"It crept up out of Mexico, touching first along the brackish Pecos and spreading then in all directions, a cancerous blight burning a scar upon the land. Just another dry spell, men said at first. Ranchers watched waterholes recede to brown puddles of mud that their livestock would not touch. They watched the rank weeds shrivel as the west wind relentlessly sought them out and smothered them with its hot breath. They watched the grass slowly lose its green, then curl and fire up like dying cornstalks." - Opening lines of the Prologue (The Time It Never Rained - Elmer Kelton)
The Ranch During & After The Drought
"The smell of rain brought Charlie suddenly awake. Rubbing one eye, he raised up to look at the luminous face of the alarm clock beside his bed. A shade past five in the morning. He heard the pat-pat of water striking the window. He swung up, his bare feet hitting the rug-covered floor.
RAIN!!!" - (Chapter Twenty - The Time It Never Rained by Elmer Kelton)