CRLC Challenge; Earthing

The Carrot Ranch Literary Community April 22, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about earthing. Put a character’s hands, feet or body and soul into the earth. Who needs recharging? What happens between the interaction? Go where the prompt leads!

Two unrelated takes from me, one dark one not.

Gathering

“You wanna get up and run some more?”
He struck her again. She fell to the ground.
He stood over her. “Did you really think you could get away from me?”
Leaf mold pillowed her broken jaw. She couldn’t answer if she’d wanted to.
“You.” He kicked her.
“Will not.” Kicked her again.
“Get.” Kick.
“Away.” Kick.
“From me.”
Then he staggered back to the house, left her where she lay.
Stretched flat against the cool earth, she breathed in the sweet musty air. She reached her fingers and toes deep into the soil. She gathered strength, gathered courage.

Sowing

The raised beds were filled with rich well-drained loam that she tilled and prepared for planting. Carefully she marked rows and sowed seeds. She nurtured the seedlings; diligently thinned, weeded, mulched and watered her growing greens and vegetable plants. All the raised beds were lush and verdant, except one.
One bed remained unplanted, though it was also carefully cultivated, its dark friable soil sun warmed.
“Welcoming,” she felt.
Only she knew that she planted that bed every day. Planted herself; then rose up, brushed herself off, raked the bed smooth, always leaving the garden feeling refreshed, smelling of earth.

22 thoughts on “CRLC Challenge; Earthing

  1. In awe of these companion pieces, D. “Planted herself; then rose up, brushed herself off, raked the bed smooth, always leaving the garden feeling refreshed, smelling of earth.’ An image that will stay with me for a very long time. Thank you.

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  2. After the violence of the first story, the second story offers a wash of healing. I hadn’t thought of the two as a pair or the character as the same in each until I saw them arranged in your collection of two. Nice arrangement!

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  3. I hope that when she gathers herself, she carries herself far from harm where she finds sunlight to help her grow strong in her beauty.
    Sowing is rather beautiful, I think, to feel oneself refreshed from communing one-with-the-earth. We all need to feel a part of the world like that, even if we don’t lie down in the soil each night. Dust to dust, as ‘they’ say.

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