The Flood – Carrot Ranch

Artwork by Phil Burns

The Carrot Ranch Challenge:
In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story inspired by “High Water”.

Click here to hear the author read his words:

The Flood

It’s been raining non-stop for almost six weeks now.
The valleys and fields are long flooded, but still we frolic on the hilltops.
We don’t care about getting wet, and we have to run free.
Even more than the great cats, the dancing gazelles, the mighty buffalo, we treasure our liberty.
Almost every other creature has succumbed to his promises, but we don’t believe him.
We see the messages left in the stones as they search everywhere.
But we’ll never be caged in a boat, no matter what Noah says.
We are different.
We are special.
We are unicorns.

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22 Responses to The Flood – Carrot Ranch

  1. Pingback: High Water Collection « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

  2. Gloria says:

    Your voice suits the story! My favourite 99wordstory of the week!


  3. Norah says:

    So that’s what happened. They should have listened. 😦


  4. Great take on the prompt. “We are unicorns.” I love that line.


  5. Charli Mills says:

    Frollick until the world transforms. Great art work, too.


  6. Well, C.E., that was a lovely sprinkling of fairy dust.
    Now, I seem to recall some nonsense warning you gave me about being the funny one on your page. I hate to tell you, dear heart, but you can’t keep a Sicilian Storyteller stifled:


  7. jenne49 says:

    Excellent retelling of the Noah’story.
    I’ll bet Noah’s irritated by the unicorns, but I’ll also bet that they’d be God’s favourite animal, always supposing…
    And a brilliant merging of Phil’s images – plus the unicorn, of course.


  8. Katrin "Kate" McElderry says:

    Fun fact: pouring rain here for the last 3 days, indoors creating educational materials with great cats roaming free and just taught my students that the root uni means unique… go figure! A great short story that almost felt like it was written for me?!


    • ceayr says:

      Sorry, Kate, your comments keep going astray just now, so I didn’t see this until now.
      And yes, unicorn means one horn, and it’s our National Animal as you probably know.
      If you ever want a story written just for you, you only have to ask!
      Always a pleasure, Kate.


  9. Liz H says:

    The Irish Rovers had the last words — or was it the final notes? — about these now mythical beauties! 😭


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