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 http://www.carrotranch.com and look for The Collection: Stacking Stones.