Microfiction: Boredom

This is the photo prompt for this week’s Three Line Tales from Sonya.

Photo credit Fabio Rose

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“Is this all there is? Just a load of sodding sand?” He stared in dismay at the dunes running like an arid sea to the horizon.

 

“What did you expect?” she asked wearily. “Polar bears? It’s a desert.”

“Yeah, well, I didn’t expect it to be so sorta monotonous. Giddyup,” he said to the camel, “let’s get this over with.”

 

But the camel snorted, sank to the ground and arranged itself back to the rising wind, as the first plumes of sand rose along the razor-edge crest of the dune, and the raging orange demon of the desert storm whipped the air into a whining, gritty hell.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

26 thoughts on “Microfiction: Boredom”

  1. I love the last phrase ” as the first plumes of sand rose along the razor-edge crest of the dune, and the raging orange demon of the desert storm whipped the air into a whining, gritty hell.” Very vivid.

  2. Never argue with a camel…they are right or wrong, but stubborn either way 🙂 and then you find out they’re smarter!

    Love the scene you put together; masterfully crafted!

    1. Thank you 🙂 I don’t understand what draws people to taking floating palace cruise ship holidays, and I strongly disapprove (yes, I am judgemental) of the trips organised into the worlds’s last wild places, just so a select few can take their pics to prove they went there.

      1. I agree with you, in particular those safaris where they disturb the animals to get their photo-op (usually taken very poorly). If you want to get the ultimate shot, spend a couple of months in the wild to get that one moment….

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