Where is Hemlock?

The black-green scar of Hemlock Forest tore across yellowing plains. Before it  all roads but one turned away in dismay. But Dad took the one road, the freeway’s thick black snake, and drove without pause. Soon sentinel trees stood guard to either side, bending to watch the car. Eyes shone in shadowed threat or hope, but Dad seemed unconcerned. “It’s just animals.”

Finn wasn’t sure. He jumped in his seat as they passed a line of orange cones blocking an exit. “Look Dad! Over there.” And his father explained, there’d been a village once, deep under the forest’s green, but it was was long gone, deserted before the freeway was even imagined.

The road’s snake rose on concrete stilts into daylight on the edge of the forest. Gray shapes of a lonely townscape shone in the sun. “That’s where we’re going, kids,” said Dad. “Hemlock Edge. We’ll be safe there.”

Finn still wasn’t sure.

But Finn and his family aren’t the first strangers to travel in search of Hemlock. The short story, Passage, in Hero’s Best Friend: An Anthology of Animal Companions, tells of another family coming from a place much further away, and a creature who maybe lives still under those trees, watching and waiting, bright eyes shading into dark.

You can find Hero’s Best Friend on Amazon Kindle at http://www.amazon.com/Heros-Best-Friend-Anthology-Companions-ebook/dp/B00IAHEI1W

and on Nook http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/heros-best-friend-scott-m-sandridge/1118591414?ean=2940148285502

Look out for it in paperback, coming soon!

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3 thoughts on “Where is Hemlock?”

  1. Sounds like an interesting book!

    Thanks for stopping by to comment on my blog the other day. I’m thinking of starting a community of bloggers, and was wondering if you’d be interested. A small way to support each other, do blog events, comment on each others’ work, and so on.

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      1. Since the community will be small, I don’t envision spending too much time, but if we build a mutually nourishing group playing on all our strengths, we could all benefit from it.

        If you’re on FB, please friend me at Damyanti April Blogging. We can continue the conversation there. If not, email me at atozstories at gmail dot com

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