He looked into the boy’s eyes, mistaking him for his own image from years past. The arch of his brows, wide green eyes, the cleft in his chin – clearly, he was someone else!
He snapped out of the decade-plus years of enchantment — a spell he’d brought on himself — and realized he should be somewhere else.
“Well’s gone dry,” he whispered. A memory, an Appalachian ballad, nearly toppled him; he had to find a way back home to her.
But he also had to be right here, right now.
“Just wait a bit, son. Help’s on the way.”
© Liz Husebye Hartmann (2022)
The Appalachian love ballad referenced here, “The Water is Wide” sung by Karla Bonoff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHOCi74Wz0M)
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Carrot Ranch Prompt (05/22/2022): 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!