The qintar was small and made of metal. It was Ahmik's birthday. He was now four years old. As a present, Ahmik's father made the qintar. In the front of the qintar, a string was attached for Ahmik to pull on. On the other end a sharp metal piece hung down. Ahmik's father told him to take it with him whenever he went outside the door. It was a sort of tracking device. As Ahmik walked with the qintar rolling behind, the long metal piece would drag on the ground marking his path. He never got lost, his parents would always be able to find him.
It was small and fast with razor sharp teeth. The animal walked with a purpose. It could no idea that it was the last of its species. It's only purpose in this cold snowy night was to find food, which had definitely become scarce. It's senses of sight and smell were extremely limited in this type of weather. It nearly ran into the boy in its quest for food. Immediately the animal began to attack, first growling, then jumping on the boy. The boy collapsed to the ground as he felt the last bit of strength he possessed leave his frail little body. The animal bit into his side and the pain was intense. The boy held up his feeble hands to ward off the animal, and realized that the string with the qintar was still attached to his wrist. The boy pulled the qintar closer and tried to use it as a weapon. He realized then that there was some small bit of strength within his weak arms, and began hitting the animal over and over. The boy knew that his efforts were doing some damage, when he felt warm blood pouring onto the hand that was trying to hold the animal at bay. Quickly though, the animal overtook the boy and sunk it's sharp teeth into his small neck. The boy wrapped his arms around the animal and imagined he was in his bed at home with his mother and father by his side.
In the dark, snowy night a little boy lay clinging to his blanket. Although his whole body was drenched in sweat, he was shivering cold. Many times during the day, his mother had checked to see if he was still breathing. Worry clung to her face like a lost child. The boy's father was more reserved in his grief, glancing quickly at the boy after coming in from the day's work. Still, if his son hadn't been sick he would not come back home for days, maybe weeks. He knew he had to work if his family were to survive, A look at his wife told him his son's condition had not changed much. Both husband and wife knew their son did not have long to live. Now, as Ahmik lay wrapped in his blanket, his bother and father were wrapped in a deep sleep induced as much from exhaustion as from grief. Weak and cold, Ahmik called for his mother. He was very thirsty. His voice did not raise above a whisper. He attempted to get the water himself, and slowly crawled out of the warmth of the blanket. His head began throbbing immediately, but somehow he managed to get up. He felt around for water but could find none. In his confusion, he ended up outside his home in the snow. Outside the door lay the gift his father had given to him. Ahmik unconciously searched for the piece of string tied to it and wrapped it around his wrist. It was completely dark outside and light flakes of snow swirled all around him. With a few more steps his home was out of sight. Four year-old Ahmik staggered into the world and walked untill he could no longer go on........ Anthropologist Dr. Ann Misler carefully uncovered the last item she had discovered from the site. It was made partly of wood and partly of metal. Although it was fairly rusted, Dr. Misler thought it was extremely well preserved. This had been a highly fruitful endeavor, she mused to herself. Along with yesterday's find, she had uncovered three new artifacts, including a small boy, an animal that had been extinct for quite some time and this new discovery, perhaps a child's toy. Later at Windsbough Museum, Dr. Misler's findings were placed on display. As many visitors looked with fascination at the boy, the animal, and the "toy," the museum guide told their story. "From what anthropologist's could gather, the boy died from some unknown illness. Apparently, he was buried along with personal belongings, including his pet and his favorite toy." The guide moved to the front of a large display. "Two adults, a man and a woman,were found near the place where the boy was discovered, anthropologist's were unable to determine the cause of their deaths..."