Famine #70: How About a Fight?

Hello readers and writers! I’m back to post for Weekend Writing Warriors. Last week we saw Bartholomew preparing for battle. This week is Round One: Bartholomew vs. Vladimir, the Russian cadaver.


Famine by Monica PierceBartholomew sneered. “Famine is a whore and you are a cockchafer.”

“I can’t allow that kind of sentiment to stand.” Vladimir drew the long, curved shashka from its scabbard and pointed it at Bartholomew. “Because I admire you, aesir, I will kill you quickly.”

“You’ve said that before, yet here I remain.” Bartholomew parried the Russian’s sword as the man leaped across the room and swung the blade toward his face.

The crash and crack of furnishings filled the room as the aesir and the cadaver battled with unbridled ferocity.


What? You didn’t think I was gonna post the whole fight, didja? 😛


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  • daezarkian

    I am hereby adding “cockchafer” to my insults vocabulary. Great stuff, Monica!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Steven, you can always count on me to find the strange and obscure curses. Glad to help, my friend. Glad to help. LOL!

  • asfenichel

    Cockchafer? That’s a new one for me. I like it. Interesting snippet.

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      It sounds delightfully awful, right? 😀

  • Cockchafer might be my new favorite word.

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      LOL! It really is the most evocative word, Eleri. You’d expect it to be something more compelling than a bug.

  • I love the parry of insults before the parry of blades!! Great 8!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thank you! I had fun writing that exchange. 😀

  • Love the snappy interchange. Is it okay if I like both of these guys?

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Yes, but we warned that Vladimir is wholly unpleasant and makes a habit of killing old women and horses.

  • What IS a cockchaver?

  • burnsmillie

    Love Bartholomew’s steadfast in your face verbiage!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thanks! He’s been around too long to be ruffled by the likes of Vladimir. 😀

  • Wow, you very clearly let us know there’s quite a history between these two. I thought Bartholomew’s answer was very Errol Flynn (which I loved). “Yet here I remain….” Terrific snippet.

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thanks, Veronica! He can be rather debonair, and yes, a lot of history and bad blood between the boys.

  • No one writes if better, Monica. You drew me into that dusty era, scared out of my wits like a lone cockchafer. Bartholomew will not lose face or any other part of him to this creature.

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thanks, Charmaine! Poor little cockchafer. Bartholomew will keep you safe. ;D

  • Amazing as always, Monica! Add me to the ‘cockchafer’ fan club . . . so to speak. 🙂

    I do hope out Bartholomew is going to hand dear Vladimir’s rear to him, in pieces.

    • “our” Bartholomew, I mean. Sigh . . .

      • Monica Enderle Pierce

        LOL! Oh, Bartholomew faces quite a battle, but he’s got a few tricks up his sleeves. ;D

  • Haha! Like Steven, I’m adding to my list of insults to hurl at others 😉 I love your voice in this story, Monica. I can’t quite put a time-frame to it, somewhere between Bolshevik and Regency…and dang! It really works. Is this your ABNA entry? I am rooting for you!

    • Monica Enderle Pierce

      Thanks, Teresa! Yes, this is what I put into the ABNA. I’m hoping to make it to the semi-finals (at least) again. And you are, as always, so very kind! Regency Bolshevik — love it. 😀