This pedometer geek has been shirking the Carrot Ranch prompts recently for various reasons, but this week’s prompt called to me. It was to be a story about Water Walkers in 99 words (no more, no less). Check out the story behind Charli Mills’ experience with the Water Walkers at the blog: http://www.carrotranch.com as well as all of the various stories from the community of writers. Here’s my take on the prompt:
Erie Kai Water Walker
This Water Walker was a member of the tribe, who left during the war that was being waged by the British, Canadians, and Americans. While they left, she stayed to protect her home and family. Her bones were discovered later near the shoreline of the lake. She was called Old Woman (Minehonto), and the stream bears her name still.
Even now, Old Woman Creek forms a natural estuary with the lake her tribe called the Wildcat, Lake Erie. Just as she protected her territory long ago, the locals of the Estuary Research Center protect the creek and the lake.
~Nancy Brady, 2019
For those who know the area’s history, I fully admit that I have taken some liberties with the history of the naming of Old Woman Creek. On the other hand, those who live near the Old Woman Creek National Estuary Research Center are proud of the work the biologists do to protect the estuary and Lake Erie. This is one of two national estuary research centers on the Great Lakes, that is, they are freshwater estuaries; most of the other research centers are located on the coasts of the United States and are saltwater estuaries.
To read other writers who have written stories about Water Walkers or to write one of your own 99-word flash fiction, check out http://www.carrotranch.com.