Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Six Sentence Story

After seeing this on MessyMimi's Meanderings, I've decided to give the Six Sentence Story a try.

The rain was pounding on the old metal barn roof, dripping through holes to the fresh straw below where a heifer was struggling to give birth for the first time.

Each contraction wrung a moaning bellow from the heifer followed by heavy panting, and I could do nothing but watch and wait.

Finally, two tiny hooves appeared and then disappeared, causing both heifer and man to groan; when the hooves appeared again, I caught them and pulled gently, guiding the calf into his new world.

Another push and a bellow and I had to dodge the flailing hooves of the heifer as she tried to get traction; suddenly, the calf was born and lying motionless in the hay.

The cow rose to her feet and I backed out of the way; she began licking life into her calf who gave a squeaky mewl and rose shakily to his feet and bumped his head along his mother's flank until he found warm milk.

It was past midnight as I trudged wearily through the rain to the welcoming glow of light from the kitchen window; I pulled off my boots, shed my coat, and sank into a chair as my wife put a cup of steaming coffee in my hand and listened as I told her about our fine, new bull-calf.

Linking to:
Six Sentence Story Thursday at Girlie on the Edge

14 comments:

Marti said...

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Val said...

What a wonderful story in six sentences.

Paul Brads said...

I am so glad you joined in! Wonderful job.

messymimi said...

Awww! It's a joyful thing to attend a birthing. So glad you joined in on the six!

Sandee said...

Reminds me of my youth. We lived on a dairy farm. New babies all the time. Very well done.

Have a fabulous day. ♥

Marti said...

You could have written the story better than. I've never seen a cow give birth. lol

Clark Farley said...

Damn!*
Welcome to the Six Sentence Story! This is a fun** bloghop and I enjoy having increasing number of other Sixes to read and enjoy (and improve my own writing from reading).

*compliment, translate: 'What an excellent and engaging Six Sentence Story. Very worthy first Six!'
** in a certain, for some us, head-wall-impacting-sorta-way.... lol

Marti said...

Thank you. I thought it might get my brain out of neutral.

Girlie OnTheEdge said...

Welcome, Marti! What an awesome first Six Sentence Story. Gripping first sentence. Nicely done. I was able to paint a rather detailed picture of the birthing scene. I look forward to reading more SSS from you :D

Marti said...

Thank you! It's fun to read all the stories that can be told in six sentences.

Kate said...

You did a great job painting the picture with just 6 sentences.

neel p said...

Welcome, Marti! What an lovely first Six Sentence Story. Gripping sentences. Beautifully written story. Panoramic birthing scene.

Unknown said...

NICE!!!

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