge: X

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Today's writing prompt for the AtoZ challenge is: Xylem. Here is my entry:


The strange bench was carved into the side of a fallen log, somewhere about halfway between Andi’s house and Dale’s cabin, right alongside the trail. Sam had paused to examine the unusual carvings when Dale strode up from his place, heading toward Andi’s. 

“What do you think of it?” he asked. Sam leaned over to pass her hand over the smooth curves of carved wood, which looked like a series of interconnected tubes running down the log’s length. The tubes formed a backing for the bench seat. Something about it reminded Sam of the cross section illustrations she’d seen in science books. Biology, she thought. Yet it was beautiful, and carved with careful attention to detail. 

“What is it?” Sam asked, “and what is it doing here?”

“I made it,” Dale replied. “A couple of years back I got into carving and when this tree fell alongside the path I thought it might make a good bench.”

“It’s beautiful,” Sam said. “What gave you the idea to carve this design?”

“Xylem,” Dale said. The word sounded vaguely familiar but Sam couldn’t place it. “Xylem are the cells that transmit water through plants. Wood is made largely of xylem. I thought it would be interesting to carve a representation of xylem out of xylem.” He smiled and resumed his walk toward Andi’s. Sam stared after him. There was more to Dale than she had thought.


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 comment:

  1. Wow, that is pretty cool! I'd never heard the word Xylem before.