Marcus was a Viking that lived in a far away village, Tara, away from civilization. He was the leader of his clan and even though Vikings have a reputation of doing mean and despicable acts towards others, Marcus was actually a very lovable Viking.
Every citizen of Tara loved Marcus and they all looked up to him. He cared about what happened to the citizens. He was the first Viking to ever show emotion besides rage, hatred and anger.
“We are running out of money and jewels,” said Benjamin, Marcus’ best friend and crew mate. “We are going to have to go on another raid pretty soon.”
“What are you talking about?” asked Marcus. “It was just a short time ago that we were on a raid.”
“It has been at least half a year since we were on a raid,” said Benjamin.
“Really,” said Marcus. “It was really that long ago.”
“Yes,” said Benjamin. “It really was. Our people are starting to go hungry.”
“We have to do something then,” said Marcus. “I won’t see our people starve.”
“I know how much you don’t like raids,” said Benjamin. “We will make sure that nobody is harmed.”
“Especially women and children,” said Marcus. “We can’t have them hurt.”
“I agree,” said Benjamin.
“Okay, then we set sail for Karda in the morning,” said Marcus.
“Karda is full of riches,” said Benjamin. “This will be a good, easy raid.”
The Vikings set sail for Karda that next morning. The warmth of the sun and the cool breeze of the sea felt so good on their skin.
“Such a beautiful summer day to be sailing,” said Marcus.
“I agree,” said Benjamin. “We will be in Karda in less than an hour.”
“Wonderful,” said Marcus.
Benjamin and the crew docked the ship on the shore of Karda. The men were very excited to get this raid out of the way.
“Remember,” said Marcus. “Nobody gets harmed in this raid, especially woman and children.”
“Yes boss,” said Franklin, one of Marcus’ crew. “We understand.”
“Go raid!” exclaimed Marcus.
The crew quickly disappeared into the village. It was dark outside and the villagers were sound asleep.
“This is an easy raid,” said Franklin, stuffing everything he found into the bag he was carrying.
What Franklin didn’t know was that he accidentally stuffed a little girl’s doll in the bag. Marcus was following the crew members around the village to make sure the raid was going as planned. He saw a little girl standing in the doorway of her home. She was crying.
“Oh dear,” said Marcus. “Why are you crying?”
“That Viking stole my doll,” cried the little girl, pointing at Franklin.
“I see,” said Marcus, angrily. “You get inside and I will find your doll.”
Benjamin saw that Marcus was upset so he went over to see what was the matter.
“Cancel the raid,” said Marcus.
“What are you talking about?” asked Benjamin. “We just can’t cancel the raid. We are almost done.”
“I told everyone that I didn’t want anyone to get hurt,” said Marcus. “Especially women and children.”
“And we all agreed,” said Benjamin. “I don’t see anyone hurt.”
“Franklin stole a doll from a little girl,” said Marcus. “Now that little girl is crying and is upset.”
“Oh dear,” said Benjamin. “I am sure Franklin did it by mistake. He would never steal a child’s doll.”
Marcus ordered that Benjamin would search Franklin’s bag for the doll. Benjamin did as he was told. Right at the bottom of Franklin’s bag, wrapped up in a wool blanket was the little girl’s doll. Marcus took the doll and went to the girl’s home.
“You found her,” the girl cried happily. “Thank you so much.”
“You are most welcome,” said Marcus, wiping a tear from his eye.
“Are you crying?” asked the little girl.
“Yes,” said Marcus. “I am.”
“You are so lovable,” said the little girl. “I will call you the Lovable Viking.”
“The Lovable Viking,” said Marcus. “I think that is a very fitting name.”
The little girl went into her home. Marcus went to his ship. He made all the crew return everything they had stolen. They returned to their village empty-handed but Marcus was so thrilled that he was known as the lovable Viking that he didn’t care that his village had nothing.
“We have hardly any food,” said Benjamin. “We are going to starve.”
“We can hunt, fish and farm instead,” said Marcus.
“That sounds like a good idea,” said Benjamin. “We will survive just fine without raiding.”
“Yes,” said Marcus. “We will.”