AN: Salvaged Scraps are things I found laying around that I don't remember writing, all are untitled.
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The man said to the old tree, "Give me the wisdom of your ages, and I will tend you all your life."
So the tree gave him the fruits of time and soon died.
In his newfound wisdom the man looked at life and the world, and felt despair. Wearing his glorious robes which he made decorated with the old tree's imagery in silvery threads and made from silk, he travelled the land until he became an old man, and added to his store of wisdom some fifty years more.
When age came early for him and he felt the time for rest, he was overwhelmed with a strong emptiness, a dull blackness as that of the bottom of a cup.
The conscious shape reality.