Going with the goat

Gripping the metal rod a little tighter, Alicia tried in vain to soften the parched dirt. A relentless sun was burning in her neck, and in a basket she kept the few precious seeds that she had spared.

‘I wonder if the seeds could have saved our goat’, she mumbled, hoping that the clouds that gathered would result in rains today.

‘Remember what happened to the dinosaurs’, Martha retorted, kicking up a dust-devil that settled with pebbles. ‘Soon we’ll join the damned goat’

Alicia felt anger building, but just like failing thunderstorms it faded into sobs:

‘We will leave tonight’

A little dystopian story today… I wonder if this is where we are all heading.

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May 27, 2015

46 responses to “Going with the goat

  1. If it is so rough that a goat can’t survive, it’s time to go, but where?. Anger can keep her from giving up. Great story, very sad and already true for many, I’m afraid.

  2. At least they are thinking proactively and getting out instead of holding on and hoping for the rain. Over the weekend I was watching survival shows and the lack of water was a key element. It is so important to life. Without it, we die.

  3. The scene described was bleak…but the way it’s written is rich ..”‘like failing thunderstorms it faded into sobs” was beautiful.

  4. So many people are getting too much rain or not enough. What a sad state of affairs. Nicely written piece, this is. (P.S. love the name of the main character!) Alicia

  5. This fits the prompt well, Bjorn; it has a bleak look to it. I’m wondering the same as you: how many stories will involve dystopian scenarios or something monstrous. Maybe I’ll take a tally. 🙂
    It thought it was interesting that both of our stories involved goats, especially since I put mine in there randomly. Great minds think alike, I guess. 🙂

  6. I like “dust devil” but hope that your scenario is not one we will be experiencing in the future. I don’t know where they will escape too at that point although if you don’t want to end up like the goat I guess you have to make an attempt to find somewhere.

  7. You’ve set a very bleak scene. Your descriptions are most evocative, and the characters’ frustration and despair come through strongly.

  8. Its not the just the future. The graziers have had to put down livestock during the recent droughts so we are already there. Nicely penned.

  9. No, not the poor goats. I love their smiling little faces. Will our animals just go extinct one by one? That is a sad thought.

  10. at first, i thought “going with the dinosaurs” would be the perfect title. but, on second reading, i finally realized “going with the goat” really made sense. well done.

  11. Dear Bjorn, Great story and if this does happen some day, pity those still living, as they will receive even our part of the punishment. Good job! Nan 🙂

  12. I have felt like some things are about to go loose. A beautifully written piece. Thank you!

  13. I wonder if we are, too. No rain here yet this spring. I’m reading a book call Active Hope to give me hope and not fall in with the dinosaurs.


  14. I hope this isn’t a prediction of how it will be for the whole human race ultimately. It’s bad enough that there are many people in this predicament already. I get the feeling that the ones in your story had nowhere to go but it was better to keep moving until they dropped rather than lay down and die where they were.

  15. I hope that’s not where we’re all headed. Some places are getting that way now. The desert is moving in. Good story with a great feeling of desperation. Well done, Bjorn. — Suzanne

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