The Lady of Eikefjord

Photo prompt curtsy of Rochelle Wisoff

Photo prompt curtsy of Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

When the Lady was around, families locked up their sons and daughters. Whilst husbands hide their wives if they valued them. No one living near a river or close to the sea was safe from the marauding Lady. Johan had built her well and his signature figurehead had become very apt. Each voyage the Lady made, resulted in her gaining young slaves. The latest batch of Celtic children looked as it they might fetch a good price. Johan’s son took a interest in one particular girl. He pictured her with flowers in her hair. She would make a great bride…

A fine day at Mevagissey

A fine day at Mevagissey

This Post Has 29 Comments

  1. Abhijit Ray

    No one wanted their children to become slaves. What a boat Johan build for the Vikings!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Nothing stands still, not even boat building. Thank you Abhijit

  2. neilmacdon

    I misunderstood this at first. I’d read the lady as a bisexual spirit rather than a ship, and that Johan dug a well to try to contain her. When I got to the end, I realised I must have made a mistake and went back. But interesting the stories readers make of a writer’s work

    1. Michael Humphris

      I now see how this flash can be seen as you saw it. Sometimes when reading comment on other stories, I find myself seeing a differing side to the story, which is fascinating. As was your feedback, thank you Neil

  3. draliman

    A frightening time to live in what with Vikings marauding around the place.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I guess that there have always been marauding individuals and groups, however the Vikings use of the sea and rivers gives them extra interest for me. Thank you draliman

  4. Sandra

    A good time to be living inland, I think. Nicely done.

    1. Michael Humphris

      In deed I hope that it was, although the Viking’s travelled far and wide. Thank you Sandra

  5. gahlearner

    It must have been pure horror to see the sails on the horizon. Excellent tale, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Pure horror indeed, thank you Gabriele

  6. granonine

    Dangerous times, realistic horror.Well done, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Dangerous indeed, although I guess that there have always been marauders down the centuries. So there is plenty for me to write about. Thank you Granonine

  7. Iain Kelly

    The Lady is a ship of doom.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Indeed for some, although perhaps others used the hostilities to gain a advantage. Thank you Iain

  8. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    A very unique take on the prompt. Engaging and imaginative.



    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Rochelle.

  9. Keith's Ramblings

    Refreshingly different albeit a grim tale.

    Click to read my FriFic tale!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Keith, one can only imagine the terror of seeing the sail of a Viking ship approaching

  10. Dale

    I had to look up maurding – I think you meant marauding…
    I like this take on the ship being the Lady… a head spinner of a tale.

    1. Michael Humphris

      You are correct about my incorrect use of the word ’maurding’ sorry about any confusion it caused. I am a sucker for historical type nautical tales. Thank you Dale

      1. Dale

        Was great!

  11. Brenda's Thoughts

    As others have said, I can’t imagine the horror of seeing the Lady on the horizon. I’d take my children and head for the hills (if that were possible). Well-writting story, Michael!

    1. Michael Humphris

      The Lady has now gone to her rest as part of a Viking funeral

  12. StuHN

    Human trafficking/the slave trade is such a horrible part of being human. At first I thought this was a ghost/horror story. I was right about the horror.

    1. Michael Humphris

      The Lady was part of the so called Dark Age, and as such has now gone to her grave as part of a Viking funeral

  13. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    Sounds like a lady that needs to be put to rest.

    1. Michael Humphris

      This Lady has now gone to the bottom of the ocean as part of a Viking funeral

  14. Dawn M. Miller

    But a good telling. 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Dawn

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