Lena made her wish as she tossed her coin in but there was no splash.
“There’s no splash!”
“What?” her sister, already unimpressed by the detour responded.
“Well’s gone dry.” Lena’s voice wobbled. “Do you think my wish will still come true?”
Her big sister looked into her watery, pleading eyes.
“Depends what you wished for I suppose?”
“If I tell you, it won’t come true… but it was something for us both,” Lena said with a smile.
“Well, then I definitely think it will come true.”
The girls linked arms and left the well to do its magic.
Originally written in response to:
May 23, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story using the phrase “well’s gone dry.” Is it a real well or a metaphorical well? Why is it dry? What is the consequence and to whom? Go where the prompt leads!
“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer”
Seeking the City
By KL Caley
He scraped his worn sandals against one another. His wandering eyes occasionally drifted down to the loose thread on his jeans. Don’t pull it, it was fashionable to have holes in them these days anyway, he thought.
As the early sun rose from the sky, the city revealed itself before him.
Leaving his job and his home was the scariest thing he had ever done, but now he knew he was exactly where he needed to be.
And he let his heart wonder, for just a moment, if he would ever see her again, in this city of dreams.
My 99-Word short story was originally written in response to:
As a few of you may know, a few months ago I had the honour of being featured in Alwayswrite’s monthly Story Chat. This month features a fabulous story called, “As Far As a Former Prisoner Can Go.” written by Charli Mills (of Carrot Ranch website fame). Charli Mills challenges her flash fiction writers to compose a response based on her story for her 99-word story challenge. This is my entry:
Saying Bye to Buttercup.
By KL Caley
He buried his face into the soft golden fur and let out one slow sob, hoping against hope the other prisoners wouldn’t hear. Another excuse for a beating was the last thing he needed.
He looked into Buttercup’s large brown eyes and felt his heart tear. He had always known he would only have her a short while, that was the point of the Puppies Behind Bars program, yet saying goodbye was harder than he had realised it would be.
He finally had someone in his life that understood what it was to give unconditional love.