The Return

This is a continuation of last week’s story, Highlander.


The Return, by D. Avery

“You’re back. How far’d you get?”

“Far enough to figure some things out.”


“Figured out they don’t have as many seasons out west. If they have deer season, you’d hardly know it. They never heard of sugarin’ or mud season. I wanna settle in for mud season.”

“You came back because you wanna be here when the roads turn to shit?”

“Early April, right?”

“Yup. Lotta my Highland heifers are due to calve ‘bout then.”

“I figure that’s my time too. We’re pregnant.”


He’d seen rangy heifers become content after calving. He embraced his wife, thankfully, hopefully.

From Carrot Ranch: June 1, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about feeling content. Explore what is contentment and any direction will do. Go where the prompt leads.


8 thoughts on “The Return

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  2. Ah, she came back and is carrying the promise of contentment. Funny how the rhythm of seasons can also disrupt or contribute to a sense of contentment. And while I’ve seen contented cows with calves, never be on foot on the range during calving season. Mamas will run you down quicker than a charging bull. Depends where out west, but between winter and green-up comes break-up. It’s never the same — some years it’s indeed dry, other years the mountains are so muddy they slough land and trees! Makes me think it would be fun to collect colloquial seasons around the globe.


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