A tidal response to religious persecution.
Photo credit: John Vonderlin
The A&B Building was made entirely from driftwood. It was built as a temple to Xangan, using only gifts from the sea goddess.
Aqa, the trader next door, distrusted these foreign gods. Only Sambar and Sambar’s children were worthy of worship. Accusing the Xangana of unpaid debt—falsely—he seized their building, evicting them.
The Xangana appealed, but the Sambaran authorities ruled against them.
Aqa opened a tavern with his brother Balzan. It horrified the Xangana, watching their temple desecrated by drunken, loutish heathens.
Eventually, the Xangana found land to purchase, far across the bay. On their empty, stony beach, they prayed to Xangan for sea-blessed driftwood.
That night, huge waves attacked the port, sweeping the A&B Building, among others, out to sea. Many drowned, including Aqa and Balzan.
The dawn light shone on piles of debris washed up on the Xangana’s patch of shoreline—wood, metals, glass, even gold.
The rebuilt temple was twice as grand.
This is my response to this week’s Monday Finish the Story challenge, where the first sentence (above) is provided, along with a photo prompt, and you have to finish with no more than 150 additional words. This week’s photo prompt is of the Arctic Brotherhood Hall in Skagway, Alaska, which I visited a couple summers ago. Very cool building! Click on the blue froggy below to read everyone else’s stories based on this prompt.
© Barbara W. Beachman