Friday Fictioneers: “Viking Funeral”




Green Day’s “Peacemaker” is partially to blame with the inclusion of Mr. Molotov’s cocktail. The name is just too pleasant sounding (like “engine” and “cellar door”) to not include in a story about fire.


Have fun~




Image Copyright: Jennifer Pendergast

Image Copyright: Jennifer Pendergast


Title: Viking Funeral

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 100


Grandpa Johnathon’s a bad influence. That’s what my parents said. They sipped bitter wine and ate sweet grapes from a platter at Grandpa own funeral. Grandpa’s lakeside house must have been a bad influence too, because it was ravaged like a corpse by cousins and in-laws.

Grandpa always loved fishing— part of his Viking blood. Amidst the chaos and looting, I stole away Grandpa’s best hat and most beloved photos. I loaded them up onto his favourite fishing boat and set them on fire out in the link. Grandpa was the one who showed me to make the Molotov cocktail.






I wanted to include a scene in this story where the kid pushes the boat out of the dock while it’s still at the grandpa’s house and then lit it on fire, walking back and ignoring all of the rambling and blabbering that was flung his way.

It’s not like he lit the old man on fire, though! Just his most beloved stuff.

He should have thrown a spear into the water too, dedicating the funeral to Odin.

No, I didn’t just read American Gods in the space of about a week and a half and am now internalizing all of its greatness.

Not at all.



Good luck, you brave writer folk!







3 comments on “Friday Fictioneers: “Viking Funeral”

  1. Dear Michael,

    It sounds like a fitting tribute for a beloved Grandfather, although I’m not sure the rest of the family will see it that way. Good one.



  2. gahlearner says:

    This is a great way to say good bye to a viking grandpa. The kid will get in trouble, but that would have been worth it.

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