Flash Fiction: When The Well Runs Dry

This was written for Carrot Ranch’s Flash Fiction Challenge. Each week’s challenge is to write to a prompt in exactly 99 words. This week’s prompt is to write about a bucket of water, which is appropriate since it’s World Water Day. Can you believe we have to have a World Water Day? A day to contemplate and advocate for clean water? What’s more basic than water? Air. That’s it. There’s air, water, sex, food, and everything else.

When The Well Runs Dry

They sprinted to the well. Liza frantically pulled up the bucket.

“Test it!” Mike just looked down and shook his head. “Damn it!”

Liza vented her frustration on the bucket.

The same scene played out countless times.

Their pouches ran dry before Mike sighed and smiled.


They greedily drank from the well before filling their pouches and bucket.

“We have to get home and hope we haven’t lost anyone else.”

Two days later, Mike and Liza stumbled into the village.

“We found water.” Liza held up the empty bucket. “What?”

“There’s a hole in the bucket, dear Liza.”

12 thoughts on “Flash Fiction: When The Well Runs Dry

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  1. I’m enjoying how a song I vaguely remembered has emerged in different scenarios! Your flash places Liza in an adventure, though it may not turn out well. Yeah, what does it say about humanity that we need a World Water Day?


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