Posted: July 2, 2014 in Friday Fictioneers

This is my contribution to Friday Fictioneers. Claire the picture is lovely and very thought provoking. Sorry I missed reading everyone’s work last week, I was camping in the Canadian Rockies. A truly lovely place.

PHOTO PROMPT, Copyright - Claire Fuller

The first born son in each generation of McFerssons is destined to be king. But Ragnar only wants to marry red-headed Britt, raise children and dirty his hands planting corn.

As a child he asked the village shaman, “How may I avoid my destiny?”
The old hag had shrugged. “The fates decree – you cannot.”

Now the only soil on Rangnar’s hands is the blood of neighboring tribesmen.
“The hell with the fates!” He grabs Britt’s hand and flees toward the green farmlands below the castle.
Before reaching the second row of ankle high corn, he slowly thickens to stone.

  1. Sandra says:

    Should have listened to the shaman… He’s not going to be much use to Britt now.


  2. Not a good idea to throw away advice from a shaman. Hopefully his lovely wife holds his favor. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  3. blawson834 says:

    Cool story. Destiny is something that should be understood and embraced. We can’t flee from what we are.


  4. I wasn’t expecting that ending, despite the picture. A great idea.


  5. That’s very clever. It could be an ancient saga. Well done.


  6. Destiny can’t be avoided it seems!


  7. Alicia, Good story and well written. I guess that would scare the daylights out of any kids who didn’t do their civic duty. Creative use of the prompt. ๐Ÿ™‚ —Susan


  8. Dear Alicia,

    Some things are just set in stone. Perhaps Britt can use him for a yard ornament. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Clever story.




  9. What did he expect after saying”, The hell with the fates!” You can not run from them.


  10. draliman says:

    Very good story – a harsh price to pay for trying to escape his destiny. Even if fate one day relents and releases him, Britt will be long dead.


  11. Now that isn’t fair. The Old Testament God has nothing on the Fates! Cool story.


  12. Thanks, Perry! I was thinking of that old bible story about Lot’s wife. Don’t look back. Cheers!


  13. elappleby says:

    Nicely done. That’ll teach him to try to run away from his duties, poor man ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


  14. Oh dear… I guess the shaman was right. What a shame!


  15. Alice Audrey says:

    Who knew that “fated to be king” would be such a bad thing?


  16. Indeed! Thanks for reading! Happy 4th of July.


  17. K.Z. says:

    a tragic love story… but i enjoyed it anyway ๐Ÿ™‚ he seemed like a good man. happy 4th of july ๐Ÿ™‚


  18. What a sad story! The poor guy couldn’t avoid his fate, and all he wanted was to be an ordinary person! Is it too much to ask?
    And the rest of the world does its best to be extraordinary, and fails. Ah, the tragedy!
    (Loved your story, Alicia!)


  19. JustDeb says:

    I love this and your way of thinking. Great story! They don’t always have to have a happy ending unless of course you take it further. Thanks for stopping and reading mine!


  20. Wow! Truly, one can never defy fate. Nice twist!


  21. rgayer55 says:

    Well, now that he’s out in the corn field Britt can use him for a scarecrow. That is, if the pigeons don’t use him for a roost.


  22. The fates will not be cheated!
    I loved the image of the ankle-high corn — a vision of potential, of dreams that will never be achieved.


  23. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Alicia, Great story – too bad he couldn’t get away. I always thought there was an escape clause in every monarchy. Oh wait, that means “off with their head” something like that, I think. Well, he did try to live his own life. Nan ๐Ÿ™‚


  24. Sun says:

    here he wanted just a simple life and finds misfortune instead. enjoyed your story, Alicia. ๐Ÿ™‚


  25. Sarah Ann says:

    Sometimes fate is the one making the rules. Really enjoyed your take.


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