Smorgasbord Short Stories – Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction – Following Elephants by Sally Cronin

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

This week the Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge by Charli Mills offers us the prompt of a ‘bucket of water’.  This week Charli shares a road trip she took to find out more about a community that has a deep respect for water.

Here is my effort…

Following Elephants by Sally Cronin


The young boy raised the heavy tin bucket full of dusty liquid onto the rolled up shirt on his head. Both hands steadied the precious cargo as he watched the herd of elephants moving slowly off into the sunset. He had followed them all day from his village across the parched earth, knowing they were creatures capable of finding the most hidden of watering holes. They had led them to this ancient secret spring; a life-giving find for his village. He turned and retraced his steps homeward, cloaked in the dangerous predator filled dusk. Today his…

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