Local episodes, stretching over a relatively short period of time, have been the bread and butter of the short story.
Rabindranath Tagore had phrased plots that apply to this rules, and take place in the Indian sub-continent. His writing examins, and re-examins, tensions between nature, or the wild-life, and human society, its own produces and imaginations.
In "The Postmaster," one of his most celebrated stories, Ratan, the small girl in this story, takes care of the Postmaster, but will he take care of her, when time comes?
"So the traveller, borne on the breast of the swift-flowing river, consoled himself with philosophical reflections on the numberless meetings and partings going on in the world—on death, the great parting, from which none returns," answers the Postmaster to himself, but is it to himself only?