The Labyrinth

From a collection of 100-word stories & wonders

Two adventurers become stranded on a remote island in the swiftly rising Danube. A 100-word homage to Algernon Blackwood’s The Willows. Photo by Christine Johnstone, via geograph.


They were stranded. On a sandy island of trembling silver-green willow leaves. And the wild Danube was rising fast. Raklo set about patching the canoe, while Wilson explored among the dense willows. He stumbled upon a weaving, looping, forking path. Curiosity led him on. Time wandered. The willows crowded round, groping. Filled with sudden dread, Wilson retraced his steps, so he thought. He shouted. Only chattering leaves answered. Panting, he turned right, left, right again. Stopped. Everywhere he sensed growing resentment. … The canoe patched, Raklo called for his friend, while greedy floodwater gnawed away the sand at his feet.

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