Getting Away or Not

Photo copyright: Jan Wayne Fields.

Photo copyright, Jan Wayne Fields.

What Puteri wanted was to get away. The dell seemed an ideal place to settle down and relax.  She did not want to hide away, but just needed to find a place to rest and prepare. The dell had seemed ideal until the midges arrived.  She could have coped with them, but having people telling her to go away, and that she was not welcome, that had hurt her. Now her birthing time had come, she needed shelter and privacy. What she had got was hard grass and hate.

Getting away

Getting away: sadly this is not a picture of Water Buffalo. This photograph was taken at Derwentwater in the English Lake district.



This piece of flash fiction is a follow up to a story called – the young buffalo – that I posted in January 2016 at –

I also posted another piece of flash fiction about Puteri in September 2016 called – a troublesome grave stone – available at

This Post Has 39 Comments

  1. neilmacdon

    How did you get from camping to calving? Great story, Michael

    1. Michael Humphris

      Hi Neil, I am not really sure, but it had something to do with getting away from trouble and individuals not being accepted

  2. Lynn Love

    Great tale – let’s hope Puteri can find some peace and quiet somewhere.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Sadly wild water buffalo are under pressure from expanding human settlements

      1. Lynn Love

        As are so many animals – great you brought this to your readers’ attention

        1. Michael Humphris

          Thank you Lynn

  3. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    I loved the buffalo perspective and the solitude you need to giving birth… an even younger buffalo is on his way.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I should have thought of that, now I need to think of a name for the new arrival.

  4. Dale

    Love where this took you. Enjoyed it immensely!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much for your feed back, it encourages me to write.

  5. Louise Taylor

    What an unexpected take on the prompt. Loved it! And the cow photo (before I read your explanation, I did think they might be water buffalo…..).

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Louise, for your positive feedback. I do love to see cattle moving freely.

  6. rochellewisoff

    Dear Mike,

    Interesting POV. Love that you didn’t make it a literal camping story.



    1. Michael Humphris

      Hi Rochelle, I needed to work hard to stop myself heading down the camping route. I have had many interesting camping holidays. However I am learning to try at least to think out of the box. Thank you for the encouragement it is appreciated. Mike

  7. aliciajamtaas

    You thought out of the box very well. I enjoyed where you took this.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am so pleased that you enjoyed this, getting this type of feedback helps me understand how my stories are received. Thank you Mike

  8. wmqcolby

    Good take on the prompt, Mike! Got me into a different area. Wonderful.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much. I am still smiling at Tune in Tomorrow

      1. wmqcolby

        Hahaha! A bigger thank-you as well. 😀

  9. draliman

    Nice take on the prompt! And quite a sad story, never finding peace and quiet at such a time.

    1. Michael Humphris

      It gets harder for all to find a quiet spot as the worlds population expands, that is until humanity heads for the stars.

  10. Rosemary Carlson

    Really good story!

  11. Michael Wynn

    This was a totally different and interesting take on the prompt. Well done

    1. Michael Humphris

      It is great to see all the differing style of handling prompt photos, thank you for your find comments. Mike

  12. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover

    Great story. You made me feel great empathy for the water buffalo.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Your feed back really helped me understand how this story worked. Thank you, Mike

  13. lingeringvisions by Dawn

    I like this story, no matter how you got there.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Dawn

  14. Dahlia

    Ah Puteri is back 🙂 And she is going to have a baby! Lovely take on the prompt Michael

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you for your support and positive comment. I expect Puteri will figure again in another story at some piont.

  15. Sandra

    A great take on the prompt, and very sad without being too overtly sad.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Sandra, your comment helps me understand more about how my stories at perceived, thank you.

  16. patriciaruthsusan

    Lovely but sad story, Michael. It seems many wild animals find their habitat shrinking. It’s a shame. Good writing. —- Suzanne

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Suzanne, sadly we seem unable to allow the wilderness to continue for posterity,

  17. Rowena

    Good piece of writing, Michael. However, as soon as I read ” midges” I was struck by horror. I have only encountered these blighters once and didn’t know what they were, marvelling at the number of red dots. Turned out I was allergic. Not anaphyllactic but bad enough.
    I say: “Shoot the midges!”
    xx Rowena

    1. Michael Humphris

      Midges can be real troublesome, I have come across some blighter’s over the years. So I feel for you. Unfortunately every time I attempt to shot them somehow I miss.

      1. Rowena


  18. gahlearner

    A bit of a christmas story from the water buffalo perspective. I like this a lot. Great story, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Gabriele, it really helped to know how you felt about this story

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