After endless days of drifting in the sea, Mongrel spotted something. The sun was just rising, casting a sick yellow glow over everything and the sky was opal blue. Gentle waves were lapping the small wooden boat as if it was a rocking cradle.
‘Look!’ Mongrel cried.
The four sleeping bodies in the bottom of the boat stirred.
‘Something coming!’ Mongrel added.
A head rose up, a hand rubbing at the face and a man’s voice said, ‘what?’
‘See,’ Mongrel replied and pointed at the strange shape arising out of the sea.
Elk, the leader of the remaining Spear tribe family, looked. Frowning, he rubbed more sleep from his eyes then focused on the shape again. It had been so long seen he last seen anything other then water and sky.
‘Is it food?’ a young girl’s voice asked.
‘No. It’s building,’ Mongrel gushed, ‘Row! Quick!’
‘Aye!’ Elk shouted.
There was a scramble in the little boat as two adults, a man and a woman sit on beaches facing each other and took up the battered wooden oars. Whilst a six year old child scrambled over them all to come to Mongrel’s side to see what the fussy was about.
‘Go ahead, Jagger and Thistle!’ Mongrel directed.
After a few moments of floundering, the boat began moving swiftly towards the structure. The oars slapped the calm water, breaking through the stillness that had settled in the night.
‘What is it?’ the girl asked.
‘A totem? A watch tower? Don’t know, Ember,’ Mongrel answered quietly.
Ember huddled against him. Feeling safer snuggling into the bear skin coat Mongrel was wearing in. Keeping her eyes fixed on the building, she watched it growing before her.
Soon, the little boat was close enough for them all to see that the structure was a white stone tower on top of a cliff face.
‘Land,’ Elk whispered.
He licked salt from his lips and moved around the boat to take the oar from Thistle.
She passed it on and moved to the back of the boat to rest.
Sea water began spraying over the boat as Elk rowed fast. The tower grew then they passed it and saw before them a golden beach edged by trees.
‘Land,’ Mongrel cried.
Spurred on, Elk and Jagger rowed harder. The boat bounced over the waves then started to ground in the sand.
Mongrel scrambled out, Elk and Jagger joined him. They pulled the boat ashore.
Falling into the sand, they cried out wildly.
‘This!’ Elk declared, ‘will be our new home!’
(Inspired from: https://scvincent.com/2017/05/04/thursday-photo-prompt-obelisk-writephoto/ with thanks)