Many thanks to Susan for hosting another Sunday Photo Fiction challenge.
This week’s photo is courtesy of Lakshmi Bhat
They called it the Lying Tree.
Couples vowed their loyalty, faithfulness and undying love to each other, then nicked their forefingers and spread their united blood on the trunk.
Most were happy for several years, but should the trunk start to sprout, misfortune and deceit were afoot, and punishment forthcoming.
There was no leniency as twine was snaked around the trunk to secure offenders to the The Lying Tree which acted as judge, jury and executioner.
Surprisingly, no new growths had been spotted for over a hundred years.