The Initiative Chapter 1The Initiative Chapter 14 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
It was a dark day for her good senses when Sarah Miller received word she had been recruited for employment with S.H.I.E.L.D. at their new headquarters. It was an even darker day when she opened her dossier to find she would be working as an assistant in the newly retooled Avengers Inititative department, in normal circumstances, without the superhuman company, a wondrous and terrifying look into how alternate, reality really had become. Add any one of the multiple personalities, the ultra- rich, ultra smart egomaniac Mr. Stark, his friend and shadow as of late, the subtly volatile Dr. Banner, the quiet patriot and beloved super soldier, Steve Rogers, and it was a full blown party complete with balloons and streamers. She hadn't expected, with her less than stellar service record, that she would even be considered for the assignment with a mere twelve years as a lower level agent in D.C. under her belt.
Descent Chapter 21 Days went by without a visit from Silas. By the end of the week, she asked Helgi again if she had seen him.Descent Chapter 213 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
“No. He does his chores late in the evening and is gone before morning meal.”
Eidra had considered searching the corridors for him but knew it was now getting more dangerous for her to be seen. He would either come to her when he felt he could or not at all. She missed him sorely. She was ecstatic when Helgi joined them one night a week later, knitting in hand.
They had moved the chairs to the balcony to catch the evening breeze, a lantern hanging on a wire frame between them. Helgi sat on a low stool.
“You are doing so well Eidra, the blanket shall be finished by the time the baby comes.”
She smiled, “I had a good teacher.”
Descent Chapter 10Descent Chapter 103 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Voices outside the tent roused her from sleep. She had turned to her side in the night and now was facing into the tent interior, Loki's arm wrapped tightly around her waist, his forehead pressed against the nape of her neck. She made to push his arm from her but he clung tighter to her.
“Milord, let me go,” she whispered, frantic, “There are people outside.”
She made another push and felt his arm let loosen. She threw the blankets from her, pulling them over him as she darted away, reaching the side of her cot just as the tent flap opened and Odin trained his good eye on her.
“My son lives still?”
“Yes, Sire. He had a quiet night.”
Odin nodded, strode to the s
Descent Chapter 16 Loki was up before her yet again, at the railing of the balcony looking out across the city. She lay there for a few moments, drinking in his silhouette framed by the parted drapes before she spoke.Descent Chapter 163 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
“What wakes you so early?”
He turned, headed to the bed where he sat down. “Come, rise Eidra. The thaw has started, it is nearly Eostre, spring is on the way, perhaps the waterfall has melted a bit. We will ride today.”
He rose from the bed and walked to the wardrobe.
Ride? She put her hand over her stomach, “I cannot ride, Loki.”
He glanced over his shoulder, a tunic in his hand. “Why? if Helgi has chores for you only tell me and I will release you from them.”
She sat up in bed, the coverlet pulled to her chest, “
Descent Chapter 19 He was up and gone before she woke the next morning. She put on a clean dress, picked up the dirty clothes from the chair, wrapped her cloak over her shoulders and wandered down to the staff kitchen.Descent Chapter 193 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Artra was standing at the kitchen fire, stirring the porridge in the large kettle.
“Where is Helgi?” Eidra asked as she passed by on the way to the laundry room.
“She went to see Petar. The poor woman is beside herself. The High Council is in session this moment as we speak to pass sentence on Malek.”
She came back out into the kitchen, “Is Silas with his mother too?”
“He is, he came to fetch Helgi. He was as white as milk.”
Descent Chapter 14 When Silas arrived to attend him the next morning, Loki flew into a rage that had Silas nearly tumbling down the stairs to the staff kitchen. When Eidra saw Silas's face, she jumped up from the kitchen table and ran into the laundry room to hide behind one of Artra's big kettles, sure that Loki was hot on Silas's heels.Descent Chapter 143 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
After a few minutes, Artra called into the laundry room, “Come child, he has just left for the hunt again. He will not be coming for you.” Eidra begged Silas to make sure that he was gone, just to be certain.
“He is gone yes, but your cot has been shoved out into the hallway.”
Artra elbowed Helgi, “It sounds like the prince is having a royal tantrum.”
Eidra stomped up the stairs, down the corridor, folded her cot up and dragged it down the spiral staircase. “Helgi, can I put this in your room?”
Descent Chapter 13 The disc twirled about on the leather thong as she spun it, the colors in the opal reflecting the firelight.Descent Chapter 133 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Loki, dressed in his robes, sat on the floor before the fireplace, leaning back on his hands. Eidra sat facing him, her back to the fire.
“Each family has a deflowering gift that is passed down through the female generations. It is always an item of power and prestige. Women are revered as the givers of life and therefore are deemed worthy of such honor. I had looked on this many times. My father would take it out and show me what to do with it. I do not know why, he knew I would never be able to pass it on to my offspring. Perhaps he felt guilty.”
She put the disc between her thumb and forefinger.
“And now here is my gift to you,” she turned the disc and said, “Alfheim”
The disc started
Descent Chapter 9 It was not long before he returned. She had brought some mending to occupy her and was sitting cross legged on her cot when he threw the tent flap open and walked in with a cloth bundle in his hands. He knelt on the rug before her and set the bundle in her lap, unwrapping it. Inside lay half a loaf of bread, a small capon, and a baked apple wrapped in it's own pastry.Descent Chapter 93 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
“I daresay this is better than soldier's fare.” He tore off a piece of bread and held it up to her lips.
She took the bite from his fingers gingerly, “It surely is, Milord. Were other High Court members present at the feast?”
He looked up at her, “You mean to ask did I see your father? Yes, he was there but I only saw him from afar. Eldan, am I correct?”
Loki rose from his knees, went to the tent flap and lifted it, staring out into
Descent Chapter 15 Winter's grip was tight, ham-fisted, the days short as the landscape was steadily buried beneath a blanket of snow, but what were short days and long nights to two young lovers who could hardly be bothered about the world outside, so wrapped up were they in each other.Descent Chapter 153 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Loki had convinced Eidra to return to the stables yet again and they would, on pleasant days, bundle up and ride through the countryside. They would stop at villages along the way she acting the servant gladly. They had more than once made it as far as the village of Rialo where he would treat her to more bolts of cloth from the seamstresses shop to make dresses with. She would protest, he would distract, the bolts would be there on her cot in the morning, it serving for little else most of the evening as they clung to each other in blissful slumber upon his bed.
The seamstress, whose name was Ren, would often invite them in by the fireplace in the kitchen for
Descent Chapter 23 “Tomorrow you will travel” Loki stroked the redness on her cheek where Thor had connected with her, “I shall charge Helgi with your care. I will provide you with enough coin and set you up in Rialo with Ren until your time. Then you will rejoin me with our child. I will speak with Father as soon as you are safely away. When mother sees you with that little baby cradled in your arms, she will bend him to her will. He shall not be able to deny you.”Descent Chapter 233 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
He slid her robe over her head caressing her belly as he did so, “I shall miss this, touching you, feeling the baby move under my hand.”
“Ah, the baby will still move beneath your hands only I shall be across the room,” She put her hands atop his as her face turned grave, “I am afraid though, I have felt a change these past couple of days, my back has hurt constantly. Helgi says it is my
Sacrifices Chapter 1 Sarah pulled the suitcases down from the top shelf in the closet, careful not to swing them down hard as Fen was playing around her feet with the horse and king from his Lego castle play set. She twisted around and gingerly stepped over Fen and his toys, then set the suitcases on the bed, bouncing the baby carrier where Madison lay, her hands flailing at the smiling spinning monkey on the bar before her, turning her attention to the sound of Sarah unzipping the largest suitcase only for a moment. "The little monkey likes the little monkey doesn't she?" Sarah said as she leaned down and kissed Madison on the head, causing her to rub her hands on her face, and Fen to start running around the bedroom chanting, "Little monkey, little monkey, little monkey "Sacrifices Chapter 13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Descent Chapter 5 That afternoon while Loki was out for his ride, she saw to it that his trunks were well packed for his trip. She then sought out Helgi, telling her of the events of that had unfolded the night before. Though she knew she should keep some secrets, she needed to pour her heart out to someone who at least shared in her sympathy.Descent Chapter 53 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
“Pray to the gods he comes back in better spirits,” Helgi advised her, “You can help us with the final harvests in the fields, we will have a blot when they return with the year's new mead and wine. If his mood remains black, beg the Queen to let you stay in the kitchens. It will be safer for you. Now rest easy child.”
“I told him my name was Eidra,” she tilted the bowl of broth to her lips and sipped it.
“And he addressed me by my name. Perhaps he will co
Descent Chapter 11 The young Alfari boy poked his head through the tent flap and peered inside, on his face a look of sheer terror. Loki gestured for him to enter and he bolted through the flap bowing deep as he reached him and held out a tied parcel. Eidra watched Loki take the parcel, walk to the writing desk and lift the lid. He took out his pouch, opened it and dropped a couple coin into the boy's hand. The boy smiled bowed again and ran from the tent.Descent Chapter 113 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Loki looked at the parcel in his hand.
“I shall return shortly, I would like to read this correspondence in private.”
Eidra nodded, “I will go outside, Milord.”
Loki held her shoulder, “No, you stay inside. Continue to pack. I will leave.”
He lifted the tent flap and walked around the side of the tent to the tree line behind him where he
Descent Chapter 17 Thus it came to pass a week later that Thor showed up at Loki's door one evening.Descent Chapter 173 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
“If you will not venture out, I shall have to come to you, brother.”
Eidra had been sitting in her chair knitting, chatting with Loki. Helgi had taught her to knit some weeks past when she had expressed an interest in it while watching Helgi one night beside the kitchen fire. Eidra quickly set her needles down, rose and walked to Thor, holding out her arms as he draped his cloak over them. While he straightened his tunic, she bowed to him, gliding to the chair and artfully draping the cloak over the backrest hiding her name carved there.
“You are dismissed for the evening,” Thor waved at her while he sat in her chair. Loki was nearly out of his seat when she shook her head, her eyes wide, sliding to Thor. As she closed the door behind her, she reasoned to her
Descent Chapter 24“My dear, you should not worry yourself about such matters as these.”Descent Chapter 243 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Frigga glared at Odin, “Do not patronize me. I will worry as I please.”
Odin turned another page of the tome and continued reading, drumming his fingers on the tall stand at which he stood.
“What is the use of worrying when it does little else but give you bad humors?” Odin leaned closer to the page, following the words with his finger.
Frigga wanted to throw the book to the side and jump atop the stand, screaming. Instead , she walked up to him and stood at his side, “The laws of the High Court of Alfheim?”
“Woman,” He grumbled as he turned another page.
She kept silent, stayed at his elbow as he hunched forward again to read, turned the page back, then forward again. She edged closer still until Odin sighed and stepped back from the stand, “Please feel free to intrude upon my research, my dear.”
He rolled his eyes as she slid in front of him an
Descent Chapter 22 “I have never been so uncomfortable in my life,” Eidra groaned, holding up her finished blanket, “..And so proud. Look, my first big piece.”Descent Chapter 223 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Helgi nodded, “The yellow edging is lovely, a royal coverlet.”
Eidra proceeded to fold it in her lap, “I had to order Loki to go with Thor riding today. He was at the door this morning, demanding that Loki come with him. I stayed seated with the blanket on my lap and he scowled at me but I did not waver. I thought he was going to upbraid me for being so impudent but he simply grabbed Loki's arm and dragged him out of the room.”
“He has not troubled himself about you in such a long time. We may count our blessings.”
Eidra stood up, a little off balance at first, then
Descent Chapter 8Descent Chapter 83 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
She was startled from sleep by the sound of the bedchamber door being swung wide. She opened her eyes and raised her head to see Loki striding past her cot to draw the heavy drapes aside. The sun was not yet over the horizon but it was growing lighter in the sky. She sat up and stood from the cot, trying to steady herself.
“Milord?” She followed him to the balcony where he now stood, staring out at the city blanketed in a soft coat of snow.
When he turned to her, she could see the grey hollows beneath his eyes, he looked exhausted, moreover he seemed agitated.
“What is wrong?”
His frown frightened her.
“The dark elves are marching on Alfheim. We will be heading out by midday. Take my battle armor from the wardrobe. See to it
Descent Chapter 20 “Get up, get dressed,” came the whisper in her ear.Descent Chapter 203 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Eidra opened her eyes to see Loki standing over her, looked out towards the balcony where the sun had not quite made the horizon.
“It is so early,” She flopped her head back down on the pillow as the coverlet was thrown back from her.
“Get up,” he shook her again.
She swung her feet around to the floor, “I am up, Odin's beard.”
He set a pair of breeches and a tunic in her lap. “Put these on.”
She held them up before her, “A dress would hide me better.”
“No one will notice you today.” He put his hands on his hips, “Hurry, I wish to beat the dawn.”
Descent Chapter 25 When Silas finally set the spade on the ground beside the tent, the sky was starting to brighten on the horizon. The camp was still quiet. He crept into Eidras tent, dropping to the hay beside Helgi and Eidra. Helgi had her hand at Eidra's back, as if she had been rubbing it. Silas tapped Helgi on the shoulder, and she turned with a snort.Descent Chapter 253 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
“She is with Ren,” he whispered.
Helgi's hand came up to cover his, “Dear boy, we are ever in your debt. Lay down and rest while you still can.”
Silas lay staring up at the roof of the tent beside to Helgi,, “How fared she after I left?”
“Mmm, it took much to console her. This will go far in easing her mind. Now rest.”
The stamping of a horse outside the tent opened Silas's eyes. It was light
Descent Chapter 26 He sat on the edge of the bed twirling the Uruz around on its leather thong, feeling its heft, its power, a soft hum, a vibration which always increased when he would couple with Eidra. He held the disc up to his eye, looking through the center hole as he considered a plan. He would find where Eidra had been taken, go to her room and steal away with her. They would use the gateway and escape...but to where? Vanaheim? Midgard? A grand plan, they would have nothing, would have to start with nothing, but, oh for the chance of a life together.Descent Chapter 263 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Thor's voice outside the bedroom door and his subsequent entry into his room suddenly gave Loki over to a case of giggles.
“I am bunking here tonight, brother, to keep you company.”
At this, Loki fairly howled with laughter, lying back on the bed, tears streaming down hi
The Initiative Chapter 6She stood in the hallway, keys paused in the first lock on her apartment door. All the energy had drained out of her arms and she leaned forward against the door. It had been a trying day. After Thor had left her cubicle, she had rebooted her computer and attempted to look in the database for Loki's file but found that it was classified restricted level 4 and she wasn't cleared to see it, she did know, however, that the higher the level, the more serious the information so she had shut the computer down and left for home.The Initiative Chapter 64 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
When she had made her way into the apartment, she dropped her briefcase beside the door, walked to the island in the kitchen, sat down and put her head down on her forearms. She had wanted to stay with Loki, had wanted to talk to him, spend an enjoyable evening outside the confines of her bachelorette pad but what he'd told her had been too much to process. She was beginning to t
Descent Chapter 7 That morning when she took the tray for his morning meal, he announced to her that she would be an attendant that evening at the feast of Mabon.Descent Chapter 73 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
“It is high time you learned. You will be pouring wine for myself and for other guests. You shall have need of a better dress than that of a chamber maid. Have Helgi provide it for you.”
“Milord, I do not know how to be an attendant. I am just a chamber maid.”
Loki rose from the bed. “You will learn. I have ordered it, thus you have no choice. Now go, bring the tray to the kitchen and speak with Helgi. I have a meeting with Father and the oaf so I shall expect to see you at the feast tonight, wine ewer in hand.”
She bowed, “Yes, Milord.” and, minutes later, was standing in the kitchen while Helgi stared at her, arms folded.