#atozchallenge, N is for Nanuq…

Natsiq fought against the howling winds as he searched for Nanuq, the polar bears.  Inuit people revered the powerful creatures, even as they hunted them.  Coming upon a bear and her cub looking so helpless was unexpected.   His people needed to eat.  Her family needed to survive.

He couldn’t shoot.  He lowered his bow and turned away when a soft voice called out.  A beautiful Inuit maiden stood where the bear had been, holding a small boy.  “Please, we are so cold and hungry.  Your kindness has finally broken the spell of our evil stepfather.  However can I thank you?”

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My theme this year is 100 word fiction.  (So, no, don’t count this line!)

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19 responses

  1. Love this! Powerful, poignant tale.

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      1. You’re welcome!

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  2. Ooooh! Didn’t see that coming! Good show!

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    1. Thanks, a little twist on an Inuit legend…

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  3. Wow. That was an unexpected twist. Loved it!

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    1. Thanks, a twist on a legend…

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  4. Oh my, nice twist. It reminded me of the final episode of M*A*S*H. Eerie.

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      1. Remember way back, the final episode of MASH and the 4077th is stuck in a bus trying to hide from the enemy. A chicken in the back of the bus is making all these squawking sounds and Hawkeye is afraid it’ll give away their position, so he grabs its neck to kill it.

        Only later in the show, Hawkeye has a breakthrough with Sigmund (the shrink) and realizes it wasn’t a chicken — it was a baby. And it wasn’t squawking, it was crying. So … yeah. Rough final episode.

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      2. I definitely know that episode, I guess I wasn’t thinking it was the last. Thanks for the reminder of possibly the best television show ever!

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  5. Beautiful animals, and a powerful, mystical story. Nicely done.

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  6. Loved this💕💕💕💕

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  7. That was wonderful! It became even more gripping at the end than it had already been with the potentially lethal choice going on.

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  8. Fantastic and surprising ending. The fairy tale spell is an excellent twist. . . Shhh!🙊

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