Vikings were used to being misunderstood. Widely characterized as mindless raging barbaric berserkers, it’s less known that they established one of the first international trade routes. They traded from Scandinavia to the Middle-east. At each new society they were looked upon as being backwards, barbaric people. Ironically these alleged barbarians established a style of trade that modern civilized societies depend upon.
So when an apparent viking longboat and vikings arrived in modern Portland Maine, the reception was chilly. “Trade?” chortled Mayor Sanderson. “What could barbarians possibly trade that we want?”
“Same-ole, same-ole,” muttered viking first mate Evaard.
“But this will make your ships faster!” explained Captain Uther. He held out a curious metal construction.
“We have enough modern art,” chuckled Sanderson. And the Board of Trade members guffawed loudly.
Evaard took Uther’s arm and led him away. “I told you Earth wasn’t ready for our return,” he whispered. “We can sell these warp drives for a good price on Vega VII!”
Written for Sunday Photo Fiction: https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2017/04/09/sunday-photo-fiction-april-9th-2017/