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”.
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…