The Babies in the RiverThe citizens of a small town were having picnic beside a river, when someone noticed that a baby was floating by. The baby was sputtering, barely able to keep its head above water, and at once someone jumped into the river to save the child. But while he was busy saving the first baby, more and more children appeared in the water, floating down past the town's people from some distant point upstream.The Babies in the River4 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes
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Now, the town's people were kind-hearted and generous men and women, and not the sort to hesitate to help someone in need. Therefore, they all waded into the river to pull the children from the water, but the drowning babies just kept coming, and as hard as they tried the town's people couldn't save them all. Night began to fall, making it even harder to rescue so many babies, and more and more of them floated by unsaved or sank under the darkening waters.
Finally, one of the town's people crawled out of the water. And he said, "This isn't working. I'm going to go upstream, and I'm going t