Drabble Day – RAIN

The Drabble Day Challenge is a weekly challenge hosted by http://thewriteaholicblog.wordpress.com/ and it involves writing a Drabble (a short story of 100 words, plus or minus 5) based around a particular prompt. This week’s prompt was (and with due recognition going out to Bob Dylan) “RAIN”.

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The people were thirsty.

The fields had turned to dust; and ash had long ago clogged the last remaining stream.

The shaman danced in front of the tribe, desperately hoping that, this time, life-giving water would come – He put on the ceremonial black glass goggles and gazed at the sun – He shook the carved missile-stick menacingly at the heavens – He prayed to the twelve misty mountains – He traced the lines of the six crooked highways.

Finally, he intoned the invocation “a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.”

But the boon was not forthcoming; the ash-grey clouds remained as they ever did.

And the people remained thirsty…

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About dmlbooks

Dennis M. Lane is a British writer who left the shores of the UK in 1986 and hasn’t looked back since; he has now lived in South Africa for eleven years. His first poetry collection “8 Million Stories” was published in November 2010, followed by the collection of science fiction poetry and short stories “The Poring Dark” in September 2012 (two of the poems have been nominated for the 2013 Rhysling Award and another for the Dwarf Stars Award), his first novel “Talatu” in March 2013, and “The King’s Jewel” the first book in the five novel “Helix Key” series in August 2013. He is currently working on Helix Key Book 2 and a second collection of short stories (entitled "The Unmedicated"). When not writing, Dennis enjoys narrating and voice acting and recently set up Dramatic Voice Productions in order to take his interest further. To relax Dennis watches old movies from his extensive DVD collection, his three loves being science fiction B movies, Hong Kong martial arts, and anime. He has been presenting “A Review from the Jacaranda City” since May 2011 and has looked at classic old movies from “On The Beach” to “Creature from the Black Lagoon”.
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One Response to Drabble Day – RAIN

  1. Dana says:

    Very nice. I love the reference to Dylan.

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