The All-Father stood atop the ancient grassy steps. “A new world rapidly approaches us,” boomed Odin. “I am not suited for these coming modern times, and I must sleep.”
“Don’t leave us!” called a child. The thousands gathered agreed.
“You must choose one replacement,” said Odin. He pointed to three figures before him.
“Santa Claus! Bringing joy to all the world.”
The crowd scoffed. Ridiculous-looking elf. Who would pick him?
“The Great Politician!”
The crowd groaned. Seriously?
“Janus!” said Odin. “The Clever Lawyer.”
“Choose your new Winter-solstice deity!” urged Odin.
And that’s the story of how Humanity was saved from horrific destruction.
Odin, the All-Father: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odin
Janus, the two-faced god: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janus
Each week, The Friday Fictioneers gather at ancient Scottish ruins to summon the gods of old ask them what their favorite recipe is. Not really, but it would be cool if we did. Instead, one of our skilled writers offers up a photo as a flash fiction prompt. This week’s cool photo above comes from our very own Bjorn Rudberg. Look here for more stories based upon the photo above. http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/12/24/26-december-2014/