Should all stories have a beginning, middle, and an end? I've been pondering this question as I write this very short story. It's about the last sentence in the text below. Does it add to the story? Do I need to give the reader a hint that they will not return to their land again? I think it sounds better without the last sentence myself, but I'm not sure whether to leave it in or not: So this is the end. Once a thriving grassland now turned to savannah. Nobody imagined the transformation would've occurred this quickly, just a few weeks after the traveller’s curse... Damn foreigners. They have no respect for the words of the mystic, and now look what their carelessness have wrought on us! My dad tells me we can weather this misfortune; that there are plenty of examples in the holy texts about the sand unleashing its wrath, only to spare the faithful in the end. We are a pious family, after all, he tells us. Only, as I stand to gaze over the now dead landscape, I cannot help but feel despair upon my view. The sand creeping menacingly closer, suffocating the grass beneath my feet. I fear this will be the last I'll see of my homeland, habitable and lush. --- Or maybe this works better? ---- We are a pious family, after all, he tells us. Only, as I stood gazing over the now dead landscape, I could not help but feel despair upon my view. The sand creeping menacingly closer, suffocating the grass beneath my feet. It would be the last time I set foot on this land, habitable and lush.