“The Well” by Ben Loory

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A young boy plummets to the water resting at the bottom of a well. His friends do not hear his cries for help, and the walls are too steep to climb. Still he tries, and he tries. His fingers become raw, bloody. He knows there is no way out, and he is going to die. The water slowly drags him under filling his nose and mouth. Until, he is able to fly. The boy flies right out of danger back to where his friends sit, but they do not see him soaring. In fact, they mock him for his claims of flight. The boy is determined to fly again, but he cannot. Maybe if he returns to the well…

The Well

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About the Author
Ben Loory is the author of the collection Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day (Penguin, 2011), and a picture book for children, The Baseball Player and the Walrus (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2015). His fables and tales have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, READ Magazine, and Fairy Tale Review, been heard on This American Life and Selected Shorts, and performed live at WordTheatre in Los Angeles and London. Loory is a graduate of Harvard University and holds an MFA in Screenwriting from The American Film Institute. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is an Instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.
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