Scrambling to get my story in this week! This week’s photo is from Erin Leary, and I’m guessing this photo was taken not far from where I live. When I saw the it, on Wednesday, I knew just where I wanted to go, but haven’t had a moment to write, and then forgot to link up! For more information about Friday Fictioneers, visit Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ blog Addicted to Purple. We have her to thank for this weekly gem! As always, I welcome honest, constructive feedback. Please leave a comment.
A GIANT MAZEL TOV to Sandra Crook for her win in Flash 500. For those of us who know her writing, it’s no surprise; her talent is enormous!
The Salmon Run
Hand-carved paddles cut through the still water, as rosy light builds. A great blue heron’s powerful wings beat the still air.
“Father, will we fish today?”
“No son. We will gather shellfish, and bark for the women. We will fish with the village, when the salmon come.”
“Will they come? The Whites eat so much—will there be enough for us?”
The father was silent, his brow furrowed but his canoe strokes strong and confident.
“It is true; the Whites eat more than their share, but the salmon have always found their way to our nets. This will never change.”
(Word count: exactly 100)
More: I live in a magical place where the Coast Salish First Nation tribes have lived and fished since 3000 BCE. After white settlers “discovered” the Pacific NW, Salmon became king, and at one point the cannery in Bellingham, WA was the largest in the world. Today, salmon preservation is the focus. Local Lummi tribes still fish traditionally, and work towards sustainability, but their fishing livelihood was forever changed, and the Pacific salmon is today fighting so many threats to its survival.
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