The Official Writing Challenge
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You set the mood and the scene beautifully with words like "sage" and "protege"--I was imagining a fantasy setting. Then you use the trees as symbols of everyday things like the girl in Spanish class. So I'm confused as to where, and when, and who these people are.

The wise man has very wise lessons to teach the younger man. Once that other matter is cleared up, this story is top-notch.