Cause and Effect

Michael stood hyperventilating, living his worst nightmare over and over again.

The fountain of the town’s newest public installation had suddenly run dry. He was going to lose his job for not protecting the statue, he was sure.

“Noooooooo….” Michael heard a gut-wrenching wail, and his head jerked up. He looked around, but there was no one to be seen.

And then, he looked up… at the statue… which was now covering its eyes!


PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

Could the sound have originated there?

His suspicions were confirmed, as the statue cried out once again, “Nooooooo…take them away. Those pretzels are making me thirsty!”


100 words.

Written as a part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). To read many more fun stories inspired by this week’s prompt, visit HERE.


About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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19 Responses to Cause and Effect

  1. neilmacdon says:

    How appropriate that the first communication with a miracle should be about food. A talk about rubbing salt in a wound! This made me smile

  2. Dale says:

    Ha ha ha! I cracked up!

  3. gahlearner says:

    That was funny, thanks for the laugh, I needed that.

  4. Iain Kelly says:

    They do make you thirsty, but they’re hard to resist! 🙂

  5. Hahaha. Very amusing.

  6. Dear Anurag,

    Wow, that’s some nightmare. Fun stuff.



  7. draliman says:

    Losing his job and also his mind, perhaps 🙂

  8. Abhijit Ray says:

    A thirsty and dirty statue as there is no water. Too bad statue cannot move away. Neither can the pretzel vendor. What will the visitors snack on? An unique dilemma indeed.

  9. msjadeli says:

    His mind is playing funny tricks on him.

  10. Great Seinfeld reference. Loved the story! 🙂

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