Our friend Charli Mills at https://Carrotranch.com issued a new challenge. Write a 99 word story including “tap.” I hope you’ll like mine. Mine. heehee. (You’ll see.) She’s promised some “PoeTree” next month, which should be great fun as well.

And, of course, Happy St. Patty’s to you all!

Esurient Mine

Written by Kerry E.B. Black

“We’re lost!” Tears bubbled into Layla’s trembling words.

Craig studied his chalkmark. They’d passed it twice already. Lost, indeed.

“Why’d we come here? There’s no treasure.” She slid to the hard ground. Stone snagged her long hair as though hungry for her touch. “Nobody even knows we’re here.”

“Shh, what’s that?”

She sniffed to silence and heard it. Tapping, alluring as the Pied Piper’s song.

She whispered, “Is it a miner?”

He shrugged. “Maybe.” 

They followed. Better to accept their punishment for trespassing than die lost in the mine. 

Knock, tap, tap. They followed deeper into the longing darkness.