The Carrot Ranch February 7, 2019, prompt is to “in 99 words (no more, no less) write a
story that includes a sign. It can be a posted sign, a universal sign, a wonder. Go where the prompt leads.” The prompt led me back to those giant birds from last week’s mythstorical retelling of Maushop in “Thar Blows”.
Massasoit keeps me close; he does not trust me who has been carried away and back by the giant birds, which have been preying along the coast.
I learned the words of the English in their country. The giant birds are ships. After five springs I followed the sun back to my country in ships, finally returning to Patuxet where chill winds rattled through empty fields littered with the untended bones of my people.
Another ship has come. English families are building in Patuxet. Massasoit gathered the shamans in the swamp, looking for a sign.
These are uncertain times.