Trapped in the Forest


“Not knowing what to expect, he made his way into the dark of the forest.” His psychiatrist had advised him to visit this forest. Being close to nature helps, he had said.

As he entered, the queer forest disturbed him. He felt as if he was being watched. Everything seemed unnatural.

He cursed the psychiatrist and looked for an exit. His phone had been taken away near the entry so he was helpless. The hand map had no exit sign. He was trapped!! Luckily, he found an old dusty hut with tidbits.

As he fought for survival everyday, struggling to eat and live, his depression took a back seat.

Three months later, he suddenly found an exit route.

Outside, lights and cameras greeted him. All this while, he had been the star of a reality TV show. Viewers had feasted on his misery. All including the psychiatrist had benefited from this. He got a huge sum too.

But was he a victor or a victim?

(This flash fiction is a part of the wonderful ‘Mondays Finish The Story Challenge’ by Barbara Beacham. She provides us with a photo prompt, the first sentence, and approximately 150 words with which we are to use to write our story. To take up the challenge click here – MFtS)

27 thoughts on “Trapped in the Forest

  1. Seems he was both victor and victim in this. His depression naturally fell behind while he paid attention to the larger problem of surviving. In a way, he was cured. On the other hand, I think the psychiatrist needs to lose her license. A malpractice suit seems in order after she exploited him.

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  2. Great story, Shivangi. 🙂 Hopefully the money he makes and re-entering the ‘real world’ with celebrity status won’t send him spiralling straight back into depression! He would definitely end up as the victim of the piece were that to happen.

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