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.”
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…
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/