Ed stared at the empty computer screen. It stared back like a barren wasteland—nothing fertile; no sign of life. The standoff lasted for hours.
Totally out of ideas with a deadline looming, he cursed the day he volunteered to write a weekly column for the local paper.
Ed rubbed his eyes, wracking his brain for inspiration.
Suddenly, a news notification appeared on the screen’s top right corner: RESIDENTS WANT SWAMP DRAINED.
Ed smiled as his fingers hit the keyboard and the words flowed like a raging river.
He filed his story about career politicians well before the deadline.
This 99-word story is my contribution to the July 20 Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge to write about a surprise from a desert.