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Historical drabble: Longships Over Troubled Water - Words in the Heroes' Tongue
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Historical drabble: Longships Over Troubled Water
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.

Bright eyes,
Burning like fire.
Bright eyes,
How can you close and fail?
How can the light that burned so brightly
Suddenly burn so pale?
Bright eyes…

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.”


7 comments or speak 2 me
brunettepet From: brunettepet Date: September 30th, 2013 01:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's not allegedly humorous if it makes me laugh, right?
gillo From: gillo Date: September 30th, 2013 01:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh dear.

Call Erik Bloodaxe.
From: beer_good_foamy Date: September 30th, 2013 02:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cattle die,
kinsmen die
you yourself die;
I know one thing
which never dies:
the groans from delicious puns.
ffutures From: ffutures Date: September 30th, 2013 03:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
paratti From: paratti Date: September 30th, 2013 07:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
masteraleph From: masteraleph Date: October 2nd, 2013 05:56 pm (UTC) (Link)


That was incredibly painful. I still laughed.

Incidentally, today's XKCD (#1272) seems like an illustration of one of your punny drabbles.
ozma914 From: ozma914 Date: November 7th, 2013 10:12 am (UTC) (Link)
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