This week’s prompt at Charli Mills’ Carrot Ranch blog was to write a 99-word (no more, no less) story that included the phrase, “the well’s gone dry” and to go where the prompt leads.
Normally, this pedometer geek writer waits to post the story after Charli Mills posts the Collection so that it can be linked to her site; however, this time I will make an exception. The story is as follows:
An Ordinary Day
It was an ordinary day until it wasn’t.
Another mass shooting, in a small Texas town, this time. Twenty-one dead: two teachers trying to protect their students and nineteen young children. Each family, in minutes, losing the future they thought they’d know. A town left to grieve. Hardened news reporters turning away from the camera, returning to say, “I’m sorry.” The country is sorry.
Columbine, Sandy Hook, Parkland, Dayton’s Oregon District, Las Vegas, and too many others still resonate, reminding of callous, indiscriminate gunfire, more loss of life, more grieving families, and more tears until the well’s gone dry.
~Nancy Brady, 2022
The Collection should be posted on or after June 1, 2022; check out all the stories written with the phrase, the well’s gone dry at www.carrotranch.com as well as the latest stories from the Word Wranglers for last week’s prompt of re-writing Charli’s story in a different way.