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Freebie alert! Thirsty for Water: A Short Story by N. N. Light #freebie #free #yalit #ya #shortstory

Freebie alert! Starting today and running for the next five days, we’re giving away our short story, Thirsty for Water, for zero pennies. This is a short story about how powerful each of us are, if only we would take the step forward to help others. No preaching, we promise. You can read it real quick.

Title: Thirsty for Water: A Short Story

Author: N. N. Light

Genre: Young Adult, YA fantasy, short story

Book Blurb:

Can one little boy change a teenager's view on drinking water in order to save his village in Africa?

Juliet can't wait to graduate from high school and finally move on with her life. Five more days and she's free. She gazes out the window while her history teacher, Mrs. Johnson, drones on about war, famine, and lack of water in Africa. A gong rings, startling Juliet out of her daydream. She looks around to see if it was one of her classmates pulling a prank when a little boy carrying a spear appears. Is he a ghost or something more? He pleads for her help and before she can argue, she is transported to a small village in Africa. History comes alive like never before and Juliet must decide how she can help Noko and his village before it's too late. Thirsty for Water tells the story of an African village and the need for water in a relatable way for teens. A great learning tool for teachers, parents, and libraries.


​Juliet lifted her head and saw a little boy with a spear in his hand standing on Mrs. Johnson's desk. Her eyes widened as he began to speak.

"Don't you find my country's plight troublesome?" He spoke perfect English and he looked no more than eight years old. His dark skin and hair contrasted with his white tunic. He had four painted red lines across his cheeks and his spearhead glinted as he aimed it at her.

She looked around but no one seemed to notice the boy. She turned back to him and shook her head. "This can't be real. I must be dreaming this. Wake up, Juliet."

The boy sighed and climbed down from the desk. He walked towards her. "I am real, as real as you, Juliet."

"How do you know my name?" She gasped and tried to pinch her arm.

"I know all about you. My name is Noko." He paused and reached out to touch her arm. "Why are you hurting yourself like that?"

His hand felt cool on her arm and she stopped. If he was a ghost, I wouldn't be able to feel him. This must be real... but how? She reached up and touched his thumb with her index finger. His skin was dry yet very real.

Here's what readers/reviewers say:

I loved it. I had no idea just how short short would be when I started it, but what a lovely tale to teach & inspire! I feel strongly a connection being made always holds the best potential to calm, comfort & nourish, to move & inspire hope, to insight change or instill lessons. And for me, I feel any kind of travel...time travel, dimension travel (I'm a big fan of the Twilight Zone!), or even a story with a "real" trip involved always helps to create that connection somehow. It was THAT quick...& true...once Juliet felt a connection to was a done deal! So beautiful. The story simple...& short...yet so powerful.” – Author Tia Shurina

"N. N. Light achieves a lot in this quick read. Without being pushy or direct, the author shows readers how they can help when so many people around us are in need." - Award-Winning Author James J. Cudney

​"A lovely tale that touches the heart and brings tears to the eyes!" - Author Janice Spina

"A short but highly emotive story that makes me wish this sort of thing could really happen to snap many of us out of our comfortable complacency." - Chris the Story reading Ape

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Author Bio:

N. N. Light is the award-winning husband-wife writing team, commonly known as Mr. N and Mrs. N. Books are their addiction and lifeblood.

Life is meant to be lived; cherish the exciting moments, and relish in those all too brief moments of relaxation. They are here to live their own lives, read as many books as humanly possible and live it passionately. N. N. Light's Book Heaven serves as a vessel to project their passions, and clue in their loyal readers as to what inspires them in this crazy world. So, sit back, relax, and read on. One link to rule them all:

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Sep 11, 2023

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