Election – Friday Fictioneers

Photo by: Bjorn Rudberg

Election

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.”

Crickets.

“Choose your new Winter-solstice deity!” urged Odin.

And that’s the story of how Humanity was saved from horrific destruction.
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Author’s Notes:
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/

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About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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24 Responses to Election – Friday Fictioneers

  1. List of X says:

    I’d vote for a Great Politician. Sure, he’s fictional, but I vote for not-so-great politicians all the time.

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    • EagleAye says:

      That’s the problem. Great Politicians are nearly always fictional. And anyway, if a normal politician is good at consuming resources for little return, wouldn’t a Great Politician just take even more money for even less return?

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  2. storydivamg says:

    Frankly, I think we fictioneers are far cooler than the ancient gods, what with their penchant for demanding the blood of virgins and such. However, your story this week is mighty fine, so I’ll leave you with a heartfelt “Ho, ho, ho!” and wishes for a very merry winter solstice.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail

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    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! I quite agree. Next election, I think one of us should be there. Fictioneers don’t need virgin blood, just the occasional photograph. πŸ˜‰ Glad you enjoyed the story, and Merry Christmas/Winter Solstice you! πŸ™‚

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  3. Indira says:

    Till there is a right to choose. Very nice story. Merry Christmas.

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  4. Indeed we all know the answer. The great politicians probably promised bigger stockings with hidden holes.

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  5. Archon's Den says:

    Your definition of ‘horrific destruction’ must differ a bit from mine. It’s still a cute story. Well done. πŸ™‚

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  6. Dear Eric,

    Santa has my vote. Have you noticed how much Odin looks like Gandalf? Actually Gandalf would be a great choice. Fun story in the best Eagle Aye form.

    Shalom and Merry Christmas.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • EagleAye says:

      Uh huh! You probably know that Santa only began in the 1950s in his current form. He’s a compilation of many different religious ideas, which is exactly what Tolkien did. Little pieces of different mythologies all pulled together into one. Perhaps that’s why the tales resonate so well with everyone.

      Glad you enjoyed the story, and Merry Christmas to you and your family! πŸ™‚

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  7. Margaret says:

    I’m glad the horrific destruction was averted. Such a relief. I wonder what candidate selection procedure Odin was using – Lotto? Fun story.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Hehe. I think Odin knew he wanted Santa to take over, and so provided lousy candidates to be sure his choice was selected. Odin’s a sneaky god. Glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for the visit! πŸ™‚

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  8. I think Santa is a great replacement for Odin. Even the greatest politician or the cleverest of lawyers could never meet the fun factor required.

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  9. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear EA,

    Santa hands down. A nice take on the season and the myths we humans create to shelter ourselves from the dark.

    Aloha,

    Doug

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    • EagleAye says:

      Definitely. Santa any day. A little research into the history of Santa and I realized he’s a compilation of different myths. The white-bearded wanderer comes directly from Odin. I think Odin stacked the deck in this story. πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much, Doug! πŸ™‚

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  10. liz young says:

    Fun and funny allin one story – well done!

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  11. Eric, I always wondered how Santa was chosen, and now I know. Creative take on the prompt. Well done. Happy Holidays! πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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  12. Interesting. I could imagine the whole scene

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