This week’s short story challenge

This week’s writing challenge revolves around a photo I took of Kapiti Island, off the coast northwest of Wellington, New Zealand.

Use the photo to inspire a 150-200 word super-short story – a proper one, with beginning, middle, end and punchline (all super-short stories gotta have a punchline) – and post it on your blog, with the prompt photo and a link back to this blog for others to pick up and join in the fun. of course the story can be about anything.

Kapiti Island - bird sanctuary and steeped in history.
Kapiti Island – bird sanctuary and steeped in history.

The island is an amazing place. It’s a bird sanctuary – one of the refuges established, by law, to preserve New Zealand’s native flora and fauna. Every effort is made to keep it so. The island is also steeped in history: from the early 1820s it was the base of the great Ngati Toa chief Te Rauparaha, New Zealand’s equivalent of Shaka Zulu and the creator of the Ka Mate haka subsequently adopted by the All Blacks. From Kapiti, Te Rauparaha could command initial contact with British traders – and maintain control over his loose empire through his monopoly on trade goods and muskets.

And if anybody is wondering, trench warfare was introduced to New Zealand by Te Rauparaha, who learned about it from the British and then went to Sydney in 1830 to obtain the shovels and equipment he needed for the purpose. Just saying.

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