This Carrot Ranch flash fiction challenge response comes on the heels of my latest Six Sentence Story, with more on Robert who is back on the family farm after serving in Lincoln’s War. In rereading the prompt, I may have missed the mark, as there’s no bucket of water, though there’s scalding water behind the barn. This is where the prompt led.
March 21, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that features a bucket of water. What is the condition of the water and what is the bucket for? Drop deep into the well and draw from where the prompt leads! Respond by March 26.
Thomas looked up as Robert bolted past. From the barn their father, bare-armed, bloody to his elbows, also watched.
“Thomas, I need an extra pair of hands. Bring those buckets and come around the back of the barn.”
“Yes Pa. Pa? I thought you didn’t want me helpin’ with that chore yet.”
“Looks like I need you now. You know it’s got to be done, right Thomas?”
“ I know. Them pigs was always meant to feed us.”
“That’s right Thomas. And Thomas? I don’t want you pesterin’ Robert no more for stories about the war.”