Racing across the steppe, Altansuk felt nervous.
Would she change her mind?
He was but a poor herdsman.
Cresting the hill, he spied Anujin standing outside her family’s ger, dressed in her wedding deel and headdress. The sun highlighted her radiant smile. His question answered, he brought his steed to a halt in front of her and jumped to the ground. Breaking tradition, he wrapped her in his arms. Making their way to the marriage ger, family and friends gathered. Celebrations ensued with bowls of airag raised. Two families joined, Altansuk and Anujin began their new life together.
This week’s photo prompt reminded me of the inside of a Mongolian ger, which is also known as a yurt. Mongolians are proud and amazing people. Many of them are herders on the beautiful Mongolian steppe. They live a traditional nomadic lifestyle where sheep and goats graze, and camels and horses run wild.
“Friday Fictioneers” is a weekly challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields. The challenge is to write a story, using only 100 words, in response to a photo prompt. This week’s photo was provided by the lovely Dale Rogerson. It has been a lot of fun to join this fantastic and encouraging group of writers! If you would like to read other Friday Fictioneers’ stories, click here.