The smoke could be seen as far as Liverpool. One by one along the Northwest coast, torches were lit on high hills, to signal to everyone that the once feared and mighty Vikings had finally returned and they had left their mark by ransacking the town of Southport. Houses burnt, cattle stolen, the local PC World had also been robbed dry of all electrical goods. One Viking was said to have sexually assaulted a local cat.
Years ago the town had become used to regular Viking visits. Their white and claret sails would appear on the horizon and men would take their wives and daughters and flee to the hills. But several years have now passed without any attack, and the watchmen of Southport had finally had time to breath a sigh of relief, but that sigh was soon punctuated with a gasp of shock like an exclamation mark, as the Vikings arrived and laid waste to the town.
"We will continue to take what we want, when we want. You don't like it? Then pay us handsomely and we will pass by your feeble town" said Sweyn Forkbeard the Viking leader. Experts now fear that not only could this be the beginning of a new era of attacks from the ancient race, but that they could even sail inland, along the river Mersey and attack the towns of Warrington and Salford during night-fall as well.
No longer choosing to sail in longboats. The Vikings have finally placed one steel-tipped boot into the 21st century and now travel in high-tech submarines, painted in Red and White stripes. Their ability to hide under water has made life harder for local coastguards to monitor their whereabouts. Last week the town of Runcorn was ransacked as well, but it took three days for the locals to realise.