Here is another of my (allegedly) humorous little drabbles, this time set during the Viking discovery of America. 100 words, rating FR7. And I apologise in advance.Longships Over Troubled Water
After weeks at sea Leif Eriksson’s Viking crew reached Vinland. They massacred a few skraelings
and then feasted on ale, pork, and cheese. Next the Vikings took turns singing songs, from the Sagas, commemorating heroes of old.
“Your turn, Chieftain,” they called, and Leif Eriksson rose.
Burning like fire.
How can you close and fail?
How can the light that burned so brightly
Suddenly burn so pale?
The Viking crew were baffled at first. Then Bjarni Hjerjolfsson spoke up.
“What we have here,” he said, “is the world’s first instance of Leif imitating Art.”