The Outback


It was mid-summer in the outback. Walking along the hard-baked track Joe hadn’t seen any water for days and his supply was extremely low. With feet scraping along the earth, he had to go on, must go on.

It was becoming more and more difficult for him to walk and his throat was aching with dryness.

Ahead was a small, weak tree, giving a little shade. So he decided to stop - it was the only tree, he had seen for days. He fell down willingly under the shade it offered him.

The next time Joe saw the tree, it was in the early morning, being so exhausted he had fallen asleep, but now he was determined to go on.

On, on. His feet plodded along underneath him, unwillingly. Even in the early morning, the heat was unbearable, and Joe’s burnt skin was a constant pain, but on he must go, willingly or unwillingly. He was still only at the middle of his journey, and how many days lay ahead of him to complete it, he didn’t know.

Today, the burning sun scorched him, as it had for days, only today it was worse than it had been. He had only an couple of centimetres of water left in his water bag and only his strong will made him resist the temptation of drinking it.

It was growing towards mid-day, and he was nearly dead with exhaustion and thirst, but wait! What was that ahead? Gleaming and sparkling like precious diamonds. Could it be? — was it? No, it must be a mirage, but he was getting closer and could still see it. He felt like shouting for joy, but his parched throat would not allow it. His legs could no longer support him, so the task feel to his knees.

Joe crawled desperately towards that precious life saving water. His hands slowly dragged along the earth, gradually lessening the distance between the water and himself.

The last of his strength had nearly gone – He was only a few feet away from the water. His hand reached out and he looked up; the studio lights flashed brightly into his now wide-awake eyes and the sound of “Cut, Print” could be heard in the background.

The Outback


Bunbury, Australia

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Surviving the Outback without water is a test to all.


tale twisted

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