The Longest Dark

The Grandfather wind blew in off the lake before the leaves had even begun to turn yellow, and the people knew that many would not survive the coming winter.

They did what they could. The spent their shortened days hunting deer, rabbit, fox and beaver. Anything with fur and meat. They gathered berries and grasses. They chopped down pine trees, weaving the branches together, leaning them along the inside and outside walls of their huts, for insulation. They stacked wood for their fires.

Later, when the snows covered everything, they realized there was something far worse than the weather outside.

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