Hi, I'm looking for a short story that is around 4,000-5000 words. Details are below. You have a lot of leeway on how it is told, but I would like the main points to be hit below:
35,000 B.C.E somewhere in Eastern Europe
Point of View:
A tribe of about 300 homo sapiens living together. They are no different physiologically from us today but they operate under a different collective story of course. They should face and overcome similar existential problems that we ourselves face today. The tribe should recently be coming out of an Ice Age. Example, the elders in the tribe remember their elders talking about the hardships and intense cold.
A member of the homo sapien tribe.
Focus on the inner workings and daily life of the homo sapien tribe. Build up how the main protagonist sees the world.
Homo neanderthals heavily populate the surrounding lands, but this homo sapien tribe is rapidly growing and expanding. They are smarter, and more innovative than the homo neanderthals. The homo sapiens assault three different homo neanderthal tribes. Each time, homo sapiens win. The assaults and conquerings should feel like different encounters. None of the homo neanderthal tribes are larger than 100 members.
Result of Conflict:
Each win for the homo sapiens has a different result. A result could be complete decimation of the homo neanderthals, integrating the woman and children into homo sapien culture while killing the men, causing the entire homo neanderthal tribe to retreat out of the territory or something else completely. With each win, the homo sapiens grow stronger as a culture whether it's through ritual, new technology or art is up to you.
Main protagonist tells story about how their people (homo sapiens) are unstoppable and have a right to conquer all other species. You can add another spin or twist to this too. I don’t have a fully developed ending in my mind.
The Neanderthals can have language, but don't let them describe fictional things. i.e. a neanderthal can't have religion, almost treat them like chimpanzees or apes today but with a higher capacity for tool building. I would say they don't have a super evolved language and rely more on body language or symbolism, but the important thing is that they can only communicate what they see.
Homo sapiens on the other hand can imagine fictional things. They are moved by big, grand stories greater than themselves. This is how they are moved to conquer the surrounding homo neanderthals.
The audience is 20-30 years old/adults. It can be pg-13. Gore and violence is okay, but no need to be overly descriptive about gruesome scenarios.
This job could lead to more work in the future. No plagiarism of course. I hope this is fun to write. Thank you for reading. I can't wait to read your story.