Tree of Life: Branching Out Featuring Mina Lobo

treeoflife_branchingout_badgeWelcome to the TREE OF LIFE: Branching Out collaborative writing challenge, where creative minds meet epic movie music. To read the collective story in its entirety as it unfolds and for more details on this groundbreaking collaboration with Audiomachine click HERE.

Today’s featured guest writer is the dark and whimsical temptress, Mina Lobo. Discover the sensuous side of imagination at Some Dark Romantic.

* Listen to the inspiring track from Audiomachine’s Tree of Life album featured in the sidebar music player

Inspiring Soundtrack: Audiomachine – An Unfinished Life – Tree of Life


And after this moment? Zoe thought. The core of me remains, so I believe I must go on, but where? To what purpose?

Zoe sensed that her new form would not last. She flew in rapid circles, uncertainty and fear roiling within. An urgent need for action gripped her. Right or wrong, her spirit compelled her to go.

She swooped and brushed a wing against Adam’s cheek. When his hand reached for her, Zoe soared away into the darkening skies.

*     *     *

Adam watched the eagle until it was barely a speck. He’d known Zoe must leave, so why this overwhelming sadness? Why did his soul groan in protest? For Zoe, he had all the answers, but for himself? None.

“You’re still here?” asked the wizened woman. At his bewildered look, she said, “An Adam needs his Eve, you know.”

At that, Adam sprinted and leapt into the air. His change instantaneous, a second eagle bolted after the first.

The horse whinnied a question.

“Yes, you can go too.” The elder swept her gnarled hand, transforming him into a silvery-grey dove. He hovered, gave an experimental swirl, then followed his master to parts yet unknown.


© 2013 Mina Lobo

ATTENTION FANS: You can WIN an autographed TREE OF LIFE Audiomachine album by LEAVING COMMENTS! On August 17th, two lucky readers will be chosen at random from the comments section of the story excerpts. The more you comment–the better your chances are of winning a piece of cinematic history! We want to hear from YOU!

Tree of Life_Album Cover

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25 thoughts on “Tree of Life: Branching Out Featuring Mina Lobo

  1. This was so delightfully unexpected, whimsical and brilliant, all rolled into one, Mina! “An Unfinished Life”, indeed–can’t wait to see where the the next stage will take them!


  2. Thanks, all, for your kind words. It’s such a pleasure being a part of this collaborative effort, which is, perhaps, the oldest and noblest art of all: storytelling. Rock on, y’all! ❤


  3. by far one of my favs. the wing tip bit was flipping gorgeous. i had a moment of Lady Hawke deja vu but in a good way. love, love, love!


  4. Beautiful! I love how they were changed to eagles. I could feel the strong emotions flowing through this piece. Terrific writing!


  5. I’m in awe at how organically this story has grown, given 26 different collaborators with varying styles and points of view. The segments meld so well with one another. It’s a pleasure to be in this company of creators.


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