The sun would soon rise, and in the pre-dawn glim a group of a dozen people were walking down a rocky path. Among them was a woman with a two-year-old toddling along beside her. As toddlers do, she toddled, and wobbled, and fell down, going all her length on the ground, then burst into tears. Without missing a step, her mother bent down and swept her up into her arms, bouncing her on her shoulder to calm her, and walked on.
Just an everyday incident, in a tribe of Homo erectus, a million years ago in the Olduvai gorge.
This story previously appeared on Crap Mariner’s 100 Word Story weekly challenge.