What Pegman Saw: Pale Beasts from the Sea

Labrador Sea by Philippe Jamet on Google Maps

I remember when Sedna sent us the pale beasts.

“Why’d she do that,” Yuta clawed at Ahnah.

Ahnah shrugged.

“But you’re the wise woman, you ought to know.”

“Wise woman I might be, but I’m not Sedna to be in her head.”

The pale beasts confused us. They were not food, they provided no skins; what use had they? Yuta and Kallik wanted to kill them but Ahnah said no, to leave them alone and they’d go away.

Ahnah said true. After three sun-seasons the pale beasts disappeared into the sea and haven’t returned to this day.


97 words, written for What Pegman Saw: Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada

BTW, in case you’ve not caught it, the pale beasts were Norse from Greenland

 

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31 Responses to What Pegman Saw: Pale Beasts from the Sea

  1. The pale beasts! Great evocation.

    Like

  2. Lynn Love says:

    ‘Pale beasts’ they must have seemed too, pillaging and tearing the world apart. Love the voices here, your characters speech patterns convince 🙂

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  3. Dale says:

    Agree with Josh!
    And I love your Inuit take.

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  4. Violet Lentz says:

    I hadn’t caught it so I am happy you gave me a heads up. Brilliantly written piece. I have uses Sedna in poetry before. So she I was familiar with.

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  5. Jen Goldie says:

    Great take on the photo Crispina 🙂

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  6. bearmkwa says:

    I liked that one. Reminds me of Scott O’Dells’ book “Island of the Blue Dolphins”.

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  7. Are the pale beasts icebergs?

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  8. Joy Pixley says:

    I thank you for the hint, because I had completely misunderstood and thought that Sedna was a person who brought them some sort of animal. But now I see that Sedna is the goddess of the sea, and it makes so much more sense that they are Norse in ships!

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  9. Brian Bixby says:

    And here I thought Sedna was just a dwarf planet, worshiped by very far-sighted humans. 😉

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  10. pennygadd51 says:

    Good, subtle story. Ahnah was wise to wait rather than attack the Norsemen.

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