Flu Theory – Mondays Finish the Story

Photo by: Barbara W. Beacham

Flu Theory

They followed the buffaloes and their babies along the trail heading into the woods.

Young scientists Fitch and O’Hara had passed nearly one hundred empty Indian villages. The two desperately wondered where everyone went. The few Indians they found were dead or dying from flu, and they suspected this was the cause.

They watched as two Indians, dressed in curious full-body clothing, led the buffalo into an enormous structure, easily 5-kilometers long. They guessed it might house 300,000. It was made of metal, O’Hara surmised. Examining the barrel of his flintlock pistol, he never imagined that much metal existed anywhere.

A great door shut the Indians and buffalo inside. The structure suddenly rose into the air. Eight similar vessels rose from miles away and joined it in formation. They paused above the men as if to bid adieu, then streaked into space and at ungodly speeds.

“No one will ever believe this,” said Fitch.

“You’re right,” said O’Hara. “Best stick with the Flu Theory.”
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Author’s Notes:
The Native-American population before Columbus is estimated to be as high as 112 million, although estimates vary widely. Roughly 90% died from disease after contact with European illnesses. At least, that’s what we think happened…
http://uwpress.wisc.edu/books/0289.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Population_history_of_indigenous_peoples_of_the_Americas#Depopulation_from_disease

Each Monday, it’s time to finish the story. The photo from Barbara Beacham above is the media prompt. This week, stories must begin with, “They followed the buffaloes and their babies along the trail heading into the woods.” It’s up to us writers to run with it from there. This is my answer to the challenge. Look here to find what others wrote: https://mondaysfinishthestory.wordpress.com/2015/04/20/mondays-finish-the-story-april-20th-2015/

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About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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29 Responses to Flu Theory – Mondays Finish the Story

  1. babso2you says:

    Well done WordMaster! I love it…the flu theory is good because no one would believe a close encounter….Thank you for participating again and I hope that you return next week! Be well… ^..^

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  2. Ha! No one would ever believe that at all. 🙂 Well Done.

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  3. Great story with the flu theory as against the aliens theory. It’s a shame that Indians and buffalo are now in such decline.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Thank you! Buffalo aren’t declining so much anymore. In fact they’re on the rise. Can’t say as much for our Native-Americans. We’ll have to hope for the best. Thanks very much for the visit. 🙂

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  4. phylor says:

    I thought they were somewhere the Enterprise (the original) visited. Kirk got the Native woman, and displayed his chest!
    Great story. I hope this, not the flu theory, is why the buffalo and Native Americans have gone
    The 90% is so sad. That most died from disease before even seeing a European. Whole cultures gone in the cycle of small pox. In some places, the army purposely gave blankets, infected small by pox victims, to the natives. (Biological warfare!).
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    • EagleAye says:

      Ah! I remember seeing that Star Trek Episode. As a teen I had a major crush on “Miramoni.” *sigh*

      It really is sad. The effect on Native-American tribes was far more catastrophic than the Black Death in Europe. It is often thought that the more advanced civilization of Europeans defeated the Native-Americans. In reality it was disease that did all the work. The “New World” couldn’t have been conquered so easily without it. And yes, handing out infested blankets is one of the earliest instances of biological warfare. Ghastly stuff! Killing off the buffalo purely to deprive Native-Americans of their food source was another hideous embarrassment in our history.

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      • phylor says:

        I used to teach history, and I’d ask the class to look around as the Native American cultures before the Europeans arrived. Then narrow the class down to 10% and say this is what was left.
        I have, on VHS, three stories of Native women’s interaction with Europeans. The story that has the most impact ends with a mother whose child doesn’t yet have any signs of small pox (half European) and sends her off up the river telling her to keep going as far as she can. The story usually brought the entire class to tears.
        There are blots on our history, and that is one of the darkest ones.

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      • EagleAye says:

        Indeed there are. It sounds like you taught a powerful lesson. Well done! Such stories like the plight of Native-Americans should never be forgotten, lest we are doomed to repeat it.

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  5. When you started talking about the flu, I thought you were going to talk about the disease that the buffoloes are getting in Wyoming that is also fatal to cattle. So Montana is in a war to keep Yellowstone’s buffalo off their land. That may have settled down some now as it was years ago. Loved your story! I liked how it flared into a Sci Fi. Loved the ending! Dang! You’re just GOOD!

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    • EagleAye says:

      I hadn’t heard about this bovine flu. I can see why ranchers wouldn’t want the buffalo there. On the other hand, I think it would be grand if some of this land and it’s animals could be restored to its natural state. They say a man sat on a hilltop watching a buffalo herd running past. He stayed there for two days before the entire herd had gone by!

      I just love Scifi. It’s my genre of preference. I can’t help leaning towards it. Thanks so much for the kind words. You make me blush. 🙂

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  6. draliman says:

    So that’s what really happened. I always suspected…

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  7. Good decision here. Those Indians, always deceiving the white man. Damn!

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  8. John Yeo says:

    They had to have the unnatural help of the flu to almost destroy the species ~ The lead supply would have run out ~ Lead would have become rarer than gold or buffalo in those days ~ Well written Eric ~ There is a planet where beasts of burden are tamed to work nine-to-five ~ Descendants of immigrant space invaders I believe~

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    • EagleAye says:

      Yup. If the conquering Europeans had to fight the full might of the New World’s Indian population, they would’ve been in BIG trouble! And yeah, flintlocks don’t fire nearly as fast as bow & arrow and you probably couldn’t make lead balls fast enough. Thanks much, John!

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  9. Susan Langer says:

    Liked how you told your story. I love when you weave your Sci-Fi in at the end.:)

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