To Light a New Fire

In the spring of 1562, a young man’s life was about to change forever. While standing on a dune staring out over the rolling sea along the east coast of what would one day be called Florida, an amazing and frightening sight caught his eye. A sailing ship! A shiver of terror ran through his body. He had heard the stories. It was the Little People from the Sun. Accounts of the horrible things that they had done to his village years before he was born had been told and retold around the council fires for as long as he could remember. He had always thought they were just stories told to frighten children. Now he could see that they were real. His thoughts went to Cato, the girl that he had come so far to marry. He turned and ran down the hard-packed beach toward her village. He must reach her before they did. Something evil was coming, and he had to take her out of harm’s way before it was too late.

--Nick West



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