Here's my own response to TW this time around... a story that wrote itself... it's 168 words and all words are present. Take what you want from it.
NOTE: Just a reminder that the new TW torchbearer will be chosen tomorrow. Please let me know if you do not have the time for the torch before then if possible...
Deep in the forest, further than most will ever dare to go, live the trees. They have been charged with the safekeeping of a silver mountain and they guard their treasure carefully. Within, alone in this dark place, lives a young girl.
She loves the trees and cares for them, using their needs to push away the emptiness in her heart.
The trees know what sacrifices she makes and it saddens them. Although they have complete freedom, they choose instead to create an impassable barrier and protect the girl and her immense vault of secrets from everyone.
And yet, despite their efforts, the girl slowly becomes paler and the trees begin to know that the chill of death is upon her.
Day by day, the color leaves her cheeks and tears begin to glisten in her eyes whenever she touches one of the trees. She knows the day is coming and she can only surmise the awesome glory that will take place when her soul finally takes flight.