Something Is Off

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Humor  |  House: Booksie Classic
About 500 words --- Someone is stranded in the dunes and he is talking to (???).

Submitted: February 28, 2017

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Submitted: February 28, 2017



The setting to this story is an extremely large area that is covered in sand-dunes.

There is a man, about 30 years old, trudging through the dunes at a snail's pace. He is wearing no shoes, or socks, and he has on some torn cotton pants and a sleeveless under shirt.

The man is talking to someone, but it is unclear to whom.




"Can't you see it?"


"Yes I can see it, but it isn't real. Now go away and leave me alone!"


"Are you really going to trudge right past it without getting a big drink of water?"


"Look Lizard, there is no water there and what you see is just a mirage."


"A mirage, what kind of mirage has palm trees and other shrubs all around? Can't you see them?"


"Sure I see them, but that doesn't make them real. And I'm not going to waste my energy by walking all that way over there, Lizard, just to be disappointed again.

I know that there is a well due west of here and if I stay focused then I might make it before I collapse."


"I'm with Lizard; I see it too; so there must be a Oasis over there."


"Really Buzzard, you don't think that I know what you're doing. You just want me to wander all around until I expire; then dinner will be served. Well it's not going to happen!

Here's an idea for you Lizard. Why don't you ride on Buzzard's back and he can fly over to the so called Oasis, then both of you take a big drink of water and return.

If you can spit water out of your mouths, when you return, then I'll believe that there is a real Oasis over there. How's that sound?"


"That's silly, if I get too close to Buzzard he will eat me; that is what Buzzards do, they eat stuff."


"How about you Buzzard? If you are so convinced that there is water over there then prove it. Fly over there and fill your mouth with water, then spit it out when you come back here."


"No, no, no, --- No can do. I do not have cheeks, so when I drink I swallow, there is no holding it in my mouth; sorry."


"That's what I thought, both of you are full of excuses but have no solutions. Now go away!"


All a sudden another mirage appeared, but this one had the name JEEP written on the front. It was a rescue party that came looking for the long overdue traveler. --- He was saved!


(Weeks later.)


"So, Jim, you say that you were still clear minded enough to know that the Oasis was a Mirage?"


"That's right Sam, even after seven hours in the hot sun!"


"But you thought that you were talking to a Sand-Lizard and a Buzzard. Didn't that tell you that something was off?"


"Well, I guess talking to a Buzzard seems kind-of nuts. What do you think, Lizard?"


D. Thurmond / JEF  ---  02-27-2017

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