Not Yet The Collection: Stacking Stones

Last week’s prompt at Charli Mills’ Carrot Ranch was to write a 99-word (no more, no less) story about stacking stones. She tasked the Word Wranglers to go where the prompt leads.

For the prompt, this pedometer geek writer wrote the following:

A Local Mystery

It’s not private, but this public beach was tucked away, a hidden treasure. Teens, especially, enjoyed the beach; on summer nights, they’d head there, start a bonfire, and chill with friends.

One teen had always been fascinated with building things. As a toddler, Marco played with blocks. As a boy, he loved building things with Lego. So naturally, whenever Marco went to the beach, he’d gather stones together and build a tower.

After learning about them, Marco built his first Inukshuk. When the rock tower was destroyed, he returned, resurrecting his Inukshuk. Marco secretly built them day after day.

~Nancy Brady, 2022

For those unfamiliar with the term, here’s an excerpt from Wikipedia:

An inuksuk or inukshuk is a type of manmade stone landmark or cairn built for use by the Inuit, Iñupiat, Kalaallit, Yupik, and other peoples of the Arctic region of North America. These structures are found in northern Canada, Greenland, and Alaska.

Reading Rob Smith’s Shrader Marks: Keelhouse (two novels under one cover) was one of the first times this pedometer geek was made aware of the term. I have read the book several times and highly recommend it, but I digress

To read all the #99wordstories, head over to and look for The Collection: Stacking Stones.

About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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12 Responses to Not Yet The Collection: Stacking Stones

  1. Jules says:

    It is a wonder why some people think it is joyful to destroy what others build.
    Especially things that have a known value to others.

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  2. JC home says:

    Your stories are so perfectly written. A pleasure to read them.

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  3. Jules, me too. One local radio station has a daily feature of good news stories. It is great to hear about positive events and people.


  4. I read this first at the Ranch, and was delighted to see the word Inukshuk, it’s a word I have always used but finally succumbed to cairn as too many people didn’t know the Inuit term. I also delighted in the toddler, boy, teen that continued to enjoy building and imagine him becoming an architect engineer artist.

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    • Thanks D. for your kind words on my story. As soon as I read the prompt of stacking stones, I immediately thought of Inukshuk and knew it would play into the story, I noticed many of the stories included cairns; I just figured most people might understand the word, or if not, I hoped they’d look it up. Thanks again.

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  5. nightlake says:

    This was a lovely story, Nancy

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  6. Norah says:

    I sense hope and resilience in your story, Nan. I also enjoyed learning a new Inuit word. 🙂

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    • Thanks, Norah, for seeing something in my story. Ancora Imparo (I am always learning…) is something Michelangelo supposedly said at age 87. I try to follow that tenet myself. ~.


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