The coming of petrichor

This piece was written for the Carrot Ranch’s weekly 99 word story prompt of ‘well’s gone dry’.

Well’s gone dry and Adam stares at the grey-black clouds that cluster like a bunch of stuck-up girls at a school dance that turn him down every time.

So he flicks on his solar batteries (powered by the daily hell-fire Sun), powers up his Hendrix-like stack of Marshall amps, loads his player with Tchaikovsky’s ‘1812 Overture’, turns the volume up to 11, hits play, picks up the microphone and in synchronicity with the soaring strings, the bells and the cannons, screams “Send ‘er down, Hughie!”

As his tears fall like rain into the dust, his nostrils fill with petrichor.

***

Glossary:

‘Send ‘er down, Hughie’ – Traditional Australian prayer to the heavens to deliver plenty of rain

Petrichor – The earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil, a term coined by two Australian scientists.

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