Where has the water gone?


The tap was silent except for a few drops of water. Frantically she ran outside to check if the water tap with the direct connection had water. That tap was dry too.

In frustration, she sat down and shed a few angry tears. When people were told not to waste water by washing their cars, or watering their lawn no one listened. Now the well’s gone dry and children are thirsty for freshwater.

Resignedly, she picked up an earthen pot and started for the next village. They had a tube-well and perhaps she’ll get some drinking water from there.


Word count; 99

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!

Written for Carrot Ranch’s prompt- Well’s gone dry, hosted by Charli Mills



63 thoughts on “Where has the water gone?

  1. Water is very precious indeed.

    On another note, when I read the title for a second I read it as “where has the RUM gone?”, I was thinking of Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Carribbean 😁

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  2. I lived through a similar drought period when I lived in the mid-west. Folks did listen. No watering of lawns. If you wanted to wash your car you needed to save your old washing mashine water and use that bucket.

    Another year I had gone to Italy for about a week when my hubby had a job there… even the little streams were bone dry. I try to save cooking water for plants, but I also read that salted water isn’t good for plants. So I try to remember no to add salt to cook veggies. Though one needs salt for pasta… or do they really? You can always add salt after. Too much salt isn’t good for humans either.

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